Saturday, May 2, 2009

Beijing Day 2

Hello from Beijing!!! Today we went to the jade factory, the Great Wall, lunch, saw the birds nest and water cube from the Olympics, a porcelin factory and a chinese acrobat show. It was another great day but tiring!! We are having so much fun learning about the culture, it's all very fascinating. The Great Wall is so impressive, it's huge and STEEP!!! We went up quite a ways until I made the mistake of looking down and then I was done. Those of you who know me know I'm terrified of heights so I was totally freaked out, Scott had to walk me down while I only looked at the ground. Oh well, at least we can say we climbed the wall. The jade and porcelin factories are really cool, they walk you thru and show you the different steps in making the products. Then they let you lose to shop and they hover over you. It's very difficult to get out without buying something. They are all very polite but insistent!! It was great to see the Olympic venues, very nice!! We saw the Olympic village as well. When people heard we are from the US they asked if we know Michael Phelps!! The acrobat show was great. Think of Cirque du Soleil, it was very similar. Lots of fun!! We are now finishing up packing and trying to get our bags under-weight, that's a chore. I forgot to tell you about the other families we're traveling with. I'm not going to use names because I don't have their permission to do so but there's one family from Montana who already has a 7 year old little girl who was adopted from China at 12 months. She's adorable. They are getting her little sister who is 5 and has a repaired heart defect. Another family is from Georgia and they are adopting twin boys!!! It's very difficult to adopt twins since all the kids are abandoned they don't know for sure who's related but with these two there was no denying it so they get both boys who are 15 months old. The two boys have albinoism. There's one more couple from Colorado also. They brought along their 10 year old son and are adopting his little brother who is 7 and deaf. And then there's us, so 4 families in all and we've really enjoyed getting to know all of them!! Tomorrow morning, bright and early, we leave for the airport to head for Henan. Then Monday morning, Sunday night in the US, is baby day!! We will get our Laila so stay tuned!! In the mean time, enjoy the pictures from today.

13 comments:

Kate said...

YEA!!!! Just another day! I can't wait till you have her! The pictures are awesome and I can't wait until I get to see them all.

Our Journey to Leilah Grace said...

Oh Joanna, I am soooo excited for you!!! We met thru CCAI WCP. But we had switched to a different agency when we found our Leilah on their WC list way back in Dec. 2007. I check in from time to time on your blog...and see that you are in China getting your Laila!! I am so happy for you. I can't wait to see your beautiful baby girl in your arms.

Congrats!
Sheri W. (Leilah Di and Olivia Xia's Mommy)
Leilah a. 08/08
Olivia waiting in XuZhou
journeytoleilahgrace.blogspot.com
journeytooliviagrace.blogspot.com

reyfam1994 said...

Great to hear you are having a wonderful time. Cannot wait to see pix of Laila...

Sarah
MCC 07 Group

Risa said...

Hey there......your pictures are great. I am so excited for the two of you. Can't wait to see Laila!!!
Risa

Jami said...

Hope you guys are adjusting to everything! Have you been adventureous on eating anything new? Have you tried the scorpion or cat yet? :) JUST Kidding!!!!! Well if you do I want pictures. Just a few more hours and you will finally have your baby!!!!!!!!

Donna said...

So close!! I know those first days in Beijing are CRAZY busy, they cram in SO much so you forget you're tired :) Glad you're having fun - now you're so close to Laila!! The "real" trip begins now.

Enchanted Rose said...

I am so excited for you guys! I love reading about your trip and seeing the pictures! Can't wait until you pick up your daughter!

Nancy H.
waitingforxiaohai@blogspot.com
CCAIWCP

Marion said...

Joanna I am so thrilled for the both of you .So glad to hear you're enjoying youe stay in Beijing it truly is a GREAT city . Can't wait to see the first pictures of you holding you beautiful daughter .

Marion

margaretg said...

I am hoping you and Scott are on your way to get Laila right now!! Will check back in the morning to see if you have posted pics!!
Margaret

Scott, Britt, Frances, and Lucy said...
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Scott, Britt, Frances, and Lucy said...

Joanna & Scott-Love following your journey & can't wait till I see that darling girl in your arms. Enjoy!
Britt
CCAI WCP

Great Aunt MJ said...

I'm back on and hope my comment finds you! It's a great day and I hope by now you have met and are holding Laila. It won't be long until she's in Colorful Colorado. What a wonderful time of year to bring your daughter to her new home and her own very special room. Her Grandpa has to be pacing the floor just waiting to meet her. I can just see his great smile! Love Aunt Jo/Great Aunt MJ

Great Aunt MJ said...

Oh, one more thing! Uncle John knows where you are. He has been there a number of times so you have that special connection with your Godfather that none of the rest of us have! (Just a little side note :) )