Saturday, February 24, 2007

February 24- Saturday happenings...

Today was full of new adventures for us. It started off with eating breakfast at the infamous buffet here at the White Swan. It is a huge breakfast buffet with everything from cereal to by request omelets and yogurt to French toast. YUM!
After breakfast, we headed to a meeting with our travel group. Our CCAI guides, Kathy and Jocelyn, went over the way things will progress when we received our babies tomorrow. We will leave the White Swan at 2:00 PM, drive to the Civil Affairs Bureau by 2:30 and we should get our babies about 3:00! Elizabeth Ann will be here TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At the meeting, Kathy and Jocelyn gave us each a copy of the routine that our child has followed at their orphanage. Also included was how to make their bottles (a bit different from the way it’s done in the US) along with a box of formula and what they call “rice” cereal (it says “Chinese Yam and Barley Cereal” on the package).
When we got back to our rooms, we found Going Home Barbie waiting for us!! On the back of the box she's in it says "This souvenir is presented by Mattel to adopting parents of Chinese orphan children staying at the White Swan Hotel, Guangzhou, China." If you will notice in the picture Barbie is an American mommy and the baby is Asian. What a wonderful gift for Elizabeth!!!
Joshua decided to go to dinner with most of our travel group tonight. They went to a local Cantonese restaurant- you know, REAL Chinese food. He has some interesting tales to tell about the experience there. Be sure and ask him about it.
Todd, Leslie and I decided to stay back and order dinner from a place called Danny’s Bagels. There’s more than just bagels there. Todd ordered a Cheese Steak Sandwich and Leslie and I shared a BBQ Chicken Pizza- COMFORT FOOD, let me tell ya!!!!
Right before heading to bed, a lady that works for the hotel came to our room and asked “May I turn down your bed for you?” She quickly proceeded to neatly and accurately fold the bedspread, fluff the pillows and unwrinkled the sheets. She left the two little red packages for us on our pillows, too, with chocolates in them!
Thank you soooo much for those that are praying for us!! The prayers definitely were felt today as we are all starting to feel a little more “normal”. Keep praying, though, because starts a big adjustment time for Elizabeth!!
We miss you all!!!

I'm so glad that everything is going so well so far! The staff at the White Swan is SO wonderful! They will do any you need. They are definately hard working. Danny's has great mac & cheese also. It's more than enough to share with someone. I'm glad that you all are starting to feel more "normal". Get a good nights sleep tomorrow will be a day you will never forget. :o)Melissa
Posted by: Melissa Ward on February 24, 2007 at 07:51 A.M.
We will be praying for you and Elizabeth. How exciting, I bet you can't wait!
Posted by: Tanya on February 24, 2007 at 08:23 A.M.
I can't wait to see Elizabeth in your arms! We're waiting here with excitement for you!
Posted by: Connie J on February 24, 2007 at 08:57 A.M.
Glad that you made it safely! Danny's Bagels was a favorite of ours in Guangzhou, too. Can't wait to see the Elizabeth pictures tomorrow. :-)
Posted by: Dusty on February 24, 2007 at 07:42 P.M.

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