Sunday, October 31, 2010
After lunch (at Lucy's) we came back to the room and chilled for awhile because we met our group at 4:00 to go across the street to the market. A market. You would think it was this nice, casual, laid back strolling...NO! It was the furthest thing from it! It was insane. One of the girls in our group called it Times Square, New Years Eve, on acid. TOTALLY!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
But, while we were there and waiting, John was holding Ava and then all of a sudden she got a big smile on her face and said "Bo"! That's right Bobo was there today, too! I love that she recognized him. We have actually ran into his parents quite a few times since then and even had lunch with them. We've exchanged emails and Facebook ID's so we can stay in touch. They live in North Carolina but have family in Toledo so they visit in the summers. So, we will be able to meet up with them when they are in town.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Last night I was so worried that John wouldn't make it back with dinner before Ava fell asleep. Again, she called my bluff! Not only did she stay awake in time to eat french fries...
Thursday, October 28, 2010
We did a boat tour down the river and then went to China Town. Now, let me tell you, China Town was completely overwhelming for me, so imagine a two year old little girl with people she has only known for 4 days and no nap. She threw a couple of small fits, but for the most part it was all good!! Here are some pics of the day!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
We are on our own for the rest of the day, so we decided to take a little family outing to a little mall down the street. We wanted to get her a new hat because she didn't like this one...
So, not only did she get a new hat, she got new shoes too!!! We didn't have much of a selection but I still think they are pretty darned cute!
And one more thing to add to Ava's likes...FRENCH FRIES!! She smashed! We gave her about 7 at a time and she had to hold them all at once even though she took little bites of each one. She is so funny when she eats! I love to watch her.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
One more thing...we were starting to get a little concerned because she hadn't pooped for us yet. Well, nothing to worry about! I won't go into details but let's just say Ava got two baths today!
Monday, October 25, 2010
The orphange also gave us a book of pictures of her during her time there and a stamp with her Chinese name on it. She had on the outfit that we sent through the care package and we got everything that was sent to her, including the camera's!!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
After that we went to the . It is so beautiful! We went through about 4 different sections and each one was prettier than the next.
And then there was lunch. We went to the . I believe they are a chain and have restaurants throughout the world, but the one in Beijing is the original. But...those of you who know me will realize that I'm not a huge fan of any restaurant that isn't called or El Camino. So, I had rice. AGAIN. But my husband...he LOVED it! I think him and another lady in our group were the only ones who were eating the duck.
After lunch, we went to a Pearl Factory. I LOVED IT!! A girl in our group picked out an oyster and the employee opened it to show us all of the freshwater pearls inside. The one that was picked had 17 pearls! It was very cool.
And last, but not least...we went on a rickshaw ride! I was so nervous because the traffic is crazy here! But it was fine and we had a great time!
We just got back to the hotel and are heading to Pizza Hut for dinner. He wanted to go to the buffet at the hotel, but I may have whined a little and said I needed Sara food and I needed to SMASH!! So, I won! Haha!!
Friday, October 22, 2010
After that we went to the Great Wall of China! Let me tell you...Oh.My.Word.
After that we went to a Cloisonne Factory! It was amazing! So cool!! We got to see how they were made and even bought a couple of small gifts.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
All of this worry and revolving everything around when we "might" be traveling to China is over.
We're on our way...
We are going to meet the dream that I've envisioned since I was a little girl...
We're going to meet our little girl, our daughter, our family...
Talk to you in Beijing!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Check out our Itinerary!
Oct. 20th: Depart DTW at 3:20 p.m.
October 21st: Arrive in Tokyo at 5:40 p.m. with an hour and half layover. We will then depart and land in Beijing at 10:30p.m. Thursday night.
October 22nd: Visit the Great Wall of China and shopping!
October 23rd: Visit Tianamen Square and Temple of Heaven. And then to Peking Duck for lunch. And this is where I pray for noodles and vegetables! In the afternoon, we will go to a silk factory and a pearl factory. Also include a Hutong Tour and a ride in a rickshaw!!
October 24th: Travel day! We depart Beijing and fly to Shanghai! Once we are here, we will meet with our guide. Her name is Sandra and check into the hotel and get ready for the next day!
October 25th: This is the day, Ladies and Gentleman, that we have been waiting for! For 5 very long years!! This is the day we will meet Ava! AKA...Gotcha Day!!
October 26th: This is mostly a bonding day, but we will have to do some paperwork which will make her officially ours!
October 27th: This is a sight-seeing day! We can go shopping, sight-seeing, or possibly go to the orphanage. If we have the opportunity, we will go to the orphange. I know it will be hard, but so worth it in the long run.
October 28th: Another sight-seeing day! Depending how everything falls, I'm hoping we can go to the Shanghai Zoo!
October 29th: Travel Day! This time we are flying to Guangzhou. This is where the U.S. Consulate is located.
October 30th: Medical Exam for Ava...my poor girl is going to get shots. :(
October 31st: Happy Halloween for all of you in the US! We are spending the day goiong o a museum, and a jade and pearl market! Though, Ava will not have a costume, she does have a Halloween T-Shirt and a hairbow with candy corn on it!
November 1st: This is a free day for our family. Some families in our group will have their Consulate appt.
November 2nd: Consulate Appt!!
November 3rd: Oath-Taking Ceremony
November 4th: Another free day for The Ho's!
November 5th: We will be leaving our hotel at 4:30 a.m. to catch our 9:30 flight out of Hong Kong to Detroit!! We're coming home!!
It seems like we will be gone for so long! But I'm hoping it goes by quick.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
- Putting the high chair together
- Baby-proofing EVERYTHING
- Setting up the Pack-N-Play
- More Shopping
- More Packing
- More Shopping and More Packing
We also found out we have to stay an extra day because Ava will have to have a TB test since she is over 2 yrs old. So, we leave on October 20th and return on November 5th. And I was told that we will hold Ava for the first time on October 25th!! Cannot wait!! The moment we have been waiting for!! Stay tuned for more details!!