WARNING~ LOTS OF PICTURE IN THIS POST. I COULDN'T HELP MYSELF!!!
Well by day 2 with Katie, she was feeling much better and just as happy as could be. Dan could really make her laugh and smile. We really made the most of our time in China. We also had a wonderful travel group. Everyone in our group was GREAT. We enjoyed each other's company throughout the trip and we made life long friends that we consider our extended family. We shared such incredible experience that it bonded us for life.
Feb 9th we went shopping at the local dept store. Then back to the 6th floor conference to receive our adoption certificates.
Receiving our adoption certificate
Katie and Daddy
I love this picture of Katie. Dan was playing with Katie on the bed and I captured this picture of her. I used it for our announcements when we got home.
This is how I would get Katie to sleep every night. She refused to go into the crib. I had to carry her around and rock her. She would stuck her thumb and take her other hand and rub her sleeve or rub my shirt. Looks like she even drooled on my shirt.
Feb 10th we visited the Guiyuan Temple. It was beautiful. Dan and some of the other families rang the bell for luck. We attracted the local people to us everywhere we went. Our guide made us a card to wear that read "We are Americans and we are adopting this baby and that we love her and we are taking her to American with us". Most of the local people would smile and give us the thumbs up. After the Temple we went out to lunch with our group. Our guide always ordered for us and we had the best food. My favorite in Wuhan was the lotus root. We had it several times. Sometimes fried and sometimes sauteed. It was delicious. After our tour for the day Dan and I took Katie for a walk in the stroller. It was about 50-55 degrees in Wuhan. We walked to the Carrefour and then to the park across from our Hotel. There were alot of people in the park feeding pigeons. Dan bought bird food and we decided to feed the pigeons. Well they landed right on you. This did not go over well with me. I freaked alittle. Katie slept through the whole thing. I had some stickers with me and I gave them out to some of the children in the park. They loved it.
Our travel group. This picture was taken in the lobby of the White Rose Hotel before we left for our tour of the Guiyuan Temple.
The local people were very interested in us every where we went. This picture I had a crowd around me looking at Katie. I gave one man the card our guide made to explain that we adopted her.
Katie all bundled up in the stroller
Dan ringing the bell for luck
This restaurant had the best green beans!
I loved going to the park across the the Hotel and watching the people. I thought this little girl was so cute.
Dan is calm while feeding the birds
I FREAKED! That was the end of bird feeding for me.
Katie slept through it.
Back at the room. Look at that face!
Dinner at the White Rose. The sauteed vegetable dish has the lotus root in it. Yummy!
Our happy girl
Feb 11th we visited the Hubei Provincial Museum. On display were the relics from the Tomb of Marquis Yi. Dan loved the Museum. Katie was falling asleep in the stroller so I walked around with Sue while we pushed the girls in the stroller. The most famous treasure is the Chime Bells, which is the largest bronze musical instrument ever discovered. We went to see a performance in the music hall of musicians playing of replica of the Chime Bells. I purchased a small replica Chime Bell for Katie. After the Museum we went to lunch. There was a wedding reception going on at the restaurant.
Wedding we saw at the restaurant
At lunch. See how Katie sucks her thumb and rubs the inside of her sleeve with the other hand. She stills does this. LOVES cotton.
Katie took to Dan immediately.
Another one of my favorite pictures of Katie from China
Feb 12th we visited a local market with some of the other families in our group. One of the families got the idea to visit a local market. We skipped the tour that was planned for us that day. We got directions written out from our guide and took several taxi's to the market. We went with 6 other families. Dan was not thrilled with this idea because we were not with our guide. We had a really good time shopping at the local market. Later that day we met up with most of the families in our travel group and played beer pong in the Hotel. The girls all played together while the adults played beer pong.
Local market in Wuhan
Shopping. Not sure how I missed that piece of hair in Katie ponytail. Poor Girl!
Happy to find a McDonald's
Back to the park
The girls playing together while the adults played Beer Pong
Playing Beer Pong
Feb 13th we finished our "Brown Envelope" paperwork and then went out to dinner with our group. We packed our bags because we left for Guangzhou the next morning.
Leaving for Guangzhou
We really enjoyed our time touring Katie's province.
Stay tuned for our time in Guangzhou.