Thursday, October 20, 2005

Today -- The Park and a Temple

What a wonderful and overwhelming journey we've taken. The first thing I have to say is that we cannot believe that we requested twins. This one little person is keeping both of us on our toes, and I don't know how we could have handled two at once. Second, I want to thank everyone for the emails. We love reading them, and we're sorry that we don't have time to reply individually. Third, we are having a strange issue with the blog. We can post, but we can't visit the blog ourselves. We hope everything is coming through and can't wait to read any comments when we get to Guangzhou.

Right now, Chloe is napping on Daddy's lap, so I have a bit of a breather before we head out for an afternoon walk. After a long night and some good cuddling this morning, our guide (Der) took us to a local park. At the park, there were groups of people practicing ballroom dancing, tai chi, and kung fu, others playing mai jong (?sp), some badminton games going on, and an array of other community activities. What I appreciated most was that all ages were in the park literally dancing, singing, and laughing together. We so enjoy these little peeps into Chinese culture. After the park, our guide took us to a Buddhist temple. We had the chance to walk through and even saw another group of adoptive families from Spain.

It's a little hair raising to walk around here because we don't understand the subtle traffic rules (or perhaps the lack there of), and we end up feeling as if we're about to be run over by a bicyclist, someone on a scooter, or a tiny van zooming by. As soon as little one gets up, we're off to brave the traffic again, so we can pick up more bottled water. If Chloe is up to it, we may check out the Walmart down the street and pick up some Chinese children's books. We'll post again tomorrow.


Blogger Chloe's Grandparents said...

Hi, glad to learn all is well. We wondered how long it would be before you acknowledged that twins might have been a bit of challenge. Today we visited three ancient temples outside Kyota. In the process, we saw many of Cloe look alikes - it is the month when children of all ages visit the shrines. The lttle ones, ages 1-3, are interested, wave and smile. The older children, 4-6, are preoccupied with staying in line and following directions. The school kids are willing to converse or try to.

Sounds like you are coping well. We are thinking of you and praying for you safe return...SOON.

LOVE, Dad and Carole.

2:38 AM  
Blogger Pam Dean Molly Emma said...

I know I'm prejudiced, with our daughters being from the same country and all, but the pictures you have taken prove that referral photos just don't do these little beauties justice. Chloe is even more beautiful through your pics and we LOVE seeing her smile!!! Have fun.

3:45 AM  
Blogger KennedysNC said...

Finally - I was waiting for work on getting a poopy diaper!!! This is a big milestone for you!

The smile is beautiful too - as is Chloe!

We can't wait to meet her in person.

AMK and MK

5:55 AM  
Blogger GG said...

The blog is great! Francie and Popi blogged! They think they are so cool at 92 and 88 seeing their new great-grandaughter for the first time on a computer half-way round the world. In their words, "What will they think of next?" Much, much love, GG

6:26 AM  
Blogger Stuart and Rebecca said...

I was excited to finally blog but still do not Know what a blog actually is except beautiful pictures of a very happy family.
Hope you got the blog we sent earlier as I have yet to see it. Love

7:35 AM  
Blogger Suzaynn said...

Your dispatches really warm my heart, as well as distracting the heck out of me at work! Great smile! It sounds like things are going very well. Best wishes,

2:12 PM  

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