Thursday, February 9, 2012
Today we were off to the aquarium - it was VERY cold - and the handwarmers came in handy for our noses, hands, feet - you name it! It was a long walk through the park in which it is housed - and we saw a lot of traditional Chinese structures. The Holbrookes and the Dutch couple (who are very nice!) were with us. I got a great video of dancers in the park - one guy even did a solo for me, lol!
The workers were very kind and we got some fun pictures with the guards at various places. I don't know how they stay out all day!
Sarah is very happy and lots of fun! She and Jenny have some territorial toy battles - but do well once it all settles out. We kept on walking past a frozen lake and some cool old buildings.
And my favorite picture is below - Rachel was the one who saw the sign at an arcade stand - opposite world...! (read the caption above the man!)
Then into the aquarium to see some fish and a seal show
The girls really had a good time - and we saw one HUGE seal!
Back into the cold for a few more pics
The new girls are always running ahead chattering with our guide, Michael. He's terrific with them and never runs out of patience! Rachel and I have to pose for the pictures often - and the Dutch couple is so sweet to take them. We finished off a fun morning with a trip to our favorite - McD's!! Initiating Sarah into the junk food cult. After no fast food for 5 days, I was actually looking forward to it. I ordered 6 pineapple pies (they taste like apple) and guess who got the extras (me) I'm just praying my pants fit through the last week here....
I can't believe I spent a year worrying about a grieving girl here. Sarah has been full of joy every day - I keep wondering when or if the grief will begin? So far we see nothing but a fun little sister who loves to play electronics, dance, and tease her big sister - endlessly. Jenny is not amused - but has become a terrific teacher. Last night, she showed her how to take a shower. Rachel told her it was her turn to do the duty since Rachel taught HER. :) I am loving these girls - and it has been so much easier than I ever expected. It's a challenge to keep everyone occupied in a hotel room, but it's a terrific suite and worth every penny. The girls have fun with balloons, puzzles, and playdough - only thing lacking is a DVD player. It's amazing I've been able to find time to blog - they always accommodate my time loading pics, and typing - they're such good girls. Thank you for the prayers. You have held us up day by day. Today our scripture is Philippians 4 - "Rejoice - again I say Rejoice!" Tomorrow we head to warmer climates.
Love you all! Kim