10-10 The Gotcha Day Revisited with Pictures

This was the big day.  We final got to meet E and Z.  Z came first followed by E a little while after.  If you kinda think about it, they essentially came in their birth order. Z was not a happy camper, but he eventually bonded with Lori.  For me, I have a new shadow, – Lil’ Bro E.  They have both locked on to their favorite parent with D ping ponging it back in forth.  Bringing D was the best thing for the boys and for us parents of three.  Helpful would be putting it mildly.  He has helped corral them, feed them, … well everything except change them.  As you catchup with the pictures, you will notice its a very heart warming experience.  Emotions were at there highest both for the children meeting us for the first time and us meeting them.  As I mentioned Z will be the first child sitting with his caregiver as we approach him.  E will the one shortly thereafter.  Based on our first impressions, he will be our little tornado that runs through the house on a regular basis.  Enjoy….  – Bill

Pictures from 10-9

As we might have mentioned we had devil of a time trying to get from Beijing to Zhengzhou.  Flight delay due to fog, then diverted due to smoke. (That’s right I said smoke.)  It was from a field burning and it was apparently close to the airport.  As you realize we made it there.  Here’s a look into what we did during all that airport time. -Bill

Pictures from 10-8

I am playing picture catchup.  We been having a little getting a good connection so that we could share a little more.  Here’s what Lori or I posted we did this day.  In summary, as you can see from the pictures we visited one of the best known jade factories and the Great Wall of China (boy to my legs still hurt).  The wall is amazing.  All that stone, all those year, and the labor that went in to building it, wow!

Gotcha Day

After almost a full day at the airport, we got our babies!

What a wonderful crazy time. We arrived at the registration office around 10 am on 10/10/11. Some children were already waiting. Then, one by one the children, started coming from their different cities. We had to listen close, as they called them by their Chinese name.

First was Zan Feng. He was none too happy. He cried and cried. He kept pointing at the door. Lori finally eased outside with him. He then gave her the biggest smile and said what sounded like “look”, pointing to everything.

The second was Yin Fu. “Fu Fu”. After a brief pout, he walked around like he owned the place. Sneaking crackers and passing them out. He loves running with his big brother and hanging with his daddy.

Back to the hotel for lunch. Wow, can these boys eat! (When Fu Fu is not playing with his.) Right now, their favorite foods are rice congee, fruit, and Goldfish crackers.

Naps were an adventure. Then, dinner at the Italian restaurant in the hotel. D was so excited. Pizza, finally! He deserved it, too. He has been such a trooper this whole trip. I have seen a strength and compassion that I know I did not possess at his age.

From Zan’s memory book given to us by his orphanage representative:

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea; even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:9-10

PS: WordPress is still down on our computer. Pictures later!

Beijing Day 3

Hi everyone!

Wow, what a fun-filled day yesterday! We visited a Jade factory, the Great Wall, ate some awesome food (ox soup), and watched an acrobatic show.

In the words of D, “This is the best day ever!” D has been a trooper and pushed himself physically. However, Mommy and D went to bed without dinner, again.

Sorry about the lack of pictures. This blog comes to you from the wonder that is Lori’s Kindle. WordPress, like Facebook, has been blocked from from our computer and phones.

This is all for now, as this blog method is very slow. See you in Zhengzhou (pronounced Jung Joe)!

China Day 2 – Beijing

Hello All,

And I thought yesterday was tiring.

Today we met the other families that will be adopting children along with us.  I believe it is about 12 families.  We began the day at breakfast where D met another friend.  Together he and his new friend found instead of snails yesterday, it was earthworms today.  Now imagine three Moody children running around with any critter they can find.  Scary, no?

After breakfast we met our guides George and Cindy.  They gave us a little history of Beijing on our way to our first stop at older park of the city known as a hutong.  FYI – hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, or traditional courtyard residences.  Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighbourhoods.  Oh did I mention that got to this area by rickshaw carriage.  If you don’t recall what those are, there was a Seinfield episode with Kramer about it.  We were explained how the homes in this area have been handed down from generation to generation and have a history dating back to the Zhou dynasty.  We were introduced to a retired physics teacher who told us all about her home and its history.  Once informed that Bill’s mom was also a retired teacher, the nice lady informed us that on our next visit I must bring my mom so they can “talk shop.”  From there we rode back by rickshaw to the bus and proceeded to the silk factory.  There we found out about how the silk is prepared from the cocoons and fashioned into a thread to make cloth.  Very interesting.  Oh did I mention worms, silk worms that is.  Of course D wanted to hold some of them and the lady at the factory allowed him to do just that.  He was in heaven.

Lunch was at a local restaurant on a big lazy susan  full of goodies.  After lunch we walked from the restaurant to Tiananmen Square.  As you can see by the photos, the national holiday still is going on to some extent.  Lots a people around the square.  We saw their version of the Capital, the National Museum, and many of the other building surrounding the square.

Next we walked through the Forbidden City in all its historical glory.  It was amazing of the scope and size of it all.  It’s hard to imagine all the work that was involved in building it.

It was a lot of walking that left all but one in the Moody Family wanting to go to sleep as soon as the hotel appeared around the corner.  Well someone had to tell everyone how the day went.  As the day was ending, we tried to wake the D-man for dinner to no avail.  Realizing it was futile, Lori decide to go back to sleep leaving Bill to seek dinner on his own.  Let see, Bill on his own in Beijing …hmmm

China Day 1 – Beijing

Hello All,

Today was a fun day.  We believe we finally caught up to Beijing time.  United Airlines helped by making the flight over feel like we had been flying throughout the night even though behind all the shades was the sun.  Got to the hotel ok. We walked around a bit and explored the hotel and its surroundings.  We then got a little dinner and when back to the room.  Everyone crashed hard and turned in at about 9:30 which is very unusual for even Bill.  All of us slept for about 12 hours.

Ahhh, the morning.  Breakfast was great and D still had on his pjs.  Guess what to all those in blog land.  You can get fried noodles, pancakes, and bacon for breakfast here.  Oh and you can it with chopsticks.  Speaking of which, D had a pound of bacon, 15 pancakes, and gallon of OJ.

Of the D-man, he can find a friend anywhere, which bodes well for when we get the boys.  D’s friend was “Monte.”  That was his English name.  According to his dad, his Chinese name is pretty difficult to say.  So maybe your asking yourself, “Self, what did D and his new buddy do?”  They found snails in the bushes by the building.  Many of you that know the D-man realize that this par for the course.  What’s a new continent and all, the goal is “I must find a new critter.”  Mom and Dad said, “No, you can take that back to the room.

We decided that we would explore a little of Beijing by heading over to Olympic Stadium or the Nest as I am sure we all remember from the 2008 Olympic Games.  We took the subway.  It is about as nice or nicer than the Metro in DC.  Our hotel guy said we could take it or a taxi.  He did say it could be a little overwhelming, but that didn’t scare us.  Oh, back to the Nest, TV does not do it justice.  It is massive and beautiful and is a engineering marvel.  Although the games were three years ago the place and the surrounding facilities still look great.  Lori did her best today to learn new phases in Chinese as quickly as she could.  One phase in particular “How much?” came in particularly handy and “Where is?” followed by a point to a sign such as McDonald’s.  Daddy and D had a extra fun time by riding seaways around the track at the stadium.  Champions walked and ran on it, we rode seaways.  D had a little trouble at first getting used to riding the two wheeler, but in the end he was a little expert.  Don’t worry grandparents, he had on a helmet and pads.  After that we began our travel over to the “The Cube” where are the swimming events were held.  We sidetracked ourselves at the McDonald’s for a late lunch and then headed for the The Cube.  We were somewhat surprised to find out that the Cube had been converted to a Water Park – water slides, speed slides, etc.  Oh well…

We decide to head back to the subway and realized that tons of people had showed up since earlier that morning.  Those tons of people included vendors trying to sale every thing they had.  Some were pretty pushy.  One lady was trying to put stuff in our bag.  It didn’t matter that we were trying to say no, but in the end we think we got a pretty good deal.  One thing we also discovered, we are a picture magnet.  People were walking up to us and asking to take a picture.  I don’t mean “Hey, American, … take picture of me.”  It was let us take a picture of you guys with us standing next to you.  Wild, I tell you.  The D-man was magnet for other children.  Their parents would send them to stand or sit next to him for a photo.  Blue eyes gets them every time.  The Chinese people are great and love that you visiting their country.  D would do something funny and they would smile and take a picture.

We made it back to the hotel on the subway.  The Moody’s now know what it like to be a sardine.  Word to the wise: you better be quick trying to get a seat in the subway and if your one of those people who hates crowds don’t ride it.  Is your personal space an issue for you, then take a taxi.  🙂

In the room, Bill blew out the AC adapter for the DVD player.  240 vs. 110 volts equals smokey mess.  JOY! In Bill’s defense, the computer worked with no trouble in the outlet.  Next stop … the mall next door for a AC converter.  We forgot that we promised D a chance to hit the ice skating ring in the mall the day before.  Ice Skating, like the seaway, took him a little while to figure how to do it.  In the end, he started to get the hang of it, but his exhaustion was getting the better of him.  So much so that he fell asleep in his rice at dinner.  Rice up the nose is hard to get out…. Just kidding.

Tomorrow looks to be pretty cool.  We will be seeing more neat things that we have only seen in books or on tv.   We wonder what the boys are doing.  What thoughts are going on in their little heads.  My mommy, daddy, and big brother on their way. Just a few days more….

Greetings from Beijing

Greeting from Beijing.  We made it here safely about 3 hours ago.  Its about 5:15pm here.  We had a minor issue in Houston with continental forcing us to check our carry-on luggage due to claim that there was no room on the plane for our carry-on.  It was to the point of us having to take various papers out of one bag to put into another thinking we were good.  Well they checked that one too. Argggghh.  That bag had our vital adoption papers and our boarding passes for the Beijing leg.  At that point the TSA controls whether the bag can be allowed back on the plane or not and the usual answer is no.  After thinking it through a little, I caught up with one of our flight attendants, pleaded our case about the importance of the papers.  He spoke with the flight crew, who spoke with the TSA.  We were granted access to the bag briefly to get what we needed and they checked it on to here.  In our brief discussion with the TSA guy, we found out that his sister adopted from China and that he was glad to help out.  As much grief as those guys get, they were a Godsend today.  The Houston continental people not so much, but with a whole lot of divine intervention in worked out.

Will post some pictures tomorrow.

Bill, Lori, and Davis

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