Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Hi everyone!! This is Cheri again...I received an email from Susan & Riz this morning saying that they are STILL in China. They were supposed to be arriving home tonight but due to a typhoon in Hong Kong, they are stuck in China and their flight was cancelled. In her email she said that they should be home on THURSDAY, instead of Wednesday, at the same time (same flights). If I hear anything else I will be sure to pass it along. Here's the message that she posted on the agency's Yahoo Group:
I just wanted to let everyone know we are still in China. Our day has been difficult and exhausting. We woke early this morning and headed to the airport to catch our 8:25 flight to Hong Kong after a difficult time getting checked on and through security and immigration and to the gate we sat down to relax and change the babies minutes later we hear that the flight has been delayed then several more min and it was canceled do the the Hong Kong airport being closed because of the typhoon that's right I said typhoon. So back through immigration to have our visas canceled and to pick up our luggage by the way did I say I had to do last min scramble because my bags were over limit if I have not said it before PACK LIGHT... So China Southern put us up in a hotel 15 min from the airport lets just say it is not the Victory or the Galactic Peace international this my friends is real China rural, no Americans food we can't recognize and no English, none of our
room keys work and it is HOT but we are here nd we are dry and together. Tomorrow we leave bright and early again to catch a flight to Hong Kong and then on to the US. Let me just say Zhou is amazing and helped us ll out tremendously today he has been our,life line.... So we love you all and wanted to give you an update on our China adventure...
next post from good old USA
Susan, Riz and Sophia
Susan, Riz & Sophia, I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say that we are all thinking about you, missing you and that we are all praying for safe flights home. We love all three of you and we know you are just ready to get home....don't worry it won't be much longer...hang in there!! Give Sophia a big hug and kiss from all of us!!
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Saturday, June 21, 2008
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I am going to leave it up and see if it will work tomorrow... thanks Hope and Karen....I have been trying to upload pictures to blogger and yahoo and they wont go for some reason. i am so tired now all of a sudden so I am going to go to bed and dream of my daughter :) just a few more hours.. I will post pictures tomorrow for sure..
Love you all..
Posted by the mommy at 12:37 PM
Friday, June 13, 2008
Well we made it...We are here FINALLY!... It all seems so unreal....
OK this is going to be short because we are exhausted but I had to post right away when I was able to open blogger without any trouble at all.
We started our day with our parents leaving us at the airport. As we walked through security and turned back and saw the 3 of them there crying and waving it was to much and we both lost it. We cried all the way to the gate, all tears of joy....We started out at 3:45am Eastern time when our alarm woke us for the day.. Out of the house by 5:30am.. flight left for Chicago at 9:07. We met the rest of our travel group in Chicago were we had some bonding time for several hours. Everyone is so nice and it was really nice to put a face with a name... The flight to Beijing was PACKED! and took off at 12:38pm Central time. As I said the flight was PACKED! we were luck enough to get 2 middle seats in the middle row (hear the sarcasm right?) LOL... really though the two people sitting on the end rows were very nice and tolerated us getting up frequently to stretch our legs. We had 3 meals and 2 snacks and did not sleep a wink the whole 13 hour flight. We watched The Bucketlist and Definitely Maybe for movies and the discovery Channel for a while. All in all the flight was good and went by quicker then we had imagined...So I have some tips for those of you waiting to travel...
1. As soon as you have your tickets call for your seats do not wait until 24 hours before the flight like they say you have to. If you have children traveling with you tell them that they will make sure you are together.
2. If at all possible do not fly United... Plane was a mess, Flight attendants were rude....If you do fly United pay for an extra seat or upgrade if possible to economy plus.
3. Do not take anything on the plane with you are as little as possible when I say it was cramped that is an understatement. I took magazines could not concentrate to read. Brought Uno cards never played them, brought the i-pod never took it out. Just plane on sitting there in amazement for 13 hours....they have ear phones and XM radio on the plane
4Avoid the noodle soup bowl... Our friend Alice told us that but we tried them anyway they are really bad...
OK we are going to go exchange some money with Zhou (pronounced Joe) and check out the Lobby here at the Holiday Inn Downtown Beijing...
Big hugs from China we will post again tomorrow night our time (12 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard)..
Love Susan and Riz
3 more sleeps to Sophia
Oh P.S Riz said and YES the beds are ROCK hard
P.S.S. I cam e right in the room and brushed my teeth with tap water LOL DAH..Exhaustion
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Thursday, June 12, 2008
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008
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Monday, June 09, 2008
Riz and I wanted to take a moment out of all the prep work for our trip to wish all of the families a BIG congratulation's all of the families who are seeing their children for the first time today we wish you all the best and a hearty congratulations. Referral time is always exciting to those who are waiting for their and even to all of us who have their referrals. Check out Rumor Queen for a peak at all the adorable babies. There were even 2 healthy boys in this group of referrals. This month is particularly special because our good friend Sharon got her her referral for her Mary Alice. Go on over to Sharon's blog to see Mary Alice. She is adorable tiny, perfect in every way. She is 6 days younger then Sophia, born in April (I see plyadates in our future). Riz and I were brought to tears when we read Sharon's words today and then saw Mary Alice for the first time. I can't look at her face with out getting emotional. Sharon you are going to be a great mom. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet you and get to know you over the last 2+ years....We love you.........
P.S. 3 more sleeps to China...
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Saturday, June 07, 2008
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Friday, June 06, 2008
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Thursday, June 05, 2008
We are chugging along getting things ready for Sophia. Over the weekend we put Sophia's car seat in the van. Well, I should say we tried to put Sophia's car seat in the van....
First the van seat had to be moved
Not an easy feat but Riz got it done
Then in goes the seat protector (that was the easy part)
Next in goes the car seat
We are a little worried about poor little Sophia. She has 2 parents who could not figure out how to get the car seat in the car properly.
So we gave up and took the van and the car seat to the firehouse for installation... The nice fireman Nate put it in for us in less then 5 minutes. He showed us what we were doing wrong boy did we feel dumb. It was simple once we knew what we were doing (we did not need to use the seat belt at all). I should have taken a picture of Nate but I did not think of it until we left....
Isn't that car seat pretty? We will probably live to regret the light colored fabric but hey it is Florida and it is HOT so I wanted something summery, girly and cooler so "The Britex Ashley" it had to be..Plus, our Goddaughter's name is Ashley so how could we not pick that one right? It is such a sweet feeling to drive down the road, look in that rear view mirror and see that car seat back there knowing one day very soon Sophia will be looking back at us....
7 More sleeps to go
11 More sleeps till Sophia is in our arms forever...
Posted by the mommy at 7:10 AM
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Mommy has to focus
We got it all in and we are at 42 pounds each checked bag. The only change from what you see here is we decided to not take the red diaper bag or the black carry on bag with us. We are only allowed one carry on each so we will be taking our rolling carry on bag. Instead and the red and black backpack. We have a few last minute things to throw in the bags but we are ready to go. Packing was a challenge that was fun. We took a verity a clothes sizes for Sophia (some 9 months and some 12 months). We have snacks with us for a touch of home (we may do a survivor like auction in the hotel room hallway one night LOL). We have more medications with us then we will ever need but again we are willing to share with our wonderful travel group. We are looking forward to getting the show on the road....
8 more sleeps to China......
Posted by the mommy at 6:24 AM
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
It is finally real.. it is happening .. we are going to China or as our friends keep saying "YOU ARE GOING TO FRIGGIN CHINA!" LOL... we are so excited and running around doing all the last minute things that need to be done. Yesterday we got our itinerary.
June 12th (Thursday) Leave Orlando to Chicago to Beijing
June 13 (Friday) Arrive in Beijing and meet Zhou we will be staying at the Holiday Inn Downtown Beijing
June 14 (Saturday) We will visit The Great Wall and do some shopping and lunch by the Wall. Then we will visit the Olympic Stadium (The birds Nest) (how cool is that)
June 15 (Sunday) We will tour Tienanmen Square, Forbidden City, Silk Factory, and have a late lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe in Beijing (another t-shirt for Riz)...Then we fly to Nanchang..We will be staying at the Galactic Peace International Hotel in Nanchang
June 16 (Monday) We will walk across the street from our hotel at 10am and meet our daughter! Our Family Day will be June 16th but it will still be June 15 here in the states so technically it will still be Fathers Day LOL
June 17(Tuesday) Notary apply for Chinese passport and Bonding and Shopping..
June 18 (Wednesday) Free day of shopping, resting (yeah right LOL) , bonding and sight seeing We will go to Walmart this day from what we hear it is like a religious experience in china much different then here in the US.
June 19 (Thursday) Sight Seeing with the group
June 20 (Friday) (Fly to Guangzhou at 5:45pm we will be staying at the Victory Hotel
June 21 (Saturday) Visa photos and Medical exam for Sophia
June 22 (Sunday) Shopping at the jade and Pearl Market and paperwork in the evening.
June 23 (Monday) Visa appointment and visiting the fish and bird market experience the Guangzhou subway..(we may skip that and visit with our friends that live in Hong Kong and will come up to see us).
June 24 (Tuesday) Consulate appointment at the US embassy Guangzhou China
June 25 (Wednesday) We leave China for Hong Kong and then on to Chicago and then Orlando
It all seems real now.. 9 more sleeps to go and then we embark on our life changing journey to become a family of 3.....
(OK so I could not think of a better traveling song but I am open for suggestions LOL)
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Monday, June 02, 2008
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Sunday, June 01, 2008
Last night we went to our friends Denise and Pats house for dinner and hung out by the pool for awhile. It is nice to talk to them because we are taking the same exact journey they did when they traveled to adopt their daughter Macy. Pat and Denise gave us lots of tips of what to do and not do while we are traveling. Thanks you guys again it means so much to us....
Tonight we are going to my in-laws for Sunday dinner (Macaroni and Meatballs). We are going to firm up all our plans with them as they will be taking us and picking us up from the airport.
We have a few last minutes things to do and get but we are pretty much all set to travel.
11 more sleeps to China
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