Here's a photo from the Jade factory. We had a lovely lunch there and Felicity had an incredibly messy diaper in a place where the bathrooms had no real place to change a baby. Luckily there was a cleaning person who was very helpful and also impressed with the messiness of Felicity's diaper. It's amazing how well two women who don't speak each other's language can communicate over one awful diaper!!
Then it was on to the Great Wall of China - pictures just can not do it justice!
Faith and her new friends. We met up with another family for our days in Beijing and the kids got along great. It was good for everybody!
Ummm.... Okayyyyy..... look out for those speaking cellphones!
Not so bad going up but...... don't look back down!
posed shot... itttttssssss sssssoooooo ssssttteeeeeeeeeeeeppppp!
(although they really didn't need to make it look any steeper!)
Kevin looking down at Felicity while she's in the carrier. She was enjoying herself!
Group shot! (the Grandmas were back at the hotel that day but that's a whole other health story)
a photo of Daddy and his new little girl just like we took with Sassy girl 7.5 years ago!
waiting in the van for a bicycle race to go by. Look who wants to get going now!
and then later that day.... (it was the day that just kept on going!) we had a wonderful Peking Duck dinner. The restaurant was noisy and crowded and we thought they would never stop explaining the process to us so we could eat but once we were allowed to, it was very good!
Group shot with everyone before we got in the van to head to the airport to go home.....
We were happy to be going home but I'm not sure anyone was happy to have their picture taken right at this moment!!
back by Costa Coffee - the first place we went when we got off the plane at the beginning of our journey...
Wahoo! we made it onto the plane and so far so good!
I don't think anyone was as happy as the Grandmas to be going home - it was a challenging trip, travel wise!!
Sassy Girl relaxing before falling asleep for most of the plane ride (whew!)
look who doesn't sleep on airplanes!!! Since, with the time difference, we arrived only 25 minutes after we left (even though the plane ride was 12 hours and 25 minutes) I can safely say that that was the longest 25 minutes of my entire life, hands down. Sure, I can look at the photos now and say "what a cutie!" but at the time I was thinking, "pleeeeaaaaasssseeeeee go to sleep, pllllleeeeeeaaaasssseeeee!!!!!!)
What a journey. We were so glad to make it back home safe and sound. And we were so happy to add the wonderful Little One to our family. We can't even imagine what life was like without her anymore.
Life is Good.