Sunday, December 17, 2006
The trip to Civil Affairs was a real no-brainer. We met in the lobby, boarded a green bus, and 20 minutes later we stepped off the bus. Next we took an elevator to the 3rd floor of a government building and within 5 minutes we met Zara or Zara Noelle Lanxin M. She was wearing Santa pants!!! (pictures in the Travel Journal section of the blog).
Alina is so happy. She's been very affectionate, sisterly and protective. She's a huge help. When we returned to the hotel they were cleaning our room so we headed straight for the playroom (pictures in the Travel Journal section of the blog).
Well, that's it for now. Lots of site seeing, shopping at WalMart (War-Mart) and other fun things to come as we wait for Zara's passport to be processed. Then we head to the famous White Swan hotel in Ghuanzhou for Christmas. Happy Holidays everyone!!
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
The service and the meditation definitely calmed my nerves. And it gave me a few tools to use in dealing with worry in the future. The big suggestion? Write down all of your worries on the left side of the paper and then on the right side list a series of responses and then put the paper away. Ron claims this allows you to put aside the worries. Then later on, go back and check on the paper to see how all of the issues you stewed over had resolved themselves. I'm going to give this a try. Will report on my results in a few weeks.
Here's our family's itinerary for the trip to China. I did a little research today and it looks like the hotels will be very nice. Even found a photo of Santa Clause in the Dolton Hotel in Changsha. Check out the pix on my photo portfolio at ......
12/14 Austin/Chicago UA6908 Lv. 640A, Ar. 913A
12/14 Chicago/Hong Kong UA829 Lv. 1008A, Ar. 350P on 12/15
12/16 Hong Kong/Changsha KA720 Lv. 215P, Ar. 340P
12/30 Hong Kong/Chicago UA896 Lv. 1135A, Ar. 1143A
12/30 Chicago/Austin UA7759 Lv. 300P, Ar. 547P
Saturday, December 9, 2006
I thought I was a seasoned shopper but these guys managed to find gifts that I've never seen before like a red and white onesie that said "Smart" in both Chinese and English. They also found a black t-shirt that says "Elmo is My Homeboy." I might have to go the Polkadot Whale and pick up "Word to Big Bird" for Alina. The piece de resistance (I have no idea if i spelled that correctly) was a large tiered diaper cake with red ribbons and a Panda bear on top. Plus they gave me all sorts of cute little clothes, blankets and socks.Zara will love them.
They also managed to find My Mei Mei (little sister)- a cute little book I read to Alina last night.
What a creative, fun group of people. I'll miss their stories and humor while I'm in China.
Sunday, December 3, 2006
While Paul was away collecting the final items for our packing list, Alina and I painted a welcome home Zara banner for when we return from China. We hung it on the room that Alina and Zara will share.
Next, it was baking cookies, candies and other treats for the Lil' Paws bake sales next week. Medical care for the doggies we take in is expensive so we have to host bakes sales, wrap gifts and otherwise fund raise to pay for the surgeries. Alina said she wanted to bake LOTS of cookies so that we could raise LOTS of money for the puppies. I agree.
Then I read a wonderful new book to Alina to prepare her for the new addition to the family. We baby sat a 15 month old last night and I saw that she was a bit jealous. The book offered a really touching explanation that love is infinite and will never run out. Hopefully it will help her understand that we have enough love for her and Zara and a houseful of dogs. The book is called That's How Love is by Joan Howes with pictures by Charles Shaw ISBN 0-938349-62-7. Paul picked it up at our the Unity Church bookstore.
Time to go back to Target yet again for more items. This time a booster seat for Alina.
Friday, December 1, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Fortunately, I have a house full of babies thanks to Lil' Paws Maltese rescue http://www.lilpaws-malteserescue.org/, an organization that I have become involved with lately. My favorite is Boo, our 12 year old little Chihauhua/Poodle mix. She's only 5 pounds and loves to have her tummy rubbed. She will just sleep in my arms all day long. Definitely the baby fix I needed to keep my sanity. We also permanently adopted Maybelle and Junebug, twins who are a mix of Shi Tzu and some sort of Terrier. Must've been a Jack Russell Terrier because these girls can jump 4 feet vertically. They remind me of Tigger. Thanks Lil' Paws.