Wednesday, January 21, 2009

It's Been Awhile!

A few random pictures...
Happy New Year Greetings! These statues are in all the restaurants now, the excitement is building to a fever-pitch for the Spring Festival (Lunar New Year)!
My pouty girl!

Home sweet home...Room 8304 at the Victory Hotel

Brides are everywhere on beautiful Shamian Island...this couple from Miami took a break from thier picture shoot to pose for us


Sorry I haven't posted more...it's hard when you're basically a "one-woman" show! Kaelie and I are doing great except for a little chest cold which has spread pretty rampantly among our travel group. It wouldn't be so bad except for the coughing at night! I have some Tylenol cold for me but it is basically for a head cold. I'm hoping to find something for a chest cold among our group today.
On Sunday, we attended the Chinese/English service at the Christ Church on Shamian Island. What an experience! The message was a beautiful sermon entitled "The Assurance of our Hope" from First Corinithians.







After lunch, we filled a bus and a van and headed out for an afternoon at the zoo!

Pomerianians on display!






A girl has to primp for an important photo shoot, right? Kaelie LOVES taking a bath!


All ready to go...it's time for the red couch photos!

Panda sisters...Kaelie, Lauren, and Giorgia with their sweet moms Stephe, Donna, and me
Jill and Mary Elizabeth, me with Kaelie, and Kathy with Sierra

My angel :>)
Six sweet babies pose, and another is very unhappy...guess who!
Look at that cheeky grin!
Red couch nap!
Ray and Leslie celebrate their daughter Isabela's first birthday! We had a get-together on the M floor in the lobby with cake and fellowship and sad good-byes
The hotel staff always coo over Kaelie...here, before the birthday party


Our group of 15 is now a group of 7! The 8 families who traveled to other provinces (besides Guangdong) all got off this morning for home. And in 24 hours, Kaelie and I will be heading east! I think in all it will take us about 27 hours to from Guangzhou to Jacksonville. I can't wait to see all my guys and show them their beautiful daughter and sister! I love you all so much!

So, what have we been up to? SHOPPING, a "quick" trip to the consulate to re-do our vaccination affidavit, an outing to the Guangzhou zoo, shopping for pearls at the pearl market, and more SHOPPING! We've had a great time here and the only thing that would have made it better would have been to have the rest of my family here.

5 comments:

Linda said...

Happy to see your beautiful little one and you did so well on your trip. Donna enjoyed her time with you and I was glad that everyone got along so well. Happy journey home to your family.. Linda

Kathy said...

Karen,
Have a safe trip home. I am so happy for you and your family. I love all of the pictures. Kaelie is so cute. I can't wait for the boys and your husband to meet their little sister and daughter. What a day it will be. See you on the other side. I have enjoyed following your blog.
Hugs
Kathy

Alyson and Ford said...

Safe travels home! Happy to see you were able to post again :) It can be a tough thing to do with a little one!
peace
fm

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