Sunday, June 18, 2006

Today's the big day

Today was a fun but very long, hot day. It was about 35 degrees with no breeze and pretty smoggy. We shopped like crazy in the market near the hotel this morning, then enjoyed a wonderful 90 minute foot massage in the hotel spa. My feet were very grateful after all the walking in the markets. Later in the afternoon, our guide Shuo and his mom, Yufin took us to a beautiful Park called Jingshan Park which was just just spectacular. We then went to a place where you can have an Emporer's dinner, but the menu was just a little too adventurous for any of us so we went to a restaurant that was more for the locals. It was so loud in there, and it's fascinating to watch how people interact here. So far, I'm enjoying a vegetarian lifestyle here, but it's interesting to see what goes by on a plate. Ron isn't getting too adventurous with food yet, but he's really enjoying what he's trying. One of the dishes our guide ordered for us was some kind of stomach(!!!!) which of course no one ate, but I think he just ordered it for effect. Our room and bed are very comfortable, but I haven't slept well at all. There's so much to see and do and take in in such a short time that it's stimulation overload. We are leaving Beijing in just a few hours to fly to Changsha and we will go the the Civil Affairs office to get the babies shortly after we arrive. I get so weepy just thinking about it now, but I sure hope I can hold it together for Olivia's sake when we get her. It feels like it's taken so long to get here that it just doesn't seem possible to finally be at this point. Enjoy the photo's from today - the next ones will be of our sweet girl. If Doug and Connie are reading this, I hope Emma is behaving - we miss her. Hi to Aaron and Cheryl and Dale and Gisela - wish you were here with us.


Blogger US said...

Ron and Val,

Reading your blog entry today Val make me very emotional, tears of joy for all of you.(Josh thinks I'm a weeping fool!) What an amazing journey so far and what lays ahead all those many years to come. Olivia is the luckiest little girl, to have two wonderful parents like you two. Enjoy, Enjoy Enjoy!!!!!!! Thinking of you guys everyday! p.s Morgan is going to be in Victoria this summer and is hopping to meet her new little cousin. Also she is a great babysitter :) Love you guys. love to all of you......can't wait to see pictures of you and your daughter!!!! Wow daughter isn't that cool!!
Sarah, Josh Morgan,Liam & Rascal

6/18/2006 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Lorraine & Rowan - Canada said...

Im getting weepy for you. Rowan is counting down the hours till Olivia is in your arms.

6/18/2006 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Connie and Doug said...

Hey Ron and Val,
Emma is doing great. . . enjoying the hoofin's with Tag; today up Bear Hill, yesterday Frances King park. She has taken over Tag's bed in our room and claimed it as her own. The first night Tag layed on the floor by our bed and just watched her all night. Now he is happily sleeping in Amy's room! Soon you will meet your baby girl. . . how exciting and wonderful for you!!!
Connie & Doug
PS - Emma sends you kisses!

6/18/2006 10:00 PM  
Blogger Dawn and Dale said...

I'm stalking your China clock trying to figure out what time it is there and when exactly you'll have Olivia in your arms!!!

Post as soon as you can!!


6/18/2006 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Jen said...

I am glad to hear things are going well so far. Moments from now you will have your sweet little angel in your arms! I am counting down the minutes with you! By the way....had dim sum today for Father's Day with Ed's family....Ed ate Cow stomach!!! Ewww! Love you! Jen xo

6/18/2006 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Cindy Leger said...

Awesome pictures!! Don't you get a chuckle out of the split pants. For some reason I can't see my kids walking around here with them on. I saved Isabella's to show her when she gets older what she use to wear. I can't wait to see some pictures of Olivia with you guys!!! Hope you are having lots and lots of fun!!!

Cindy Leger

6/19/2006 6:48 AM  
Anonymous Sylvia said...

Val & Ron!
You are almost there! That life changing moment when Olivia is in your arms - no words to describe it. A family brought together through adoption - Awesome stuff. Paige and Will can't wait to meet their "cousin Olivia" this summer. Eeeek....this is so exciting.
Love Sylvia, Craig, Paige, Will

6/19/2006 7:19 AM  

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