Tuesday, June 2, 2015

So Long Guangzhou!

It is our last night here in Guangzhou and although our time here has been great, I am oh so ready to be home.  I miss the boys terribly and really want our life as a family of 5 begin in the comfort of our home on US soil.  We have had a great past few days filled with some fun adventures but we are both ready to have our normal again.

The  VPN connection has been terrible here so it has been hard to post so I will, once again, update you on the past few days...

On our Saturday night after our medical appointments we went out with all of the Lifeline families (there are 11 families) to Tekila Mexican....yes, you read that right.....we ate mexican in China and it was actaully pretty good!  Landry approved the chicken quesadilla and loved sitting in a highchair for the first time with us.

On Sunday we ventured out to the Jade & Pearl market.  This place was huge.  Unfortunately everything was wholesale so it was really hard to buy small quantities of anything.  Brett and I were cracking up because everything we wanted was either not for sale or WAY out of our price range....bummer!

Our guides did take us to a great pearl shop. There were hundreds of shapes, colors and sizes to choose from.  Just bags and bags piled on the floor.  You could purchase by the strand and then the jewelers would strand them for you depending on if you wanted a bracelet of necklace.

We picked out a necklace/bracelet set for Landry that we will give her when she is older. I also got a string of fish shaped pearls that I am bringing home to have a friend string for me.

We also went to an embroderied shop.  Brett and I typically will pick an art piece when we travel.  We love looking around our house filled with memories of places we have been.  Well, when we walked in we both set our eyes on this piece......until we checked the price.  $9,000.00......ummmm, that would be a no!

We then went to Chen Family Temple.  It is a museum that also has a few shops.

I loved this wall of lanterns at the entrance!

The carvings on the outside were amazing!

And Brett and I could not get over the detail on this ivory boat!

It was in the gardens here that Landry let Brett hold her for the first time.

Love my Guangxi mamas, Amy & Rachel:)

On Monday we headed out to Shaiman Island.  This was a very neat place that reminded me of New Orleans.  Cobblestone streets with courtyards and tons of little "mom & pop" shops.  It was a ton of fun...until the rain came and the crazy bolt of lightening that was way to close and way to loud!  We managed to get some shopping in and had lunch at Lucy's, which is known for their America Style food.  We had a burger that was pretty tasty!

We also bought Landry a few pairs of the famous squeaky shoes from Jenny's!

We tucked in the 7 Eleven to grab a cold drink before we left and I couldn't help to take a pic of the weird chip flavors that they have here!  The cucumber are actually pretty good and the lime have been my favorite!

This is the Garden, where we are staying.  They have been doing some rennovations here so it has been a bit noisy but we have made the best of it.  It is a great hotel and very close to a ton of restaurants.

As much as we love all of the excursions that are planned, we find that Landry does best when it is just the 3 of us in the room.  So we decided to back out of the dinner cruise tonight and zoo tomorrow.  As much as she loves being in the ergo, she does not like being in it for hours and it is just so hot here that we are all soaking wet after an hour.  Tonight, we ventured out on our own for a quick trip to the Canton Tower.

Canton Tower- 5th Largest Tower

It was so HIGH!!!

Like, so very HIGH!

We rode the bubble trams......they made me a bit weak in the knees!

Oye! Oh so crazy!

We plan on having a lazy day tomorrow before we take the train to Hong Kong in the afternoon.  We will probably have breakfast and then head to the pool for a bit.  We will then say goodbye to our new friends....or more like, see you later!  We are over the moon to start our trek home and bring our girl home!  We can't wait for everyone to meet her. We have really loved seeing how much she has changed in just one week.  It is amazing!  She has gone from being in complete shock last week to quite the ham this week.  

She does have her moments of grieving and they are hard. She can just be incosolable at times and it breaks my heart.  I just hold her tight and tell her how much I love her and that she is safe.  We are also able to read her better and know what makes her feel insecure and, strangers touching her or riding on the subway with a million people and rush hour, bad idea!

I will also forever treasure the friendships that I have made here.  It is amazing how we have all come together and been a true gift to each other.

I am not sure if I will update again until after we get home on Thursday.  Thank you to each and everyone of you! For your support, prayers and kind words.  We are so humbled by all that has been recieved. 

Please pray for safe travels with minimal interuptions and delays.
It has been an amazing journey.....thank you for helping us #bringlandryleahhome!

xo- Kelli

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