Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Our journey home started Friday, late afternoon China time. Cordelia met us at the hotel to give us Jenna's paperwork and visa. We drove from GZ to Hong Kong with another family. It was a longer drive than what we anticipated, but it was fun chatting with our friends. Right before the border into HK, we seperated into two vans. Then immigration...one stop for leaving China, and another to enter HK. I was surprised how involved this process was considering HK is now part of China.
It was another 1/2 hour or so past the border to get to our hotel for the night. Jamie kept trying to chat with the uber-fast driver because it looked like he was really tired. That's always a fun drive, especially since they can't carry on a conversation or even tell him to turn off and take a break. But we made it.
The next morning, we took a direct flight from HK. We left on time, and had a very uneventful flight. Charlie slept quite a while, thanks to Triaminic PM, but it didn't work so well on Jenna. She only slept maybe 2 hours. She had only one meltdown on the plane, but it didn't last too long. Right or wrong, bribery was involved to get her quiet.
We made it through immigration in record time...15 minutes at the most. Luckily, our flight was the first in from Asia, so the lines were nil. The last guy we talked to ask if we were bringing in any plants, etc. Then he asked if we were bringing in large amounts of money. Jamie and I both laughed, and I said, "Not now." He told us to go on ahead...obviously not understanding the joke...loads of money post-adoption? Sure!
My dad picked us up at the airport, and brought Jacob and Amarin along, too. It was so good to see them and they looked like they had grown a foot! We road home...half asleep.
When we walked through the door, I could smell dinner cooking. Yes! Mom was there with Laura, and had put a roast with veggies in the crockpot. And the house? Spotless! (I later discovered that she had cleaned rooms top to bottom...including ceiling fans, appliances, and the tops of tall pieces of furniture). A dream come true to walk into the house that's all clean and dinner cooking. And Laura looked so tall, too. Maybe because we were used to hangin' out with a couple of shorties for two weeks!
The boys are loving Jenna and she makes them laugh...even her little tantrum. She's trying to say their names and likes to follow them. Unfortunately, they have already introduced her to Star Wars guys, and she likes them. UGH!
Now that we're home..."baby boot camp" has started. Sharing and obeying are musts, and crying to get your way will no longer work...nor will the charming, beautiful smile you flash. She SO knows how to use that smile! (Beware, because she will use it on you, too, to get her way, and mama and baba will probably seem like ogres for a while until she learns). Only once at home so far has she tried the crying thing. We just sat her on the fireplace, stayed in the room near her, playing with the other kids, and let her cry. She hid her face again with her arm, and would peek out to see if we were paying attention. She finally stopped, we loved on her, and she's been fine. We corrected her "sharing" today, and she didn't cry. Fast progress? Here's hoping!
She slept great in her own bed, in a bedroom that she shares with Charlie. She woke once whimpering, and when I got to her, she had little tears and reached for me. Awww...I held her for a minute, took her into the other boys' bedroom to show her everyone was still asleep, and then she went right back to bed. Charlie said, "I'm right here to keep you safe, Jenna." She slept the rest of the night, and we had to wake her for breakfast at 9:30ish...trying to get us all on the right schedule!
Playing alongside Laura after breakfast.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
While my friend, Jenna, and I shopped, Jamie and her husband sat outside in the sun with their Starbucks, and let Charlie run around in the walking area. Glad the weather was so pleasant so we could shop longer!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Happy 4th Birthday, Jenna!! Jamie looked up how to say “happy birthday” in Chinese and it sounds something like “shen ri cuai luh.” He said it to her and she smiled and hugged him. Then the gals that work in the lounge said it at breakfast…it sounded a bit different! Another family that we met from NC had their 11 year old say it, too, and she smiled again. I think she got the point! When we got back to our room, we made her wait in the living room while we gathered a bunch of balloons from our bedroom that we blew up last night. She kept peeking in the bedroom, and giggling. We came out, sang “happy birthday” and threw the balloons up in the air. She was so excited! She opened a few little gifts…a little bracelet and necklace, clothes for her puppy, and a new Bible. She put the jewelry back into the bag and has been carrying it around all morning, until it ended up on her puppy. Note to self: no expensive jewels until we know she’s wearing them, and not her animals!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Friday…we’re starting our journey home.