Saturday, July 11, 2009

Such Tourists

"It's funny that growing up in So. California, I was forever making fun of tourist. They took pictures of the stupidest things and just stuck out. Yeah, today we soooooooo were the tourists!!! Somehow I didn't think we would be stared at this much in Beijing but we were. Emily experienced her first taste of "celebrity" when a father was trying to be inconspicuous and get his daughter to inch closer and closer to Emily so he could take their picture together. Allie saw what he was doing, put Emily next to her and posed with a big dorky grin. They were thrilled!!!!

As you can tell from the picture of us in Tienanmen Square it was pretty overcast and foggy in Beijing today. My pictures weren't coming out that great because my new camera doesn't have a "Hot & Muggy" setting!

Since Tienanmen Square and the Forbidden City are next to each other and cover 150 acres, we walked through them both in about two hours. I can't begin to describe the crowds of people. The only thing it can be compared to is Disneyland on main street during the fireworks show at the end of the day. I'm so thankful that it's not that crowded everywhere but in MANY places it was worse!

From there we went to the Summer Place. We're getting a kick out of the street vender's. They are pretty pushy but not much different than Mexico. Their are many that sell fruit on these bicycle carts and we are enjoying all the types of fruit we have never seen before. I guess I should say that we are enjoying looking at the unusual fruits because we can't actually eat them!

The Summer Palace gardens were very pretty, even with the fog everywhere.

The lake there is a large but shallow man made lake. It's pitiful but I couldn't help but think "Man that's a pretty tank!"

From there we headed to dinner which was our best meal so far. We were greeted by this huge Buddha. Check out all the cash that people have given him in the hopes of good sad. Allie referred to it as Jaba The Hut. The food there was wonderful even though we had no idea what a few things were. It cracks me up that you are served on glass of soda with your meal and after that you have to pay extra. So our guides bring in cases of bottled water for us because the restaurants don't care if you bring in your own drinks.

We were almost late to the Acrobats show that finished up our day. They wouldn't allow us to take pictures of any of it but it was great and Emily LOVED it! She seems to really be enjoying everything though! She has made friends with a thirteen year old girl named Meridith who is very sweet. They are so excited to be meeting their new sisters soon!

Tomorrow we will play tourist again after church. Then we' pack up and get ready to leave first thing Monday morning to go to SHANDONG!!! I can't believe we will meet KayLi in one day. Until than it has been great to get to know the other families in our group and learn how God has worked in their lives through their adoptions. He is such an awesome God! To hear the ways that He has called these families to adopt, really helps you get a better idea of how close this is to His heart. He truly is a Father to the Fatherless!!!!!

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Love Y'all!


Traci said...

We are having so much fun "going to China" with you through your pictures! I so wish it had not been so cold when we went to the Summer Palace, ect., because it is so beautiful, but we were so frozen, we didn't seem to "take" it in like I'd liked. The pictures are so pretty. Of course, you are probably pouring sweat, huh? I bet it's hot! and humid! I love the one of Emily in front of the flowers. I also can't believe they didn't let you take pictures at the Acrobatic show. We were able to, and we also video taped. Our guides told us to. Hmmm, guess their rules changed in six months. I'll share my pics with you! =o) Just one more day, YYEEEEAAAHHH!
Praying for you!
Love ya!

Kristi said...

I'm so glad you are enjoying being a tourist so far. One thing for sure, you may as well embrace being a tourist, it's not like you're gonna blend in...
Ian and I decided to do the same and take pictures of everything! I hope the haze clears out a bit for your day at the Great Wall tomorrow!
Can't wait for those pictures and updates from Monday!

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Stephanie, Stephen, Shaelyn and Selena said...

It looks like you are having a great time! Wishing you all the best tomorrow when you meet your daughter (and mei mei). We are very excited for you!

Stephanie (from Calgary, Canada, waiting to come pick up our daughter in Jining)

Jazmyne Rose-Noel Rees said...


Enjoy every minute of it! Scream from the mountain tops if you want to! There is a time to dance and now is that time for your family! With every step you will inch ever so closer to the sweet little angel God has chosen for just your family. She will be hesitant and so scared at first but you will be amazed at how she will emerge from the 1st night's sleep! The flower blooms so quickly!
Kathy - Mommy to Jazmyne for 9 1/2 Wonderful Months Now!

Jenn said...

Y'all make such good tourists too!

Continue enjoying it all!


ErinSpd said...

Seeing all of your great pictures makes me miss being there. It is such an amazing journey and I am so happy for you. I cannot wait to see your little one!

: ) Erin Stone

Erin Stone said...

Seeing all of your wonderful pictures makes me miss China. We had such an amazing journey! It looks like you guys are having a blast! I cannot wait to see you little one's precious face!!

: ) Erin Stone

Erin Stone said...

Seeing all of your wonderful pictures makes me miss China. We had such an amazing journey! I cannot wait to see you little one's precious face!!

: ) Erin Stone