Day five is in the bag! Tomorrow, we are going to visit the Great Wall and then we head to the airport and fly to Ashby’s city…um, to say we’re excited is quite the understatement. We are pretty much beside ourselves :).
So…today in China was more soaking up Beijing, staying warm and having fun (with maybe a special lunch thrown in for good measure). Here’s what we did…
The kids enjoying their breakfast in the hotel before heading out.
As many selifes as the four of us take, you would think we would know where to look…that being said, our daily hotel mirror selfie before we headed out into the cold.
Our first stop was to the Summer Palace. Here’s a little behind the scenes of our day…if you didn’t know this about me…I get really car sick and sea sick. Like, I can’t read two sentences in the car without puking and I can barely take a bath without getting sea sick. It’s some serious motion sickness! So, needless to say, me in a cab wearing a mountain of cold weather clothes with two children leaning up against me wearing a ton of their winter layers plus traffic and a 45 minute drive was the perfect storm for sickness. Thank you Jesus that I didn’t get sick on the drive. Ick. I hate motion sickness!
One more thing about this cab ride. The cab driver asked us why we were in China and we said we were adopting. I’m always hesitant to tell people that here in China because you don’t know how each person will take it (some people are offended and some are grateful…you never know). This cab driver went on and on about how nice it was that we were adopting a little girl from his country and giving her a family. He was genuinely sincere…then he asked if we wanted to adopt his kid. I loved that :).
Still enjoying the Summer Palace…in winter.
The lake surrounding the palace was frozen and people were skating…it was fun hearing their laughter out there.
I love watching Kensington stop and take pictures of things. She’s just so cute!
We took a cab ride back from the Summer Palace to the Temple of Heaven (about 45 minutes) and it was 2:00 pm and we were starving…and right across the street from the Temple of Heaven was a Pizza Hut…and yes my friends, we indulged. These are the faces of happy people enjoying their first American meal in five days. We had pizza and iced tea…sigh…it was really good.
After our pizza fest, we walked over to the Temple of Heaven.
Now, we’re back at the hotel tonight ready to settle in. Look, I’m blogging on one computer and watching TV on the other. If you know what a SlingPlayer is, you know what magic I’m seeing :). Andrew bought a SlingPlayer so that he can watch some football while we’re gone (in case you didn’t know, our Dallas Cowboys are doing pretty well this year…it’s a fragile subject since they’re famous for breaking our hearts). Not only can I watch live TV from home…I can watch what’s on my DVR too…a little blogging while watching Everybody Loves Raymond and I feel right at home :).
Goodnight friends. Two more sleeps until we get Ashby :).
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