Lady Bug Dreams

We, like so many others, have embarked on a journey, that has us swinging between hysterical laughter to tears of unknown. But we are doing it.....

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Back Home

Well, I can't believe we are finally home with our daughter. What an incredible journey with a great ending! This is a picture of me and Brie on adoption day in Lanzhou, China. We could not post to our blogspot after we left Beijing. The flight home was torture, but we survived. We are recovering from jetlag and trying to switch our days and nights. Brianna is advancing everyday and is even starting to crawl. She is such a joy. We are truly lucky to have been chosen to be her parents.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Tianneman Square, Forbidden City and Great Wall




Well - it is 03:50 AM Sunday (Mothers Day) - we are getting ready to fly out to Lanzhou and get Brianna at 3:00 PM today - We went to Tian ne man Square, Forbidden City and the Great Wall today - needless to say - with the altitude and all the walking - we are plum tuckered.
Carolyn just woke, I woke about an hour ago - still on US time so we are coping the best we can - the photo's are posted in the new folder for our adventures today..

This may be a last post for a few days, we do not know what the interior provinces hold for internet access.
Peace for now
John

Friday, May 12, 2006

Temple of Heaven and local artist

Inside the Temple of Heaven - on our first day in Beijing


Temple of Heaven - we got there very early on Thursday morning - only Westerners there and were the object of many stares and chatter. We also were the only folks wearing shorts, everyone else were in slacks and jackets - it was 75 degrees, quite nice.


Temple of Heaven storage building - there are two of these - this one to the East of the Temple and another to the West - they stored grains and supplies in these buildings - 9 bay doors signified something, however, I could not stay and read the entire description, the locals were closing in on me - they are fascinated by the tattoo's


We are posting blindly - the access is shotty - half the time we get errors after submitting. We will attempt to post more. These were from our first day in town. We left Tampa Tuesday morning and got in Beijing on Wednesday afternoon - so we were shot. Went out on Thursday to the above park and Temple of Heaven.

Later in the afternoon walked up to the local art district.


We visited a local art school - beware the ploy - the local like to practise their english which is ok, however when they ask if you would like to experience some local culture and start walking you somewhere because they want to share - prepare for the "bait-n-switch" they want to sell you something. Luckily we wanted to buy, we were looking for local art and found an apt student and she had wares to sell - our Artist Lily and the Koi painting we purchased that she painted.

Friday was the Hutong tour and Drum Tour - Palace Garden, Tea ceremony - recommend the hutong tour

Photos from two days in Beijing

Guards at the Temple of Heaven


Hutong area - local folks looking at the Americans - very friendly folks - Hutong is 200 plus year old area - 4 homes share a common courtyard and build off each other. Visited a local gentleman who was a archeologist for the state (retired) who has lived in the family owned Hutong for 53 years, they are passed down through the generations.


Hutong alley way
This is the approach to the Bell Tower - it was used as a time piece for the local area - every 30 minutes a drum was beat - the clock was the water machine pictured also.



Bell Tower - Big Ben of Beijing, the steps to the top of this 7 story structure were 16" high and at about 60 degree incline - holy-crap....


This is the approach to the Bell Tower - it was used as a time piece for the local area - every 30 minutes a drum was beat - the clock was the water machine pictured also.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Ready, Set.......Go!

After all we have been thru in the last 1 1/2 years, we are finally on the verge of leaving to bring our daughter home. We are excited beyond words.

We are flying out very early Tues, May 9th. Brianna's birthday is on May 13th. We will be handed our daughter on Mother's Day, May 14th. How cool is that!!! The older boys will be holding down the homefront and I'm sure they will do a great job. I will miss them and my dog (we are very close). I can't wait to introduce them to their baby sister. I am a nervous wreck, but I just keep taking deep breaths.

This reminds me of childbirth labor.