Monday, July 7, 2014

Guangzhou Part 2

I'm back!!  I really need to finish this flashback to China, don't I...considering we've been home for over two months already! 

I think I will hurry along a bit.  There isn't as much to tell about our time in Guangzhou, although I really loved it!

Corrie continued to amaze us with her resilient spirit for the rest of the time in China.  She did start to have some tears once in a while, although they were at odd times, and didn't seem to be connected to anything of importance.  You just never know what is going on in the mind of these sweet kids who have just walked away from everything they have ever known.  It just blows my mind to think about the enormity of that.  But over all she was absolutely happy.  Like she was having the best time of her life!

So, in Guangzhou we got to know our new friends in our group and their adorable children, visited a few neat places, had some meetings and a bit more official paperwork, and cherished our time together, walking around the city around our hotel, enjoying the beautiful park nearby and the little playground at the hotel, and my favorite--strolling and shopping around Shamian Island.  I just love it there.  So many happy memories of the last time we were there.  We remembered some of the shop owners, too.  And Scott even remembered where some of the specific shops were and how to get to them.  How he does it, I'll never know!  Here are some more pictures...

The ladies at Morning Star had told us she only liked "soupy" foods.  They had no idea she would love chicken nuggets from Mickey D's!  (Interesting thing--the milk in the kids' meals is warm!  They don't refrigerate it!)

Tea party with Daddy with her brand new tea set

She loves her daddy sooo much :)

She had no idea how to give kisses.  Now she puckers up with the best of them. :)

Hanging out in our hotel...she loves to put on different clothes, and then she checks herself out in the mirror.  I would find her standing like that whenever it got too quiet. ;) 

Wrestling with Daddy.  That's what daddies are for, right?
We took this chair lift to the top of this mountain.  It was a little scary!

Our guide was very informative, and always had great stories to tell, too!

This group comes every weekend and sings song after song.  I loved it!  He said they do it to stay healthy.  Singing is good exercise!

This was a bird park.  Lots of different kinds in a beautiful setting.

It was so hot!  Too warm for us northern folks.  Corrie's little head was just soaked with sweat!

We watched a fun bird show!  The birds did tricks, and then the children would hold out yuan for them.  They would take the tens and fly away with them, but they wouldn't touch the ones!  So funny!
One of the sweet new babies in our group.  She was just precious.  And this family's blond hair was a big hit with all the local people!
I loved the trees in the park across the street from our hotel!

Someone must have gone for a coffee break.

Each section of the park had a different kind of tree theme.  So cool!
Nice warning sign by the water...
"Playground" for grown-ups!  (But no playground for kids.)

I wish we had parks like this in the states!
We ate quite a few times at Lucy's on Shamian Island.  It serves American food and has an American theme.  :)  Corrie had gotten this little car that you pull back and it goes forward at one of the shops.  She loved it.
Little boys playing with swords outside one of the shops.  Kids are the same all over the world. :)
Eating at Lucy's again... Corrie ate great everywhere we went! 
I met a new friend.
 Cutie pie just wondering why we were making her stand there with those clowns...
When we were here with Sarah, she did not want anything to do with these kids.  Corrie did not either.  My dream of the perfect photo here never came true. I guess I should have stood there myself!

McDonalds delivers!
One night our group took a cruise on this beautiful boat!  It was too late of a night for Corrie, and Scott didn't care if he went or not, so I took the night off and went by myself.  It was really nice.

Beautiful Guangzhou!

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