I'm back...and so are the dumplings!


Sorry for being MIA....I was really, REALLY sick.  Sick as in requiring a visit to the international health clinic for IV fluids and medication because I was unable to eat or drink anything, including water, for 3 days.  It was awful and scary to say the least.  

So here's the reader's digest version of our stay in Guangzhou.

Patrick put on his Superdad cape last Friday.  He packed us up in Taiyuan single-handedly and got us down to Guangzhou and checked into our hotel.  Then on Saturday morning, he headed off to the medical exam with all three kids in tow.  I made him take my camera so he could take photos.

Didn't he do a great job?  I set the camera to Aperture Priority for him, picked a few settings, and let him go.  So proud of my budding photographer hubby (and son.)

Saturday afternoon was when I managed to make it over to the health clinic for some treatment.  And on Sunday, I was finally able to eat.  It felt great.  We decided to keep it a low key day and spent a little time by the pool.

Havi seemed unsure at first, and I can't blame her.  Up to that point, we had only given her one real bath.  But she splashed around a bit while in my arms and seemed pleased.  Then she and I got out while her ge ge and jie jie swam with Baba, and she munched on snacks.

Then we just chilled some more in the room.

I find the photo above hilarious.  Caleb is trying to get Havi to look at the camera and not the cartoon playing on the TV.  However, that's exactly what he's looking at himself. lol. Saturday night we joined a few other adoptive families for dinner at the Banana Leaf, a restaurant right across the street from our hotel.  The food was good and the entertain was fun.  Madeline and I did some dancing with the wait staff.  We will share those videos here on the blog once we get home.  Havi was even clapping along.  It was a great night.

Then this morning, we headed over to the Consulate for Havi's immigration interview.  I tried to take a photo of Baba with his two girls.  One of them wasn't interested in looking at my camera.  So she needed a little help.

We came back to the hotel and then headed out for some lunch.  The grown ups and Havi ate at Pizza Hut, which is not like the Pizza Huts at home in the U.S.  They serve a variety of food here, not just pizza.  Then we grabbed Happy Meals for the two bigger dumplings to eat back in the room.  They couldn't wait to get a "Chinese" toy in their Happy Meals.  It was pretty cute.  It was a sticker dispenser that we still don't know quite how to work.

After lunch and a nap for Havi, we ventured down to the pool again...this time with some drizzle.  It has actually been raining all day here, but we decided to hit the pool anyway.  To say that Havi enjoyed it would be an understatement.  She couldn't wait to get back in.  She was splashing around and having fun.  Her face went under a few times, and she came up laughing.  So future lessons with Ms. Carmen are looking good and so are the rest of our summer days.

Well, tomorrow wraps up our very short stay in Guangzhou.  We're only here 4 nights and 3.5 days.  We will take a train from here to Hong Kong tomorrow afternoon after we pick up Havi's Chinese passport with her immigration visa inside.  We still haven't quite nailed down our itinerary in Hong Kong because, frankly, we thought we were going to have to cancel our stay there and come home early (yes, I was that sick.) 

Anyway, we'll be signing off from our very horrible internet connection and VPN in Guangzhou, and we'll be posting again from Hong Kong!  Oh, and I can't forget to  thank you all for hanging in there and all your prayers.  They are much appreciated.  See you then!

15 sweet words:

Cheri Monday, June 24, 2013  

It seems like your trip went by so quickly! I'm glad you're feeling better and your husband managed it all by himself!

Kate Monday, June 24, 2013  

I have been worried about you when you didn't post! I am so glad you are feeling better...and on the last leg of your journey. Praying you all home safe and sound and drama free. Havi is just gorgeous...Love her.

Best wishes,


Erin Monday, June 24, 2013  

Oh my, so glad you are feeling better, and I'm very impressed by Super Dad and the fact that he took great pictures with managing three kids! Beautiful family and Havi looks like she is loving it all!

Fannie Monday, June 24, 2013  

I'm so glad you are feeling better!!! Way to go Baba though!! Havi looks so cute in her little bathing suit! Love it! HMMMM something to do in Hong Kong.. HongKong Disney of course!!! ;)

Nancy Monday, June 24, 2013  

Wait! You're coming home already? Didn't you just get there? Tiume flies when a fmaily is perfectly made I guess!
SO glad you're back among the living. And prayers for safe travels home with LOTS of sleeping from EVERYONE!

Grandma (Bammy) Monday, June 24, 2013  

so good to hear you are yourself again!! Wonder what happened to you? so scary when you get sick so far away from home.....
Havi is such a cutie!!!

Colleen Cocci Monday, June 24, 2013  

Havi is so beautiful and it's wonderful to watch her smile. It looks like she's becoming happier each day you share stories and photos! Caleb is such a good big brother :-) Patrick is a trooper, but you already knew that! So glad that you are feeling better, Eva. Enjoy the rest of your stay; safe travels! Hugs to all!

Ashley Monday, June 24, 2013  

So happy to hear you are feeling a bit better. Havi is so incredibly cute. I just adore her sweet little smile and cheeks. It has been fun watching all your kids interact there together. Brings back good memories and makes me miss China.

Kevin and Michele Wednesday, June 26, 2013  

I'm so glad you are back and feeling better. I have been following, just not posting... but am truly enjoying your pictures! Havi is darling and those little ears are just darling! So happy for you all and look forward to watching her grown in your love and care!!! love, Michele

Stephanie Wednesday, June 26, 2013  

So glad you are feeling better. That had to be an awful feeling.
Enjoyed all the photos, especially seeing all FIVE of you together. Havi is beautiful!!

Fliss and Mike Adventures Thursday, June 27, 2013  

I have loved following you and hope we can catch up at home - when the time is right of course... Hugs

likeschocolate Thursday, June 27, 2013  

Happy things are going so wel except for being sick. Glad you are feeling better? Have a great stay in HK!!!

lisacng @ expandng.com Friday, June 28, 2013  

Sorry you felt ill but glad you are back to eating! And Havi is seriously the cutest. Congrats family! Oh, and better change your blog name to Life with 3 dumplings ;)

Kim Cunningham Saturday, June 29, 2013  

Glad you are feeling better! Just love all these photos! The one of Havi in the chair at the clinic is precious. What a cute dimpled grin!

Toni Sunday, June 30, 2013  

Glad you are feeling better! I am sure that had to be scary. Thank goodness for a rock star husband! Havi is so adorable. I just want to pinch those cheeks! We ate T the banana leaf both adoptions and love the peanut butter tortilla things. Have some hilarious videos of my boys dancing too. Just seems like yesterday....


About This Blog

This blog is a place where we have shared our lives with family and friends while we waited to bring our daughter, Madeline, home from China and while we actually traveled to China for her. It is also a place where we will continue to share our life experiences, as we try to glorify God and raise our two precious dumplings from China.

And now we wait to bring Havi home from China.

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