gathering, such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops
thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions
praying (asking for conceptual or material satisfaction), such as for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future
|notice the pantry door open? sigh – no one ever closes it!|
So we dressed up in our Chinese silks and ate Moon Pies….
then we went outside for some pictures.
Also, Chinese lanterns are released but we had glow in the dark balloons instead. Really, I don’t know how these are connected…… this was all Tony’s doing! AND, I do appreciate him putting forth the effort of planning, and purchasing items, to celebrate Little Mama’s heritage!
Happy Moon Festival, Y’all!
I’m sure in China they are throwing a much bigger party but ours was still pretty grand!
We see the IAC doctors next week so I’m sure we’ll have more true “homeschool” work to do after that, but for now we’re working to bond, show her how to play and letting her explore her enviroment.!
Thanks for the prayers! We feel that she is making great strides!
We had every intention of videoing as we got off the plane in Birmingham. However, our camera battery was dead. It must have gotten turned on at some point by accident and run down. But I was so excited to see the boys that I didn’t have time to be upset by it.
The driver drove fast but because it was so early in the morning there was very little traffic.
We had to clear customs at the China checkpoint and immigration at the Hong Kong checkpoint. While we waiting for the Hong Kong inspector to clear our passport, a lady came out of a booth up ahead. She was wearing a surgical mask, which you see quite a lot of in China, and had a gun in her hand. I was watching her and she was walking towards the van. It was happening so fast and our driver was not responding to her in any way so I just sat there watching and slightly shocked. She tapped on the passenger window and he rolled the window down and she pointed the gun at each of us, then walked off. After we pulled away I asked the driver what she was doing. He kind of chuckled and said, “taking your temperature.”
After we arrived at the airport we had a long time to wait. The van ride was supposed to take 3 hours and it only took 2 hours and 10 minutes. We checked in at United to discover our flight had been postponed by 20 minutes.
While we waited, I snapped these pictures in the ladies room.
Our flight ended up being delayed over an hour! Not looking good for making our connecting flight in Chicago!
Our room was really like a small apartment. It was very nice, except no dresser or drawers.
We even had two working TVs!!! Which is more than we have in our house at home. We never did turn on the one in the bedroom.
One of the best parts of the island was eating at Lucy’s. American food! Tea with ice!
That silver container is simple syrup (sugar water) that you pour into your tea to make it sweet. Yummy!
We enjoyed shopping for some souvenirs for the boys. A friend sent me some money to purchase 7 pairs of squeaky shoes for her daughter. I had a difficult time selecting and I hope she is happy with what I chose for her!
We had intentions of dressing Essie in her Chinese silk and taking her picture on the island with some of the beautiful statues. However, it was just too cool and rainy. So we took her picture in our hotel room later!