5 months ago
Monday, June 29, 2009
We started off by heading to the park. This is just the coolest park. The playground equipment doubles as exercise equipment for the adults. Every morning, the residents are busy working out, just like it's a YMCA. Leila really impressed the locals with her monkey bar skills. She got several cheers from people standing nearby.
Finally, on day 3, I got to do a little Shamian Island shopping. Woo hoo!! While out shopping, I started talking to another woman and recommended that she shop at a local store. Nothing clicked. I was headed to that store, so I saw her again there. Still nothing clicked. After talking to her a bit more and glancing down at her BEAUTIFUL daughter, it finally clicked. It was Kimberley of Red Mary Janes. How funny!! We have "known" each other through the blogging world for quite a while, but we never officially met until today and here we are standing in a store talking and we didn't even recognize each other. Oh my, her daughter is beautiful!!
I am still floating on cloud nine because today, Kara blew me kisses when I was leaving to go shopping and Nolan and the girls were headed back to the hotel room. I was blowing them to her and she blew them right back. I thought that was a good moment in itself, but then tonight, I got two unsolicited hugs and kisses from Kara. May I just repeat that, please? TWO unsolicited hugs and kisses from Kara!!!! Ah, yes!! This is one happy Mama here. I am amazed that she has become so comfortable with showing and receiving affection in just 7 short days. I'm off to bed now, to dream of more hugs and kisses from my sweet girl tomorrow. :)
Tomorrow afternoon is the swearing in ceremony at the US Consulate and then we head to Beijing on Wednesday for a five-day tour. We were warned tonight that we will be busy from morning until night every day. We should be exhausted and ready to sleep on our L-O-N-G flight home!
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