5 months ago
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Our day started with a trip to the Nanning Zoo this morning. It was nice, but so hot. We were dripping 5-minutes after our driver dropped us off. We watched two shows - a lion, tiger and bear show and the dolphin show. Kara had her first horse ride and the girls fed bunnies. Our options were either going on the roller coasters that they had there, which our guide said were probably not very safe - or do a pony, elephant or camel ride - neither of the latter which looked safe. Mom's choice was the pony. When our guide asked Kara if she wanted to ride it, she said, "No, it's not safe." I said, please let her know that her mommy and daddy wouldn't let her do anything that wasn't safe. After she said ok, I started praying that nothing would happen or else I would really be putting her trust at risk. Fortunately, it was a pretty tame ride. When asked if she liked it, her response was, "It was interesting." Apparently, the verdict was still out, although she was all smiles the entire ride. What she really enjoyed was feeding the bunnies. I think she could have done that all day long. I, on the other hand, wished that I would have never let the girls in with those mangy looking bunnies. Most of them looked ok, but there were a few in there that did not. I made sure they didn't touch any of them and I had them do a thorough scrub-down afterwards. When the airlines limit the luggage weight, don't they realize how many packs of Wet-Wipes I need to bring with me? LOL
Another zoo experience I don't want to forget... Leila got freaked out by her first official Chinese bathroom. She has seen squatty potties since we got here, but I don't even have words to describe what they have at the zoo. There was no way she was going there!! I, on the other hand, didn't want to insult my new daughter. It was an experience, y'all. That's all I have to say.
We came back to the hotel for our regular lunch in the Cantonese restaurant, napped and then headed to KFC for dinner. Yes, we are so American. We've been in Nanning for three days and so far for dinner we have done McDonald's, Pizza Hut and KFC. I should hang my head in shame, but I must add that Kara has either chosen or been very interested in going to each of them. That makes me feel a little bit better.
Kara continues to do great. She is all smiles and very agreeable. I got my first glimpse of a little frustration today when I told her to sit on her bottom in the car. She wants to stand up and move all over. Then a second time when she wanted to grab a new bottled water out of the fridge and I pointed out that she had one already open that was almost full. Other than those two very minor things, she has just been extremely happy. We talk about out trip to Guangzhou and Beijing with our guide and Kara just seems really happy to be going, so we shall see..... So far, all things are going far better than we had imagined.
I had to post this picture of the little monkey (gibbon?) and her baby. It just made me miss Mia so badly. Mia is my little monkey and gives the best monkey hugs in the world. I just can't wait until her sweet little arms and legs are wrapped me!!!
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