We are now in Guangzhou (GZ), about 920 miles south of where we used to be in Zhengzhou. Getting here just plain stunk and is the reason we weren’t able to update the blog last night. We checked out of our awesome hotel room in Zhengzhou at 11:30a yesterday and headed to the lobby to get on the van to the airport. Bad news…flight was cancelled. The weather in GZ had been bad Friday and Saturday. 99% of flights were delayed or cancelled. While CCAI tried to figure out how to get us on a different flight, we hung out in the lobby and got some lunch. At about 2p, we headed to the airport, and said goodbye to our wonderful CCAI rep Rita,knowing that we got on a different flight but having no idea when it would be leaving.
We sat around in the crowded airport, on display for all of the Zhengzhou travelers to see. We really stuck out in there. Fairly certain we were the only non-Asian folks among the thousands of folks there. It’s an interesting situation in a culture that is perfectly fine with staring for long periods. They’ll even come up and stare in your personal space. Add 5 little newly adopted Chinese kids in to the mix and we just looked plain weird and interesting. One older gentleman came up to Will, grabbed his arm and started talking some serious language to him. Had no idea what he was saying. Our guide Rita said he wanted to know why Will wasn’t in school. He was really being friendly. : )
Long day in the airport. They would have announcements in English, but there were so many interruption announcements to provide updated flight information that the most we’d get was “May I have your attention please…” and then it would switch back to Chinese. We ended up leaving Zhengzhou at 9:10pm. The little ones were pretty miserable, so the parents were too. Katie Ann did an OK job of sleeping in the carrier. We arrived in GZ a little after 11p and got to the hotel at about 1am. Will and Fritz were a mess. Fritzy sleeps hard. He fell asleep on the airplane and was a bear to wake up. He was the crying kid…not one of the little newly adopted kiddos. Will was convinced he was going to throw up on the bus ride to the hotel, so we got him double bagged and ready to hurl. Fun stuff. ; ) He ended up not getting sick. Clara was a trooper. Our room in GZ is much smaller and just not as nice as our hotel was in Zhengzhou. That isn’t that big of a deal, but at 1am, it seemed like a big deal. We got the room organized so it would hold 6 of us and got the kids in bed at about 2am. KA cried for what seemed like forever. She was a hot mess, and we were too. We all decided that day we could have done without, but it’ll be a good story one of these days.
We woke up this morning at about 9 for a paperwork meeting at 10a. Molly got breakfast and headed to the meeting and I got the kids through breakfast. I felt like I could conquer the world after getting all 4 of them through a huge buffet we’d never seen. : ) W, C, and F did an awesome job of showing how responsible they could be and helping each other out. It was fun to see and was a big success. They had French Toast, which was a big hit.
We walked around the hotel shopping area a bit, got a treat at the Starbucks in the hotel, scoped out the fitness area and the pool, played a game of foosball, and spent the afternoon in the room chilling. We went with most of the group to a local restaurant that served Cantonese style food.
I think everyone was a fan except Fritz. Fritz tried a noodle and an egg tart. Otherwise, he just drank Coke and Sprite : ) Good balanced dinner : ) They had big holding tanks for huge fish, crabs, lobsters, turtles, and eels, so the kids thought that was cool.
We returned to the hotel, got everybody baths and showers, listened to the kids’ music playlist, played some games, and watched some soccer and track and field stuff on TV. Overall a good day after a rough one yesterday.
Updates on kiddos…KA is getting stronger everyday…and more clingy. She really likes to be held now and seems to have bonded pretty good with Molly and me. Her smile is just plain wonderful. : ) It seems she comes more and more to life every day. Layers are being peeled back, and it’s cool to see already.
Can’t remember if I’ve already mentioned this in another post, but Molly and I both think this has been a big growing experience for Will. He’s done a great job of being responsible, taking care of his siblings, and serving others joyfully.
Will taking care of Katie Ann for a bit
It’s been fun to witness. Clara has struggled a bit with obedience and figuring out who she’s going to serve but has really been a big help to some of the other families and their children. She’s happy to play with them, and I think that’s made the transition a little easier for them.
Clara helping out with one of the kiddos named Chloe
Fritz has been Fritz…goofy, and overall joyful. He loves KA dearly and has his hands all over her : ) All have had their moments (including Molly and me), but it’s been a great bonding time and together time for all. Thanks for joining us on this adventure!