The Crew

The Crew
Christina, Matthew, Joshua and Katie Grace XiHua

Friday, August 19, 2011

Leaving Guangzhou Tomorrow.

First of all I want to say, Christina, this is my last post! Thanks so much for doing this for me my dear daughter! I would not have been able to blog once I got here because it didn’t work out as I had planned, so thank you!!!!!!!!!!

We leave Guangzhou tomorrow evening and fly to Beijing.. Then we stay overnight at the Airport Hotel (only for about 6 hours) and then fly from Beijing to Seattle. Then from Seattle to Atlanta, then Atlanta to Orlando. 4 flights! I’m pretty sure that I have plenty of little toys and treats to keep her busy for some of it!

We will miss Guangzhou and Shamian Island and our stay has passed so quickly. But we are also definitely ready to get home to our kids and home and family!

Katie Grace Xi Hua is doing better everyday. She is such a wonderful little girl. She is quite affectionate with me much of the time with lots of hugs. She wants me to carry her 80% of the time which can be tiring, but good for boding. She still has some digression some mornings where she will wake up and not want to interact or hug or even hold my hand, then by afternoon she is happy again. She is making progress with daddy, laughing at him. Squealing and giggling when he passes by in the swimming pool like at sea creature She tries to “get” his feet with her animals when he is “sleeping” and he reacts and she laughs. She feeds him noodles with her chopsticks. So that is all great! Still no holding though. :)

Here are some parting pics.

Matthew, Joshua and Christina, we will be home soon! We miss you all so much and cannot wait to hug you and give you kisses!

Lolli and Pops, thank you so much for taking such good care of our kids while we are gone. We don’t worry while they are in your hands and that is a blessing.

Katie Grace Xi Hua loves the playroom over at the White Swan! She loves Barney a lot too! Robbie, this picture with Snoopy is for you!!!!!!

Yay for slides!

She’s in a little bed with her babies, on a “cell phone”! Ha! I haven’t even been on one here!

We had our US Consulate appointment today for her visa!

We will miss our awesome guide Lily!!!! She is the best!

We will miss all of our fun foods and trying new things. Of course I will look forward to eating some of my old favs again too. :)

Will will really miss our dear friends Lisa, Michael and their new daughter, Mikaela. It wouldn’t have been the same without them here with us.

Swimming in the pool was a hit! She loved it so much, I though she might swim away if she could!

She makes the cutes little faces!

We went to the park daily for a fun activity!

The view of Guangzhou from our pool.


  1. It has been such a pleasure to follow your journey. I wish you all safe travels and look forward to seeing your whole family together in the states. Congratualtions again on your new litte girl!

  2. Caroline (Life On Wisteria) was in Guangzhou at the same time as we were, and we enjoyed meeting her and her new son, Jack. I see you live in Fl...we're in Ocala. I hope your transition home goes as well as our first week has (home 8/13) Our new 6 yr old has given us some challenging moments, but don't they all? Joy to you.


Many hungry children near the boarder of Myanmar and Thailand-click on photo