Well, we're still killing time in Guangzhou. We've been to the zoo to see Pandas and we went back to the doctor to have Millie's TB test read. Thankfully she passed. We've been enjoying the civilization of Guangzhou. It seems like such a modern city with western style breakfasts, bathrooms with commodes, and a soft hotel bed.
Millie continues to grow closer to us each day. She is picking up on a little English and seems to understand more each day. It is a little difficult with so many Chinese speakers around that pay so much attention to her. She seems to go into ignore parents mode and avoid eye contact when we call her name. We've been enjoying various types of food around the downtown area. We've had Italian (not Pizza Hut) and Millie seems to like pizza. We headed to what was supposed to be Latin Mexican food however we discovered it was really a Brazilian steakhouse so we were able to sink out teeth into meat from a cow. They also had a great dessert table which we haven't had at all in a week and a half.
I think Millie has gained even more weight each day as she continues to really eat well. On Sunday she weighed in at 32 pounds which is only a few shy of her older sister. People we meet are surprised to learn that she is only 2 and a half. The playground at the hotel seems like a big hit. On Tuesday we finally get to sleep in and then head to a museum in the afternoon.
Just a couple of funny Millie stories. We've been calling her whatever she will answer to - Mei Ting, Mei Mei, and Millie. When Lisa practices saying Millie, little miss suddenly lacks her parroting ability and repeats "Mollie." She can't seem to get the "I" sound in her name. She also struck up a conversation with our van driver. He asked her where her home is and she replied "Far away." (Apparently the hotel living and flights have thoroughly confused her.) Anyway he asked her if her home was in America and she replied, "No, it's in Mongolia." Not sure if her dialect is a little off or if she's really heard of Mongolia. She makes everyone laugh and seems top live in a world that revolves around her.
(chowing at the Brazilian Restaurant)
(A waiter at the Brazilian Restaurant)
(on the playground at the hotel)
(on the hotel playground with Mom)
(Spotting an airplane; they are still a wonder to her!)
(Shopping on Shamian Island)
(on the red couch at the White Swan)
(Millie hamming it up on the White Swan red couch)
(in front of the waterfall at the White Swan)
Well, that's all for now. We have our Consulate appointment on Wednesday and leave town early on Friday morning. Take care and keep those notes and comments coming. They are really nice to read after being gone for a week and a half.
Don And Lisa