Monday, October 17, 2011

Killing time in Guangzhou

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


Jodee said...

Love the red couch picture! Enjoy your time in China!

The Oswalds said...

I love to see how Miss Millie is blossoming! Beautiful!

The Byrd's Nest said...

She is a little toot isn't she? I just love reading your stories! Have fun!!!

Kate said...

I am so happy that you are on the last leg of your journey (and maybe just your last legs,'s my sad attempt at humor coming through in the far east???).

She looks to be the picture of health...and happier by the day. We cannot wait to follow you happily ever after...

Best wishes,

Team Morrison

Those Brumley Boys said...

OK...I already know that I'm crazy - but that picture of Lisa and Millie Mei on the playground. You have the same cheeks & chin! It's adorable!
I am glad that your trip is going very well. I look forward to reading your posts every day you send them!
Love you all!
The Brumleys

Heather said...

You look beautiful Lisa! And Millie is a little doll! I totally love her and her little personality :) Hugs to you all...thinking of you, praying for you!

Makes me cry when I see her in duds that are dear to will never know how that blesses us!!

Love you!

Jenn said...

I am just in awe at how good the Lord is. To see these pictures of you and this soooooo prayed for girl does my heart good!!!! She is such a doll!!!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!!!


DiJo said...

I love your new little spark plug already!!!!! She is smart just like her big sister!

The tutu outfit is precious! And, it looks like you got some great pics on the red couch!

So glad you are having beautiful weather, and that you are on the home stretch! Soon you will be four!

Enjoy your last days in China with your precious girl from "Mongolia!"


Linette said...

She is gorgeous Lisa! So happy for you. Praying for you every day!
Love you my friend!

Football and Fried Rice said...

i LOVE Millie's Red Couch outfit!!! She is so darn cute - i love reading how funny she is and all the talking that she's doing!! Cant wait for Friday!!