Day 12-The coundown begins!
Trip Start Nov 24, 2006
12Trip End Jan 20, 2006
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I can't believe that it's day twelve! We're so excited that 48 hours from now to the minute, we'll be landing at Logan. Yahoo! Today we had to stay in the room after breakfast until Vanessa got back from the Consulate where she was getting our paperwork processed. We all had to wait until she was finished just in case she needed us to run down to meet her if there was a paperwork problem. She called us at noon to tell us that our paperwork received final U.S approval, so we'll be able to go to the Consulate tomorrow for the final certification and swearing in ceremony. The bad news is that no cameras are allowed. We're not even allowed to bring in a handbag or diaper bag. Two parent, passports and that's it.
This afernoon we took a bus trip to a Buddist temple where Maillie and the other girls received a blessing from a Buddhist monk. It was so beautiful there and the Buddhas (there were three in the temple pagoda where Maillie was blessed) were enormous-almost the height of a small house. There was incense burning everywhere and people leaving gifts of fruit and flowers.
Later we had dinner at a Dim Sum restaurant. I've never had dim sum before, since I don't really like Chinese food but it was very good. Kinda like a tapas restaurant. Two of the guys were celebrating birthdays so we had another Chinese birthday cake which truly was a treat. After dinner the three of us just walked around and did a little shopping. We stopped at one outdoor market and the girls went crazy over Mike. I went in to shop and he stayed outside to smoke a cigar and talked to an older man who had been a chemical engineer under the Communist regime which was fascinating. When I called out to him to come in to see something, the girls went nuts asking me "is that man your husband" and telling me I was a lucky woman because he was SOOOOO big and such a nice man, and SOOOOOO tall and SOOOOO handsome.
It's 10:30 here and Mailie is fast asleep on the floor. We discovered today that she loves to play ball and laughs hysterically when it bounces. She's been wearing her squeaky shoes that Grandma wanted her to have from here and she loves jumping up and down in them. They're made here and when the girls walk, the shoes squeak like a toy. Very cute. She has pink ones and red ones.
Michael, have fun at basketball tonight-don't let Debbie work you too hard!!!! Love you lots. Love LM&M xoxoxo