Sunday, June 6, 2010

Day 1 in Hohthot

We had trouble with our email last night meaning we were able to receive emails, but our emails were not reaching their recipients. (We realized that this morning when we woke up and had received no email responses from our kiddos back home.) That's why the previous post was so long in coming - Jen never received it on Saturday. I stayed up to email Jen the blog post (we can not blog in China nor can we see any blogs - they are blocked - so I email it to Jen who then puts it on the blog.) so everyone would know on Saturday morning that we made it safely. But, due to technical difficulties, you all still had to wait until Sunday -sorry!

Today was a nice relaxing day - much needed after the marathon travel the day before. We are heading to bed now and when we wake up, we'll have breakfast and then meet Hudson in the lobby at 10:30. Despite having done this twice before, I am nervous, a little frightened, and have butterflies. Please pray for our initial meeting with Hudson to go smoothly. Enjoy the pictures. . .

Outside of our hotel, the Shangri-La

Eating "hotpot" with Aggie. She and David ate much more than Ethan and I did. Needless to say, Ethan ate the least as he was not real thrilled with our first authentic Chinese meal. The noodles were very tasty but that is about all that I would care to eat again. Neat experience though!

Ethan enjoyed swimming at the indoor pool this afternoon. It is required that all swimmers wear a cap. Ethan looks quite cute in his, but I am not too sure how David or myself will look!

Views from the indoor pool area.  As you can see it is a very busy area with lots of traffic.


Sharon said...

Ethan does look cute...but he always does! :) I don't know if I will be able to sleep tonight! I am so excited about you meeting Hudson! We are praying for all of you! I hope Jennifer is sending you are comments so that you know we are thinking about you and praying!

Love, Sharon and all

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Wow! It looks nothing like I had it pictured there! Ethan looks cute in his swim cap! He looks like he's having a great time!

So 3 hours from now, you'll meet Hudson! I can't wait to see those photos! I'm praying all goes well!


Cousin Sheri said...

Hey Mom! Ethan is a cutie pie in that swim cap, but he always is! I am praying for ya'lll and of course Hudson! I do NOT know how I'll wait 1 and a half weeks to meet him! I love ya'll so much!Oh and by the way we are all doing great here! Shelby

Jennifer Barbee said...

Praying for you all as you get ready to meet that sweet little fella!