"By adopting a child and helping them reach their potential, they help us reach ours. An adopted child is not an unwanted child; to the contrary. They are a child who was searched for, prayed for, cried for, begged for; received by arms that ached, making empty hearts full. Love is meant to be shared." Author unknown

Monday, May 2, 2016

May 1, 2016 - Free time and Overall update

Yesterday was our first full day here in Guangzhou.  In the morning, the group went on a city tour to the Buddhist Temple. Old Chen House, and Provincial Art Crafts shopping center.  I sent my teens on this experience because I have done most of this before and knew the littles would have little interest in these places. 

Playing with the beads! - video.

Instead, Esther, Xavier and I took a walk to explore the hotel making a pit stop at Starbucks for a coffee!!!  We then came back to the room for a bit.  Esther discovered the string and beads I packed and knew just what to do with them.  I showed Xavier and he began practicing as well.  This is the best item I have packed yet - they spent at least 20 minutes playing with these!!!  We then went to check out the kiddie land here at the hotel so our room could get cleaned.  It was a hit!  They have a great little plastic playground for young kids.  Xavier got to slide and swing for the first time!  He loved it!  Obviously Esther does too but we knew that from taking her to a playground last summer!

Exploring the playground! - video.

Xavier's first time swinging! - video.

Esther swinging - video.

Both swinging - video.

After naps, we went to the hotel's playroom to visit with a family we met at the Chicago Airport on the way to China and another special family who I initially knew from reading a book the adoptive mom wrote about a little boy they adopted and then lost.  I recently crossed paths with her on Facebook because of a group she started for adoptive parents who have lost children during or after the adoption process.  Amazingly we are both adopting again at the same time so I got to meet her in person!!!!  Great family!  

For dinner we went to a Muslim noodle place that we have been told is pretty good.  Two other families  went as well.  We had dumplings, something like an egg omelette with onions and peppers but without cheese, beef with peppers, dry noodles, broccoli, and another beef dish.  Overall, it was good and the price was reasonable for all the we got.

And this is how we finished the day - with bath time and a lavender lotion rub down!

Update on how things are going overall.  Progress is being made with this little guy and gal.  Xavier is sucking his finger less often, though when we are out and about we have made a habit of holding the hand that he tends to suck his finger on.  He does not oppose this.  I also have been discouraging it during the day.  Same with Esther who is a thumb sucker, she is already going to need some serious dental work to fix her teeth from 8 years of thumb sucking.  

While Xavier gets frustrated easily, he still has a determination to figure things out.  He is still into thing, it is a little less often.  The irritating thing is he will get into things he knows he shouldn't be because when he sees you've noticed he sometime quickly discards the item.  We have to keep a close eye on things cause they can quickly come up missing.  He is still all about destruction, tries tearing the stickers or labels off of everything.

Esther, well she is so laid back, what can I say.  She loves to help, be it cleaning up or folding clothes.  She loves to have Kailey do her hair everyday!  Thankful for her quiet but determined spirit!  

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