Friday, September 12, 2008

We're Here!

It's 7:10 p.m., Friday (Sept. 12) in Beijing. We just got back from a wonderful family-style meal of cold beef with garlic infused vinegar, bamboo shoots in a teriyaki type sauce, spicy pork with bamboo shoots and a huge bowl of dumplings. Yes, Shaggy, I took a picture of the dumplings for you. Who loves ya, baby?! We are exhausted. Bone-tired in a way I haven't been since the kids were newborns. Too tired to accurately summarize all we've experienced today. We've had a ton of cool things happen, but we'll elaborate at our next post.

So, we are here. We are safe. Beijing is huge. It's beautiful and our hotel is very plush. The traffic is enough to keep me in a constant state of repentance and contrition.

We are exhausted. We are actually turning in right now. Tomorrow we hit the Summer Palace, Ti'anemen Square, and I think a street market. That'll be really fun to share with you all. Here's some pictures of our journey so far. Shaggy, don't drool on the keyboard, you'll need to keep it dry so you can send love notes, I mean emails, to Mommy while she's in China!






20 comments:

Kateri said...

Oh, thank goodness. You know I'm headed to D.C. with Alayna today and I won't have access to your blog. I'm so glad you accomodated my schedule of blog stalking and got a post up before I left. Thank you much!
I'm so relieved that you got there safely and that you have good stories to tell. Looking forward to hearing more! Have fun and try to get some rest:)
Love ya!

Amanda said...

Glad you made it safely! Hope you rest well!

Bobby & Regina said...

I am glad to see you are there safely, and we'll pray for the next few days to pass quickly so you can love on your sweet girl!! Enjoy what you will get to see in the next few days, though, I know in the back of your mind it's "I just want my baby girl!!" Love, Regina

Betsy Bell said...

I'm glad you made it safely and without any problems! I'm drooling over the food pictures, too!!! Enjoy!

Betsy

VikingClanEnMass said...

Glad you arrived safely...I just finished posting a comment on yesterdays blog, when today's popped up. Magic! Rest well, enjoy the sights and experience!
Love and hugs!
Viking Mama

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear you made it safe and sound! Enjoy your day soaking it all in - China is amazing!!! Have fun on your two day date with the Boss - you'd never indulge in an adventure like this at home so enjoy every minute of it.... Oh yes, and hope your reading this AFTER 4 AM. My ol' EST internal clock was a bugger and never did fully reset - in China I went to bed late and woke up early - reallllly early!! ~ Vonda

Beverly said...

Glad you made it! Been praying for you. Can't wait to hear more from your trip.
Beverly

BuzzKnitter said...

oh good... i'm so glad to hear that you (and the Boss) made it safely! thought and prayed for you all day yesterday.

have some fun today! :)

Heidi @ GGIP said...

I'm so glad you got there safely. Was all that food for you! Yummy!!!
Hope you have fun doing the touristy things.

TCC said...

I'm smiling so much it almost hurts. I am so happy for you!

I feel like I need to pinch myself as a reminder that I am really reading that you are in China...right now!

Salzwedel Family said...

Hooray that you are there!!! I know this is going to be an amazing trip on so many levels. That meal looks fabulous.

Aus said...

Glad to hear ya'll arrived 'intact'! Can't wait to hear what you think about the square and 'the wall' - no to mention the rest of what you are about to experience! I don't recall if you mentioned - but if you get a chance to take in the acrobatics show - we thought it was well worth it!

aus and family

ComfyDenim said...

You warned Shaggy not to drool, but you didn't warn the rest of us. Those dumplings look fantastic.
I'm lunchtime in the laundry pile and I'm hungry.

So glad that you're there. Was praying for you. Can't wait to read more of your journey.

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

So excited you guys finally made it. How exciting. Make sure you get plenty of rest because you have a big adventure in store. Have fun! Can't wait for the next update.

Can you believe you are finally in the same country as Aidan! YAY! :)

Hugs,
Jonni

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

So excited you guys finally made it. How exciting. Make sure you get plenty of rest because you have a big adventure in store. Have fun! Can't wait for the next update.

Can you believe you are finally in the same country as Aidan! YAY! :)

P.S. I love the food in China, you are making me hungry.

Hugs,
Jonni

Carol said...

enjoy Beijing!! They feed you to death......LOL....we got sick of eating.........

Our Journey to Rachel said...

Hello there! I'm so excited for you! Thank you for letting us know that you made it safe and sound. Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers constantly. I can't wait to check your blog each day! Soak in as much as you can! The best is yet to come!

Love,
Sherry Crist
www.rachellorraine.blogspot.com

Kempers said...

We're glad to see you made it safe and sound. we could see the plane's journey online yesterday. That was a little freaky! Have fun and be safe

Trish @ Another Piece of the Puzzle said...

What a great report so far! Glad you are enjoying everything. Bless you guys. :)

Debbie said...

Loving this! So great to follow you on this trip! I cant wait to read what is happening next! It is midnight here and I should go to bed but I have to read on!