Friday, May 7, 2010

Ni Hao (Hello) Everyone!
 We made it to China and the whole trip getting here went so much smoother then Gary and I were expecting. We ended up having a 25 hour traveling day and the kids did INCREDIBLE! I must have done my math wrong though because I was thinking it was going to be 40 hours of travel. Hey I'll take 25 over 40. We only had one outburst during the whole 12 hr. plane ride and poor Lulu doesn't even know she was yelling due to the fact that she was asleep at the time.
We got right through Customs without a problem and then made our way to baggage claim where we found all five bags..........................
 ...........then turned the corner where we found the sweetest lady holding a sign with our names on it.
When we got to the hotel it was 8:00pm, found a 7/11 for bottled water then went to McyD's. Yes our first stop in China and we went to McDonald's, in Gary's words "how sad is that?"
We headed for bed around 10;15 and two of us woke up at 4;30am, but the rest of the family woke up at 6:30am so I am hopeful that we got our systems off the a good start.
Today is the Olympic Square and the Great Wall, we were told the weather should be nice. I hope to post some great pictures tonight.
Blessings
~Marla

12 comments:

Kristi said...

Ha ha, laughing about the first meal. But sometimes when we ran in grab a burger it was more about time than it was about what we wanted to eat...
I hope you have a wonderful day, can't wait to read your first impressions of Beijing!

Tami said...

Woo HOO! You're there:-)!! Wow.
Enjoy all the sights Beijing has to offer. Oh, don't feel too bad about McyD's....you'll have plenty of time to eat authentic Chinese;-).

Can't wait to see you with Gavin!!!

God bless...

Hugs,
Tami

Tanya said...

So glad traveling so far has gone well. We have been thinking about your family and praying for you all! Enjoy your time there...just a few short days until you are olding the newest member of your family!! Looking forward to seeing the pictures of you with Gavin in your arms!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary Gary & Marla! We hope that you are having a great time celebrating in China! We are so excited for all of you as you welcome Gavin into your family! What an exciting trip this is and a lot of special days to celebrate and to remember for a lifetime! We are continuing to pray for all of you and for the special moment when you meet sweet Gavin!
Love & prayers, Karin M.

Jolene and Dan Powell said...

I'm glad to see you made it! I hope you can see your comments. If not, if someone is managing your blog, I hope they can email them to you. Those notes from home help so much. Have fun!

Abbie_Marie said...

SO EXCITING! I can't wait to see pictures of ALL your kiddos

Anonymous said...

So excited for you guys! I have goose bumps reading this i cant wait to read to next post! So glad you made it to china safe. Katie Stauffer

Sooner Girl said...

I am glad you decided to take the whole family. You had talked to me last May when we traveled with our whole family (my husband and myself with our three daughters). I am so excited to be able to follow your adoption journey. Blessings to you and your family!

Kathy
http://soonerprincessdiaries.blogspot.com

Gail said...

Happy to see your first post from China...yes there's McD's there. lol. Looking forward to reading and seeing more pics. :)

claudia said...

You all are looking like you are having the time of your life..... Glad to hear the trip was so much easier than expected. Dad and I got back home from dropping you off at he airport and both hit the sack for a couple of hours before going to work.
All is well here. We had beautiful weather here today so I was able to get all my flower pots planted with flowers from the garden spot. Grandma M. is doing fine.
Will chat again soon. Love to all. can't wait to see a picture of my grandson):) love mom

Amy and Amelia AiChun said...

Glad you made it safely...waiting anxiously for the "We've got Gavin" post!!! Prayers and hugs!

Molly Gustafson said...

AUGH! The anticipation! I've been thinking about all of you non-stop these last couple days. SO glad to hear you are in China and safe and things are going smoothly. We'll keep praying for you and anxiously awaiting the next post!