Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Long Day

Today, we toured from 8am until 6pm. We started at the Jade Factory, where we saw the men carving the jade and we toured a very large store.







We then headed to the Great Wall. I actually climbed to the top of the hardest side, carrying 33 lbs. of Zoe! At the top, we met our friends the Brentnall's, from Newfoundland and took some photos with them. David is a family physician, so he and Tim took some photos with the Medical Post at the top. We have one more Emergency Doctor in the group with us and hope to get some photos of all three of them together yet.













After the Great Wall, we went to the Cloisonne Factory for lunch and more shopping. We drove by the Water Cube and the Bird's Nest on the way back to the hotel.

Once back at the hotel, we met with the tailor to measure for a suit for Tim. We used our room as a meeting place for people to come and place orders and be fitted. The girls had a lot of fun with all the other children.

Zoe is doing really well. She is testing more and more and gets sulky when disciplined, but listens fairly well. She is still fairly pushy and aggressive, but is learning... She yammers away in Mandarin and it is really cute. She and one other little girl had a full conversation tonight, but none of us knew what they were saying! Lilah is still handling everything well too. We have to remind her to talk properly and not copy the bad behavior, so that Zoe can learn. They are constantly copying each other.

We are still stared at all the time. Especially because we have two, but many people think Zoe is a boy because of her short hair. They ask our guides if they are twins. People are very positive all the way around. In the Chengdu airport, I felt like a celebrity! Tim came back from getting the tickets to see me posing with many people and their children for photos!

8 comments:

Dixie-Lee said...

Such nice pictures and glad that things are going well. Your arms will be very strong, Paige, when you get back home. Is Zoe taking to Tim any better? Hopefully she is. Take care and lots of love.

Colin and Jill Canada said...

Those photos at the great wall are fantastic. Good for you carrying 33lbs of Zoe!! That would have killed me! It looks chilly too. The day we went up we almost froze to death - that was in December! It is a very exposed area and the wind could cut you in two.

Looks like you are all having fun and you never know, the behaviour thing could just be lack of sleep. :)

Jill

Monica said...

Great photos and post. Gotta have you tell me what kind of carriers you have. Can't decide if I want to get one before we go. Just not sure I could handle carrying a 3 year old up the hard parts. Kinda hoping someone carries me up...
Blessings

Canada to China and back! said...

Great pictures from the wall! I remember that tour day.... exhausting! I am amazed that there is next to nobody on the wall! When we went we were jammed in like sardines!!! It sounds like you have a wonderful travel group and that the girls are having fun!

Kim

Beth said...

OH my, you're a trooper. I had enough just taking myself to wherever we got to, can't really remember how far we went. Far enough to go on those really teeny tiny steps that are really steep too. Memories when I hear your itinerary as it's step for step like ours was. Love following our trail through you. Sounds like you're doing a great job with the little misses:) They must have so much fun together (most of the time!)

Beth said...

OH my, you're a trooper. I had enough just taking myself to wherever we got to, can't really remember how far we went. Far enough to go on those really teeny tiny steps that are really steep too. Memories when I hear your itinerary as it's step for step like ours was. Love following our trail through you. Sounds like you're doing a great job with the little misses:) They must have so much fun together (most of the time!)

Marie said...

Your back must be killing you! That is a lot of weight to carry around. I love the pics of the great wall...not too many people.

Monica said...

You go, girl! That is an amazing feat, carrying 30+ lbs of cutie-pie up that wall. I only had a 12 lb Claire to hike it with and I took pride in that!

Wishing you all the best for your last few days in China,

Monica