And then there was lunch at Lucy's. We have two very different eater's among us now and it is hard finding a place that will satisfy both of them. Hannah was very content with her burger and fries, Andrew not so much (though the fries seemed to be OK). Of course it didn't help that he had a minor melt down just before our food arrived ... Hannah now prefers Western food to Asian food; Andrew, of course, heavily prefers Asian food and noodles of just about any kind seem to be a favorite. Here are a few pictures from lunch.
After lunch we said goodbye to 2 families who headed out today, then put the kids down for a long-deserved nap. After nap time, it was time for "you yong", that's swimming in Chinese :>) Unfortunately, the children's pool is still closed, but we had fun in the "big" pool. Andrew was definitely feeling more comfortable with his swim ring and with me today, as he was jumping unafraid from the side of the pool into my arms - Lois was able to catch a couple of them on video.
|A very trusting position ...|
|About the only place Hannah would sit on her ring :>) Though today, she did walk with mama up and down the first three stairs into the pool. This is quite an improvement.|
Andrew is quite the singer; in fact he likes to sing almost as much as Hannah does. He has a favorite song that he sings all the time; according to Molly, it is a fairly traditional Chinese children's song. The difference is that Andrew is also a bit of a ham, so it was fairly easy for Mama to talk him into singing it while I took some video :>) So I leave you with Andrew's rendition of his favorite song.
Tomorrow morning at 10:30, we start our journey home. We will take a van to our hotel in Hong Kong (more expensive than the train, but *much* less hassle - and with 2 young ones in tow, we are all about less hassle these days). Spend the afternoon in Hong Kong (or as much of the afternoon as the kids can take), then head to the airport on Friday morning for our 11:00 flight to Chicago.
It has been quite an amazing experience these past 2 weeks; watching Andrew begin to adjust to us and his new life is both exciting and humbling. He is quite the trooper - I can't even imagine all that he must be feeling and trying to process. He has left everything and everyone he has ever known and has willingly (OK, sometimes unwillingly) accepted us. He is an amazing little boy and we are truly blessed to be called his parents. Have a blessed day - and maybe say a quick prayer of thanks for your family :>)