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2.18.2010

Where we are...

This is going to be short and sweet.  Caleb sacked out early (like about 5pm) again today, so I figure that since I'm likely to be up around 4am, I may as well post then and sleep now.  Of course the sleep now is IF I can get to sleep.  The fireworks have already started...

Just so you know, this post is going to be mostly for me.  I found these pictures from yesterday on my camera tonight.  In my tired stupor last night I totally forgot that I had even taken them.  (The pictures from yesterday's post I uploaded in Chicago, but there was no free wifi at the airport).

The Shanghai airport is a very nice facility.  As soon as we got off the plane and entered the main airport, we came across this sign.  We'll be there by this time tomorrow!

First sign we saw in the Shanghai airport.  We hope Darcy will be proud of her city! 

Our mini-van ride was a good way to catch glimpses of the city.  At least for Ian and I.  Because after Kylie and Caleb spent the five minutes asking if "that building is in China," they began to tickle one another.  We've come such a long way in the 16 months that they've been siblings!  Thank goodness that they love each other so.


  Despite not sleeping in a bed for nearly 24 hours, they still had fun together in the mini-van on the way to our hotel.
Traffic was rather light and instead of the quoted hour to get to our hotel, it was only about 40 minutes.

Our room is nice, and the bathroom is HUGE!  We were admiring our view yesterday before we ventured out for dinner and of course took some pictures.  This view doesn't show as many cool skyscrapers, but I included it for a different reason.  The building right across the street has to heights, a six story part and a three story part.

  Our Shanghai home ~ appropriately at the intersection of Guangdong and Hubei Roads.
(Kylie and Caleb's provinces)
Part of the view from our window
The three story part is where this series of fireworks was shot from!  I'm telling you, it was crazy!  And on the right side view, the same distance from our building, fireworks were going off at the same time.  Throughout the night it alternated between sounding like bombing to sounding like a "whiteout" rainstorm.  Even today as we began our walk folks were setting off the kind that makes a HUGE boom sound and just does the white flash.  During the day!  Where do they buy those things?

 
 This firework was taken from our window with the regular lens...

Alright, going to try to get some sleep before the shelling begins.  Maybe tonight I'll sleep through it!  I'll probably get the chance to post about our VERY FULL (we left the hotel at 10 and got back at 7:45) day of sightseeing in the wee hours of the morning.  If not I'll try to catch up once we are in Hangzhou.  Our driver is meeting us in the lobby at noon.

Night!

14 comments:

Mama said...

Night, night, sleep tight! Thanks for the updates so quickly. Hope the fireworks settle down tonight.
Love you,

Shannon said...

Love the road names! So very cool! And the airport sign! Love to see God revealing himself in the smallest of details. Will pray for sleep to come quickly. Love you guys!
Shannon

Tina Michelle said...

Wow, sounds like you all are enjoying your time. How wonderful that you were able to bring your other children and make it a family trip to bring home your new love!

Gavin's Family said...

I do pray you get some well needed sleep. Happy (almost) Darcy Day!!!

Lisa said...

Very cool that you are staying on those roads...God is in the details!

I'm praying you get some sleep about now. You'll be needing it! You're so close and I'm so excited for you!

Jennifer Barbee said...

How cool that the fireworks and fireflies crew are in the midst of CNY fireworks! My thoughts are with you all.

Mrs. Kate Highsmith said...

I am engrossed in your post. Today I logged on while my students were working on their art projects. Thanks for being diligent in your posts so that we can experience this time with you. Tell Kylie and Caleb we say hello. We love you!
~Kate and Andy

Sharon said...

Thinking of you all...

Nancy said...

Though its probably very loud and bright, how cool that you are there during the Chinese New Year!

Anonymous said...

July 4th in the United States will never be the same again :) So glad to hear from you!

Jen Brayley

Laurie said...

I SO remember those fireworks, as our first visit to China was in mid-February. I thought people were shooting each other and I was scared- then Scott reminded me it was Chinese New Year. Oh my it was loud!! If I recall, it got quieter each night during our stay- hope it's the same for you! :) Can't wait to see and hear more tomorrow! Thanks for posting!

Angela said...

Thanks for all the posts...they are the highlight of my day :)

May He multiply your rest in the few short hours you may get to sleep....

Renee said...

WOW the excitment of it all. I look forward to reading all about your adventure especially since I know that we will be two weeks closer to brining home our little girl. I am so glad I read the part about not knowing how you were getting to your hotel these little things will help me. I am thinking tylenol PM. Can not wait to see pictures of your sweet girl.

Anonymous said...

Well duh... what do you mean where do they get the fireworks... Weren't fireworks invented in China! :)
Can't wait to see all of your pictures and hear all about everything!
Love you guys
Aunt Cici and Uncle Adam