It's too bad really...I can't believe we didn't think of it at the time.
We totally should have charged all the people we didn't know a small fee to take pictures of my adorable little tribe. In five minutes I'm pretty sure we could have made at least one night of our room fee here.
I guess I can't blame them really...between the adorable outfits (compliments of 2000 Tutus), silly faces from my hams,
and just plain cuteness, I probably would have wanted to take a picture too.
Once we managed to disperse the crowd, it was time to board our mini-bus and do a bit of shopping. We visited a pearl shop where I had a necklace made. While I was selecting the pearls to represent the kids, Kylie browsed all the options and the rest of my family played cars. Right in the middle of the floor. Yep, that's how we roll these days...
From the pearl store it was on to look at some jade. The hairline crack on my jade bracelet finally gave way on Saturday afternoon here in GZ. I had worn that bracelet without taking it off since we bought it in February 2007 and my arm felt naked without my bangle. My hand was sore after trying on several, but we finally found one in a style and color at a price Ian and I were comfortable paying.
Once we finished there, we visited the Chen Clan Ancestral Academy.
The building was an academic temple built in the Qing Dynasty and now houses the Guangdong Folk Art Museum. Ian and I had visited twice before, on our adoptions with America World. It was amazingly hot and humid, but we still enjoyed seeing examples of traditional artwork.
|an amazingly intricate boat carved out of ivory|
|showing the process of carving a "happy family" ball|
|colored processing etched glass|
It's quite possible that little father/daughter moment attracted more attention than the photo shoot in the hotel lobby. So by the time we got the kids in position in front of this statue to take their picture, there was an even bigger crowd than this morning. Again, what was I thinking...we could have made enough to cover our cost of staying in this city by charging folks per picture they snapped.
Did I mention it was hot and humid?
It didn't take long for the kids ~ and we adults ~ to start melting and before long we were popping Mentos in their mouths and putting rice crackers in their hands faster than you can say Jiminy Cricket.
|assuming the infamous chinese squat near a fan to enjoy her cracker|
...just because I told him I remembered taking his picture there nearly five years ago on the trip when we met him. (his older sister
While wondering the courtyards of this hall, it is easy to imagine what life would have been like for the wealthy folks in times gone by. Slowly but surely more and more of the beautiful past of this country is being torn down and replaced with modern, glistening buildings.
When we returned to the hotel we made a quick stop at Subway, took naps, and then spent some time at the pool. For dinner we gathered with the rest of the Lifeline folks here in GZ with us and headed to a great little Italian place to share a meal and fellowship together. Wish you had seen the look in the hostesses eyes when I told her we needed a table for a party of 19! Amazingly enough they were able to accommodate us outside and while it was still hot and humid, we enjoyed our time getting to know the other families and sharing the stories of how we found our children.