Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Day 3 Zhaojun Tomb

Breakfast Buddies:  Lilymei is not picky at all when it comes to food.  She will eat anything we give her.  She loves her morning congee but also ate french toast, dim sum, watermelon, banana, rice, and some omelet.  She follows everyone's fork/chopstick and she perks up whenever anything new is placed on the table.  She even woke from a dead sleep while we were at lunch at the noodle shop next to our hotel.  When she saw we were eating she was wide awake.  
Eating with new brother, Drew, while playing with a few toys.  Sometimes she is stubborn and won't put the food in her mouth but will wait forever for us to put it in for her.  Other times, especially with the baby grapes Scott purchased for her, she will gladly pluck them out of our hands.  
Sitting on Mama's lap during one of our car trips today.  Jessie, our guide, had just picked up our official RED BOOK from the notary's office.  
Family photo with the bell players at the Zhaojun tomb where we visited this afternoon.  The players were almost finished with their performance when we walked in but they played another song or two for us and announced to all that since there were "Westerners" in the crowd they would play a special song for us: Ode to Joy.  It was a very nice show.
Inside the cultural museum at the Zhaojun tomb.  Lots of artwork, relics, and exhibits from the Han and Hun cultures.  It was nice to be in the air conditioning.  It was a very hot day in Hohhot today.  So hot in Hohhot, we like to say....

Photo taken by Drew of Khan and Zhaojun, with Zhaojun's tomb (the mound) in the background.  We climbed to the top~the view was stunning, especially since today was the clearest day we have had so far.  
Lilymei eating her first ice cream cone.  Even though the orphanage nannies told us not to feed her cold things, Daddy couldn't resist.  It was made with Mongolian milk.  Yummy!
Street vendors galore in the shopping district where we bought Lilymei a couple of traditional Mongolian outfits and silver necklace (for good fortune).  We also picked up dinner at....McDonald's.  Hey, we had traditional Chinese food for lunch.  Lilymei had her first photo taken next to Ronald McDonald~I think she liked him.  

Lilymei is starting to feel a little more comfortable around us.  She has given the boys a couple of quick smiles but none for Mama or Baba.  The pediatrician from the orphanage came to the hotel to look at Lilymei's hand.  She had a large pustule on her right hand Sunday when we received her.  We had been putting antibiotic ointment on it but it was looking bad.  The pediatrician lanced it and drained the fluid off of it.  Tonight it is looking much better.  We knew it had to be hurting her these past couple of days.  We did get a bit more information from the doctor about Lilymei's medical condition since she had been the doctor that had seen Lilymei while at the orphanage.  We appreciated that.  

Time for bed.  We are going to the Hohhot Museum tomorrow morning.  It should be another fun day.  


Susan said...

You guys are doing an awesome job keeping us updated! I feel like I'm in China too. (not really) I would like to go someday. The food sounds really good.

Keep it coming!! ~Susan

The Princess's Mommy said...

Oh Jean!
She's precious! I'm glad you got her hand looked at! Remember that it usually takes 3 days (well, Lily Mei took 4) for them to start relaxing and showing their true personality.

She looks great and your boys look like they are having a great time! I'm so glad you decided to take them!
Have a great day (night..you know I'm always confused!!)

Lynsey said...

HI Jean!

What a sweetie! I am so happy for you guys. Love the pictures, everything looks so colorful! When we were there it was winter and everything way gray and white. Have a safe trip home!

Lynsey and Family

Chad and Kristy said...

Wow, it sounds like you guys are having such a good time and your new addition is just precious:)


Anna Li is doing great but Chad and I are SICK- virus, cold,sore throat:(

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