Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Consulate Appointment & Pearl River Cruise










We had a busy day today. We got up kind of late and went to breakfast and then I had to stay in the room from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Connie went to the Consulate to bring our papers and she came here at 12:30pm and told us everything was great. So tomorrow we will go back to the Consulate for the swearing in ceremony and then we get Lily Rose's visa and then we can come HOME.!!!!!!!!!

We went shopping for Pearls. We bought Lily Rose Pearls and the bracelet and stud earrings to match for her wedding day. Lori we got your pearls also. Very pretty. After that we went and had lunch at Lucy's and then from there we went back to the hotel to drop off our pearls and then we went on the River Cruise. It was very pretty and since it is Valentine's day it was even more special. Lily Rose had a nice time too. Now we are back at the room and Anthony went in search of some food. He's always eating. I have to say that I lost some weight. Yeah for me. Lily Rose is in her crib right now talking up a storm. She slept on and off on the cruise and in the cab so I guess she is wide awake right now. It is so funny to hear her talk. She sounds like Donald Duck. I think I am going to start to call her ducky. How freakin' cute is that, she just talked herself to sleep and she's holding onto the doll we sent her in the care package for dear life. She has the fattest cheeks and all I do is kiss them all day long. She so didn't like to be kissed but now she doesn't mind it so much. To bad, that's what I do all day and she will have to get use to it. Joseph loved it when I use to kiss his face all over. Not so much now because he is a big kid now. But I still get to kiss him often.

I want to say hello to a few people. First to my cousin Janine (on my dad's side). Thanks for checking in all day and posting comments. I look forward to them. Yes, we will get together when we get back. We would love to see all of you guys. Hi Liz, I hope you guys are feeling better. Lily Rose will be just as chunky as Valerie once we get home. I also want to say hello to all my friends on the yahoo groups. Hi Rebecca and April and god to many to list. Ok, this is not working to good. There are just to many people to say hello to. So I will give one big huge hello to everyone and I hope you are all well and thanks you all so much for helping us stay focused on this great journey of ours. We would not have made it if it wasn't for you guys.

Hey Sandi, I wanted to let you know that we did NOT get those seats. When I called the lady said they were booked weeks ago. So we are sitting in row 46 or 47 something like that. But thank you for letting your friends know we will be there. I remember Theresa. I will make sure I say hello to her. I hope the flight is not to booked so that maybe we can get all 3 seats so Lily Rose can sleep between us. I really wish you were on that flight. That would have been great to see you again. If you want to know about adopting a baby girl from China I'll help you out. :)

I just got off the phone with my mother and Joseph and they are both sounding a little better. I feel horrible that I missed Valentine's Day with them and tomorrow is my mother's b'day. I never missed her b'day. But I know that we have only one more day here and then it's time to come home. I can't tell you all how happy we are to be coming home and the best part is, Lily Rose will be with us. Anthony and I still can't believe she is our daughter. What a feeling.

Joseph, as always we miss you and love you more then life itself and 1 more day and we will be home with you where we belong. Happy Valentine's Day everyone.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

HI GUYS,
THE PIC'S FROM THE CRUISE LOOK GREAT LOOKS LIKE YOU HAD A GREAT TIME. IM SO GLAD TO HEAR LILY ROSE IS IN PERFECT HEALTH..GOD BLESS. YOUR COMING HOME TO COLD WEATHER IM SURE YOU HAVE HEARD BUT WHO CARES CAUSE YOU ARE COMING HOME!!!! WOO HOO!!!! HOW I WISH I COULD BE AT THAT AIRPORT TO SEE YOU GUYS GET OFF TEARS WILL BE FLOWING IM SURE TEARS OF JOY HAPPINESS AND LOVE THAT IS. LISA AND ANTHONY I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE A PART AND SHARE YOUR JOURNEY WITH YOU IT IS VERY SPECIAL TO ME. COMING TO YOUR BLOG AND BEING ABLE TO KEEP UP WAS THE BEST PART OF MY DAY AND ALLOWING ME TO BE SUCH A PART OF A SPECIAL TIME IN BOTH YOUR LIVES..IM SERIOUS AND THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW HAPPY I AM FOR YOU ALL. YOUR JOURNEY IN CHINA IS COMING TO AN END BUT YOUR JOURNEY AS A FAMILY WITH EVERYONE BACK HERE IS ONLY STARTING AND YOUR FAMILY WILL BE COMPLETE,BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL IN EVERY WAY. ANYWAY LET ME BE THE FIRST TO SAY WELCOME HOME GOD BLESS YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT FLIGHT HOME AND I WILL SPEAK TO YOU SOON. SO MUCH LOVE TO YOU ALL XOXO YOUR COUSIN JANINE XOXO
P.S. ONCE YOU GUYS GET HOME IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU NEED PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT LILY ROSE NEEDS I WANT TO GET HER SOME THINGS ITS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I SHOPPED FOR A LITTLE GIRL!!!LOL

The Heller's said...

Happy Valentine's Day Lily Rose from your "cousin" Lilly Ann!
Lee, love the pic. of the two of you laughing!!
Sounds like you are having a blast and I could not be happier for all of you!
Love you,
Peggy

Anonymous said...

Hi Lee, as the saying goes "A picture says a thousand words"...your pictures are evidence of how very happy you guys are. For whatever reason these latest pictures that you posted brought me to tears - partly because I am unstable, lol -BUT really because you look so perfect together and your smiles say so much.

By the way, I KNOW that Lily Rose will eat and grow very well...anyone who has ever had a taste of Grandma Lily's cooking can attest to that!! Never had better meals than with Mama Lily!! Happy Valentine's Day again!

Love you!
Liz

Anonymous said...

Lisa , Anthony and the BEAUTIFUL Lily Rose,
It's Joanie, Auntie "GodMother" Gina's friend, I have been checking your post everyday. (Even when I was on vacation I was showing all my friends Lily Rose and how beautiful she is.) I can not help but get emotional reading your post. That is GREAT news about her health. The picture of Lisa and Lily on the boat is awsome... it really looks like she has bonded well and she looks like a "momma's girl"!!!
Well... I wanted to take a moment and tell you how Happy I am and how great it is to share the experiance with you. (even if its just thru the blog!!)

I want to wish you nothing but health and happiness.

Anonymous said...

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

You guys have been on such an adventure... What a trip.. Can't wait to meet the munchkin and see all the wonderful pictures you took. Have a safe trip home...

Hugs & Kisses from Jordan
see you soon... Chris & Cynthia

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures, these are my favorites so far!

katie

Jenni said...

Hey Lisa and Anthony!!
I miss Lucy's!! LOL
Lisa-what a great pic of you and Lily Rose together with BIG smiles!! She's a doll.
The pic of Anthony kissing the statue yesterday reminded me of Fred making Sophia bend over in front of a statue that is holding a camera, like he's taking a pic of her butt!! They would be trouble together!!
Happy Belated Valentine's Day!

lara said...

happy valentines day , yet more cute pictures what a gorgeous little girl you have

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa! I've been following your journey almost everyday and love all the pictures. Lily is so beautiful and she looks very happy. Congratulations to your entire family.
Love,
Colleen and Sean

Anonymous said...

Hey Anthony and Lisa, it Sue R. Just got on the website. Computer crashed over weekend but now we are good. I am so happy for the both of you. I don't ever remember seeing Lisa smile so much. You both deserve this very much. What a beautiful daughter you have. The smile on her face must just light up the room. Is she a Daddy's girl already? Don't worry Lisa all little girls come back to their mommy's when they need extra kisses.
Stopped by your house today to drop off things for Joe from the Blue and Gold Lunch (Yuck). The boys had a great time and the skit was a hit. Everyone participated and laughed with the boys. Today, Joe was relaxing on the couch and your Mom too. Your Mom assured me that she has all medication for him as well as asthma stuff. I offered to shovel her walk for her but of course she said no. Stubborn. Have a good trip back and my family and I loved the pictures of you and your daughter. What a perfect match!!! She is the luckiest little girl to come into such a warm and loving home.

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys,
Just got off the phone with Joseph. He's feeling better. We are in the midst of an "ICE STORM"! Joan and Carl are sitting poolside at Joyce and Pete's in Ft. Lauderdale and I've just come in from chopping ice and sprinkling ice melt!!!! I cannot believe all your pics without winter gear. Further South than I thought. Looks beautiful! Sooo glad all is going well. Can't wait to see and hear ALL!.........Nancy

Anonymous said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Lisa, Anthony, Lily Rose, Joseph and Lil!!! Love you all - Aari

Anonymous said...

Lisa, Anthony, and Lily Rose,
It has been so great to be able to follow your journey. Thanks for allowing us to do it. Every morning I wake up and the first thing I do is turn on the computer to check your blog. Maybe I am just a big geek, but it has really given me so much to look forward to. My mom and sisters have been reading too, they think you guys are awesome by the way. I know in the beginning of the trip you got a hard time for your honesty but that is what I hav loved about your posts. It is the humaness that I can most relate to and appreciate. So, thanks!
The pictures have all been beautiful but today's are sooo cute. That one of Lisa and Lily, how happy you two are, it is truly beautiful.
One more day until you are all together as a family with Joseph. I can only imagine what that will feel like. I will be thinking and praying for you guys. I look forward to catching up and meeting Lily Rose.
Lots of love
Rebecca

Anonymous said...

Hi guys...

I have to say you all look GREAT! The smiles on your faces are priceless! And I know what you are saying about the cheeks! I still do it to lil Joey all the time and I think he just deals with it now because he knows it makes me happy :) But I have never seen you guys look so happy, I can't imagine what you will all look like after having Joseph and Grandma Lily with you! WOW :) All your cheeks are going to hurt..hehe
I am glad that you had a Nice Valentines Day, the weather here is awful! Ice and snow-very messy and cold.
Talk to you all soon, have fun!

Happy Birthday Lil!!! Thinking of you, and what better B'day present you could ask for :) Hope to see you soon!
Love,
Joey, Trish and JoJo

Anonymous said...

Hey Guys!!!
Sounds like you've had an awesome time. Spoke to your Mom and Joseph earlier and they are both feeling a little better. As with all of us, I'm sure they will be much better once you're home. See you then!
Love,
Siri

Donna & Andrew said...

Hey Lisa,
Well your journey is winding down but the adventure is just beginning! Your post and pictures have given us a glimpse into your travels. Have a safe trip home!
Donna
P.S Happy Birthday to your Mom!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Grandma Lily has just two words for you - MISS YOU!! :)

AnnaClaire's Jie Jie said...

I love all the pictures!!! She is sooooooooo beautiful. I especially love seeing all those smiles on that sweet face that was once so forlorn. I'm glad your Valentines Day was good and that you were able to spend it with your sweet Lily Rose! The cruise looked amazing.

Emily

Anonymous said...

Grandma Lilly's two other words are I'm Hungry

Anonymous said...

Grandma Lily's other two words are I'm hungry.
Ralph