Thursday, February 08, 2007

Having a Great Time







Hi everyone!!!!

We are doing great over here in Changsha, China. I absolutely love it here. We had a slow morning. First off Lily Rose slept from 8pm until 6am this morning. She cried a little in the middle of the night, but I got up and rubbed her head for like 2 seconds and she went right back to sleep. We got up and played for a while and she has a tooth coming in and she had a slight fever so we gave her some medicine and some teething gel and she was great.

We met a few families that are staying at the Dolton, but there is one family we are closer to. They come from Swenden and have 3 children now. They are Johan, Lene, David, Maria & little Ester. We went to the Hunan Embroidery Institute today with them and what a great place it is. I absolutely loved it. We really like this family and it made the trip a lot more fun. They gave us a name of a place to go to shop and things are cheap. We had a really fun time there. Anthony bargained his butt off. It was funny to watch. I watched from a distance though. That's not my cup of tea.

We went back to the Civil Affairs Office today. When we went back on Tuesday, we forgot our cameras and missed all the signing of the paperwork. So our guide Jacky, who is awesome by the way called them and asked if we could go back and get it on video. They were kind enough to let us do that. We were so very happy to have that very special moment on film. We watched it when we got back to the hotel and we got all emotional all over again when she said "You are official her parents". Isn't it great. Lily Rose is officially ours.

We came back to the hotel and she had something to eat and then we went up to the play room for a while. She was really tired so we went to dinner early and now she is sound asleep. Which is where I will be right after I call Joseph in a little while. I can't believe I am in bed and sleeping by 9pm everynight.

I want to thank everyone for your comments. It has made a world of difference for us. We are truly blessed to have friends and family like you all. Keep them coming.

I only took a handful of pictures today. More tomorrow. I have to say that Lily Rose is more attached to Anthony now. He's loving it. She was very playful tonight with both of us which is a first. She was having a ball. I hope it stays like that. She is absolutely beautiful and we are very grateful to be her parents.

Joseph as always we miss you very much and we love you even more. I am counting down the days until I can be home with you again. Hi mom, do you miss us? We sure miss you. We will be home very soon and we don't plan on going anyway for a long time. Aren't you the lucky one. Hey Ralph how's it goin'? Are you still picking us up from the airport? Hope so, because you really need to see your new niece.

ps I really wish I had Emily H. here with us. She is an awesome blogger. My post would have been much better. Hey Peggy the Ballerina outfit looks great on her and it fits too.

Hey Lisa, if you want the panda phone number call my mother. I told her you would be calling. Remember we are 13 hours ahead of you. Tell Derrick we said hi. Keep posting comments, we love it.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa, Anthony & Lily Rose,
We are so happy for your family!!! She is beautiful and you all look so great. The "cutie" outfit looked so great. We have been checking in on Joseph and your mom. We actually ran into them in the diner last night!! We love you guys. Stay well.

Love Maureen, Noel & Co.

Jenni said...

You guys look great!! (Way to show off the new t-shirt Anthony!!) My husband will be so jealous when I show him that!!
Sleep well and have a terrific day tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

Hi guys...
I can't say how happy we are to see these pics and see how happy you all are! Lily Rose is absolutely GEORGOUS!! Just wait until she meets her big brother for the first time! Joseph is going to be awesome with the role of "big bro" Your family is complete!!! So what size is Lily in? I have so many ?'s...you know me...hehe. I am addicted to this blog too! I love seeing the pics and hearing all about your journey. We are all very lucky that you guys are posting on here as much as you are I would be going crazy by now wondering! Well take care and enjoy! Remember, lots of pics!!! Love you guys! Have fun!!
Love, Joey, Trish & Joey Wayne
ps-if Lisa & Derrick are reading this-hello and we miss you guys too!! call us-i don't have your #.

Anonymous said...

Lily looks like such a happy kid. Wait until she meets her brother! I love her little face in that white hat. YOu just want to squeeze those cheeks. You and Anthony are both glowing too. I don't know if glowing is the right word to use for Anthony but you both look so happy with your little girl and that is what this is all about.
lots of love
Rebecca

alison said...

So glad to hear everything is going well. We loved Changsha too. The food is sooo good. I'm sure you remember my blog about how much more Paul was attached to my husband than me. I tried not to sweat it because I was just so happy that he bonded to one of us. In a few days LilyRose will look at you guys equally. She is so beautiful. (not that I need to tell you that :) Alison

Anonymous said...

It's so awesome to see how happy she is with you guys. Keep the pictures coming!

Katie & MJ

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa & Anthony,

Your journey to Lily Rose is proof that miracles really do happen. May God bless you for the remainder of your time in China, and for your trip home. What a beautiful baby Lily Rose is, and so lucky to have joined such a special family. Godspeed!
Much love,
Ann H. (your old Queen of Peace friend)

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa & Anthony,
I love taking this journey with you. The pics are wonderful! I'm sooo glad that you are drinking in the culture, the Buddist ceremony must have been awesome! Can't wait to see and hear all about it.
Hugs and Kisses..........Nancy

Anonymous said...

Hi Li and Ant - We are loving the pictures. I have shown everyone at work your precious daughter. I even went back to your early post to show them your wedding picture and my nephew Joesph. I can't wait until you post your first family picture! It sounds like you guys are having a wonderful time and really getting to see many things that you will be able to share with Lily when she gets older. Keep enjoying every moment and taking all of the pictures. Ant - NICE that you are already sporting your Beijing Harley shirt! We thought Lily would be in a Harley outfit by now! We love and miss you guys and can't wait until you return. Talk soon, Lisa & Derrick

Anonymous said...

Hey Lisa and Anthony, We have been reading your posts and would have posted sooner, but just figured out how!! Lily Rose is beautiful. We can't wait to meet her. Tyler is looking forward to having ANOTHER girl cousin that is around his age!!!!!
Love, Danielle, Mike and Tyler

AnnaClaire's Jie Jie said...

She is so adorable!!!!!!! I'm glad you are having such a good time. Your Lily Rose is just precious! The Embroidery Factory is great, isn't it?! The pieces of art are soo amazing. I remember seeing the exact ones you posted pictures of!

I wish I were posting for you, too, because that would mean I would be in China again :)

Anyway, she is beautiful. Keep enjoying your time. You will love Guangzhou, too. Make sure to go to "A Home of Love" once you get to Guangzhou. That is the best store!

~Emily

Anonymous said...

So happy for everyone! So many interesting experiences to place in Lily Rose's lifebook. Take care and God Bless........Love to all...

The Heller's said...

Hey Lee!
I am having a blast following you guys and you are right...the ballerina outfit looks great!
Love seeing the smiles on your face!
She is so precious!
Love you!
Peggy

Anonymous said...

HI GUYS,
EVERYDAY IS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AND CLOSER TO YOU TO COME HOME!! I HAVE TO SAY FROM THE FIRST TIME I SAW LILY ROSE WHEN YOU FIRST GAVE ME YOUR BLOG INFO LILY ROSE LOOKS SOOOO DIFFERENT SHE TRULY LOOKS VERY HAPPY.LISA MY PARENTS WANTED ME TO SEND THEIR BEST TO YOU AND ANTHONY AND OF COURSE JOSEPH TOO ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE CLAN THEY WERE AMAZED WHEN I SHOWED THEM YOUR BLOG AND THEY SAID WHAT A WONDERFUL THING YOU AND ANTHONY DID AND WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER YOU HAVE THEY OF COURSE WOULDNT KNOW HOW TO POST ANYTHING SO I TOLD THEM I WOULD LET YOU KNOW.THEY BOTH SAID GOD BLESS TO YOU AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL FAMILY AND WOULD LOVE FOR US ALL ONE DAY TO GET TOGETHER. ANYWAY ITS ALMOST MY BEDTIME LOL AND YOUR DAY IS JUST ABOUT STARTING SO I WISH YOU GUYS A GREAT DAY!!! XOXO JANINE

Anonymous said...

OMG... She is beautiful... I have tears in my eyes looking at your pictures and reading your blogs. She is precious. I am happy to hear things are going well. Looking forward to meeting Lily Rose. Have a safe trip home. Chat with you soon. Cynthia

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa, Anthony & Lily,
Well it looks like you love Changsha. All your postings tell me you are enjoying that area more than Beijing. I guess it is a bit nicer and maybe more to see and do there. Keep the pictures coming, we love to see you guys and Lily too. It makes us feel like we are there too. Hugs & kisses Joe & Maryann