Friday, January 21, 2011

Baby It's Cold Outside!!!

First things first, we made it!!!! Second thing-- our VPN works and I can blog-- YAAAAAA!!!! So darn happy about that.

We arrived on time and were met by our wonderful guide Maggie!! She is just as wonderful as Bob and Pat had said and I cant say enough about her. Any of you out there who know me know that I am ummmmmm...... not necessarily the easiest person with food and ordering etc. Maggie is so darn patient and walked us around to all the local restaurants by our hotel just to show us things on the menu that we would like. She is really awesome!! Anyway, we rode from the airport and to our hotel and got situated in our room for a few minutes and then Maggie took us on a walking tour and BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!!!!! Myra, you were right. Dress warm. Yes, the buildings are very warm but it is very chilly outside and you do need to dress for it.

Shenyang is a big city and we noticed it seems to be much more well to do than many of the other cities we have visited in China. There are tons of malls and they have crazy expensive shops like Burbury, Feregamo, Rolex, and many other shops you would only see in very expensive areas. The strange part was that they were full of people buying things. There are very nice cars and people dress very well in very expensive clothing-- man I feel like a thug in my sweats and uggs. Anyway, it is very different here and it's very metropolitan.

Of course I needed my diet coke which (Ethan you will be so happy) is Coke Zero here. So we went to Walmart which is a short walk and that alone is an experience and now we are in our room unpacking and then we are going to get a quick bite, force ourselves to stay awake a few more hours then crash out!!! Tomorrow we have a day to do whatever and actually we have no idea what we are going to do with the exception of getting the orphanage gifts ready in the evening. We are leaving for the orphanage at 8:30am on Sunday morning and that time can not come soon enough. I will get some pictures of the city and post tomorrow.

Hope all is well with you guys and Kids, we miss you soooooo much!!! Already I get teary when I think of you guys. Have fun at Brad and Amy's this weekend and we will skype with you tomorrow-- too early for you to now plus you have to go to school. We love you soooooo much!!!!


  1. Christy and Kevin, so excited for you both and for your family. Can't wait to see the post "She's here!" pop up in my reader! :) Praying that everything will go smoothly.

    Jane (OCT DTC group)

    PS (I have been following your blog since your first referral of Mia and it is such a joy to see you go back again to China for another daughter. God is good.)

  2. So glad you arrived safe and sound! Can't wait to see pictures!

  3. So glad you're there! Can't wait to see pictures of Miss Finley!!!

  4. Hi Christy and Kevin,
    We are happy you made it to Shenyang without and problems. Only tired. We are looking forward to pictures from FuShun on Sunday.
    Our prayers are with you on the wonderful journey.

    Bob and Pat

  5. I'm so happy you got to China all right. Can't wait to see photos, especially of you both and Finley.

    It was really cold when we picked up Bruce in Inner Mongolia so I really feel for you right now.

    Take care.


  6. Christy!!!
    So GREAT to know you are safely in China!!!! So excited for you to experience meeting your new daughter for the first time!! I will be praying that Finley does beautifully... And, that if she is scared, you will be able to meet her right where she is at.. Just know that no matter what, she will learn to trust you, love you, and blossom one day at a time!!! Thank you for sharing your second China journey!!!
    Enjoy your weekend!!!!


  7. I can't wait to see Finley in your arms! What a wonderous moment that will be!! We always remember that exact moment, don't we :) So magical!

    Can't wait to see pix!
    Snick :)

  8. Christy, what is a VPN and how do I get one? Skype is working???

  9. Christy! Getting so excited for you! I am a Diet Coke girl too! So happy you were able to find a replacement! Which VPN did you go with. I need to set mine up. Praying for a wonderful day for you!
    Vicki (Redlands)

  10. Have a great day exploring and stay warm! I can't wait to hear all about your experiences!!

  11. YEA.. .glad you made it there safe.. sounds like things are going well.
    Love ya

  12. So happy to hear you made it, stay warm it was cold in Hunan so I can only imagine what it is further north.
    Can't wait to hear you have Finley!