Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Resort Life

This morning at breakfast, Doug asked me what day it was. I thought about it for a minute, realized I had no idea, and turned to Jerry. He looked at me blankly, and said, "Is it Tuesday or Wednesday?" Then we both started laughing, because it was such a weird feeling not to know. I think Doug thought we were nuts.

Doug and Ryan are watching the goldfish in the lobby pond after breakfast.

Today was a lovely, relaxing day, with no "adoption business." I think it has finally sunk in how good we have it here at the White Swan. Here is the view of the Pearl River from our room.

While the kids & Jerry played in the room this morning, my mom and I did some more shopping. Doug's shirt says "ge ge", which means "older brother" in Chinese. We wanted him to wear it yesterday, during our pictures, but he refused.

Zoe has really found her legs in the last day and a half. She is walking all over the place. Click here to see video of Zoe walking with Doug and Katie.

For lunch, we went to a delicious Thai restaurant around the corner. After Zoe napped, we headed to the pool, which is right on the river, and really beautiful.

I am sure neither of the girls has ever been in a pool before. Molli took to the water right away, and began splashing around. Zoe took a little bit longer, but was soon splashing and laughing.

A few days ago, Don discovered this BBQ/buffet dinner out near the pool. He said it smelled wonderful, so we decided to try it tonight. There was a spread of raw meat, fish, and vegetables, you picked out what you wanted, and they grilled it for you. There was also salad, baked potatoes, fresh fruit, and delicious desserts. It was the perfect night for sitting outside, enjoying the cool breezes off the Pearl River, watching the boats go up and down, and eating great food. We learned Zoe likes creme brulee, but is not so fond of baked potatoes!

The blue lights in the background (below) are all along the other side of the river.

Tomorrow is our last full day in Guangzhou. We have our consulate appointment with Zoe in the afternoon. We all miss home, but I think we are going to miss this place when we leave!


At 12:53 PM, Blogger Sandy said...

WONDERFUL photos!! BTW, it's Tuesday here - and we are SO ready to have you all HOME! We think you just may be getting too used to the swanky hotel-living life.
LOVE you ALL!!

At 1:03 PM, Anonymous Kerri said...

Zoe is a girl after my own heart! I love creme brulee, too. (Who wouldn't love it???) LOL Can't wait to meet her in person. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Julie said...

Hi guys-

I loved both videos-it was especially nice to hear Doug & Katie's laughs. Looks like you're living the good life at this hotel; I'm glad you got to have a real vacation day after all the appointments and paperwork. Hope the flight home goes well-See you Friday night, Julie

At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Varon Family,
Thanks for letting us travel to China with you. What a wonderful experiance. Zoe is a very lucky girl to have you as her family.

Love to all,
Jim, Rebecca & James Dulaney


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