Monday, March 05, 2007

12 Hours to Ava!

We started out today at the Jade Factory. They actually carve the jade right there where you can watch. Very expensive but beautiful.

If we were cold yesterday, then we were freezing today. The Great Wall was 1 degree but much colder with the wind. Don't ever recall feeling quite so cold.

The cloisoinne place was pretty cool. The raised copper is all placed down by hand. What terrible working conditions these people have to endure. There was no heating in the areas where all the people worked but of course the gift shop was kept warm.

We flew to Chaungsha, Hunan this evening. We go to the Civil Affairs office at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning to get Ava. It's finally here!


Donna & Joe said...

Sorry to hear that it's SOOO darn cold. That had to but a damper on your touring for the day.

I can't believe you're 12 hours from Ava...I bet I know who's not going to sleep tonight! ;)

I can't wait to see her in your arms. I'm SO excited for you!

Donna :)

paige said...

hi mema,papa,and auntie shell i miss you all very much!did you know the name ava means a bird.(my name means assistant.)you must of had a great time on the great wall and you must be thrilled to get ava soon!i love you so much!the girls really miss you guys too.have fun in china with baby ava!xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo!!! love, paige,kenzie,kayla,and ?

Bianca said...

Hi Auntie Shell, Mema, Papa, I miss you very very much!!!! I can't believe you get Ava really soon, Mommy said at 5 or 6 oclock today you will have Ava, I am so happy for you I love you all soo soo much! and I cant wait until you come home. Love always, Bianca

debi said...

Hi Michele, Mommy and Daddy, The great wall looks beautiful, sorry you have to be so cold, I am so excited for you Michele I won't be able to think of any thing else today.I can't wait to see the pictures.The day you've been waiting for, for so long is finally here! Enjoy every precious minute of it:) I love you all, Debi

Stephe said...

I'm such a sap...I am crying cause I am so excited for you!!! Please try to get some sleep tonight cause it'll be a REALLY BIG day tomorrow!! :)

Kathy said...

What wonderful pictures. Gosh, just one (1) degree -- just a little cold. But how exciting to see and experience the Great Wall.

It is 9:30 AZ time and I am sure you are not sleeping. I can't even imagine your anticipation.

I will be thinking of you this evening at 7:00 while you are meeting your daughter Ava for the first time. I am going to cry just thinking about it.

Can't wait to see your next posting of you and Ava.


Lisa~~ said...

Sounds like you're enjoying the sites despite the cold. But the best is still to come, 12 hours till Ava, hurray!!

Jennifer "Jenny" said...

Very Cool Pictures!!! Can't wait to see tomorrows though :)

Donna & Joe said...

Well, it's 7:30pm on Monday here in Phoenix, which means you should have Ava by now! It gives me chills just thinking about it.

Hope everything is going well! Can't wait to see the photos.

Donna :)

Amber said...


You already have Ava by this time and my heart is filled with such joy for you. You are a MOM! Congratulations to you and your daughter. You better give her a big hug from all of us here in Arizona. Travel safely. I will go wipe my eyes now. Love, Amber, Mike and Thomas

Scott & Kim said...

Hi Michele, We are thinking about you and figure you are probably united with Ava by now! Looking forward to pictures of mommy and daughter together!

Also, we loved the pictures of Beijing with a light dusting of snow on the ground... how pretty but it does look really chilly!

Lee-Anne said...

Looks cold, but at least the misty/fog has lifted for your Great Wall trek! Fantastic!