Sunday, March 04, 2007

A busy day- and boy was it cold!

It snowed most of today. We started out at Tian An Men Square, then the Forbidden City & Imperial Garden. We then sat through mass at the International Church. We headed over to the Pearl Place for lunch and shopping. The Summer Palace was the last stop for the day. Since it is Dad's birthday today, we went out for a Peking Duck (Beijing Duck) dinner.

Imperial Garden

Summer Palace

Marble Boat

Our AHH family advocate had a birthday cake delivered to my dad's room for his birthday.


Debi and Bianca said...

Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday Dear Papa, Happy Birthday to youoooo! We Love You, Debi, Mark, Alex, Bianca, Jason

Oh my God Daddy you must be freezing! It looks like you're all having a good time despite the snow, Bianca and I can't wait to get up everyday to see the pictures and read whats going on, it's our "virtual" vacation.We love You Mommy and miss you, it will be hard to go 2 weeks without any phone calls! Michele you must be getting so excited, Just relax you are going to be a wonderful Mommy! We love you, Debi and Bianca oxoxoxoxoxoxo

Martha said...

Oh my gosh...wasn't expecting snow!
Thank you so much for posting pictures. Happy Birthday to your Dad. Enjoy every minute!

fireflygal said...

It looks like you've had a wonderful time, I love China, and those are beautiful pictures of your trip!

Anonymous said...

Wow - snow! You all seemed well prepared and bundled up. Happy Birthday to your Dad, I'm glad your parents are sharing this amazing experience with you!

Jennifer R. said...

WOW ! What great pictures! Happy Birthday to your Dad :) You are just hours now away from having Ava in your arms!

Sharon, Steve & Girls said...

Hi Mom, Dad & Michele,
Wow! You all look very cold! It looks like you had a wonderful and cold day out for Dad's Birthday! The girls all loved lookng at the pictures; especially the one with Dad holding the birthday cake! Happy Birthday Dad! We miss you all so much all ready. Kayla came downstairs with me last night and was looking all over for Coco. I told her that Coco went to the doggy hotel! We can't wait to see pictures of beautiful little Ava. Michele- you must be getting so anxious & excited! Stay warm & safe, we love you all very much!
Sharon, Steve, Paige, Kenzie & Kayla

Donna & Joe said...

Fabulous photos!! It looks a little strange to see photos of the Summer Palace with snow! It does add a nice touch to the photos, although I'm sure you guys are freezing!

China time is 1am on Monday, so you'll be on a flight later today to Ava's province. How exciting!!

Donna :)

alex said...

my god i thought i'd never see the day where me mema and papa were in china, aunty shell i know you're are estatic, and little ava will be all yours shortly i hope the food is decent, anyway ive been writing an english paper and that is the extent of the excitment back in phoenix, i hope you all aren't to tired to enjoy everything because its looks beautiful, and one one thing aunty shell sammy is being taken care of no worries she is fine
i will see you three and the new arrival in a couple of weeks

Krista said...

That weather looks miserable... but I'm sure that NOTHING can damper your spirits now when you're so close to Ava! Can't wait to watch your journey to her since your blog was one of the first I found when I started my own journey a year ago. So excited for you!

Happy Birthday to your Dad!

Kathy said...

Happy Birthday Mr. Gurrieri! What a wonderful way to celebrate -- picking up your new grand-daughter in China!

Michele, Mr. and Mrs. Gurrieri,
Beautiful pictures. Can't believe it is snowing. You will be happy to know that it will be almost 80 degrees this week at home. Looks like you are having a fabulous time.

Enjoy and be in the moment!


Scott & Kim said...

Great pics! It is awesome to see pictures from China on your blog. Happy Birthday to your dad, what a fun time and place to celebrate! Hoping the whether is a bit better in Hunan! Get some sleep now... if you can!! Looking forward to more updates when you have time.

Lee-Anne said...

bbrrrr looks really cold!

Catherine said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad. Looks like you had a fabulous day in spite of the snow. What a beautiful country! Enjoy. It won't be long now until sweet Ava is in your arms!

paige said...

hi you guys,you must have been really freezing there.i cant wait till you get baby ava and i really cant wait till you get home with ava.papa, i hope you had great cold time eating at beijing duck and also eating cakefor your birthday!make sure you tell me all about china when you get home. i miss you guys so so so so so so so so and so on, much. i love you so much. p.s the girls miss you to and they miss coming downstairs.xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxooxoxoxox Love,paige,kayla,and kenzie

Amber W said...

Great pictures! Happy Birthday to your Dad. Can't wait for you to see and hold AVA! Stay warm! Amber, Mike and THomas