Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sarah has been playing with her toys although her favourite toys are not toys at all - the mostly desired items seem to be those items in drawers and sitting on the counter. Sarah is still a fussy eater and we have been trying to get her to try different foods - a lot of the time she won't even put it in her mouth to try. We did have a breakthrough yesterday when Laura came by for a visit and brought timbits, coffee and tea and she brought herself a lovely fruit yogurt - she offered Sarah some and Sarah then proceeded to eat at least 1/2 of it and then ate one her her Daddy's yogurts and two timbits - Aunti LoLo is now her favourite Aunti, well at least until her next favorite Aunti bribes her with something she likes - but Laura is planning on a return visit fairly soon to keep her standing.
She did have some fun playing with Aunti Mandy's extra large teddy - she was really just picking it up and throwing it down but she seemed to really enjoy it. The other place she really likes to go is the park, although it's been a bit too cold for it - she is usually a little shy at first but then she decides it's a lot of fun and just marches up the stairs on her own to the slide - I have got her to wait most times to sit down and hold Mommies hand for the slide down - that's mostly for nervous Mom as I think she would have very little problem sliding down on her own.
Also once she get more comfortable she climbs up to the higher part of the slide and wants to go down the big slide - even Daddy doesn't like her doing that one on her own.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Our little Sarah is a bundle of energy and has no problem playing with her toys and wearing out Mommy and Daddy - here is a shot of our family room after our little cyclone Sarah has gone through.
Tonight she decided that the animal treat and plastic's cupboard needed some reorganizing and decided the best way to start was to empty everything out onto the floor and then decided it was just the right height for a seat - what better way to clean out a cupboard than climbing in? Needless to say - she wasn't able to complete the reorganizing before bedtime so Mommy had to put everything back in while Daddy worked on the toys in the family room - when your a busy little 19month old - you just don't have time to pick-up after you play.
Friday, March 20, 2009
We had a grand welcoming committee waiting for us at the airport. We were greeted by Auntie Heather, Uncle Kevin, Grandma, Auntie Mandy, Auntie Meghan, Cousin Rachael, my good friend Catherine and Kevin and Heather's good friend Heather. When we walked out of the arrival gates it was a flurry of camera flashes - we felt like celebrities arriving. We were greeted with a big welcoming sign and Sarah was showered with gifts of teddies, dolls and balloons. Heather was the official photographer and from the preliminary pictures we've seen they are going to be fantastic. The excitement was just beginning. Kevin took us to the "van" he had arranged to pick us up with - it turned out to be a beautiful stretched limo with all the bells and whistles. Sarah was whisked home in style. Once we got home we were again receiving royal treatment - Kevin had all our luggage brought in and he took out Sarah's car seat and installed in into our car so we wouldn't have to worry about it. Auntie Janice, Cousin Liam, Grandpa and Montana were waiting at our house for the big arrival. The house was decorated with pink and white balloons, inside and out.
They had some nice snacks waiting for us and Heather was able to take some more pictures. Everyone stayed for a little while and then left to try and get some rest. Sarah was quite tired and didn't want anything to eat so she had a nice bottle then went off to sleep in her new bed with her new quilt made by Auntie Janice - it's just beautiful, she also made a lovely bedskirt to match.Sarah had a good nights sleep and got up nice and fresh and had a lovely breakfast in her new highchair from Grandma and enjoyed playing with some of her balloons this morning.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tonight we have a final dinner with the travel group - kind of farewell party - then we have one more sleep then we fly home tomorrow - we have enjoyed China but are ready to come home and see all our family and friends.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
On the way home Daddy and Sarah had a lot of fun on the bus.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
It also has the longest corridor - which runs outside along the lakefront and is covered with very detailed painted ceilings.
Sarah again was as good as gold - she doesn't seem to mind her stroller - here's Sarah and Daddy at the Summer Palace. Considering she doesn't like crowds (already like her Daddy) and no afternoon nap (just about 20 mins on the bus) she did amazingly well. We don't know what we've done to deserve such a perfect baby.
At the silk factory they gave us a brief tour and explained how the silk was made, as well as the life cycle of the silk worm - very interesting. We were also able to pick up some items at the store at the factory - luckily - or unluckily for Wes - they take Visa. Sarah is just improving more and more each day - by the time we were coming back on the bus she was laughing and playing and even smiling at other people - up until now if we are out and someone talks to her she just goes into staring mode but not on the way home - she was just so relaxed and having a great time. When we got back to the hotel she was walking around the room on her own with no problems - she hadn't really ventured from the coffee table without taking one of us with her - but not tonight she was all over the place - we couldn't be more happy with her progress. Unless plans change tomorrow - we have an early call - ready for the bus by 8:30am - we go see the Great Wall, visit the Jade factory and in the afternoon we go to copper factory and drive by the Olympic Statium.