Tuesday, September 27, 2011

~Our Trip To China~ Guangzhou

            Our time in Guangzhou was so special. After being there three times ( my parents four ) it really did feel like home! We stayed a The White Swan hotel which is the place we always stayed at for all the trips. The sad part is that we think we might have been some of the last adoption family's to stay there. They were planing to shut down the hotel for a period ( almost a year and a half ) of  much needed remodeling. Most of the adopted family don't stay there or they stay off the island. It has become cheeper to stay off the island, but for us it would not be the same. Plus by the time we got to Guangzhou we were so ready to come home, and it was so nice to be there! Our home away from home. So many precious memories there! Which of course made us miss those we left behind even more! 

I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Leah Mei and I in the hotel room

Poor Ben we sent this one to him. Ummm!

Amelia being very goofy

This is what we did most of the afternoons :)

Leah did very well in the water

Yup! No joke! And it was GOOD! 

We also got a chance to go to the safari!

Leah was all about this!



My beautiful parents!

The Oaks family.

Okay, I had one of these every night! They called it a jumbo iced tea. Sooooo good!

Eating at Lucy's

The White Swan

Amelia and I room

Getting ready to go!!! Yay!

Red couch picture!

Waiting for our plane

Amelia got the kids meal, and well it was just so cute I had to take a picture of it!!

                                                    ~ Mikaela

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Our trip to China! ~Nanjing~

              Here are the pictures for Nanjing. We had such a great time there! We stayed at the Holiday Inn. Right in the heart of the city. It was wonderful! Amazing breakfast! Great big rooms too! We would highly suggest, if you are staying in Nanjing, to book there. Also very close to the large shopping area. The hotel is connected to a mall. But not any kind of mall that we would find here in the states. They had the same stores was us, but the prices were crazy! $100 dollars for a pair of Levi jeans! Yeah, things like that! So no, we did NOT buy anything there.

      It was so nice to be back to that city again. Although it was under much construction, because they were putting in a subway line. So of course the roads were very bumpy! We had a great driver though. Dad asked him one time if on the side he was a race car driver! That should give you a pretty good idea of what his driving was like! hehehe..... ;)

First picture with Leah Mei!! 

This little room holds a LOT of very precious memories for us. We pick up our little Nathaniel and now our Leah here!

Checking out the hotel room!

The next day! 

Yay! It's official!

View from our hotel room

First breakfast


We took a trip to a park that overlooked a lake there. Very pretty!

My lovely mother and I

Later we went on a boat ride on the lake!

The mall

Dad and I would sometimes go and get a DQ in the evenings

Sitting at the airport waiting for our plane.

                                                    ~ Mikaela