Monday, January 4, 2010

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Today is travel day back to the United States--we will fly on four different planes to get back to Florida, for a total travel time of 29 grueling hours! We are looking so forward to sleeping in a soft bed, drinking water and brushing teeth from the tap, and not having to live out of suitcases.

We wanted to include a note about Susan's Place, a shop not far from the White Swan. Dong, the owner, was kind enough to let us borrow a stroller rent free for a week. We had tea with him numerous times while we chatted about the life and culture of China. We will miss visiting him.

Our flight from Guangzhou to Beijing went fine. The temperature in Beijing was 18 degrees Fahrenheit when we landed at 11 a.m. Security in Beijing was pretty tight, which made for longer lines--a little bit of a hassle, but well worth it for safety. Our flight to JFK went without a hitch, although it stretched on and on for 13 hours. We were glad that the plane was not full. Kate Xiaochun found some empty seats to crash on. While waiting for our flight to Charlotte, she enjoyed her first ever "Happy Meal" from McDonald's--as you can tell, she absolutely loved it!

Finally, we landed in Miami at 12:10 a.m. on Saturday morning--so good to be back home! Lisa's parents were there to greet us, along with Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Norman. Our relatives are so kind and generous to pick us up at that time of night!

Kate has really come out of her shell the past four days. She is smiling and laughing a lot, and seems pretty comfortable with us. We cannot wait for our family at home to meet her!

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