Archive for September, 2010

TA, CA, Travel–OH MY!

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Wow!  Lots to update!!  We received our Travel Approval (TA) on Friday, August 13th, and Consulate Appointment (CA) was confirmed on Monday, August 16th.  Our life went from crazy and busy to absolutely insane!!  The only time I ever remember being close to that busy was during one of my last semesters of college when I was taking 18 hours of upper division courses and working 20 hours a week.  I was never at home and rarely got adequate sleep.

Yes, busy is an understatement for the last 2 weeks of my life.  Booking plane tickets, making travel plans, arranging child care, managing rental property, packing, cleaning, prepping a final care package, and a million other things (in addition to regular motherly duties of cooking, cleaning, taxiing, and homeschooling).  And the greatest part, I got to do all this while Todd was out of the country for a business trip!  So, how did I squeeze 20 hours of stuff a day in 24 hours?  It’s a simple matter of mathematics.  I only slept 4 hours a day the last week before I left! 🙂 

And now where am I?  On the other side of globe in Beijing China, getting ready to fly to Zhengzhou  (the provincial capital of Henan) first thing in the morning.  (Someone pinch me!  It’s hard to believe we’re actually here!!!)  I am happy to report that we all arrived safely and have enjoyed our first 2 days in China immensely!  I admit, I am completely exhausted at the moment (it’s 11pm) but I will do my best to give full updates for September 1-4 tomorrow–pictures included!

Wan an! (goodnight!)

9/3 – Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Tiananmen Square and George (our guide waving the red flag)

[Published September 8th.]  On Friday 9/3 we had our first full day in Beijing.  Our guide, “George”, took us to several sites: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Hutong area of Beijing.  Jet lag wasn’t bad as long as we kept on our feet.  We got on the bus around lunch time and within minutes there were many nodding heads (our included). 🙂  Of course Todd was fine since he had been in Beijing all week.

Yugeng (our exchange student from Beijing) and his family wanted to take us to dinner.  Great dinner!!  And great company.  Yugeng’s family was incredibly nice.  The only thing that was difficult was–again–fighting jet lag!  Kaylee Ann and I both fell asleep on the ride to the restaurant.  And Kaylee Ann practically slept through the entire meal, head down on the table.  Poor exhasuted girl!

9/2 – Arrival in Beijing

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

[Posted September 8th.]

Ha.  I was going to post pictures from 9/2, but it only existed for us briefly on the plane–a fact I didn’t realize until I went to find pictures.  We left Albuquerque 9/1 at 6am and arrived in Beijing about 20 hours later at… 6:30pm on 9/2.  Oops!  Missed a day. 🙂

9/1 – Leaving on a Jet Plane

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

[I just found this post that was never published.  It was written September 5th, 4 days after we left for China.]

This entry actually begins on August 31st, since it was one looong day for me. 🙂  Spencer and I made final preparations for the trip and went to the store.  Then we picked up Kaylee Ann from school and said goodbye to Trevin as Brianna whisked him away.  (That was hard for me!)

We made more preparations, picked up Michael from school, packed Spencer and Michael’s bags and dropped them off at the Melanders after dinner.  (Again, it was hard, but I held back the tears!)

Then it was just Kaylee Ann and I.  We cleaned, washed laundry, and packed until I sent her to bed at 11:00.  I intended to take a nap that night, but just couldn’t find the time.  So I stayed up all night packing and cleaning and doing laundry.  Kaylee Ann woke up at 3:00am and we continued packing.  The packing became more frantic the closer it got to 4:00.  We finally started THROWING the last things in the suitcases at about 10 til 4.  The taxi was there at 4am and we were off to the airport!