Wednesday…day 3

Posted On: Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Minyu in line at the amusement park.

Free day! We had no appointments today. We are just waiting for all of the paperwork to be processed so we can head home on Friday. We decided to check out a local amusement park this morning. It turned out to be one of those this-is-China-and-China-is-not-America experiences. 🙂 Fortunately, Minyu had never been to an amusement park of any sort, so this was more than he ever expected. His eyes were HUGE when he saw the giant ferris wheel, and when he saw daddy, Michael and Javauna (his cousin) on a twisty ride that spun waaay into the air. The other kids had a lot of fun too. Yea!  And the adults…well…we didn’t have AS MUCH fun as the kids. 🙂


We had been at the park for about 45 minutes. Everything was going well until we came to a roller coaster, and they turned us away. “Sorry, we’re closing for 2 hours. Come back at 1:30.” Huh?? Well, that was weird, but no biggie. We would just ride some other rides. Cars looked fun. “Sorry, the cars are not free even though you bought tickets to the whole park. It’s 20 yuan more.” Well, never mind that. Let’s try the spinning-motorcyle-dude ride. After waiting 10 minutes in line, “Sorry! Come back at 1:30. The ride is now closing.” What?!? Turns out ALL the rides were closing then for a lunch break. Okay, no problem. We’ll just go out and get lunch and come back. “Sorry, you will have to buy new tickets to come back in.” ARG!!! It was a million degrees and we were all sweating like crazy. We weren’t about to sit outside waiting for 2 hours. (We went through an entire pack and a half of tissues wiping the sweat that was running down the kids’ faces! It was THAT hot and muggy.) We decided we were done. But before we left we went into a giant ice room. It was a huge freezer with ice sculptures and an ice slide inside. Pretty “cool!” That was the smartest thing we did. We got nice and shivery before we had to head back into the sauna-like weather outside.

Amusement park statues.

In the giant freezer!

Escaping the heat

One last photo before we head back out into the heat.


We ate Italian for lunch. Another first for Minyu. He tried pizza—and liked it! Phew. It might have been hard to be in our family and not like pizza. 🙂 After lunch was swimming. And Minyu came! He said he was a little scared, but he was still smiling as he climbed into the cold water. Then he put on quite a show. In Chinese of course, but he said—smiling and laughing the entire time—“Ahh!! It’s cold!! Ahh! Ahh!! I’m scared! Ahh! Save me! Ahh! So scary, so scary, so scary! Save me! Save me!” We all laughed. A lot. It was hilarious. He really liked it, even though it was cold, and he definitely wants to go again. 🙂


Things are going very well, better every day. We’re only having one minor issue. Minyu is loved too much. EVERYONE wants to be wherever he is. They wanted to ride the rides with him, sit by him at meals. They want to be in the room he is in, doing what he is doing. They want to walk by him, hold his hand. Poor boy. He’s a little TOO loved right now. 🙂 He is very kind and patient, but I have to consciously make an effort to give him some space from his siblings. Especially Spencer. Spencer LOVES him and tells him all the time (in Chinese). And he tries to kiss him on the cheek. And give him candies and snacks every few minutes. Very sweet, but a little much sometimes. 🙂 I think we can consider ourselves extremely blessed if our only issue is too much love. 🙂  It’s only been a few days, but things are going pretty smoothly! We are so, so happy that he’s finally ours. He is AWESOME. I can’t wait for everyone to meet him!

[more photos coming soon – we’ve borrowed a cable — off to lunch atm]

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One Response to “Wednesday…day 3”

  1. Rhonda says:

    Todd and Jill,

    We are so happy for your family. Your blog almost makes me cry every time I read it, it is so emotionally charged. Such a life changing event!!!!

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