We are talking about who will be traveling to China this trip. We thought about bringing the whole crew- which would be quite the site. Last week we heard from our friend and she is able to stay with the kids. We are very happy it works for her- it wasn't that long ago that we were in China and as you all know it is quite expensive.
This trip we are visiting friends in Beijing and then going onto Zhengzhou in Henan Province and down south to GZ. We are planning to make it a shorter trip than last time and get home to the kids asap!
Hubby and I will be going for sure - I am so glad he can go, especially with 2 little ones- 5.5 and 4.5 yrs. I know their not babies but they are little to me! We are also thinking about bringing Sarah with us. She is excited to go back to China with us and she is such a sweet girl- she will be a huge help! Sarah is crazy for children! Honestly God new exactly what he was doing when he made her our daughter! She is so much like me- loves kids, loves control and can be bossy at times- where practically twins! Sometimes I have to remind her- I'm the Momma and your the little girl! She has developed a wonderful sense of humor and she will look at me and smile while saying "Ohhhhh, ya, that's right!)
The other positive thing about bringing Sarah is- a couple weeks ago she was saying to me while we were in the car- Mom, say a sentence in English and I'll say it back to you in Chinese." Sentence after sentence, she did that without any problem. We were shocked! She has these moments when her Chinese comes back to her- it is so cool! We think going to China in July really helped her Chinese and going again in March would again help her to continue to speak it!
We are feeling like Emma and Ellie should stay home. They are already struggling with English and we want them to continue making progress instead of going backwards. I do not think Emma will be able to maintain two languages. I am guessing she will continue to understand Chinese but hopeful she will at some point be fluent in English (with time). (I don't really want to be away from them but I gotta do what I gotta do)
Anna.... ahhhh, well she's not really very helpful! She will have the joy of meeting her new sibs once we come home! I am sure she will have mixed emotions- excited to see people her height - new bro, new sis and yet at the same time wondering what the heck are they doin in my house and sittin on my Momma's lap?!
Oh Yes, you are wondering about Katie? Ahhhh, she's not invited! Just kidding- although her work ethic did plummet (to an all time low) last time in China she is actually unable to go- she has a job and a few plans of her own. The timing didn't work for her. We will miss her because even though she didn't work too hard, she was lots of fun!
I am getting excited but wow, do I have a lot to do! Can't wait to show you the boy room!! I'm working on it!!