Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Foot Massage, The Island and The Pearl River Cruise!

Today was a free day!
So Katie and I left the family for a short while and had a foot massage!
Oh, it was so wonderful and only $13 dollars for one hour!!!
In fact they recommended that we come back again!
(Not really, but that's what we told hubby!)

He had the girls for about 2.5 hours! Just him and the girls! 
I said to Katie as we walked to the foot massage place- how much do you want to bet that at least one of the girls goes into the pond!

When we got back I found out I was wrong-
 all four girls were in the pond and two needed to change clothes!

I guess a toy fell in and they needed to retrieve it...
ahhh, yeah, sure honey!
All four girls needed to hike up their pants and get one little item that fell into the fish pond?
 Mia was the brave one and actually got it- the other were her support staff!
(Now hubby is thinking we need a cabin for our crew- he grew up with one and many people in MN have them.)

Then it was on to the island!

You should see the look we get when we all pile into a taxi!
They make us pay double but that's better than two taxi's- we like to be together!
And it's a great opportunity to sit super close and have littles on our laps!

 The girls love the brides on the island!

  Madeline is such a happy girl and has lots of energy! She has a mind of her own and right now NO is her favorite English word!

Another pow wow- they are gathering to solve the worlds problems!
I wonder what they will come up with! 

Universal sign language for "carry me Daddy"!

Looks like she got what she wanted!

We got back just in time for the Pearl River Cruise.
This was the first time we have been on it!

The five of us sat together!

Katie and Mia sat at the table next to us with our friends!

Vivi is as cute as they come! All our girls just love her!

All the people we are with are so nice!

We feel like we are watching others come and go only we don't get to! We always stay- we're like the welcoming committee on the 14th floor! Wonder who are next neighbors will be ; - )

I am not complaining! Our agency already turned a four week trip into a three week trip so we are very thankful!

Once again they gobbled up dinner and loved it! They had many many whole shrimp and are little darling ate the whole thing! The tenacules were sticking out their mouths! So ladylike!

They loved the lights on the bridges and the buildings! They are noticing planes in the sky now! They know we will be flying home in a few days! Ge ge Mark will pick us up at the airport!

Then they had a clown show! We all scurried in but Mia was especially excited! She found a seat front and center! The smile never left her face! She did not know I was taking pics- sneaky Momma!
The pics are a little dark because I took them from a ways away.

Everyone loved the show as you can see by all the smiles!

Two different times she became part of the show. At first she resisted but then she went ahead and did it! I was not quick enough with the camera to capture the moment.

It was so much fun for me to just watch our children's faces!

The excitement carried onto the bus! Where they waved at people out the window and giggled non stop!

Remember the kids in the back of the bus!
Loud, laughing and causing a bit of a ruckus...
Well, that would be us!

This is day 19... today is day 20... and tomorrow we have our consulate appt!
The end is in site and we are beginning to think about 
Home Sweet Home!
Praising God!


Shauna said...

Looks like you had a wonderful day! Love seeing the smiles on Mia's face!

Rebecca said...

So fun! Our new kiddos loved that clown too! It's also fun to see Vivi in your pictures:)

Tracy said...

What great pictures. It's always so nice to see especially when you have a child who has struggled. It just makes it that much sweeter when they can let their guard down a little a smile. I told my daughter this morning while we were looking at the pictures that Melissa looks like she is going to be a little clown herself. : ) Fun, fun and more fun!

Sue said...

You got smiley pictures of Mia, and in family pictures...she is coming around....we enjoy the Pearl river cruise too.

Sarah said...

I love the picture of the girls watching the bride and also the one of your little one lifting her arms to cute! I'm glad that your girls liked the river cruise. The food wasn't our favorite, but we loved the lights and the kids LOVED the show.

Judy Deaton said...

I do know the family with you! Travis and Denee and Sarena:) Tell them hello! Your gang may get stared at, but it's only because you are all so stinkin adorable! Yes you and hubby too! Ha Ha. It looks like maybe Mia likes her big sister? They look so happy, and like they are doing great. Pray it is so and continues on home! How ARE the littles doing at home with out you?
Blessings to you.

Sally-Girl! said...

Can't wait for you to be home so we can finally text again!!! I go to text you only to realize its not going any where!!!!

It's been fun but it is time to get home!!!

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

praying everything will continue to go smoothly!

thesleepyknitter said...

Love all the fun stories and pictures and seeing Mia enjoying the clown show! We had one who didn't like having her picture taken, and we gradually realized she was secretly deleting pictures of herself from our camera, even months after she came home. One tech savvy little gal! :-)

Karin said...

Hooray for free days! We enjoyed the cruise too. Such amazing light shows. So cute to see Mia's face as she watched the show! Maybe you have a future drama talent there. :)