China: Day 3...

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Otherwise known as: will these China updates ever end??

I loved going to China, but I have found it hard to devote the time needed to record all the little stories that I am going to forget 2 days from now! So, I am going to press forward...that way, I can get back to posting all the hilarious things Abby & Beks have been doing!

I know you are excited now!

On our 3rd day, we (again!) filled our bellies at the breakfast buffet & headed out on our adventures. We started the day learning about jade & going to the store they had for us to shop at. This is as good a place as any to discuss the places we went.
We had our very own tour guide, but he still had to take us to the place we were supposed to see. Overall, our trip was awesome...we went to local eating establishments & could shop at any little place, but we went to a lot of places the government has set up so that the tourists can see what they want you to see.

Anyhow, on to the jade...I did say I was going to finish these posts at some point!!

Hey look, it's Abby & Boz!

Oh yes, Boz is a world traveler!

Here are some of the workers finishing up an intricate design

Cute little elephant seats for Abby & Bozer
Luxuriant Grasslands Please Don't Trample

Even more luxuriant grasslands...ha

At the Ming Tomb...
Fernando had a couple of his better jokes here.
The Chinese would throw money into the tomb area for luck, and Fernando said he had called to volunteer to clean the $$ out, but no one had returned his call. HA. Then, he proceeded to say that if you want to throw your $$ away for good luck, you could just throw it here (he opened up his pocket) & it would work about the same!
He didn't try to teach the girls any expletives in those!
The other one he told at the tomb involved his commentary on what the people carrying the heavy loads down the stairs must've been saying...f-banger you, over & over. Yes. I'm not going to type that word on my blog, people. I don't type what I don't say. Plus, I have all sorts of family that reads this, so I don't want my high school/junior high cousins reading such things. :) Um, I am just thankful Abby didn't pick up on it. I can see her pulling that one out in Sunday School.

Next, on to the cloisonne store...we first got to see how they make the vases

I really think it's beautiful...we purchased some gifts for people here. Hmmm. Will you get anything from there? You'll just have to wait & see!!

The Great Wall of China!

We really enjoyed the Great Wall & were again so thankful that the crowds were small. Mommy is not crazy about heights, so it was good that it wasn't too crowded! Daddy would've laughed at her if she had to come down on her bottom (like she did on their honeymoon!). The views were amazing & we enjoyed the milder weather and nice breeze we experienced up on the wall!

The walk up to the top of the area we visited...

Brad trekked up with Abby in the Kelty! She slept part of the way!! Only Abby...

This is the direction Beks & Mommy went...we headed the opposite direction. Beks was very popular, but still managed to fall asleep. I caught one of the Chinese women pinching her leg to wake her up! Don't anger this mama bear, lady!

Daddy & Abby made it to the top!
Here's a pretty poor picture in the cable car on our way down from the Great WallSnacking on the cable car!

More food...this was YUMMY. Can you tell? Look at Fernando's cheeks. He was like a little chipmunk! This place was delicious. It was a hot pot & we had two different pots--one hot (spicy) & one not. Then, they brought all sorts of meat & veggies. There was so much food that Fernando had to take an entire plate of meat to go!

Our last night in China...our FIRST high chair!

Gibby asked Fernando why none of the places had high chairs. He said that people didn't take their children out to eat much. They typically had someone living with them that would stay at the house to care for the children. Helllllllllooooo...sounds good to me! ha. Actually, I don't usually mind eating out, but Beks is at a let's-not-sit-still-for-more-than-5-minutes stage. Fun times.

Boz had too much to eat...

More photography by Abby...she's getting better.
Daddy's head is actually in the shot.
That's better than my mom can do most of the time...hahaha. :)

Our last night, I remembered to take a picture outside the hotel...

Bloggy love,


Scott, Sarah, William, Daniel, and Colin said...

Love the story about Fernando dropping "F-bombs" around Abby!! Maybe she can use one appropriately, blame it on Indy-dog initially, then say she heard it from Mommy ;-) Wouldn't Daddy be happy then????