Updated with more photos that wouldn't load last night!
This is our last post from China - we are exhausted and ready to get to bed before our long day tomorrow!
Today was an eventful day! We went back to the mall that we had been at the other day. This time we had a game plan! Course, Jorja had a plan of her own - shoes, shoes and more shoes!!
Oh, and look at the kids we played with at the mall! The kids scare me to death - as they just run around without their parents! (Even these little ones!) This has and is still a hard lesson for Jorja to learn, she just wants to run off and play! She may have a leash on her for a while until she learns to stay with us!
This is my newest Chinese friend, Judy. She owns a shop near the White Swan. She is lovely and a joy to chat with. And always gave us "a good price"! :)
When we returned from shopping Bryan and Jorja went to lunch with another family while I went to the room to pack. I was worried that Jorja would get upset if she saw me putting all of her stuff away in the suitcases. It is hard to tell how much she understands about where we are going in the morning. She seems to be okay knowing that all of her favorite snacks are packed in Mamma's backpack! Please pray for us as we return home - this could be very stressful for her!
This afternoon we all went to the US Consulate for our Swearing In. I think the visit to the Consulate is really to just have the officials verify our passports and give us Jorja's paperwork needed for citizenship and then they add a little swearing in ceremony to look more official! Either way it was uneventful. But, again nice to get out from the hotel area.
Upon our arrival home we ran to Judy's shop to finish a bit of shopping. Judy is pictured above. If any of you are traveling this year - please visit her shop! She is a joy! She loves to talk to Americans! She told me that I should have come in earlier just to talk - no need to buy anything. :) Jorja had a fun time there - she picked out her first barretts and is so proud of them! She also decided that she needed to grab another umbrella and pose for a photo! She is such a ham!
We spent the rest of our evening with our friends having a pizza party! It was so nice to just hang out together and let the kids wear themselves out! I think we are all exhausted! In fact, one friend is so sick she didn't join us - Loree, I'm sorry I didn't get to see you but totally understand! Hope your flights go well tomorrow and you get feeling better soon! Love you friend - keep in touch!!!
Last bubble bath in China! Jorja was excited about her bath tonight! And loved washing with bubbles, even her hair! The towels and hair dryer are the best part though!
See y'all in The U.S.of A.!!!!