And then there was the second day. Today was a day (well, half day) of appointments. We began by going to the civil affairs bureau (at least, I think that is what they are called) and signed papers that were all in Chinese. We have no idea what they said. Hui (Titus) was asleep for most of it. It was a bit crazy and hectic as there were four other families there.
Having my mother-in-law, Marsha, here has been such a BLESSING! Here she is playing with two big sisters to newly adopted siblings while we were signing papers. It helped a lot!
Next we were off to the passport issuing office. It will take until Friday to get Hui’s passport. Again, having Marsha here was awesome. Hui did not want to be woken up but he had to be for his passport picture. They would not take it if he was crying so we tried three or four times before they finally got one. Then they almost didn’t accept it because of the way he head is bent. They wanted him looking “straight” at the camera. I told our guide there was no way to straighten out his neck. It was very frustrating. Finally they Photoshopped it until it really looked less like him than if they had just allowed for his bent neck. I’ll try to post those pictures tomorrow. They look weird, just weird. By then the kids were hungry and tired. So we fed them snacks and finally got to go to lunch.
We ate hot pot! It was delicious and there was way too much food. We had duck, pig, fish, beef, cauliflower, shrimp rolls, mushrooms, bean sprouts, potatoes, and much more. For dessert there were these sweet potato pancakes and dumplings, both plain and fried, with a frosting you could dip them in. The yellow and red dishes are full of personalized sauces. When our guide said we needed to go get our own “sausages” we were very confused. We didn’t figure out he meant “sauces” until we all looked like idiots. The picture above was taken about 5 minutes before Hui fell asleep. He couldn’t keep his eyes open.
And more sleeping. It reminds me so much of Sunita when we first got her. She slept and slept. I can only imagine how much energy and mental effort being adopted takes.
When we got back to the hotel, since neither kid ate much for lunch (due to pre-lunch snacking) they polished off the rest of the Cheerios (thank God for cheerios, and I’m not kidding!). They also ate some of our peanut cracker/cookie things and these meat-on-a-stick flavored potato chips. I liked them, they tasted like BBQ chips. Hubby agreed they tasted like BBQ chips, adding “bad ones”.
After that we walked about a half hour to do some grocery shopping, so we stopped to get the über cheap ice cream. I love getting the different flavors. Mine today was something like a green tea with purple stuff inside. I’ll try to get a picture later (I plan on making that a daily stop). It was good, but I prefer the coconut. Sunita was totally shot by this point in the day so I put her in the Ergo. Then Hui was ready for sleeping again so I carried him. Just call me Sherpa. By the way, thanks Misty for running with me every morning; I couldn’t have packed them both without it!
When we got to the shopping area I sat and let my legs go to sleep with Sunita in the Ergo and Hui on my lap while Hubby and Marsha did the hour long shopping trip. It took an hour because Carrefour (the equivalent to Walmart) is HUGE. Hopefully more on that later. Finally we grabbed dinner at McDonalds (thought Sunita might eat more there) and came back to the hotel. We bathed the kids then put them in bed. They are asleep now and I need to head that way too. Good night everyone. I truly can’t thank you enough for your prayers and comments. We feel bathed in love.