|McKenna took both Laurel's and Tyler's hands.|
McKenna and Laurel found each other right away and sat together on the bus. McKenna was so sweet. She not only held Laurel's hand, but she took Tyler's also. I don't think he knew quite what to think of that, but I thought it was great!
|Lyric always sweat in China a lot when she slept - now she doesn't.|
After the temple we went to what is called a pearl market. It was a big building with many floors to it. It seemed a lot like an indoor mall and wasn't anything like the markets where we negotiated prices in Beijing. I like the places where you negotiate better.
The Bates (McKenna's parents) weren't that interested in shopping and neither were we. Both families really wanted to see parts of Guangzhou that didn't cater to tourists like us - so we snuck out of the pearl market building. (We didn't really sneak, we just had a time that we had to be back by).
|Laurel wanted McKenna to come home with us.|
After resting in our room for a bit it was time to meet Brad in the lobby. He ended up bringing some small blue potatoes (he is carrying them in the picture below) with him for us to try. I was really surprised that the children didn't want to try them. They are really good about trying new fruits and vegetables. I tried them though - and I liked them. I had to peel the potato skin off before I ate it (which was a bit messy), but it was worth it.
|Brad walking in with the potatoes.|
The plan for the evening was to meet Jieying and her parents, go out to dinner with them, and then go on a river boat cruise. Instead of taking two taxis and separating, we found an "illegal taxi" to take. An illegal taxi is one that isn't registered with the government but since this one happened to be a mini van and we could all fit in it, we took the chance.
|Jieying's mom attached to Laurel right away!|
While walking to the restaurant we stopped in a few stores and did some browsing. Jieying's mom bought the girls a few small gifts and later they (Jieying's parents) kindly bought them jade necklaces. The children really value them.
While in the strip of "mall" where the jade shop was, the girls and I took a walk around. At one point an older lady stopped us and, I think, was asking if the children were mine. I nodded and smiled and held up my fingers showing 4 for the number of children we now had. I don't think she knew quite what to think when I pointed to Laurel and Carissa and then to Lyric, but she smiled and laughed as I nodded and laughed and then I went on my way back to the jade shop.
|She is still attached to Laurel (can't blame her though, we're attached also!)|
The river boat cruise was beautiful. There were so many bridges, buildings, and other boats lit up that we always had something wonderful to look at. We had a very nice, memorable experience that we will cherish for many years to come.
And after that long of a day, I think we all fell asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillows back at the hotel room!
|The lights on this bridge would change colors.|
|Carissa and Lyric having a great time.|
|This was pretty also - the lights changed colors often.|