Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Terra-Cotta Warriors and Good Stuff

This picture is actually from yesterday afternoon, but I didn't think you'd mind :)  Khloie and Daddy take regular naps.

Our internet has been sketchy, and it drives me crazy!  We are staying close to the room to acclimate Khloie and gradually introduce her to the outdoors and crowds.  *Girlfriend has no idea the Krowd waiting at home*

Anyway, the indoor pool here is bone dry and you can only walk the halls so many times.  The only English TV channel is CNN, and there's only so many times ya' need to hear about the Soda Ban Failure...so we are watching all seasons of River Monsters and Man Woman Wild on Netflix. Therefore, it is a bad thing when the internet fails :)

Today Khloie did amazing!!!  The start of the day wasn't the best with a diaper blowout which caused me to strip her bed and wash her PJs and blanket, but following that she relaxed and even started chattering.  Her bouts of sadness break my heart, especially as she is so brave to try and fight through them.  Poor baby.

As always, we went to breakfast...
Isn't she breathtaking?!?
...and then we took the hour-long drive to see the Terra-Cotta Warriors.  I'm so glad we got to see this *unofficial* 8th Wonder of the World.

I'm not much of a history buff, but this is truly amazing to me!  8,000 terra-cotta warriors, horses, chariots and other relics, undiscovered until 1974.  The excavation process is ongoing, and it's fascinating.  This is Pit 1.





We have some very dark pictures of Pit #2 and 3 because somebody might have messed up the camera settings.  Yep, that'd be me! 

Kneeling Archer, the symbol of Xi'an.
 Crown Chariot #1, made of bronze, built to guard Crown Chariot #1 which guarded the soul of the Emperor when he came out for inspection in the afterlife.
 Little Bit's first taste of Pepsi and KFC
 Chillin' in the room.  She l.o.v.e.s her stacking cups!
 And finally, the picture of the day!!!!
*She was sleeping in my arms*

Please continue praying for our family (Smiths and Johnsons) back home and pray for Khloie's continued transition.  She has regressed so much it's hard to say what she can really do.  She prefers to be fed and carried, which is no problem at all.  Even though we think she can walk very well, we don't know how her vision affects her balance so we are careful.  We also realize regression is very common.  We just don't want to take any chances of her falling.  She is absolutely irresistible with her ready smile.

*UPDATE*
As I was writing this blog post I stopped to play stacking cups with Khloie and she said "Da Da!"  Then when I asked for a kiss, she leaned in and gave me one!  Be still, my heart!!!

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.  
2 Cor 9:8

11 comments:

bytheriver said...

Wonderful News! M shut down completely. Will she hold your hand? Once M "figured out" that she could stand and walk, there was no stopping her in the hall or lobby, but hand holding was the norm as she did stumble. Strangely she didn't play with the cups or keys we brought, but the soft ball (the kind you soak in water to throw) was a hit. Look out - M's stroke has not seemed to affect her verbal skills - she was communicating on day 1 - Khloie will likely be adding quickly to her English abilities, given this early indication. Soon she will be talking non-stop. Congrats and Happy Travels.

Kim said...

She appears to be very tiny and very precious indeed! Love that she allows her daddy to do things with her, and that she is attaching with you as well! WOW, A Kiss!
The kids are doing great here. Kambry is counting down the days on her calendar.Kennah is doing great and has started talking up a storm (sometimes it is hard for me to understand her, but she talks on anyway). Kasidi does well and has started being Miss Independent... but,she misses her mommy and daddy especially at bedtime.We hardly see your two teens because of bb and sb. Brad took our teens and Kooper to work with him today.The house is quiet this morning :). Kayden,Kinley and Kaeleb are having a hard time with the time change, but seem to be happy. All the kids are still getting along great. Love, Love, Love the fact that they are all so excited to see each other once school is out for the day...we shall see if that still holds true when they are together for Spring Break all day long, haha!
You guys enjoy your "rest"... these kiddos will be ready for some mommy/daddy time the minute they see you!

Tina Michelle said...

how precious! love all the pics of the warriors!

likeschocolate said...

Poor baby!!!! Glad you were able to visit the warriors.

groovy mama said...

love and hugs....She is very very SWEET....
Donna~

Judy Deaton said...

Hi you don't know me....well I don't really know you either for that matter, but I am following your journey and check each day for updates! I found your blog on another blogs blogroll. Sounds kind of like she sells sea shells by the sea shore huh:) Chloe is such a doll! Those terra cota warriors are amazing! wow. We adopted 2 five yr old girls at the same time last April, and they were not the same girls in China that they were when we got home! I know you know all that! You've done this many more times than I have:) Just wanted to say God Bless you all and that I am praying! That helped us so much when we were there. Just to know God's people were praying.

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; GREAT is your faithfulness."
Lamentations 3:22&23

thesleepyknitter said...

Such a darling little princess! Praying for her as she deals with her sadness -- how brave these little ones must be. I am continually amazed at the courage of our nearly ten-year-old daughter who came to us at eight from a particularly close, loving foster family. She continues to grieve, but she also continues moving forward with determination and good cheer. Such amazing little warriors our children are!

holly:) said...

As hard as the grieving times are, Khloie sounds as if she is progressing on target. Sounds as if she's a smart little Treasure, pulling back and regressing a bit just to be sure Da Da and Ma Ma are going to take care of her needs. She doesn't know the wonderful parents and family that she's forever a part of! :)
Come home soon!
Love,
hollym.:)

Shonni said...

She is so cute. I am so glad that you have her in your arms.

Suzette said...

What a precious child of God! You are so blessed and I am so happy for your family! (Now if God will just help my hubby decide that we need to do the same!) Praying blessings upon you as you continue this journey!

CK said...

Connie!
She is absolutely beautiful! I love the picture of her holding daddy's hand and the last picture, asleep in your arms.

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