Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Finally Some Pictures

Finally I am able to post pictures. Obviously these are not ALL the pictures we have taken. Matt and the boys took off for King Pin Market this morning with our hotel neighbors. They also adopted an older boy who is aging out so it has been nice for Jaxon to have someone else to talk to (I think). So, Jack (the dad) and Adam (the son) went with Matt and our boys. King Pin Market is just across the bridge off the island and is mostly a market of dried insects, snakes, spiders, scorpions, etc. There are some live things as well. I saw it the last time I was here so I volunteered to stay back at the hotel and do some packing.

This afternoon we have our swearing in ceremony at the US Consulate. After that we are officially done with any and all adoption paperwork. We will pick up the boys' visas tomorrow on the way to the train station. We leave for Hong Kong by train tomorrow evening. We have been toying around with the idea of taking the boys to Hong Kong Disney and have decided since we are going to be in HK all day Saturday we may as well. Saturday is also Jaxon's 14th birthday so I think he will enjoy it as well. We showed him the website for HK Disney and he spent a good amount of time on there looking around. Matt asked him if he wanted to go and he said yes. So, that is our plan for our stay in Hong Kong.

We leave Hong Kong around 8:00 a.m. and will fly from there to Tokyo. Tokyo to Detroit and then on to Ft. Wayne. We arrive in Ft. Wayne around 6:20 p.m. on Delta Airlines so if anyone wants to greet us you are more than welcome.

Enjoy the pictures, I am off to start packing.

Drew playing with his food at Lucy's. He had the french fries talking to each other. We were cracking up.

Trying to get Jaxon to smile is like pulling teeth.

I think Jaxon is trying not to smile in this one.

Blake and his new girlfriend. You can't take that kid anywhere. As soon as Drew saw Blake and Jaxon getting their picture he hopped on the dog.

Such a "ham!"

Papa John's Delivery

"Open up and say awww."

Blake at the Great Wall

Drew and Elva looking at the fist at The Forbidden City

Ceiling inside one of the Gazebos at The Forbidden City


Alycia said...

Woohoo! You'll soon be on your way home! How wonderful for you all! We are so excited for you!
Tell Jaxon that we wish him a very Happy Birthday! :)
I look forward to hearing more about your time with Adahlyn's YeYe when you get a chance.

Brendan and Melissa said...

Oh wow! Great pictures! (But it makes me want to see even more!) Enjoy Hong Kong and safe travels to you! See you in a few days.

Lori said...

Oh wow, great pics, Mandi!! Jaxon is so good looking. I think he may have a modeling career ahead of him! And what a ham Drew is! He is going to be the clown of the family I have a feeling! Love it!!

And hey, the older boy, Adam, that you mentioned....I think that is one of Macy's friends that was just adopted! Ask if he is from Luoyang! If it's him, will you take a pic and send it to us? She would love that! And you can tell him that you know Shu Li's (Macy's) mom!! Small world!

connie said...

Mandi, thank you for posting pics of your guys! Looks like they're doing very well. You are so close to being home, friend! Enjoy your day in HK. Praying you home!

ronvic7 said...

It'a about time we got some pics!! Everyone looks well, glad you are getting closer to home and it's going good for you:)

Chloe's momma

Valerie and Jeff said...

Wow! You are going to be home before you know it! the photos are priceless and it looks like you guys are having a wonderful time and bonding well! Love the photo of Elva and Drew so much it's just beautiful! And the ones of the older boys letting Drew take care of them like a doctor was so cool too! We pray that all continues so well and that you embrace these moments as you are cemented together as family!

living4him5 said...

Beautiful boys!!

God bless,
Amy <><

megadog said...

Everyone looks so great. Congratulations. Can't wait to see more. Hope Disneyland is wonderful. That is something we would LOVE to do. Happy Birthday to Jaxon. Everyone looks just great.

Tara Anderson said...

You have no idea how much I enjoy your's kinda ridiculous, really. :) It still warms my heart so much to see your boys with you. God is amazing!!!

Lexilooo said...

Amazing photos! I love the first one of all three boys, with Drew arm around Jaxon's leg and holding Blake's hand! So sweet!

nikimac said...

Love the pictures....very handsome boys. Safe Travel

Sandy said...

Oh, Mandi...just got back on to check your posts...have been without access to computer while traveling....This is so awesome...So great...thanks for the posts and the pictures and a trip to Disney to boot for Jaxon's 14th. Birthday....Wonderful...
Can't come to IN. for touch down, cuz NC is a bit too far to come, but will be there in spirit....Will be praying for the rest of the trip.
Love ya..I am cousin to myfourblessings.....

Chris said...

Great pictures!!!

Thanks for sharing!!

TanyaLea said...

Wow, I can't believe your journey over there is coming to an end...before you know it you'll be on that plane!

Love seeing these photos of your boys...they are one HANDSOME bunch!! And it looks like Blake has a way with the ladies! ;) LOL!

Have a wonderful time in HongKong celebrating Jaxon's birthday. I pray it is a day filled with fun memories for all of you! Treasure these last hours there!!

Blessings & Hugs,
~ Tanya

Alyson said...

I love the pictures! I'm glad that you all are doing well. Still praying for you!

Jean said...

I love seeing all the pictures!! What handsome boys you have! Such a blessing!

Looking forward to following you at home, too!!