Friday, May 23, 2008

The Great Wall (and a sick mama)

It was so cool!!! What a neat day! The Great Wall was built in 1404 BC I believe. WOW! It is one of the seven wonders of the world. It was built in only 25 years and is more than 4,000 miles long. It is the only man made thing that can be seen from space. Over 300,000 men built the Great Wall by hand. 150,000 of them were killed while building it. Today we took a ski lift up to the wall. Mom was doing good till we were up there and then things got iffy for her. Poor momma. She laid down in a little rest area while I walked around and took pictures. Then she took the ski lift down while I took the little alpine slide thingy. It was SO much fun. There is a video clip at the bottom of this post. Mom didn't fare so well on the ski lift. Apparently she barfed 3 times on the way down into the woods below. Ahhhh yes... barfing at the Great Wall... such a memory. Poor thing! After that she felt better. We went to lunch and it was DELICIOUS! WOW! I was so impressed. YUM! I ate the whole meal with chopsticks. I was very proud. :0) Mom had her first meal in 24 hours which was a popsicle and soup broth. BUT she kept it all down. WOOHOO! LOL! So after a stop or two we made the drive back and ordered in dinner. Well it is 6:20pm.. Way past my bed time. Hee hee hee... I am tired though so I am going to get ready for bed. Mom is on the upswing I think. She was able to eat some soup for dinner. Hopefully she will sleep well and be good as new tomorrow. In the morning we will go to Tieneman Square (did I spell that wrong?) Temple of Heaven and the forbidden city. Then we go to the airport and take a short flight to Hangzhou where Kaiya lives. Sunday is a free day and then we meet her Monday. HUGS! Angel












taking the ski lift up to the Great Wall

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video

16 comments:

Meridith said...

Once again, I can't sleep past 4AM. I have checked your blog every 15 minutes to see if you would update, (pretty pathetic, huh?) I love the pics of the Great Wall! The slide looks like a blast. Have a delightful weekend.

Ellie said...

Angel,

I love the pictures! How odd to see you wearing shorts, it was cold when we were there so I think of The Great Wall as being a always cold place LOL! I hope your mom feels great for tomorrow. I can't wait until you meet Kaiya!

Hugs,

Ellie

The Engelhardt 4 said...

That is SO cool to slide down the wall...weeeee....poor Dorothy. Give her lots of hugs from us. Hope she feels better soon!!

Brandi said...

I love the, "I am taboggoning down the great wall of China. . yeah, I am"! One of those moments when you can't even believe what you're doing! Love it!

Can't wait to see that sweet girl. . hurry up!

Brandi

Natalie C. said...

I am SO glad to hear your Mom is feeling better.

Nikki said...

Ooo- that looks so cool!! Your poor mom :( Hope she is feeling better today! I can't wait to hear about monday :)

Russ said...

Oh...btw, Happy Anniversary! What a way to kick off another 10 years! Can't wait 'till y'all get home! Love you.

Dimple Queen said...

I am so glad you are able to share all this with us from China! What fun!! I hope your Momma is feeling better!

Amy said...

Oh no way- is it really your anniversary? I just saw Russ posted that!!
LOVED the pictures- WOW, amazing. Sounds like you are falling in love with China already. Glad you mom was able to keep something down. Can't wait till you are holding Kaiya!! Love, Amy

Paul and DeeDee said...

FUN FUN FUN! and aww Russ said Happy Anniversary! Don't worry, our anniversary was last night and at our dinner out I ate enough for the both of us plus like 5 more people:) Hope your mom is feeling better!! Praying for you guys!

Wendi said...

That is so beautiful!!! And so crazy to see you standing on it...there's my best bud hanging out on China's Great Wall. Your sweet mama is in our prayers. It just occured to me that we might be new landowners by the time you get home...we'll keep Russ posted in case y'all get to talk at some point, but we're definitely making progress on that front...love the updates and SOOOO glad the internet is cooperatingfor you!!! yay!

Farrah and Jed said...

AWE I forgot what I was going to say when I read what your husband wrote....How Sweet is that guy??

Hope you are having a great time!!

And hope MoM is feeling better today...

Holly said...

Oh my goodness that is SOOOO cool! Not your mom being sick of course, but "tobagganing" down the Great Wall of China... wow!!! FUN! And amazing pics!

Tessa said...

How incredibly amazing ... that is the coolest!

Hope all is well with your mom!

Holly said...

Oh Angel, Your sweet Mom! I was sick on the Great Wall too, only I didn't vomit. What's up with international travel and stomach issues? ugh!
I pray she rests well and feels fine tomorrow!!
The driver in the picture with you at the restaurant was our driver too! It's cool looking at your pictures and identifying with the experience! How's the jet lag? So excited for you- you're SO close!
Blessings,
Holly from Purpose Driven Family

gerlthouse said...

Way to go, Polka Dot, for not letting a little stomach bug keep you from seeing the Great Wall! I'm so impressed! Memories of barfing at the Great Wall are so much better than memories of sitting in the hotel room wishing you were at the Great Wall. I'm proud of you!
You girls have fun. Savor the time together and kiss that sweet baby girl!