Sunday, September 14, 2008

Would you eat them in a house? Would you eat them with a mouse?

     Praise the Lord for Guangzhou!  When I saw breakfast this morning, I was sure I had died and gone to heaven. It was so beautiful that I may have to take pictures of it tomorrow morning!  It was the best thing I have eaten since I have been here.  It made me feel like I was on a cruise ship.  There's a huge glass wall that overlooks the Pearl River.  Now, the Pearl River is not the ocean, but TODAY, it was close enough!
     After breakfast, our guide picked us up and we went to the pearl market.  Yesterday, on the comments, Rett said they used the term rather lightly.  Boy was she right!!  It was a mall for crying out loud.  People could tell me that this place has the best quality and on and on and on, but I wouldn't know the difference.  I had to trust that Helen, our guide, was telling the truth.  They still cost a bit more than I wanted to pay but I think I'd have been upset if I didn't buy some.  Helen also told us that they double knot the string between every pearl.  If there is a break, the whole strand doesn't fall apart.  She told us it was $60 in the states just for the knotting.  After spending that money, we walked around that mall for a long time but didn't buy anything else.
     After this, we went to the French version of Walmart to get boring things like water, baby food and formula.  That one store was like a mall; it was huge.  I don't know how people do it without a guide.  I wouldn't have been able to find anything.
     We came back to the White Swan and feed Emme some lunch and we ate some noodles.  (We are so boring!)  Then, Helen came to help us fill out paperwork.  Right before Helen arrived I was showing Emme how to take a Cheerio and put it in her mouth.  Paul kept practicing with her and by the time Helen left, she was doing it by herself.  Also, she was rolling all over the bed- front to back, back to front!  It was a big day for Emme!  She's doing GREAT!!
     After Emme's nap, we went to dinner at an American-Chinese place called Lucy's.  Paul ordered a chicken burrito.  Getting Mexican food at a place like that is like getting biscuits and gravy at PF Changs!  Yuck!  Paul says if he doesn't get sick from that, he won't get sick!
      Speaking of food, (anyone else think I spend half my time talking about the food here.  I just can never get over it.) there is a 7-11 here.  When is the last time you've seen a 7-11??  Poor Paul, all he wanted was have a fountain Mountain Dew and for the Buckeyes to beat USC.  His world came crashing down:-)  He said, "All 7-11's have Mountain Dew!"   I don't think there is Mountain Dew anywhere in China.  He's looked everywhere!  And, at our convenience stores, we have hotdogs, right?  There are other things, but you know what I mean.  Well, at this place, I kept seeing this guy scoop out these steaming hot round things into a little plastic cup.  The Chinese people were buying them like mad!  They would then put ketchup all over them and pop them in their mouths.  Finally, I couldn't take it anymore.  I had to ask because it looked disgusting.  Ready??  They're fish balls!  Coming soon to a 7-11 near you!
     Finally, we walked around "the island" and bought some squeaky shoes for Emme's first 3 years of life.  We ended the night by getting her some ice cream.  Ice cream makes her very happy!!:-)

     Is this the most boring post you have ever read???  I'm tired!

     Sharla, doesn't Abby have the same PJ's???


gnangle04 said...

Fish balls.....nice. Sounds like China may be the place to go for extreme weight loss.

Once again, Emme looks great, better every day! I'm so happy to hear she's doing new things already. Cheerios, rolling. I bet you'll be amazed at the growth in her the next several months.

Sorry about the Bucks..... bad, bad game.


Pumpkin Head Baby Co said...

Ooh! Squeaky shoes! Kate LOVED her squeaky shoes. It was so much fun watching her wear them for the first time. It took her a minute to realize she was the one making the squeaky noise. After that she ALWAYS asked for the squeaky shoes.

Glad to see your trip seems to be getting better!

Sharla said...

Hi April,

That is too funny...I saw the picture of Emme and said, "Abby has those exact same pajamas!" We need to have a pajama party!

Speaking of food, don't miss the Deli Shoppe, it's at the White Swan, you just have to go outside to get to it... The cream puffs are out of this world and they have these cheese sticks that are the sweetest bread drizzled with 2-3 kinds of cheeses...we ate there 4 times while we were in Guangzhou!

Hope you're sleeping well as I write this...just a few more days and you'll be on your way home...what's the first thing you'll get to eat/drink when you hit American soil? I bet we can guess what Paul will have to drink!

I so hope we get to meet up in a few weeks!


Harry and Robin said...

I am so glad you guys are having a great time in Guangzhou! It is so comforting after experiencing all the Chinese culture for a week. Did you find the massage place yet on the island? 60-90 minutes massages for less than $10!! It's awesome.

Emme is just too cute! She looks like such a sweet little cutie-pie! Hope you enjoy the rest of the trip.


Tony and Rett said...

Um, boring post? Boring, yeah, I'd NEVER associate that word with you!

Hehe, I TOLD you about the pearl "market"! We did it too, though...necklaces and earrings for our girls! Have you shopped for jade yet? I liked that one more :)

Be sure to go see Jordan while you're there! He's a very nice man! A fellow believer! Bonus, he WILL NOT follow you around his store while you shop!

Last two definitely leave an impression on others. When I asked my friend Lynn (who's staying there right now, @ the Victory) if she'd run into you yet, she said, "No, but others have met them." When I asked how she knew, she said they were the ones Paul was giddy over O-H-I-O! Heheh!

Glad Emme is doing well! Still praying for you!

Darja said...

april. i don't know how to tell you this, but you may have one less tree in your front yard when you get home! it's currently laying on top of your house, but the neighbor is going to come take it down. we had a hurricane, in case you didn't hear. hopefully the power comes back on before you get back!! they're saying it could be up to a week.
and i'm sure you heard the most devestating news of all, about the buckeyes game. john roach suggested we delete the game off of the Tivo, because surely paul will NOT want to watch it.

Chubby Baby Designs said...

SO you and I leave our children, and Ohio has a hurricane!! Figures. Poor Nate is dealing with it all,no work, no school, no power etc. I'm living it up! :) Who would have thought Ike would have been this much trouble all the way up in Ohio.
Looking forward to hearing what your adventures were for today!
Can't wait to squeeze Emme, I'm sure her cheeks are getting smooshy!

Birna said...

Hello :)
She´s so beautiful and tiny! Congratulations!!
She will gain weight soon since she´s eating everything you feed her :)
You´re all so lucky to have each other, she´s your girl for sure :)