Friday, February 5, 2010
It all started Thursday our time. We had an 2:00 appointment at the U.S. consulate to pick up Lisi's passport and visa. From there we bussed to the train station and checked our bags and headed to Hong Kong. The train ride was nice but we were all very tired and upon arrival in H.K. we still had a 45 minute bus ride to the hotel. We got to the hotel and they told us to leave our bags and the bell boy would bring them up. By 11:00 I still had no bags and had to go hunt them down. I slept off and on till 7 a.m. then off we went to the airport. It is conveniently attached to the hotel...or maybe the hotel was attached to the airport. They made me check my guitar with baggage. grrrrrrr. We went to the Burger King in the terminal and had some breakfast. Then through security. We moved on through customs then to the gate. Lisi did as well as we could expect through the flight and became a U.S. citizen at our first port of entry in San Francisco. That required a trip through immigration, then we had to get our bags and go through customs, then we had to RE-check the bags, then through security again. There was EXTRA security and I got to be close friends with an agent....he was gentle. Having disappointed him by not concealing any weapons on or in my body our relationship came to an end. Then we went to find our gate to head to Eugene. We made it back fine. Lisi HATES the car seat. We are home. We are tired. The kids are having a blast.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Failure. Michelle lost her camera in a cab on the shopping trip. We neglected to get a receipt from the cab so we have no way to call to ask if it had been found. Not likely it would be turned in anyway. So the little video camera is going to do double duty until we get home and get shell a new camera.
That leads us to THE FIT. Maybe she was tired. Maybe she got hot (it was warmish and she was bundled up). Maybe a legion of demons took up temporary residence. Whatever the reason Lisi SCREAMED, KICKED, CRIED, THRASHED I think her head spun around while puking green goo too. People were staring...ALL the people...for a 4 block radius...were STARING.
"look at the white people trying to steal the Chinese baby, should we call the army?" I imagined them thinking.
I offered Cheerios to no avail. Apple juice had no effect. No exorcist could be found. Then on the horizon, our salvation appeared. I sprinted up the sidewalk and found my refuge under the golden arches. At the register of MC Donald's I ordered a large fry. It took her a minute to register what it was then with tears drying on each cheek and a fry in each hand there was peace. We shopped for a while longer then back to the hotel. We ate dinner from the deli. Lisi for the first time played a little by herself and looked at some books. Now we will find something to watch until bed time.