The Palace of Brown Snow

Short blog…Its 7:30pm and I’m going to bed. Not feeling well. Just took some gravol and hope to get a decent night’s sleep. How ironic that Katie sleeps through the night but I don’t.

Today we went to the Summer Palace. If it were Summer this would have been absolutely beautiful but as it turns out, today was very cold and it actually snowed. None of us knew it was going to be so cold today so we didn’t dress appropriately and the babies weren’t in enough layers either. I brought several things to China in case we hit cold weather but wasn’t wearing any of them. We were all freezing and trying to make the best of it. The palace is impressive but we just wanted to get some photos and keep going. We walked around a lake and through some beautifully detailed wood structures and hiked up a tall tower to see a statue of a Buddah – I did it with Katie in the carrier and it warmed me up a little but most of the time she was bundled in the stroller with her red blanket. As soon as we got there it started to snow and although it was cold we thought wow, it’s so pretty. Then we realized that the snow was actually brown… from the pollution. It covered our shoes, coats, jackets with what looked like little spots of dirt. The cars looked like they had been sprayed with mud but no, it was just the snow.

We heading to a restaurant for a nice lunch. I ate a bit. Katie did well. Her stomach was still upset this morning but I think it’s ok now. We kept her diet very bland today. She reached out for her Bibi at one point and gave her a big snuggle…Mom was in heaven 🙂 We were supposed to go to the Silk Factory next but it was already 3pm and we were all so cold and tired that we opted to head back to the hotel. On the way, we got a good look at the Bird’s Nest stadium that was built for the Olympics. It’s so much more impressive in person!! I took a really hot bath when we got back but it took a long time for me to warm up.

We had some fantastic play with SK today – she has figured out how to take each cup out of the nesting stacking cups before throwing each one into the tub 🙂 She was playing a game with Bibi, teasing her by coming close with an item then going off the other way and laughing like crazy.
Very happy and content to play with us….it is SO joyful! Every time she laughs it just seems like such a miracle. More fun sounds together and napping on the bus;-)

She’s sound asleep again – tonight by 5pm. She really didn’t sleep much and it was a long day for her. Mom is great. She was also much too cold today but is feeling much better than she was a couple of days ago. I don’t know where she gets her energy and patience!

Tomorrow is our last day of touring. We will have Katie’s visa by the afternoon. We are supposed to go to the Forbidden City, Imperial Palace and Tiananmen Square. We’ll see how everyone is feeling 🙂

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy Brown
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 14:01:37

    Mazel tov, Risa! I heard your wonderful news from Anne (Leah’s mom). What a wonderful story. I’m so happy for you, and for Katie — she couldn’t hope for a better mother!

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  2. Jeff Cooper
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 14:12:21

    Welcome to China….they really do not care about the environment. The Summer Palace is great….in summer.

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  3. Debbie Sauer
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 18:00:17

    It was so hot when we were there, we couldn’t really enjoy it.

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  4. Josie
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 20:53:11

    Risa I love the picture at the table with Katie looking at you…you can tell she’s bonding with you more and more… 🙂

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  5. Sydney
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 21:24:39

    thats a awful image….brown snow!!!! but glad you had another good Day with Katie. The bond seems to be growing

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  6. Ashleigh Thompson
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 21:26:11

    Love your blog, Risa! Beautiful Mommy and baby pics!! Thanks for being such a great blogger and letting those of us who are waiting live vicariously through you! 🙂

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  7. Cheryl Stenson
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 16:00:20

    Hey, Pieces.

    I am following every word and picture of your blog as soon as it hits my Inbox. What an amazing journey! I’m beyond excited and joyous for you.

    And what a woman is your Mom?!!!! Where did the name “Bibi” come from ?

    Just wondering when it is you return home. (Tim must be beside himself.)

    Love, Cheryl

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