Well, our flight home was memorable. Thanks Karen for the offer of a ride and Thank You Rizzo’s for letting me hang out later and catch a ride with you all!!! G and I made it to the airport in plenty of time. I was smart and took off all my bling and hair and G’s bling prior to security. LOL. (yes, I was sporting some fake hair for the girls that didn’t make it) We made it to our gate where G entertained the waiting passengers for an hour or so with her antics, sweetness and curiousity. I was elated that she’d finally come around. The SouthWest guy says I can board at A53 but didn’t have to get inline and that he would get me when our number was up. SouthWest no longer preboards families with small children. They board A then all families with a B,C or D number right after A’s. Okay, anyway…they start boarding a G pitches a full blown tantrum!!! It was so bad and I tried everything. Everyone was looking at me. The SW guy comes over to us and sweeps us onboard before they even begin boarding A group. The good thing is that I KNOW NO ONE WANTS TO SIT NEXT TO US. Which works out great because we only have a lap ticket. I put her in the middle seat and I’m on the end. I repeatedly tell her “sit DOWN”. Finally, I’ve had it and it my lowest and firmest voice say “SIT down”. She did it but in like 1 minute, the next passenger comes back, she jumps up in her seat, stomps her foot and a loudly as she possibly could in perfect English yells at him to “SIT DOWN!!!!” What could I do but giggle. He looks at me and sits down quickly. Me…still giggling. G did it for the next two passengers that passed us. The girl cracked me up…all I could do is laugh at her bad behavior! Anyway, I couldn’t have planned the seating arrangements any better! Thanks G. You’re my girl!
After we took some portraits in the Ladybug Dresses then we changed into the white Pillowcase dress that Kathy Made, see photo here. It was my first post. Then we took some individual photos afterwards. Below is me and my girl!
G and I also got our photo taken with Susan and Sophia!
Straight after dinner we headed down to the ocean for some portraits. Not all the girls were there yet but the seven that were there got started. We kept them in the dresses that I bought them and placed them all on the dune! Do you have any idea how HARD it is to get seven little ones to be happy and look at the camera at the same time! Close to IMPOSSIBLE. This was my BEST photo of the bunch. Again, so darn cute!!!
Below is Kaelie and Giorgia. Kaelie and her mama Karen were with us in China. We only wish our other GZ sista was with us, Lauren. We miss Lauren, Mama Donna and Baba Joe! Thinking of you!
Saturday night we all went to dinner at an Irish Pub. We had the back room to ourselves and it was just crazy. I bought all our little girls matching green and pink dresses with little Ladybugs!!! They just look so adorable on the girls.
Standing in Back Row from Left to Right: Karen with Kaelie, Sharon with MaryAlice, Rhonda with Hanna, Wanda with Lexi, Riz with (Susan & Sophia Below) Melissa with Lily, Lori & Andy with Qiao.
Kneeling in Front Row from Left to Right: Jesus & Evelyn with MeiLi, Susan with Sophia, Me(Stephe) with Giorgia, Kathy & Erik with Emma.
Above is Me and Susan!
Above is Me and Kathy!
I wished I had gotten photos of me with each of my Pandas...next time!
Oh yeah, here is my
You would think that since my girl was born just a tad north of the South China Sea that she would not MELT in the HEAT WAVE that Amelia Island was. She was a little SWEAT BALL the entire weekend. The heat index had to be over 100 and there was NO BREEZE on the ocean. We joined the Hilton's in renting a 10'x10' tent and lounge chairs to protect us from the sun which was great but we needed a breeze. However, It was still BEAUTIFUL!
G's first day at the BEACH! Lots of TEARS! Only snacks and her Baby Cabana were on her agenda for the day! (oh yeah, and lots of SWEAT! Poor Baby)
I tried to get her to play with the other little ones. I didn't try that hard though...you could tell she just wasn't up for being social.
Here is G with Qiao in "Sandy Bottoms" for Lunch.
Typical, She crashed right after they served us our lunch. Dead to the world...but soooo cute!
After we checked into the hotel and jumped up and down hugging all our "missed" friends we headed to the beach picnic area for a fantastic dinner. Susan & Riz prepared the main food and all the families that drove contributed great dishes too to our SEASIDE DINNER. What a great idea!
Here is my girl acting all kinds of shy. Like her Flower? (I made it and there is even some bling in the middle...gotta have the bling!)
G also had some free entertainment thanks to Sophia's Radio Flyer and Sharon who pulled all the little girls in the wagon. Below is G and Sharon's little girl, MaryAlice!
My Giorgia was more the observer on our Amelia Island weekend... not sure if the extreme heat had anything to do with it. She had a bunch of firsts this weekend:
- Day at the Beach
- Dip in the Atlantic Ocean
- Swimming in a Pool
- Wore a Swim Diaper
- Used a Swim Diaper to it's fullest potential
- Dinner at an Irish Pub
- Fruit Loops, Sprite, Waffles
- Front Facing CarSeat (temporary)
- Mini Magnadoodle
- Used a straw the "right" way
- First time to have her nails polished
I'm sure there are MANY more, I just can't think of any right now!
Our Flight to Amelia Island was uneventful. CHEAP too! I found a $59 each way ticket and G flew for free on a lap ticket. Won't be able to do that for much longer. G was pretty good. I assume that is because she was able to have her own seat since the plane was not full! What a lifesaver. I also brought her some new toys to keep her entertained. This mini Etch-a-sketch was the best pick EVER!!! We also gave painted her toenails for the first time. Aren't they BEAUTIFUL!! She's a girly girl for sure!
This weekend, on Amelia Island, was our first Precious Panda ECG Reunion with our BABIES. We've been waiting for this for some 3+ years for this particular weekend. First we had our Philly Reunion and then our Florida Fling with a few mini ones in between but none compare to this!!!
We've always heard that China makes the most PERFECT matches and now I think we are all BELIEVERS. What an AMAZING group of little girls. They are all very different and yet very much a like...and all very BEAUTIFUL! Enjoy their Beach Portrait! It's not bad considering none of them really wanted to be there, well, except Lily. She was a ham. Sending a big Thank You to Kathy, mama to Emma, who made these PRECIOUS matching pillowcase dresses for all the girls!!!
Miss you all already and hoping next years reunion is here before we know it!
While I was looking up the link to our Philly reunion I found this post that I made on October 5, 2006. How things change and how they stay the same...
"When a few of us East Coast Girls decided to get together, we never thought that so many would join us. (some from pretty far away) It became more than I ever imagined it would be! I knew that I was creating bonds with a bunch of great girls (women, but I like to say girls) that I've been chatting with online. I just didn't realize how truely amazing each and every one was until I spent this weekend with them. We all had a story and a different perspective. Different but the same. Our Children from China will be our bond and I see all of us growing old together. It was a weekend with lots of touring, shopping, eating, and drinking. But in the end, what I'll remember the most was all of the fun, laughter, craziness, sharing, and tears. Thank you to all of you that came from near and far! This was just the BEST WEEKEND! I miss you all!!!!!"
So, here's to our FRIENDSHIP and it forever being a constant in our lives!
Peta tagged me in the Six Silly Things.
So here are the rules.
Mention and link to the person who tagged you
List Six Silly Things That Make You Happy
Tag six of your favorite bloggers to play along
So here are my six things.
- When G gives me Kisses.
- When G giggles.
- When co-workers bring me a piece of chocolate for no reason.
- Getting an armful of mail and not ONE is a Bill!
- Perfect timing of "my" snappy comebacks!
- Tourmenting those who deserve it!
So I tag anyone that's reading this that wants to play...
(and she wasn't just a little bit through...she went ALL THE WAY!!!)
Saw this over at Shannon's Blog Elena, r you?, where she saw this over at Sandy's Waiting for Chloe blog and thought I'd try it! Please play along and let us know if you post. Here are the rules: Bold the things you’ve done and post on your blog!
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyworld
8. Climbed a mountain-Or was it a really big hill?
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped - NO WAY!!!
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty-Not the torch.
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train.
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run-hmm
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke!
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant.
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie- does an extra in "Violets are Blue" film count?
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies-Gosh, hasn't eveybody?
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason =)
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check (total accident)
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life.
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit - almost count
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee