At 10:30 this morning, Xiulan led us through the busy streets of Kunming to an area about an hour (by foot) west of our hotel. These photos are what we encountered along the way. It was fantastic. Even better is the fact that Ella Man Li can roll with the punches like no other!!
And, I understand there has been some clamoring for more pictures?? I've included a few here of Ella in her Daddy's new hat (purchased from street vendor today). I'm also including a video showing her delicious little giggles as well as some footage from our day on the town.
In case any of you are thinking we got back to the hotel today and stayed in for the rest of the day/evening - nope. We napped, filled up on green tea (for us), formula and hailed a taxi. We read about a funky little section of Kunming with shops, cafes and coffee shops. Our (non-English speaking) taxi driver got the Meyer fam there without incident. (I can't even begin to explain the driving and traffic in this country. There aren't enough adjectives in this girl's vocabulary tonight...)
We are thriving. We really are. Each hour brings something new. She is starting to find her voice and is babbling more. She is a contemplative soul who does a lot of watching. Her orphan-mate Lexie (a gorgeous little girl, 4 days older than Ella) is quick to give smiles and giggles. Not Ella. However, in the last 8 hours, she's flirting with her Daddy a bit more. Likewise, Larry is in the trenches changing diapers, feeding her and trying to get her tiny arms and legs into cute little outfits. I'm over the moon at how well Ella and I are bonding. She's figured out that her Mama is slightly crazy and it seems to work for us. She laughs A LOT at my antics.
I bet we've said it 100 times since landing in Kunming: This is where we're supposed to be. For us. For Ella.
Thanks to all of you for your blog comments and your emails. We feel your presence. We really, really do. And to G, our Blog Mistress (tee hee), I thank you for posting everything in such a timely manner for us and for everyone back there. You hold the key in keeping us all connected.
Larry and Ella are snoring in unison...I'm about to join in.
Love from Kunming, H, L & E