I think too busy

Well I don’t know what happened to October…it’s just gone. November is upon us and we really have not been able to stop to enjoy it. We have had lots of great things on in November but I kind of feel that we have bitten off more than we can chew.

We have been attending events anf functions that I feel are really important for Lily, taking pictures that she will treasure, making new friends and connections. However on the other hand we are all mentally and physically exhausted from all the gallivanting around.

We went away with the other 5 families that adopted from China at the same time as us. We spent the weekend together in Smugglers Cove at Forster on the NSW Coast. And of course we were appropriately Pirate themed! This was also the setting for Lily’s first time at the beach, on the sand and in the ocean. She loved it!

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It was a fantastic weekend and the first time since may that all 6 girls were together again. It was precious to see them recognize and interact with each other. They may not be tied by blood but these 6 girls have started life in very similar circumstances and have the connection of the save towns and province.

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We got home on the Monday and then on the Fri drove to Melb for nearly 3 weeks with my family. With a little detour to Canberra in between.

I had to laugh at King Golden Crown. His planned had been to drive to Melb stay a few days, drive to Canberra for weekend, drive back to Melb stay another 10 days and then drive home. Ha ha well after the first leg of the drive with the Rogue Regent only getting us 3 hours out of Sydney and then having to stay in a motel the night, when we finally did arrive in Melbourne King Golden Crown propmptly booked 3 returns airfares to Canberra!

Lily did not travel well at all that first day. We had to keep stopping on the side of the road and walk up and down the highway with her before we could get back in the car. When we did eventually get to the halfway town of Holbrook of course we got out and took photo’s with the Sub!

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The reason for the visit to Canberra was to visit at the Chinese Embassy by invitation of the Ambassador and his wife. It was so lovely, there were over 50 families with their children who were all dressed in traditional Chinese garb. They all looked fantastic!!


The Rogue Regent did not take to the event as much as her parents did. We had a great time but it all seemed a little overwhelming for the RR.

Then it was back to Melb for another week. I had a brilliant time with my sister.  Due to 5 years difference in age and living so far apart we have never really been close. But this trip was so good and I really feel we bonded and grew closer together. She has a daughter 6 months older than the RR so I think that helped build a connection for us. I am going to really miss her now I am home.

While we were in Melbourne we had an early Christmas lunch at my Nan’s. This was great as I got to see so many of my family and they all got to meet the RR for the first time. RR really enjoyed meeting her cousins.

Well now we are home and the house is looking chaotic. We are having a party this weekend to usher in summer Yay! So I really should get off this computer and do some work.

Oh and of course the Christmas Tree has to go up before Saturday too!!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen Ellard
    Nov 28, 2007 @ 05:53:07

    Hi! Lily is adorable! It looks like you had a lot of fun with your travels. 🙂 I know that I have some pictures of my Rachel that you said Lily and one of your travel mates was in. They are posted under Ellard on the Wanzhou Yahoo group. Will you let me know which children you can identify for me? Thanks! I tried to email you awhile back, but I am not sure it got through.

    🙂 Karen http://www.mom2my4.com


  2. Karen Ellard
    Nov 28, 2007 @ 05:53:37

    I especially LOVE the picture in your banner. 🙂


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