Sunday, February 1, 2009


Itinerary: OK, So remember this.....China is 14 hours AHEAD of Alabama So, when my itinerary states a certain time, please remember I am 14 hours ahead of you!

Feb. 2- Depart B'ham at 8:12am, Depart Detroit at 1:45pm(13 hour flight)
Feb. 3- Depart Tokyo at 6:20pm Arrive Beijing at 9:40pm

Feb. 4th- Rest until lunch time. Meet our sweet guide Helen around noon and begin sightseeing!!!!
Forbidden City

Tiananmen Square

That night we will see an Acrobatic Show.


Temple of Heaven

Old Beijing by Rickshaw (hu tong) This will take us through old, narrow streets to see authentic residential areas, local grocery markets and often time tourists are invited inside to have tea with the locals.

Feb.6th- Great Wall, Summer Palace, Jade Factory, Olympic Park to see Bird's Nest and Water Cube

Feb.7th- OPEN (silk market, bei hai park...)
Feb. 8th- Carlton and I explore Beijing without a guide ( somebody should be doing a reality show on us) rest, shop, hangout, try to locate the 90 minute massage for $17 (no, I am not kidding)

Feb.9th- Depart Beijing at 3:10pm, arrive in Taiyuan at 4:10pm
Feb.10th- Enjoy the day in Lily's Province, ask Carlton "how much longer" at least 400 times, try to rest before the big day. (yeah right!)

Feb. 11th-
GOTCHA DAY!!!!! We don't have a time yet..we think morning, so this will be actually be Tuesday for you!

Feb. 12th- Take a 4 hour bus ride to visit Lily's orphanage

Feb. 13th- Another day in Taiyuan with Lily, shop, take in the culture.. maybe go sightseeing

Feb. 14th-
Fly to Guangzhou! (yeah! warm weather) Happy Valentine's Day! I will be missing my sweet children back at home. We always make a big to do about Valentine's Day. Arrive at the White Swan Hotel.

Feb. 15th-
Lily has a Medical Exam

Feb. 16th
-Shop? Do whatever our guide has planned for us....

Feb. 17th
- sightseeing, Pearl River Cruise

Feb. 18th- Consulate Appointment!! more shopping...

Feb. 19th- Pick up Lily's Passport, Take our Oath!

Feb. 20th- COME HOME!!!! Arrive in B'ham at 4:35pm

The excitement is almost to much to bear!!

China HERE WE COME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(I can't believe I'm the blog everyone is reading!!!! I can't believe this is my TRAVEL BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

see in you china!!!!
aimee and carlton


Corie said...

I am SOOOOO excited! Can not wait to see and then come visit.

Green, Party of Five said...

This is the day that the Lord has made for you. Im so excited and I do wish I was traveling back with you.
Please give Helen a big hug from us and tell her we miss her. She will take wonderful care of you. Tell her to take you to the wonderful restarant that she took her (spicy food) and ask her about the massage. She has a wonderful lady that comes to the hotel and she is AWESOME!
WE love you guys and cant wait to you are there. You know me, Im checking every minute n updates.

Blessings to you my family!

Sherri said...

It's finally here! I'll be praying for you. Enjoy your time in China. Take it all in.

Try to not revert to "American" food if you can help it. This is your daughter's culture. Enjoy.

We always tried to eat one "special" (gross) thing at each meal....jelly fish, pigeon, frog, eel, etc. It was fun! We always ordered plenty of regular food, too, but we wanted to eat what they eat.



Rhonda said...

Aimee and Carlton,
Jerrod's mom from Facebook here!
I wish you safety in your journey. I know you can't wait to hold Lily in your arms. I pray that all goes well. God be with you.

pooja said...

This is Pooja and Jasmin and we are sooo excited for you. I cant wait to see u and your new daughter Lily. Sounds like you are having a blast. Pooja is practicing on her split and to touch and is getting there(she is working a bit to much.) Have fun in china!
Pooja and Jasmin