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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas from China!

Well we made it to China and are all doing well and enjoying the trip. It seems crazy surreal to stand on the Great Wall and wish each other Merry Christmas.

The first morning, we loaded up the van and pointed it to the airport. And no, we are not “pack light” kind of people:

The whole crew, ready to go! That’s my brother Bobby and his wife Jane with us, and Ro is in the purple sweatsuit and Ree is in the blue one:

Settled on to the plane for our loooooooong, but comfy ride (thanks to TubaDad’s insane amount of miles logged in the sky this year we could use his upgrade tix for all six of us):

Made it! A self portrait of our somewhat weary but triumphant crew as we stepped into the Beijing, China airport:

Brrrrrr. It is COLD here. Colder than any weather we’ve ever been in. We brought the warmest clothes we own and are walking around in many, many layers:

I’ll post more later, but in the meantime, Merry Christmas from China! (Ree in blue hat, Ro in purple one):


  1. Yay! I've been waiting to see some pics from China. My Sophie loves watching your girls and can't wait to see them with pandas!!! :) Have fun.

  2. Lucky girls, traveling in such style for that long flight! Have a great trip!

  3. So glad you updated! I've been wondering how it was going! Hope you have a fun trip and take lots of pics! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Tennessee!

  4. Woohooo! Merry Christmas to you, too :) Keep those posts coming... can't wait to follow your adventures!

  5. Anonymous12/26/2012

    Great photos! Have fun, stay warm and dry, and don't get sick!

  6. They've been talking about the record cold in Beijing on the news here and my parents keep saying, 'Your poor friends!' Sorry! Hope you're able to bundle and enjoy your time there. How surreal and amazing to spend Christmas day on the Great Wall! Cool!!

    Merry Christmas friend! So happy to see and hear how well you're doing. Thankful all that time apart came in handy and you were able to enjoy upgraded seats. Nice!

    Love ya! Have an AMAZING trip!!

  7. It worked! Hope you have an amazing time!

  8. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and safe journeys. Soooo... the last time you went to China you brought back some pretty awesome souvenirs.... Guess THAT'LL be a tough act to top this time, huh. ;)

  9. How wonderful -- such a fantastic trip! Have an awesome time and post when you can!

  10. How exciting to see you all in China...My Meisha is from Hubei too..Have a safe trip!!!
    Tammy & Meisha

  11. Hey friend! Inquiring minds want to know. Were you sitting backwards or sideways on the plane? Did it feel any different?

  12. I am curious about the plane as well, it looks very different from any cabin I've seen before.

  13. I've been a follower of your blog for some time. I LOVE LOVE the pictures from your China trip and all over your blog! We are currently awaiting our I800A approval and the process is so long and slooowww that it helps to see in your pictures what lies for us at the end of this long journey! Thanks again for all the great posts and keep 'em coming!!