Friday, June 06, 2008

China Reunion

Every year our agency hosts a weekend picnic and party for all of the families that have adopted with them. We made the 12 hour drive (yes, I said drive) to Ohio (Suburban + 7 people + 1200 miles = a paycheck's worth of gas!) and made the most of every minute. Friday night was the China Party at EAC with food, moonwalks, a Chinese Raffle, jugglers, balloon animals,...... Lots of fun for all of the kids. Saturday was all day at the Cleveland Zoo. Several years ago we had our Wuhan Super Group tshirts made up for all of the families in our group (with Emma in 2005) that adopted from Wuhan, Hubei. Members of our Agency named us that because we were very lively and vocal and the first of our kind to be so close. We are close to every family in that group. And when we agreed to adopt Sam, I told Karla at EAC that I just knew one of the Wuhan Super Group was adopting too and sure enough it was the Duryeas. So now our families are extra close having 2 children adopted together. It was great to get all of the girls together but it was especially sweet to see Sam and Nathan get back together because they had lived together for 2 and a half years in the orphanage. Nathan was not even recognizable! He has changed so much! He has gained atleast 15-20 pounds since we got home in August. He was almost 3 and was even smaller than Sam in China. Emma really enjoyed the girls. It was the first trip where you can see their personalities coming to life when they are around each other. Emma kept talking about her China Sisters. We also got to spend time with Zhou, our travel guide and of course our dear Chris and Karla who helped make our adoptions come to fruition. After the zoo, we went to dinner in the flats of Cleveland. On Sunday everyone met at our hotel for breakfast and then we went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Really great museum if you are ever in Cleveland. We drove to Kentucky that evening and then finished driving home on Monday. It was a whirlwind but we loved every minute of it. Two families from our group are going to stop by this summer on their way to Florida and we are so excited to get to host them in our hometown.
Sam and Uncle Zhou
Emma and JackieOur dear friends, Jane, Kori and Roxy - I have a feeling we will be seeing them more in years to come (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, Jane....)


At 3:39 PM , Blogger Sophia's Mama said...

How awesome! This post brought me to tears and I am not sure why. We just love you guys and can't wait to go to the picnic each year with Sophia...

Big hugs

At 9:34 PM , Blogger LaLa said...

WOW..what fun!!! Glad you had such a great the pics : )

At 9:59 PM , Blogger my3 kids said...

what a fun time it looks like you all had. So nice to see our China sisters etc. and reunite. I can't wait to see our group together again. In July we will see 2 of Emma's Yangxi sisters and we can't wait.

At 6:31 AM , Blogger Shelly & Family! said...

Aren't aoption agency reunions just the greatest! We haven't been to one with Francesca's agency we used, but we have gotten together with a few families from our group (and I 'heard' that some in our group are trying to get a travel group reunion going.)

Love the photos!

At 1:59 PM , Blogger Susan said...

We so wanted to be there this year, but God had bigger plans! We will be there next year for sure. I have a feeling our travel group might give the Wuhan Super Group a run for their money LOL. 5 days to go!!

Love to all of you,
Susan and Jonathan

At 3:41 PM , Blogger Yes, Minister... said...

What fun - looks like you had a great time :D
Ladybug hugs,

At 5:04 PM , Blogger sara said...

I am already looking forward to reunions......They look like such an emotional time!!

At 8:36 AM , Blogger jiangxigirls said...

What a fun time! Love the photos!! I am sure you stayed on the East side of KY 'cuz if you stayed near my side of the state and didn't call you'd be in BIG trouble, my friend! See you in August!

Love Ya!


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