Here we are singing Happy Birthday to Colin. As you can tell, I am conveniently hidden behind the camera!
|Colin reading his birthday card (in Chinese) and his birthday morning message on Google translate.|
|Tommy got into the fun too!|
After getting the gang up and going for the day, we met our guide downstairs and headed over to McDonalds. We made arrangements for the birthday celebration and went up to the third floor of the Citic Shopping Plaza and ordered Colin's birthday cake. Once this housekeeping was over, we enjoyed breakfast together and then caught our ride. We started the day with Shopping. Mr. Adam (Lucy's Dad) asked if Elsie could take us to Mao Sheng Jewelry in the local Pearl Market. We enjoyed seeing all the pearls (of all colors)! Tommy wanted a "keepsake" from his trip to China. So, he took his spending money and purchased a large purple heart shaped cubic zirconia. Mr. Adam and his wife had purchased pearls here for their two other daughters and wanted to get sweet Lucy her set here too. We had fun watching the ladies string the pearls and attach the clasps for each order. This is definitely the country for pearls. Great deals here!
After the short shopping excursion, we headed back to Shamain Island to get the TB tests checked for both kids. All was well and we were quickly on our way over to the White Swan Hotel for some pictures. For those who may not know, the White Swan is very famous in the adoption community since so many adoptive families stay there. There is a "RED SOFA" that has bene in many a photograph, including ours!
So after we left the White Swan, we had a few minutes of free time before we had to leave for the birthday party. We ran over to Jordans (a gift shop) and had a wonderful time with the owner. He is a Christian and had some really neat things. Tom got a mug with Matt. 16:3 on it in Chinese. We also got Colin a Bible Story book in Chinese with a DVD also in Chinese & English. These were items that he was selling for cost directly from his local church. We were able to find a couple of nice simple gifts for the loved ones. Of course, as it happens, the gift shop was right next to the ..... CHAMBER OF COMMERCE! I couldn't resist taking a photo! Perhaps we can write this trip up as research? Bryan? Just sayin'!
Now, it is on to McDonalds and the birthday party. Don't laugh! Both boys had fun and there were limited options for such short notice! LOL
Even though we weren't expecting it, we got the full treatment!
Our guide presented us with a special candle for Colin's cake. It is something else! Take a gander at this video.