Saturday, March 03, 2007

Sunday in Taipei

Today was great! We had our breakfast buffet again (we all tried some new foods; there is a huge selection of both Western and Asian choices and I tried a white fruit with black seeds) and then took the MRT (the subway...very easy to use and very clean) to the zoo. Today was the first day that we attracted a lot of attention. Aidan got stared at a lot (he doesn't mind) and even had his picture taken with a gaggle of very excited, giggling teenagers who picked him up and stood him on a train for a picture! They kept calling him bao, which sounded like a term of endearment...Kevin and I-Chwen, do you know? He is impressing everyone with saying "ni hao" (hello), "zai jian" (goodbye) and "xie xie" (thank you). They usually smile and respond in English. In the late afternoon, we walked over to Taipei 101 and took the world's fastest elevator to the observation area (89th floor). It was cloudy but we could still see quite a bit.

Please keep Aidan in your thoughts/prayers tomorrow as we all travel to meet Lauren. He has been numero uno in a big way for the last nearly four years and we are worried about how this transition will go for him. He did wake up this morning saying "let's go get Lauren," which was really sweet. We keep trying to emphasize that she'll be staying at our hotel with us and then coming home on the plane with us, to try and help him understand. And of course please send out good thoughts that Lauren can have an easy transition into our care.

Ryan and Aidan in the lemur area at the zoo:

Aidan and me watching the Chinese otter (his favorite):

Aidan's other favorite: the water pump. You can tell how into it he is by how his hair is flying!:

Our hotel from Taipei 101 (it's the L-shaped building to the left of the building with the pool on the roof):

Aidan checks out the view from the world's tallest building:


Anonymous said...

Hey Guys,

Looks like fun. And look at those two crazy lemurs. ;)

We're thinking of all of you and sending good thoughts your way. We'll be thinking of you with Lauren tonight as we look at the stars here.

The Shrivers

Ann said...

Thinking of you. When is gotcha day

Anonymous said...

Wow! What an amazing adventure. Thank you for sharing it. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. I can only imagine the joy that you must be feeling as you get closer and closer to meeting Lauren. I'm praying for a very smooth transition for both of the children as your family grows.
Love and Hugs,
The Pools

Sherry said...

Looks like you are all having a great time!

Do take lots of pictures & video tape the whole day tomorrow! Kobi & I will hope for a smooth transition for you guys. You can just tell in Lauren's pictures that she's an easy going baby so dont worry...everything will go smoothly, Kobi & I can just tell:)Take some pictures of her foster family too! It will be interesting for her to look back at when shes older. We will be thinking of you guys!!!

I-Chwen said...

Yes, I know Aidan will be a big hit there, LOL! "Bao" is defintely a term of endearment, by itself it means treasure, bao-bao means baby, bao-bay means my precious! People must think he is adorable, because he is! It's almost 4 PM Taiwan time so you guys probably have already met Lauren Ling, can't wait to learn more!!!! Keeping you in our thoughts!!