This morning our masterful driver, Mr. Chen, and our lovely guide, Melody, took us on a little tour of part of Lanzhou, a “quiet” city of 3 million.
Nora with Sweet Melody
Per Melody, Lanzhou is known for four things, all of which we experienced today.
Number One: Lanzhou is known for the Yellow River running through it and the Water Wheels.
Number Two: Lanzhou is known for its sheep skin rafts, invented by Muslims, these are real sheep skins filled with air. Much to Melody's disappointment, we could not be convinced to do the "raft ride".
Number Three: Lanzhou is known for its stretched noodles with beef. (No photo for this, but we did go and have this dish for lunch.)
Number Four: Lanzhou is known for its gourds (locals paint them with zodiac signs and sell them … and, by the way, Mom, you are a Monkey, just like Samuel).
It was a fun morning of exploring and a nice afternoon of continuing to bond with Nora. She is learning to trust us and has even started looking for us and whimpering a bit if we walk away. No worries, girl! We won’t leave you!
At this point, I would say the hardest thing is feedings. I’ll spare you the details, but we are finding our groove. And, I know we’ll figure this out more as we go along. Plus, I’m happy to say that the girl is not as small as I thought she might be. In fact, by our scientific method of weighing her (i.e., Jason weighing himself, then weighing himself holding her and doing simple math), she is approximately 17 pounds. Albeit, she is definitely top heavy (the girl has a big head! Again, she will fit right in with our family) with petite little legs!
Back on the home front, the kids seem to be doing great. They had a wonderful weekend with their cousins where they were loved on. And, Grandma has been loving on them this week. So blessed to know that they are being so well taken care of!
Thank you to all for your sweet words in comments and in e-mails … your prayers and encouragement mean the world to us!
And, on that note, I’ll leave you with some of today’s photo shoot pictures, the reason we are here.