Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Travel Group Reunion 2007

I have a very good reason for not posting last week--we were getting ready for our vacation to Chicago for a reunion with our travel group. Three families in the Windy City planned a wonderful weekend for us. We left Thursday and stayed in Lafayette, Indiana overnight and started early Friday for the city. We got a little lost on some horrible road with tolls (Only missed paying one--oops), but Kevin read the atlas and got us to the hotel without any problems. Well, no problems if you don't count the traffic and the number of lanes and the semis zooming on this road.

We stayed in Oak Park, a beautiful suburb of the city.

Waiting for us in our room (By the way, it was awesome!!) was a great welcome to Chicago supply basket that had treats, crayons, a coloring book, and drinks. What an amazing welcome.

Friday night, the Paynes had a Welcome BBQ at their house. It was so fun seeing the families. We have only talked on the Yahoo Group for 2 years. Most of us have not seen each other since we left China, plus we got to meet the Guangdong families. What wonderful chaos!!

On Saturday, we drove to Chinatown and had Dim Sum at Won Kow restaurant. The food was so good and Brynn ate with chopsticks. She didn't want her fork. Too funny.

That night, we went to the Tolman's. What a host and hostess they are!! The food was amazing and they rented a carousel jumpy thingy. The kids had so much fun. I think the adults did too after we left!!

We tried to take a picture of all the girls. Everyone thought that Brynn was such a perfect child because she just sat down and smiled. We actually bribed her with a Barbie if she let people take the pictures. It worked. She isn't a perfect child. We just know how to make her look like one!!

Aren't the tees cute? Chris Payne designed them for us.

Two FengCheng cuties!!

On Sunday, we went back to the Paynes. Fran and Bob made a great farewell brunch for us. It was delicious! It was so sad to know that the weekend was over. We enjoyed seeing everyone so much. Hopefully, we will have another one in a couple of years. By that time, there should be more siblings since many of us are going back for our second!!!

Thank you to all of our hosts. It was a tremendous weekend.

1 comment:

Vivian M said...

We are so sorry we missed Chinapalooza 2007! (We are stuck in Canada awaiting immigration status). We hope to see you next year at Chinapalooza 2008, and meet the newest member of the family!