Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Almost Outta' Here!

Wednesday, 12:31 p.m. Guangzhou, China (Tuesday 10:31 p.m. Minnesota)
Well, we are almost done with our China adventure. Little Miss MaoMao is taking a nap, then she gets a bath and a trip to the US Consulate for her US Visa! The US government has already approved her, today we go and swear that all of the information we gave them is true to the best of our knowledge, then they give us our babies' passports back with a US Visa inside them so they can get into the US!
We have set our alarm clock for 3:30 a.m., since the porter is coming at 5:00 a.m. for our bags. We have to be on the bus for the airport by 5:30 a.m. sharp! We have an 8:30 flight from Guangzhou to Tokyo, that will take about 4 hours. Then we have a 3:00 p.m. flight from Tokyo to Portland that will take 9 hours. Which will get us into Portland at 7:00 a.m. the same day, and hour and a half before we left China! Wrap your brain around that one! We then fly out of Portland at 8:45 and get into Minneapolis at 2:00. That's actually only a 3 hour flight when you account for the time change. Still with me?

Here's a picture:
Portland: -8
Minneapolis: -6
New York: -5
England: 0
China: +8
Tokyo: +9

There's the time zone map.
We leave Tokyo at 3:00 and fly 9 hours to Portland. That would get us into Portland at midnight Tokyo time, and there's a 17 hour difference between Portland and Tokyo. (Look at the chart -8 + 17 = 9) So - midnight in Tokyo = 7:00 a.m. in Portland!
Bryan just interrupted me to take a look at Maggie Mao. Here's how she was sleeping:

That's what those crib bumpers are for! Doh! Probably shouldn't have moved it, but she likes to look at Mommy when she wakes up. I'm that cute.
I have some pictures of Maggie Mao in her Chinese Princess outfit that I will put in the next post. This one is acting wacky when I try to upload pictures. So tttfn!

Original Comments from Post

Re: Almost Outta' Here! By Mom-Joan on 2/6/2007
It's 11:15 here and I shouldn't even be up but I've been downloading some of your pics and putting dates on them, so just thought I check one last time for the easter egg I sometimes find late at night. Looking forward to your return and continuing adventures. Have a great trip home. Please continue the pics as you all experience your new life together.
Love, Mom

Re: Almost Outta' Here! By Davin on 2/7/2007
I truly hope all your flights home are safe, consistent and with no surprises.
I'm still shocked at the thought of Mary getting up at 3:30 a.m.

It just doesn't happen!

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