We managed to do a few things right today. Yeah us! Joshua is super receptive to the power of suggestion. I suggested he had an issue buy buying diapers, he proved me wrong by wearing one and not needing it. Until he knocks off a few nights of success in a row though the diapers stay on. That's a decision parents get to make. In other exciting news I managed to set an alarm and get up before 6:30AM so I could have my beauty time before running down to breakfast so we could get to the consulate on time. I must say that every time we work hard to be on time the true time is really more like island time... a loose suggestion of a time that may be on time, or a little late, but never early. The bus to the consulate picked us up and off we went for the final non-air travel trial of the trip. 

Our photo in front of an American building. Even the design looks less like Chinese and more American. They ban cell phones and food, yet the guard inside the door was rocking his Android and they well pop on the 2nd floor. Curious isn't it? 

Our photo in front of an American building. Even the design looks less like Chinese and more American. They ban cell phones and food, yet the guard inside the door was rocking his Android and they well pop on the 2nd floor. Curious isn't it? 

We met a nice man named Patrick at the consulate who looked over our paper work, asked us a few questions, and then told us not to open the brown envelope. Apparently the brown envelope is super important yet contains only a copy of everything we already have. If you open it before you get to the US you get sent back and that would be a super bummer at this point. I guess a man once tried to open it secretly and he got caught. After hearing that story Kristi won't let me touch the brown envelope once we get it... but that was it. Hand over papers, say we'll be good parents, and pending the paper work arriving in our dirty little hands we are officially parents of four!

After that we paid the price for having so much fun yesterday by taking a mandatory family nap. Ben was convinced he wasn't tired so he was just going to sit on the couch. An hour later he was eyes closed and dead to the world on the couch. Funny how that works sometimes. The rest of the day you can probably fill in yourself, but I'll do it for you: 

  1. Errands (Starbucks)
  2. Find the hotel play room
  3. Swim
  4. Eat
  5. Sleep

That's all for now. I have another post brewing but I just don't have the brain power for it tonight. Until next time. 

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