Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Day 4 - Shopping in Tokyo

The girls slept past 7:30am today (yay!). Allan still woke up around 5am, which kept me somewhat awake since then too. At times like this, I really wish I wasn't such a light sleeper!! I did get a lot more sleep than the last few days, so I'm grateful for that. 
In the morning we enjoyed a nice buffet breakfast at the hotel. The girls were happy to have some familiar foods like cereal. Afterwards we took our time getting ready and did some laundry. I wanted to get some shopping done, so Allan and I ventured out into town on our own. My parents graciously offered to babysit the girls for the afternoon. 

Tokyo - what a city. Even though this city has been a familiar place growing up (we lived in the outskirts of Tokyo), it amazes me every time I visit how there are moving people EVERYwhere. A couple of times I had to stop walking to find where we needed to go...and it felt like I'm stopping in middle of a stampede. I had a successful shopping day; I was happy to be able to purchase clothes without struggling to find my size. We tried to look for some place to have lunch...but it was packed everywhere (and it was 2:30pm!). Seriously, it doesn't matter what time of the day it is...people are always everywhere, anytime, moving in all directions. Some restaurants (inside a shopping mall) had rows of chairs lined up for people to sit while they waited to get inside. We finally found a small cafe that was serving food. Allan was a great shopping buddy. After we navigated our way through the crowded streets and the train system, I was exhausted again by the time we returned. I think seeing so many people at once constantly wears me out too. 

Meanwhile, the girls had fun with PapaG at the hotel pool. They also visited a very nice park nearby.

Allan and I returned to the hotel around 5pm. We were visited by some friends who lived in Jacksonville a few years back. The older boy and Peanut are the same age and they used to play together as toddlers. 

We visited the hotel pool one more time before bed. Now they are both sound asleep. 

Our days have been so busy...it's hard to believe that Gotcha Day is only 5 days away!! Allan and I were talking about this today. He told me, "We have no idea what it's going to be like, but it just feels so natural and right for our family." I reminded him that's exactly what we said when I was pregnant with Peanut. 

Tomorrow our plan is to stay in or near the hotel (probably hit the pool again, and maybe the park). We then head to the airport late afternoon. Our flight to Beijing leaves at 7pm, and we'll be in flight for four hours. We lose an hour and arrive in Beijing around 10pm. My adventure to the "unknown world" will officially begin at that point, as everything in China will be unfamiliar to me. I am excited though to explore a brand new place...and to be just days away from meeting our new daughter.

Please pray that we will continue to get more rest. I find myself feeling dizzy at times throughout the day, probably from sleep depravation. Also, my camera is acting a little funny sometimes, which is making me nervous. If you know me at all, you know I'm all about pictures! Please pray that my camera will behave, at least until we return. 
Thank you so much for all of your prayers and encouragement. I love reading all the comments I receive on FB and on the blog. Keep them coming!

God is Gracious,
Maria

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