It isn’t often one gets to see a wonder of the world, but we were fortunate to have that happen today. I’m not sure who decided what the criteria for a wonder is, but this was pretty good. Today we toured the Terra Cotta Soldiers in the outskirts of Xian. For a really quick summary, the first Chinese emperor (~200 BC) wanted an army with him in his grave to defend him in the after world. So, for about forty years he had the people create these warriors … thousands of them scattered throughout an area several football fields in size. Each warrior is unique, modeled after an actual soldier. A farmer stumbled upon the warriors when digging a well in the early 1970′s. We actually got to see the farmer who made the discovery.
As for parenthood, Sheehan is still a joy. He is showing us that he isn’t going to make parenthood a piece of cake like the first couple of days He is starting to show some of the typical two-year old things … pushing things off his high-chair, tantrums when he doesn’t get his way, the usual. But he continues to demonstrate true happiness and joy, especially when he is being fed or held by Mom (pray that Kate’s back holds up!)
I have been enthralled by watching Kate’s parenting skills. She seems to know exactly what he needs emotionally despite the language barrier, and he is infatuated with her, needing to see everything she is doing. And her patience is never ending. There have been times where he will not attempt to sleep unless she is holding him and she has been there for him every time. It is a pleasure to watch her in action.
As for some of the questions that were sent to us:
1. We fly back on Thursday September 14th, returning the same day in the late afternoon.
2. Yes the crickets pictured in our last blog do chirp … pretty loud in fact. There were several of them in cages chirping together.
That is all for now. Tonight we are off to a dinner show that is supposed to be pretty sweet. Hope everyone slept well and has a great September 6th … ours is almost over