Beware, this may be a book. We arrived in NT yesterday and checked in to the most wonderful hotel. This place is so great I am trying to convince Jim to let's move to VN!! Anyway, we then went to the orphanage and visited. Samuel was at school so they sent someone after him. We watched Dawn and Shawn be united with their Thomas and that was sweet! Then Samuel arrived and his nanny changed him and then just put him in my arms. I loved on him and just held him. We sat on the floor and tried to play a little. We also gave out candy and Cheerios and Gold fish. All were big hits!! I was really doing more parallel play because he wouldn't look at me. At one point I noticed his nanny crying which really broke me up. We mostly just sat with his beach ball we brought. After the big kids got there he got up and played and we actually kicked the ball back and forth. At one point an older girl took the ball and ran to another room and wouldn't let Samuel in. He looked at me and pointed for me to get the ball. Such a wonderful mommy moment! Jim asked a few questions and was disappointed to find that he does not like fish. An asian who doesn't like fish??(Remember Jim is Japanese) Soon it was time to go.
Just a note, Jessica, the nanny really loved the pictures you sent. They all oooohed and aaaaahed over it. For you other NT families, we have tons of pics and even some video that I will try to get to Jynger ASAP! The kids are amazingly healthy and well cared for.
Today we visited again. This time they kept Samuel from school. He more or less just hung out. I was able to make eye contact a few times which was great! The Lees' brought some beenie babies and he picked out a fish and elephant. Then he still had his ball and train from yesterday. We also gave him one of the bears we brought. You should have seen him trying to hold all of this stuff. He would not let it down. He would stack it all in his flattened ball and tote it around. Then he would dump it and start again. We were able to ask a few more questions. He really is a great child! Just before we left the nannies were feeding him. Unfortunately his nanny was not there today. Oh, Tina, I gave them the pictures of Alex and everyone was so excited. When I showed Samuel he just smiled. Not sure what the others were telling him, but he liked it.
Notes to those yet to come. This place is an absolute dream! Relax and enjoy it!
For those at New Life: The bears were an absolute hit! Thank you so much! The kids are great and we are really having a great time.
To my sweet babies: I love you and we will be home soon.