Last week I made a list of things still needed for Eva's homecoming and sorted her clothes into those most likely to fit, those that might still fit, and those that will fit at a later date.  I'm pretty much at a loss when it comes to shoes (we have one pair of slip-on sandals) but now have most of what was missing.
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The backpack isn't new, I bought it for $5 last November, but some of the contents are new-clothes for the Barbie dolls inside and the one she has received, and toiletry items.

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A fuzzy pillow, new sheets, a snuggly nap blanket, and her own towel with matching wash cloths-I couldn't find any girly sets of the latter, so I just got bright colors that matched.

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Something to swim in at the hotel pool, a rain jacket, and a summer weight nightie (she has a swimsuit and plenty of summer pjs already).

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Cool shades, bracelets, barrettes, comb and brush, and hair bands (almost all of the hair items are from Pretty Baby, our first daughter).

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We have a Chinese exchange teacher every year at my school so, in addition to translating Eva's family photo book about us and her upcoming adoption, he offered to translate communication cards for me.  I'll be laminating them and putting them on a ring to use while in China.  I tried to keep things simple for both of us.

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We also bought this translator from Amazon.  It converts common phrases (they are preprogrammed) into a few different languages, including Chinese.  It can translate from Chinese to English as well.  The reason I went with this one is because it is really small and because it "says" the phrases aloud as well as displaying them in the other language-pinyin in the case of the Chinese.

 


April Z.
07/16/2011 9:28pm

That translator looks really cool! I hope that works out well for you. I wish we'd had something like that in China and especially in Guiyang where there are hardly any English speaking people. I love seeing all the cute stuff you've gotten for Eva. I'm sure she'll love it!

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Myra
07/17/2011 2:55pm

YEAH! The fun stuff! Those things finally made the fact that their coming home soon feel REAL!!! How exciting....

Oh, and thanks for the latest blog comment, it was G-coded enough and I laughed my G-coded butt off!!!!

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07/18/2011 3:54am

Looks like some really cool stuff - like the laminated card idea a lot!! We thought about the translater - but at the end of the day opted away from that and used ASL with Chase like we did with the others - and it worked out real well for us! The baby signing time videos are a great teaching tool!

hugs - aus and co.

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07/26/2011 3:31pm

You are really getting ready. You've left me in the dust. I better get going. It's like I'm afraid or something. How old is Eva again?

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