We'll be taking money to China.....lots and lots Ben Franklin's. Probably around $10,000. I don't like having that much cash on hand, but a lot of it goes to the agency guide within the first few days of being in China, then they will be paying most of our fees within the first few days for us. The money left over will be cashed in for yuan (Chinese dollars), and kept in our money pouches while we visit shops and vendors. Many of the items we might want to get while in China we'll need cash for, some places take credit cards, but we don't want to be pondering on a special item and then realize we need cash...It's not as if we'll be going back any time soon, so if we see something we think will be important for Cady or ourselves in the future, we want to be able to get it. We're planning on getting at least one thing a year for Cadence until she's 18 years old. And of course, strands of pearls, jade bracelets, all the necessities. So, yeah, this is the first set of Franklins we got from the bank, and I'm sure it won't be the last.
We'll be taking this teddy to China. Mom sent Cady this teddy bear because I told her that we wanted a very soft animal for her "gotcha day". We'll use it as a transitional item to comfort her. I love that the card says, "from Grandma 2005" It makes it all feel real.
We'll also be taking this blanket to China. Actually, I think the technical term is "niny", or at least when I was a toddler, niny was the name of any blanket which was mine, and had silky edges. Scott's sister, Cindy made this blanket out of fleece. She also made a blanket of the same material for a twin bed, and a really cute tote bag.
Well, there ya have it...Three of the most important things to bring to China.