Technical difficulties here are much greater than I originally supposed. Trying to work it out.....if you're reading this, though, then I guess I can give you a little rundown:
Okay, so here's what went down. They brought the kids to the hotel instead of letting us go to the orphanage. We were in a small conference room with two other families. They had an official from the orphanage there to answer questions for us about our kids: what they
like to eat, sleeping habits, personality, etc. We discovered that Xi Juen is a good eater and sleeper, smart, and very bossy but doesn't think she's bossy.
When she came in with the two other children, one about 3.5 and one about 4.5, she came to me at first and then cried for a couple of minutes. Then when she saw that one of the younger children was very upset, she went into sort of a caretaker mode, where she brought the little girl a doll.
Then she started checking all of us out, seeing the little treats we brought her and the bag of stuff they had brought with her from the orphanage, etc. When she discovered a little package of M&Ms, she made sure to take some to her little friends before digging in. Joel and Clyde were really fabulous, trying sweetly to get her attention and telling her "I love you" in Chinese.
She wasn't really interested, but by the end of the day she and Joel had already developed a fun, teasing rapport.
She is just a doll. Cute, sweet, precocious, etc. Very neat, orderly and girly. What she seems to like best so far are her brothers, dolls, clothes and shoes. Less interested in TV and video games. Now that's a girl with priorities I can relate to.
She still seems to be pretty happy to be with us as we near the 24-hour mark together. I can't wait to see what will happen next!