Monday, August 31, 2009
Ok, got that out of my system, so I'll move on...
Actually there were some highlights of our time-seeing some friends, eating Dairy Queen and Papa John's twice (in that order), a trip to Ikea, and EG having a chance to play with some of her friends. Also, my personal favorite highlight-Jack got even fatter-I fed him pizza and LOTS of bread since it was easy to carry and not too messy. We are happy to be home and enjoying using our bathroom for it's intended use.
We haven't made much progress on our camera issue. We really want one that has the SLR feature and also does short bloggable videos-but these two features together are kinda hard to find. So we are looking...we are thinking about buying a cheap something to tide us over until we can make a decision. So for now, there won't be many new pictures.
Ok, out to buy some errands with EG.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
PS-Kathi-we got out the camera this morning to take pictures of the Kacki Cakes-that's when we found out it was only half revived. EG LOVED the pancakes. She ate five! The pan you sent works really well. I dyed the pancake batter pink, which made the imprints of the animals even clearer. We had extra and put the freezer to pull out one day soon! Can't wait for you guys to enjoy some Kacki cakes when you come!
Friday, August 21, 2009
I had some pictures and video on the camera and so I tried to figure out how to get it off the camera and managed to FIX the dumb thing in the process. Let's be honest, I was severely disappointed when I realized I had resurrected it.
So please please, leave a comment or send me an email telling Andy why we should still get a new camera. Grandmas, plead your case!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Unfortunately, our package did not include a Chick-Fila Sandwich, nor my Grandma Chick-either of which would have had me flipping cartwheels! But it did include CHICK CHICK, a giant stuffed chicken who Emma Grace adores.About a month before we left America to return to China, Andy's family bought Chick Chick for EG. It was an impulse buy at Sam's club, one Andy and I strongly advised against. While Andy and I were shopping for items to take back with us, EG and her lovely Aunt Mary, Kacki and Poopaw went "browsing" around. They came back with EG grinning from ear to ear holding this giant yellow chicken. Of course, being the party pooper parents that we are, we told them it was wasteful to buy the Chicken since there was no way we were gonna take that thing with us to China. They bought it anyway and EG slept with it every time she stayed with them until we left. They of course tried to convince us to take it as a carry on when we came back to China!!! Chick Chick has made his appearance on many web cam calls in the last few months. I guess Kacki, Poopaw and Mary just couldn't stand it when EG cried when she couldn't actually touch him on the computer (you were torturing her!!!!) so they decided to send it. But sending a giant stuffed chicken in the mail is not easy. So they vacuumed sealed it! It was at the bottom of our package and EG loved it! She's been sleeping with it every night!!! As a very important side note, if anyone wants to attempt to send either a Chick Fila Sandwich or my Grandma Chick over, I would be forever grateful-though I don't think my grandma would like the vacuum seal very much. My dear friend Sheryl brought over 10 Chick Flia Sandwiches one time...it was amazing. All this has gotten me really hungry. I found a copycat recipe online for their fried chicken. Do you think it's even worth tyring to make it? Andy and I had this long discussion yesterday about how Chick Fila really is the best fast food restaurant in the world. I mean, their chicken sandwich will only be topped in the new heavens and new earth, and they have nice ladies, like Jeanie (in Burlington) who come around and ask you if you need a refill and give you butter mints. How great is that? Ok...I digress.
Thanks Huffmans for sending CHICK CHICK!!! We feel very loved!!! Next time you send something that starts with a "Chick," make sure you include extra pickles!!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
She leads a group of kids and they worked really hard putting this stuff together for us. Each week the kids brought in their own money and saved it up to get these goodies for us. They went to Walmart and had a blast getting stuff on our wish list and other surprises!
We had a BLAST opening it and we're enjoying all the stuff!! Thank you guys sooo much for all the time, love, money, and energy you put into getting this stuff to us. Andy and I both said we felt so loved and cared for. TO TEAM KID: Your package crossed lots of land and water to get here-my guess is it was on 3 or 4 different planes! And when it arrived it was still full of all the love you put in it-and the goodies too! My box runneth over! Jack in the BOX!! We couldn't resist-we opened the craisins immediately!
Thank you guys soooo much for everything! I can't wait to make this new cake I've been wanting to try. Now I have the ingredients to make it! Andy thanks you! Emma Grace has already put the craft items to good use! We had craft time today and used the color pencils! And for the puppy and the giant boxes, Jack says, "YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!!"We feel so loved. Having some American goodies is such a fun treat for us! Thank you for all you did for us. We are grateful.
We also got another package this week and it had something in it that starts with a CHIC...can anyone guess what it was? I'll reveal that in my next post!!!!!! My clues: It starts with a CHIC, it was vacuum sealed, and it made one female in our family VERY HAPPY!!!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
So Andy will get an extra hour to study Greek and my blog will have to stay the same for a while.
We stayed in a little cabin type thing that opened up to the pool!
We also opted out of this option....
That's a man's foot with hundreds of little fish eating off his dead skin. It's a pretty popular treatment. We just gawked and took pictures. No flesh eating fish for me, thanks.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
First all, there's breakfast. It's by far the most challenging meal for me to provide and I don't love breakfast foods to begin with so I kinda wish breakfast just didn't even exist. Cereal, a very reasonably priced and tasty option in America is rather expensive and quite boring here. Some American brands run as much as 12 dollars a box! Andy has found a brand of German cornflakes that he likes so I buy them about 5-10 boxes at a time for a little less than four bucks a box. He's memorized the German labels and attempted to read the back of the box in German. Reading labels is a little of an obsession for him. Der Nuperfriesh de start en den tag!!!! (a fresh start to the day!) Andy can eat cornflakes every day and be just fine but I get quite bored with them. So we sometimes opt for bagels. That sounds easy enough but the place we get the bagels is kinda far away. So I try to stock the freezer with bagels from time to time. EG likes a cinnamon bagel with cream cheese. Another option for breakfast is toast made from semi sweet Chinese sliced bread. It's ok in a pinch. EG's faves include oatmeal and yoghurt. I also make banana bread and other muffins from time to time. I made cinnamon buns yesterday, which were great, but way more like a dessert. I'd rather have it as a late night snack or something. Recently EG has started to ask for fried rice for breakfast. We often have some left over in the fridge so she and I have been enjoying that lately. In my opinion, it's the best of our breakfast options.