Sunday, February 28, 2010
But then at 6 am this morning I was reminded why LOUD wins out as my word of choice. Today is the last day of the 15 day celebration and we started things DARK and early with a lot of firecrackers. A WHOLE LOT OF them! Many people lit strings our firecrackers right outside our windows between the hours of 6am and 9am. EG actually really liked them. We got stools and stood by the windows to listen and watch. This is a big improvement as just a few months ago fireworks brought shrieks of terror from her! Here's a little video of a Chinese New Year performance we watched in Thailand. I think LOUD is a great word to describe this performance. Even Jack covered his ears!
This year instead of being annoyed with how early and how late our neighbors set off firecrackers and fireworks, we've decided to just join the fun. You've already seen our video of our first firework adventure. We had so much fun that we went back and bought more! We are setting off more tonight for Matt's birthday and we bought a giant box to set off when the Huffmans visit! I can kinda see why Chinese people like setting them off so much!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Andy loves to make videos for our family. The plan is to make one for each child's one year bday and then make a family one at Christmas each year! So fun. Hope you will enjoy!!!
Last time they saw our kids, they looked like this:
Then we enjoyed a foot massage. Thai foot massages are heavenly! For about 10 dollars each, we enjoyed an hour long foot massage. Andy said the ladies who work there know which customers are parents based on who falls asleep during the massage. We loved vacation, but it was a lot of work to take care of our little ones. Within 10 minutes of starting our massages, I could hear Andy snoring. I knew my own mouth was wide open but I was so close to falling asleep that I couldn't wake up enough to shut it. HEHE. We enjoyed our hour long nap! I usually don't fall asleep because I want to enjoy every minute of it, but this time I was just exhausted! Still worth every baht! The next day we ordered a Swensen's Vanilla Brownie Ice Cream Cake! After lunch, we enjoyed this baby! Jack and EG loved singing Happy Birthday! EG even sang it in Chinese! Here I am "blowing" out the candles. Too much wind, so we didn't light them. A fun birthday Celebration! Happy Australian Birthday to Me!
Before we left for Thailand, we heard lot of chickens making noise. Most families had bought one and were storing it in their home until the big day. A few people tied theirs to trees outside. We also saw lots of curtains and linens hung out to dry. People are serious about a good cleaning this time of year! Many of our friends traveled for days on packed trains to get home and be with their families. Most stores and restaurants close so their employees can go home. So the city is super quiet...all except...
A big part of the celebration is setting off fireworks. And in China, where there are hardly any regulations on these things, regular ole citizens can get their hands on some major explosives. On the first day of the Chinese New Year and the last, (and all the days in between) fireworks can be heard throughout the day and night. On the first and last day of the celebration, IT'S INSANE. I mean, INSANE. Huge fireworks, right out our window for hours on end. Thus, the mass exodus to sunny, quieter Thailand.
While in Thailand, we missed most of the fireworks, though many of the restaurants in our town are still closed. But we got home in time to enjoy the last few days of the festival. We decided to join in the fun and bought our own fireworks to set off. Here's a video of the 15 dollars worth of explosives we bought!
IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM, JOIN 'EM!!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Swensen's Celebrity Brownie Sundae. (add banana)
Deli Meat. I mean it has nothing on Boar's Head, but still, it's way better than anything we can get in China.
Watching Emma Grace swim all by herself. That girl has been so brave and has really enjoyed the pool.
Watching Jack wander around our yard FOR HOURS. He is non stop and he has been so happy to have lots of space and grass to explore. I told Alisa that's what he does all day everyday-it's just usually in my living room!
ok, no more time to write tonight-my Sundae just arrived!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
EG getting ready to leave-loving the new backpack!3 airports, 2 flights, a 3 hour van ride and we arrivedloving the outdoor kitchen and pool
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Happy Valentine's to us! Thanks so much Mamma Nette and Poppa Dan and Katie for the wonderful Valentine's Day package! We love it! It arrived today, right one time! Thanks so much for the time, the money, and all the love you put in to sending it! We feel very loved! And as a thank you, here's a little treat for you-Hope you enjoy the video. I think Jack likes the bear!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
We are home until Friday and then we head to Thailand for vacation! We'll be staying at a house with our friends John and Alisa for a week. The house has a pool and isn't too far from the beach. We are really looking forward to the HOT weather, lime smoothies, and rest. Alisa and I already have plans to blast the country music while we're swimming in our pool. After a week at the beach, we head to Bangkok for LOTS of medical stuff. We all have dental appointments, check ups, and shots.
We've been talking to Emma Grace a lot about Thailand. Here are a few things she tells us about our trip: She likes to tell us that we are going to eat Thai food in Thailand. Right on, EG. She also likes to tell us that she is going to sit beside Kayleigh on the plane and hold her hand so she doesn't fall in the river. I have no idea where she got that. She also asked us who would be the pilot on our flight. When I told her I didn't know, she said it would be her Dad. Then I told her it had to be someone who knew how to fly airplanes, she then said it would be Xiao Li. Yes Xiao Li is amazing and she can even fly planes!!! Who knew?! Tonight we tried on some dresses for Thailand. She was so excited she wanted to sleep in them. We made her change into PJ's but I imagine this week there will be lots of practice runs in the dresses. It's actually been pretty hot here-upper 70's today I think-so wearing summer dresses is not totally out of place. The weather this year has been so weird, but so lovely.
That's all I've got for now-heading to bed.