Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
In the rain on the City Wall in Xi'An
Still in the rain, at the Goose Pagoda
Learning Chinese calligraphy
Playing a Chinese game (kind of looks like Hackey Sack)
Ban'po Village Museum
Sunday, July 26, 2009
"I finally realized that I must do my schoolwork to keep from being ignorant, to get on in life, to become a journalist, because that’s what I want! I know I can write ..., but it remains to be seen whether I really have talent ...
And if I don’t have the talent to write books or newspaper articles, I can always write for myself. But I want to achieve more than that. I can’t imagine living like Mother, Mrs. van Daan and all the women who go about their work and are then forgotten. I need to have something besides a husband and children to devote myself to! ... I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And that’s why I’m so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that’s inside me! When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived! But, and that’s a big question, will I ever be able to write something great, will I ever become a journalist or a writer?
Thursday, July 23, 2009
(Don't ask me why Josh has his shirt off . . . he must have been showing off his sweet muscles to the natives. :) )
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Hi,there! Today we came back to hotel at 9:30 pm in the evening,everybody was so tired,'cause we are not used to beijing standard time.this morning we left hotel at 8:oo pm with our tour director Simon Ding.today it was cloudy,it is a little bit humid and hot.we were heading to the Tian'an men Square,my god,it is so cray at the square,so many up chinese,Simon told us that so mny chinese were lining up to see chair Mao's body(Mao'tomb).we took lots of pictures for congress room-the Great Hall of people.National museum and the Tian'an men gate.the tian'an men square is the largest city square in the world which is 144.000 square metres, which was built in the ming dynasty in 1406.we had group pictures.and then we walking through the underpass to the forbidden City which was built in 1406,14 years to finish in 1420,it has 9,999.5 rooms.we stayed in there almost 2 and half hours.too much walking in there.after forbidden city ,we went to have MC lunch.very spicy .ah.after lunch we went to the summer palace which was built in 1750 in the qing dynasty,it has two sections which has man-made lake(Kunming lake),and Longlife Hill for chinese emperor's mother,between lake and hill ,there is very bautiful long corridle which is 728 metres long and 14,000 painings like birds ,flowers and animals,etc.so amazing.we loved it .we saw marble boat which was built in 1750.it was destroyed in 1860.and then we took dragon boat with Simon to another side of the lake,we walked to the bus .and then we were heading to restaurant for peking duck.we had wonderful meal.at the same time ,it was raining ,Simon had some rain coat for us ,we did not get wet.we had wonderful time in the show theatre.show is excellent.we like it .9:30pm we were at the hotel.we had amazing day,although it was longer day,but we had wonderful day with Simon.ok !buddy.have a good night!tomorrow we are going to the great wall and something.see you tomorrow!
I'm assuming this is at the lake
At the gate of Tiananmen Square
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
In front of the Bird's Nest that was the site of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Tara made an amazing carrot cake with cream cheese frosting- SO YUM! We did have a little trouble lighting the candles because of the breeze though.
This was the championship volleyball game. Don't ask who won, both sides played pretty badly!
Happy Birthday Michael!
Don't you just love the drool spots on her sweater? Yeah, lovely. This girl can't go five minutes without soaking through a bib or her shirt.
You can't really tell what she is doing from this angle but she does not like her head to be in the grass. I laid her on her back and she whenever I do she does this thing, almost like doing crunches where she is doing her best to keep her head off the ground. It's the funniest thing. This girl has abs of steel from trying to sit up on her own, I love it!
After this we went to the mall and bought Josh some new clothes for his trip. Of course I added a thing or two for myself . . . why should he get to have all the fun? I can't believe he leaves the day after tomorrow! It has come up fast. You'll be hearing all about his trip, most likely as told to me cause I doubt I could get him to blog anything on his own. :)
Friday, July 17, 2009
We have a few tomatoes starting to ripen. The little ones are Roma tomatoes. I thought they would be bigger than that, but oh well. I can't wait to cook up some fresh spaghetti sauce with my WildTree Hearty Spaghetti blend. BTW- if you use it and your family is like mine and doesn't use a whole 28 oz. can of sauce I use a smaller can of tomatoe sauce or paste and use less of the blend. That way it will last longer.
And yes, our zucchini's are about the size of baseball bats again. I swear, you look at those things one day and say "okay, a day or so more and they will be ready" then you go out the next day and BAM! They are huge!!! Ugh. We are fresh out of ways to prepare and eat zucchini. Oh well, guess I better get to shredding it so I can freeze it and make zucchini bread later. (Ha, yeah right! Me, be that prepared and resourceful. We'll see.) Unless any one wants some- come and get them! The raspberries are definitely our favorite. We had a good strawberry crop this year, too. Those were super yummy. We have lots more than this in our garden this year. We (Josh and Howard) also planted cauliflower, peppers (hopefully we will actually get one this year), a couple kinds of squash, cucumbers, green beans, beets, and turnips. At my request (okay, demand) we planted romaine lettuce (that has been very good and nice to have) and a pumpkin! I hope we get something from it. So far I can't see anything growing, so we'll see. It is definitely very cool to have all this fresh stuff in our garden. Next year I want to do a little broccoli and some onions.
Other than the garden not much is going on . . . Sasha is growing, of course. She is definitely starting to have her whiney days. I don't like those days. I like it better when she's my perfect little, sweet angel. But, given that I am her mother she is bound to have bratty days. :) Josh leaves for China in a few days. I'm going to miss him! But I am very excited for him and Chris, they will have such a great time. I made Josh swear on his life that he will take a lot of pictures, and pictures with him and Chris actually in them. I'm not going to spend a ton of time scrapbooking his trip to China if it looks like I just went on the internet and downloaded a bunch of random pictures of places in China and there are no people in them! We need proof he was there!!!
Oh, if ANYONE knows of ANYONE that is getting married anytime soon and she would like to have someone assist her with the planning process ABSOLUTELY FREE PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE have her get in touch with me. I have been itching to plan a big event and since I don't have one coming up in my life (and even if I did I certainly don't have the money) I need someone else's party to plan. I am an absolute nut over weddings and love everything about them. It doesn't even have to be a wedding- I can do showers, picnic's, corporate events- anything! I just have this obsessive desire to plan and bring people together. Doesn't matter the reason. So spread the word!!!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.
Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty."
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
If any of you have any suggestions or know of any places that I just have not opened my eyes to, please let me know!
I will not feel guilty and I will not have any regrets for my kids and things I 'wish' I could have done for them or with them.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Sasha, Logan and Madilyn
Emma chasing Mason for one last hug!