Thursday, August 25, 2011

Daily Happenings

Our BEAUTIFUL "Typhoon" weather
Aiden loves his buddy Noah!
Where to even begin today? There are days that I just sit on our couch and stare outside out window…not really thinking about much just letting my mind wander. That’s how I feel at the moment. So much here is just out of control at the moment and TRUST is becoming an even bigger factor. Not necessarily in a bad way, just learning that my plans for life just don’t matter. HIS do! I confess that I’m struggling to sleep these days, waking up at strange hours and not able to go back to sleep. So I pray and then wonder why we are really here…what’s the purpose…what’s the end result? But then I remember that this is not my concern…my concern is just to daily trust and walk with HIM.
Well now that I have started on a crazy note…lets move on to more interesting things. Get back in the fun spirit!!! Well maybe the crazy won’t go away…at the moment the people next door are doing some AWFULLY LOUD construction and in the short time I have been writing this blog I have about jumped off the couch a few times…scares me to death!!! Whew…calm the blood pressure down! I’m just amazed that Aiden is asleep still through all of this …HALLELUJAH!
Jeffrey and I decided to have a stay at home movie night/date night this past Saturday. We actually had dinner at the table and then tried to watch a movie that we had just purchased earlier in the day from the DVD store in the area. We bought Fast Five and were so excited. But once we got it home we realized that someone had dubbed over the original movie with Chinese.  So sad!!!!! So the lesson is only buy TV series and not movies…is Fast Five even out on DVD at home? That might be the issue…we weren’t sure.  We did buy season one of Royal Pains and loved it! It always came on at home way to late for these early to-bedders. Its sad to admit, but we got so into it that we watched the whole season in 3 days! Now I’ve been keeping my eye out for the other seasons…we have to know what happens!
Do you like my new car?????? I wish! 
I had an interesting and heart stopping experience a week or so ago. One of our management guys came by and told me that in 30 minutes the police wanted to come and take my picture. At that point I wasn’t really thinking anything about it but then when they showed up 10 minutes later I had worked myself into a little bit of a tizzy….why did they want to take my picture??? Then they also asked to see my passport. I asked them to wait while I went to get it…did NOT let them in the house. Then I realized that I had NO IDEA how to get in our safe downstairs. I tried calling Jeffrey but he didn’t answer…took me forever of calling before calling one of his receptionist and demanding that she pull him out of his meeting. She didn’t want to and I felt horrible cause I think I got a little rude and had to apologize for that later. I was in PANIC mode at this point! Thank the Lord that I have a wonderful and calm husband to my hyper state of mind. He did his best to walk me through how to open the safe and what to do. But I still couldn’t get it open…I think I was way to keyed up, but I also think that I wasn’t meant to get in the safe at that moment. I finally went back up after about 30 minutes of making them wait only to find that the police had left and the management guy said they would come back later. I was FURIOUS!!!!!!!!!! But who knows what they really wanted since to my knowledge they have not come back. O well…whatever…right?
We have learned that if all Chinese typhoon’s are like that one we had here recently, we want one every weekend. That was the first time since we have been here that we have seen a BLUE sky! It was beautiful and made us feel like we were back home. We got some rain and wind but nothing major. Though we were all warned to secure anything that wasn’t tied down, so we put all of our patio furniture in the arbor or laundry room…and to confess, we have yet to move it out. I guess that is a good thing since now that the typhoon is TOTALLY passed, we are getting a TON of rain! Go figure! Ha!
Feeding myself
Since my last post Aiden has changed so much! He is crawling so fast and it is tough to keep up with him. He loves to “dance” and laughs so much. We had a visit from Jerome Beggs this week and Aiden LOVED him! He made a friend for life there! He gets so totally excited when Jeffrey gets home from work…totally adorable. He wants to feed himself with his spoon and makes a total mess. He still just has one tooth…he keeps rubbing his mouth like more are coming, but they are just slow. He says Da-Da all day long and loves to say it over and over. That’s his only word but he says it a lot! And he loves to clap. I heard him in his crib this morning when he woke up from his nap clapping away saying DaDa over and over…there are definitely days that I wish we had a video camera in his room to capture those cute moments.  I took him to the doctor last week for his routine check up and learned he weighs 19.4lbs! I knew he was getting heavy.  He loves his Walking Lion and walks all by himself with it and has a blast doing it. Every day brings something new and we love it!
I think that is all of our adventures for the moment. Stay tuned for more of our Life Across the Ocean!

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Can you believe they feed this to babies??
Whatever! This word can have so many different meanings and connotations. It can be used as a general term saying that you don’t care what happens, you are good with anything. It can be used to show frustration, letting the other person know that you really aren’t happy with the situation but will go along anyway. And in my situation, it can be used to show that you know you aren’t in control of the situation but know something crazy is going to happen. This response normally comes with a shrug of the shoulders. Whatever has become the theme word of our time in China! Adding to this is a wonderful coffee mug that I was given before leaving for China by Wanda Dukes, my former manager at Garden Plaza. It is a bluish green colored mug with the word WHATEVER written on it. This was Wanda’s theme word and she gave it to me on my last day there as a way to remember her. She didn’t know how much I would use that thing over the next course of my life.
Fish, pig, cow and chicken flakes. Made for babies...???
He LOVES to stand up!
Now I brought a lot of different coffee mugs with me, but on almost any given morning (unless the dishes have not been done…no I would never leave dishes in the sink…never…..) using that mug for my morning cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee. It reminds me of a lot of different things. One…the verse taking about Whatever is good, pure, lovely….so on and so forth. That helps me keep my mind in check as well as my attitude so I will quit complaining. I know I know…all of you reading this would NEVER believe that I would complain about China, but alas I must tell the truth.  There are days that I find myself complaining quite a bit…so this is a good reminder. The second is the reminder that things over here are CRAZY and are probably always going to be CRAZY and I really don’t have any control over things. Most things work some of the time, schedules are always changing and everything changes! HA! So with a shrug of the shoulders you just say “Whatever” and just go with it…it’s all going to work out in the end one way or the other. Whatever our DAD has in store that is what I have to remember. So jokingly (and seriously) the theme word of our time in China has become “Whatever.”
Daddy and Aiden
I go about once a week to the grocery store with my friend Julie. This is a wonderful way to have a “girls night” as well as to stock up on food for the week. Though, it never fails that we either see something hilarious or something crazy happens. One of the things is the Chinese kids. Now I know I’ve mentioned “split pants” and I’m SLOWLY getting used to them…not quite though…but things get crazier. A few weeks ago we went to Auchon, one of the big stores in the area and saw a little boy JUST wearing a shirt and NOTHING else. Forgive me, but if you are just going to wear a shirt and nothing else then what is the point of the shirt??? Just go fully naked! We thought this was just a one time thing but we KEEP seeing it. Haven’t fully figured that out yet…maybe I don’t want to. HA! But on that same trip as we were walking through the fresh seafood area, and by fresh, I mean TONS of fish tanks filled to the brim with fish of all kinds, one fish jumped out of the tank and about hit me right in the leg. Embarrassedly enough, I screamed. Julie had her daughter AJ with her and she looked panicked!  But slowly all of our blood pressure started going back down and we had to laugh it off. Apparently this is a normal occurrence there since one of the employees calmly came over, scooped up the fish and put it back all in about 2 seconds. Needless to say…I haven’t walked back through that section yet. 
Don't I look cool in my shades?
Today as we went to the store, both Julie and her daughter Kailyn saw a mom holding her baby over a trash can and he was pooping. I’m extremely glad that I was in my own little world (don’t worry they know me there…) and totally missed that. But they were both TOTALLY grossed out! The bright side of that is that at least the mom had himover a trash can and not right on the ground as they do some times.
A whole crab anyone? Only $80 US!
Eating out here in China is always a fun and interesting experience. I am so grateful that almost all of the menus here have pictures along with the description, esp since the description is in Chinese. Makes it so much easier to figure out what you want to eat. Almost all restaurants are “family style” with a huge lazy susan in the middle. Everybody shares everything…so it always helps to go eat with people who you know like the same types of food you do. 
Mommy and Aiden
We went to a restaurant over in the Nanchan Temple area last week and boy was it SPICY!!!!!! At one point I ate something that was so hot I felt like my throat was closing up. Jeffrey was teasing me about being dramatic (can’t imagine why he would do that?????) but I couldn’t even answer him. All I could do was point to any bottle of water on the table and drink all that I could. It took quite awhile for that feeling to go away…needless to say, everyone else at the table stayed away from whatever it was that I ate! The rest of the meal was really good! My favorite part were these strawberry pastry like things that came out with dinner. Yummy!!! 
The "Western" restaurant! Ha!
Jeffrey and I did try a restaurant called "Western" just for the name last weekend. They had old wagon wheels every where and the waiters all wore Cowboy hats. The food, with the exception of the fries any my raspberry fruit drink, was not worth going back for, but it cracked us up none the less! 

Getting ice cream at the 7 Eleven
Aiden is now 7 ½ month old! Can you believe it? He is crawling around like crazy and pulling up on EVERYTHING. Today he actually cut his first tooth. Whoo Hoo! He still eats everything in sight, other than his bottle…he would give that up today if he could.  He LOVES his sippy cup though and constantly has that with him. He gets so excited when he sees it. All in all he gets excited about most things. The most adorable is when he hears the key in the lock meaning Daddy is home. Together they have their little rituals. When Daddy gets home he takes Aiden with him to go change clothes. Aiden sits up in the big chair we have in our room and plays with a special car that he only gets to play with there. He loves it. Then Daddy sets him down and he goes crawling to find Mama. He really enjoys for Daddy to hold him so he can watch Mama cook. He gets so intrigued with it.
Speaking of cooking…I’m trying to get creative and try new things. I tried this week to make sweet and sour pork…and it turned out great I’m proud to say! But if any of you reading this have a good recipe that you would like to send me, PLEASE DO! If I get some good ones I’ll talk about them in my different postings and let you know how they turned out.
Well friends…that must be all for now. Stay tuned as our adventure continues day by day.  I look forward to getting some recipes.