Friday, March 29, 2013

A boy and his daddy!

One of my favorite things in daily life is seeing how much Aiden loves his Daddy! 

Seeing their pictures together and how they interact always bring a smile to my face. Such a special bond these two have. I hope it lasts forever! 

In Hangzhou 

Climbing in the caves together in Hangzhou

Cooking pancakes. 

Enjoying a Saturday morning breakfast at McDonalds

Watching a movie

Being silly and playing

Computer time with Daddy! 

Checking out the sights in Hangzhou

My absolute favorite! When Jeffrey comes home from work, Aiden dashes to the door to see his daddy. Its the sweetest thing ever! 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

When I Dip you Dip we Dip....Party Style!

Until moving to China I never realized how much of my world is truly "American." Meaning, things that I thought were known around the world really are not, just known to us Americans. So...I guess one of my purposes here in China is to introduce all of my wonderful friends from around the world to these concepts. This is just one of many examples.


No, not the tobacco kind, the kind you eat!  The yummy wonderful dips that go with chips, veggies or anything else you can come up with. The sweet kind, the savory kind...any kind of wonderful dip.

When, sitting at 星巴克 Starbucks, during one of our Monday walks, I mentioned to the group that our next pot luck was going to be a dip party. Needless to say, I got nothing but blank stares from all of my non-American friends. It was quite comical. But, after some explanation it started to make sense.

So the party was created! I LOVED the fact that most everyone put their own culture spin on the dip they brought. Everything was wonderful!! We always have a great time at our parties.

We always have a ton of food! 

Everything was sooooo yummy! 

Some of the examples of the dips that were made and brought are, cookie dough dip, southwest dip, smores dip, buffalo chicken dip, mango salsa, brownie batter dip, pumpkin pie dip, Asian chicken dip, Chinese soy sauce dip, tuna dip, HP Sauce, feta dip....and SOOOOO many more. Everything was so delicious and I was stuffed at the end of the party.

Ladies enjoying all the yummy food. 

And of course...we always have coffee:) 

We had so much food that we couldn't eat it all. So much was leftover.

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I am extremely blessed to have wonderful friends here in Wuxi. Makes life so much better. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Just Another Day in Paradise - China Style

The things we see and experience in China never get old. 

Its so vastly different from anything in the US that is stays strange. From split pants on kids, to people pushing in front of us in line, to crazy construction and LOUD fireworks on a daily basis, life never gets boring. 

Here is just some of the things we saw and experienced today on our typical Monday 5K Club walk. 

The boards on this bridge have been rotting out for the last year...they are finally fixing them. 
Start of the bridge getting fixed...this is normally where we need to walk to avoid getting hit by a scooter. Needless to say, we are very thankful they are fixing it so we don't fall thru! 

The local hospital. Lately it has been PACKED on Mondays. There are people everywhere just standing around outside. We have yet to figure out exactly what is going on, but it makes me very thankful for our healthcare system in America! 

If you look close you can see part of the crowd outside the hospital. 

More of the crowd...and my thumb. 

I love my life here in Wuxi, but certain things make me very thankful for my life back in the states. I have to confess though, there are things that I really miss. Examples are: Target, a grocery store where I can buy everything I need at one place, a dishwasher, and a washer and dryer inside my house (and that works well). Being here has taught me to be thankful for the things I have and not to take them for granted. We are so blessed! 

I can tell you though, when we move home if you ever need to find me, just look at Target or 
Chick-fil-a...I can almost guarantee I will be there a lot for the first few months at home! Ha!

Ending our day by playing out in our backyard.