Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Pajamas

 Only Christian Savored his first present of Christmas...
Here is the motley crew.  Ready for sleep while Santa comes ever closer!

Saturday, December 21, 2013


Snow on the Ground
Kids making snowmen and throwing snowballs
Christmas Music Playing
Hot Chocolate on the ready
Christian home for the holiday
Life is good!

Sunday, December 15, 2013


This was our first real snow!  Kenneth still thinks snow is terrible and I still think it's magical.  The kids tend to side with me, magical and romantic!  What better reason to curl up with some hot cocoa...

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

Sometimes we change so slowly that we never realize how far we have come!  When we moved to Arizona 14 years ago, ketchup was too spicy for me.
Now I can't imagine Christmas without Tamales.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Peiking Duck

Cindy took us to "the best Peiking Duck restaurant in the whole world".
I have to say it was pretty amazing!

Forbidden City

 It is interesting to stand and look with my own eyes at something so iconographic and to realize that in person it looks just like the photos,  but there are about a million people all jostling for their turn to look.

 Cindy, our tour guide, was a great story teller.  It was perfect for the kids (and for me).  Her stories made everything come alive!  We learned that when entering the city, the left arch was for officials, the right was for the emperor's family.  The center was reserved for the emperor himself.  I thought that the paths for the emperor were amazing.  The stairs are for the servants carrying him, his sedan chair passed over the carved path.

 I really thought it was funny how the Chinese do not have the same social rules about photographing strangers and their children.
 No one seemed to think posing as lions was unusual either.

Friday, June 28, 2013

We arrive in China

We landed in Beijing late in the afternoon, and navigated customs for the first time.  We were met by our tour guide Cindy.  She took us to the hotel and recommended that we eat in the hotel restaurant and get some sleep.  Our travel philosophy is "we can sleep when we get home".

We ventured out on our own and found a shopping mall.  We ate in a noodle shop.  We were quite a spectacle!  Everyone stopped and stared, a very sophisticated looking lady even sat outside the shop and snuck video footage of us eating noodles.

One thing that was really sad to see was the mall was filled with mostly american stores and a lot of rich looking 20 somethings, and just outside the streets were filled with poverty.


We had a terrific time watching for bad english on signs throughout China.  Here are the ones worth documenting.  The one with the list about how to be the best in the bathroom is our very favorite!