“I wouldn’t cooperate and sit still for a nice picture, but I did eventually smile. I love you, Grandma.” Catherine
“I drew this paper airplane for you. It’s you sitting on the plane when you come visit me.” Love, NathanielFiled under Catherine, Family, Life, Nathaniel, Photographs | Comment (0)
After becoming a kindergarden dropout in November 2012, Nathaniel’s back in the classroom. He didn’t return to the kindergarden, where he would be in the “da ban” (big class, or level three); he attending a private class that’s held in the fromer art classroom the elementary school. Guess art isn’t important. Anyway, he’s in the xue qian ban which is a level between the da ban and first grade. Not all kids attend it, some take it as a summer course. He’ll be in it for just a sememster.Filed under Life, Nathaniel, School, Uncategorized | Tags: Nathaniel, school | Comment (0)
Most Chinese rush out to buy new clothes for the New Year, but we’ve never done that. Two years ago, I started a sweater but come New Year’s Day, one sleeve was still not done. I finished it last year and Nathaniel’s worn it all year. I whipped up a dress for Catherine last year; I think it got left in America for baby Morgan to grow into. This year I had the best intentions to knit both of them sweaters, but I only got Nathaniel’s done…around 11 pm but I only weaved in ends that would be noticeable! The rest remains to be finished.
Again this year we were scolded by Santiago’s parents for always forgetting to buy new things, so a week before the holiday, I ran out for a quick shopping trip. I was certain I’d get his sweater done, so I just bought him some jeans. For Catherine I ended up buying her a cute floral shirt and paired it with jeans she had. I also put in the zipper on a sweater my mom knit her. While it didn’t match (no biggie…we’re in China where red, pink and orange can always be worn together!), it was cute.
Her red jacket and his blue sweatshirt were gifts from older aunt. Her hat was actually given to Nathaniel many years ago by Santiago’s coworker. She doesn’t have a child and apparently didn’t realize that it was more suitable for a girl. Glad no one else had a girl to pass it on to; it and the scarf are quite cute on Catherine.Filed under Catherine, Chinese New Year, Holidays, Nathaniel, Photographs | Tags: Catherine, Chinese New Year, holidays, Nathaniel, photo | Comment (0)
Belated, as usual, but well worth the wait, I think! They are from her 20th month, though. She’s a little fashionista in the making; each time she goes out to play, she has to inspect each of her three pairs of choose to select the pair that she wants! She can say “piao,” which is part of the Chinese word for “pretty,” and uses it frequently!Catherine, Life, Nathaniel, Photographs, Uncategorized | Tags: Catherine, family, Nathaniel, photo | Comment (0)
For the second time since Catherine’s birth, we took a family picture. I’ve been trying to get this done since April…at least! The little boy is the son of the guy who took our pictures…just some random family who was going through the park. We were on our way to dinner, which explains why Catherine is looking at the boy’s bread so longingly!Filed under Catherine, Family, Life, Nathaniel, Photographs | Tags: Catherine, family, Nathaniel, photo | Comment (0)
Yesterday Nathaniel’s set of five dinosaurs arrived. It was just something Daddy bought randomly. Well, not randomly in that he’s not interested in them (he is), but that it’s not a holiday or anything. Actually we can count on one hand how many toys we’ve bought him in his five years of life. He gets most of his toys as hand-me-downs from his older cousin who had an extremely large collection of them–we recieved two large tubs of toys when Nathaniel was born. Of course by the time I removed the unacceptable toys (a suffed Bart Simpson and characters from the Happy Goat, Evil Wolf cartoon) and broken ones, we were still left with a box.
Anyway, today Nathaniel was explianing which dino was stronger and which was larger and told me that if only “this big one was as strong as this smaller meat-eating one, it would be the perfect dinosaur!” I was shocked at his use of the word perfect. I have no doubt that he knows the word in Chinese (I don’t) since kids are pushed to be perfect, but I don’t recall saying it or explaining the word to him.
After dinner I mentioned this to Santiago and he said that they’d talked about this earier and he’d taught him the word perfect. Mystery solved!Filed under Life, Nathaniel | Comment (0)
Three months past due, these weren’t taken on August 7th, but are within a day or two. We were in the USA for six weeks in July and August and I just kind of skipped the monthly picture since I didn’t have the usual blocks that I use to spell out “months.” Never mind that I did buy a set of alphabet blocks at a rummage sale and could have used those. Anyway, these are from her first trip to Chicago with Nathaniel, Grandpa and I and our afternoon at the Boone County Fair.Filed under Catherine, Nathaniel, Photographs, USA | Tags: Catherine, USA | Comment (0)
Nathaniel, Xiang and Catherine having fun with some fabric from my mom. Santiago’s younger sister’s family came here on New Year’s Day and ended up spending two nights at our house. The boys had fun playing and kept each other entertained. Nathaniel’s under a map of the world and Xiang is under a layout of a town–the same one which him and Catherine are playing on in the first picture.Filed under Catherine, Holidays, Life, Nathaniel | Tags: cousins | Comment (0)