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)
This year Santiago’s younger sister came back here (a two-hour train ride) on the first day of the new year. That’s pretty much unheard of around here; usually families stay with the husband’s parents for the first three days. They left the in-laws back at their house and came here for a few days. The kids really enjoyed it, and Catherine got to finally make a connection with Xiang (just 8 months younger than Nathaniel) since we hadn’t seen them since last New Years.Filed under Uncategorized | Comment (1)
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)
My guest post on how to make dumplings for the Chinese New Year was published at My Kids Adventures today. You can click over to that site for a step-by-step tutorial (with pictures of my helpers!) on how to make traditional Chinese dumplings and a slightly spicy and sweet vinegar dipping sauce.
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Two-plus months after moving here, I’m finally posting pics of our new-to-us sixth floor, 116-square meter house! It’s more than twice the size of our first house and about a third bigger than the rental. More on the crazy events leading up to buying this place later.
As you enter the house, you are in the living room and the bedrooms are along the wall on your left. In front you can see the dining room and off to the right of that room are the bathroom and kitchen. The door that you see to the side in the first picture is the middle bedroom. The open doorway leads to the dining room (where the table is) and the kids’ bedroom is on the left wall (you can see a bit of sunlight shining on the floor in the first picture–and that bedroom door is opposite the bathroom).
This is the first bedroom, otherwise called the playroom. Santiago’s sister gave us her (terribly ugly) rugs which actually were their parents’. They’re 30+ years old and scratchy as can be. But they provide a nice place to play. The bookshelf and extra bed are in there and the wall opposite the door has sliding doors that go out to the porch. These are old pictures, the first was from before we bought the mattress, the second once it arrived and now it has a sheet on it and Nathaniel occasionally naps on it.
The porch is big and warm when it’s sunny. There’s a cabinet that the previous people left, so we can store shoes and stuff in it. The first picture is the east end and the second is the west end, both taken from the doorway. Looking out, you mostly see fields–I’m not sure what they grow there, but there’s bits of green poking up already.
The middle bedroom which has no window to the outside, but looks out to the porch. You can actually climb through the window (as nephew Ethan did the first time he visited).
The kids’ bedroom which has a bed and wardrobe left from the previous owners. Not anything I would have bought since neither are very practical for storing things, but they work for now. The mosquito tent is still on to prevent Nathaniel and Catherine from falling onto the floor during the night. It’s saved them at least twice, each!
The dining room–before and after we got a dining room table. Santiago wasn’t planning to buy one, but one day while I was working, he went out and bought one. Not sure why his parents decided that the fridge should be in the dining room…but it is.
The kitchen with it’s hideous orange cabinets.
The bathroom, complete with a new sink and shower since the previous owners decided to take them, even though they’d previously agreed to leave them.House, Life, Photographs, Uncategorized | Comment (0)
Thanks to Jocelyn of Speaking of China for listing me among the 50 blogs that she listed in celebration of International Women’s Day. All of the blogs are written by non-Chinese women who were, are or hope to be in a relationship with Chinese guys. I’ve been reading Jocelyn’s blog for several years and have found many great blogs from prior years’ lists.Filed under Life, Uncategorized | Comment (0)
It’s the fifth day of the Year of the Snake and fireworks have been going off like crazy pretty much all day long. This morning was the worst, but now at 8 pm, it’s pretty bad again. It took me ten minutes, rather than the usual five, to get to my in-laws house because I kept having to change my route due to running into firecrackers exploding everywhere I usually go.
Apparently the reason today is so bad is because it’s the fifth, and on days that are multiples of five–5, 10, 15–people are supposed to set off firecrackers before leaving their home to go out. One student told me that they line them up around their car and light them. That sounds a bit dangerous considering the price of cars here.
The kids are sleeping well, even with all the noise. I think I’m tired enough, from being up from 3:40 to 5:30 this morning with Catherine, that I’ll be able to sleep pretty well tonight, despite the noise.Filed under Uncategorized | Tags: Chinese New Year | Comment (0)