Sorry for the quiet week, out internet was down all day yesterday and we only got it back tonight. I've had a busy if uneventful week, a good part of which I spent a good doing laundry and packing up our things in preparation for our move next Tuesday. After being in temporary housing for 3 months we are finally going to have a home again! I'm not looking forward to all the unpacking but since it has been three months since I've seen any of our things it will be a little like Christmas I think. I also finally hired a full time Ayi, or maid this week. Ayi (Auntie in Mandarin) will start working for us part time two days a week starting next Thursday and then full time in June. She is currently working for two American families who are both moving back home at the end of May. Lucas' Mandarin teacher, Eric, came with me to translate during the interview and he told me he thought she would be a good Ayi. Both families are very fond of her and said she has been great. I think she is excited that I have two small children and is looking forward to playing with Charlie especially.
I also make a quick trip to Carrefour this week. Since I go after I drop Lily off at school I usually treat Charlie to breakfast out, it helps keep him happy while I shop which is a bonus. This time I stopped at the Dunkin Donuts and while checking out what they had to offer I noticed the dry pork and seaweed donuts. No, I did not try one, but I have told my Dad that I will share one with him when he visits this fall. I'm always telling Lily to try things before she says she doesn't like them. Guess I'm gonna have to listen to my own advice! I am willing to try most things here with the exception of anything involving organs and of course sea food, which I don't eat period.
We leave tomorrow morning for Hangzhou for the next two days. We will be taking one of the high speed trains China is known for and instead of spending two hours in a car it will only take 45min by train. The weather isn't looking the best, but as longs as it doesn't rain all weekend I'll be happy. With Tuesday a national holiday we have a nice long weekend to enjoy seeing some sights before we have to start unpacking our home.