Thursday, January 31, 2013
Part of the Chinese New Year craziness is "gift bags" of snacks. Although she makes little money, Ayi has bought gifts for the kids birthdays. Since it is traditional to give kids gifts for CNY she bought the kids a snack bag which came with a puzzle. Charlie was thrilled, I could not open it fast enough for him! I'm not so sure of the snacks though, which included some seaweed flavored snacks...
Monday, January 28, 2013
Having experienced a few Chinese holidays already we've learned it is best to either stay home and avoid any tourist attractions or travel outside of the country. Many of our expat friends are traveling within Asia, and while seeing as much of Asia as possible is a goal for us we are super excited about heading stateside and spending time with family and enjoying all the comforts of the USA!
Monday, January 21, 2013
I've also been enjoying traditional Chinese flute music on my morning walk to the gym. To get to my gym I have to walk through a long corridor with great acoustics, which is probably why they practice there. I have also come across folks playing other instruments or even practicing some form of Chinese exercise. I think it is these small things that I will miss when we move back home.
Sunday Lily had a birthday party to go to in the Shanghai World Financial Center, aka, the bottle opener. Lucas and Charlie got haircuts and we ended the day with a quick trip though the AP market.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
We had a busy weekend, dinner out with friends on Friday at a favorite of ours Lost Heaven. Saturday we meet up with friends and fellow expats for lunch a new restaurant, Peter's Tex-mex, to say an informal goodbye to Christine who moves back stateside at the end of the month. The food was great, but the small side of queso she got was comically small! No need to worry about oversized portions here in China! I spent the rest of Saturday afternoon making dinner for Eric and his wife, Faye. Lasagna, sauce, meatballs, garlic bread and salad. Dinner turned out great and Eric was so happy with the dinner he had four helpings!
Sunday was cold and rainy so we took the kids to the Science and Technology Museum. They had a blast running around checking out the animals on display before moving on to the spider exhibit, which thankfully did not have any live spiders. There was a special marine life exhibit that had dissected animals, which was a bit morbid, but the kids didn't seem to be bothered by it. We passed by Charlie's favorite, a group of three dinosaurs before calling it quits. We had a quick lunch at Johnny Moo's, and 50's themed dinner, both kids had a cheeseburger, fries, and milkshake, the perfect American meal!
Sunday night we had Christine over for dinner and so she and Lucas could watch some football. Unfortunately, the internet wasn't coroporating and we ended up watching Skyfall instead. It's strange watching a movie that in the US would be considered illegal to own, whereas in China it is the norm. I will point out that I would never buy illegal DVDs in the US and only do here because I honestly don't even know where to buy the legal ones!
Saturday, January 5, 2013
This weekend unfortunately called for rain and freezing temperatures, and with Lucas's ankle still healing we decided to stay close to home and work on some post holiday cleaning and organizing. I spent a good part of Saturday going through our big hall closet and managed to get rid of some things and organize the rest. While I actually have the motivation to clean and organize I thought a trip to our local Ikea might not be a bad idea. Giving both kids a kid cart however, was a lesson in patience, and I'm happy to announce that Lily banged into my heals only once! Our big finds of the day, an area rung for the living room and new pillows for the sofas. Of course both kids could not live without a stuffed animal, a dog for Lily, and a bear for Charlie. We also grabbed brunch before we left and I was surprised that they offered a very tasty fried hash brown and small sausages wrapped in bacon. Their cinnamon bun left much to be desired though.
Next week it is back to our daily routine with Lily back in school and Lucas at work. It has been fun having both home for the holidays but exhausting!
25 days till Florida!