Monday, February 18, 2008

A brief catch-up

Here's Kesed on his first official train ride into Beijing. We had to ride a sleeper train because the tickets were sold out. So we bunked out on a few beds (albeit, usually shared with some other Chinese finding comfort on our first level beds) and travelled into town. The boys found a good place to wrestle. It seems as if the male gender has a wrestling chromosome, because I've been at funerals, weddings, graduations, pools, you name it and if two or more men are gathered, there also will be wrestling. We spent the night in Beijing and were off the next morning.

We had a great time at some homeschool meetings and meetings of great encouragement. But we also had a day or two to play. Here's Charis at the beach. She's mastered the art of collecting sand in her diaper and hair. We dodged some Russian speedos and a few bikini's that were ill placed. But we had a great time with friends and a great time of mutual fellowship.

Here's a picture of my friend who comes to usually in the afternoons sometime. She works at a store nearby and is really patient with my Chinese. Brad always tells me that I'm never in pictures, so here I am.

Travelling was nice, but it's always good to be home. It doesn't appear as if any of our things were messed with while gone. And yet again, my plants were alive! They've gone 6 weeks before without being watered and I'm teetering on that same timetable this time. One of these days they are going to revolt and just choose to die out of spite. The kid started back at school today. Charis had her first day today. We'll post more on that later.
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