Monday, December 8, 2008

Car Accident...

No, not us! The community in Beaverton had a surprise this morning, someone ran into them..literally! When we arrived the police were there doing what police do, and all that. We got some pictures of the car being removed, as well as the damage inside.
We had a great time, and were very blessed by them.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Busy Saturday..

I will do a better job of keeping up on this blog, I promise. Today was a busy day for us, but we had fun. We saw my Mom perform with her bell choir, went to a craft show, and stopped in and saw my brother who had some major surgery yesterday. I know this may sound boring to some people, but to us is a sign that we are fully entrenched back in the good old US of A.

Tomorrow morning nice and early, we are on our way to Beaverton. Then on Monday we have the first of our home study visits! I will tell you all about them, I promise!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Update......

I know it has been a while, and I am sorry about that. Renee and I are hard at work scheduling opportunities to share about China, and we are doing pretty good with it. We are excited to see how things are coming together.
We are also looking forward to Thanksgiving next week. This is the first time in 3 years, and only the 2nd time in the last 8 years that I will be in Oregon.


I will let you know what happens there

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Routine....

I think Renee and I have figured out our routine, now that we are all back and settled. We have our work, and our life and we are okay. Renee is a little tired of the rain already, but she will get used to it!

We have put some finishing touches on our apartment and now it is all decorated and looks good! We have some important meetings tomorrow...so remember us!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

OREGON...


We are back. Over 3,000 miles in 8 days. No problems until Redding when a break switch broke, so we had our break lights on the last 200 miles, but easily fixable. More later...

A Few More Stops....

We are finally home, but had to make a few more stops before we got there. We drove through LA, saw my friend in Monterey, went to the beach in Santa Cruz, and stopped by a old community. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Disneyland!


We had a great day together. Here are 2 of the best pictures!

U.S. Life



I thought I would just show you some pictures of our life in Oregon, well we have only been in Oregon 8 days so far, so enjoy. They are our new nephew Hudson, our other nephew Evan, Renee and I together in Kerville, Texas, and our apartment...enjoy!

People and Places Along the Way


Texas-We stayed with Renee's Mom 
New Mexico-We spoke in New Mexico and Renee had a mini college Reunion
Arizona-Stopped by Grandma and Beckys
California-Disneyland and Don!

Travels

We have been on the road for almost 2 weeks now, but we are doing well. We have hit 4 different states, and here is the proof! It is fun to see the different parts of the US, after seeing so much of the world! We will be back in Oregon on Tuesday!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Back in Oregon...

We made it! We are officially back in Oregon, all moved into our apartment, and are doing great! We got here just in time to for the birth of our new nephew, Hudson Michael McKee, born on October 9th, 2008!
Look at how cute and tiny he is!



I will post more dealing with our traveling schedule soon!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

More good byes

This is important to Renee and I because this is where I proposed. We had a romantic breakfast, some white chocolate covered strawberries, some sprite and peach juice, and a scrapbook.  Before I proposed, we used to go here for waffles, just to spend some time together!

Monday, September 29, 2008

More goodbyes......

This is King Coffee, a very important place to Renee and I. We spent a lot of time here talking, and getting to know each other in the early days of our relationship!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Saying Goodbye

We have less than two weeks left here in Xi'an, and we have begun saying good bye. This city means a lot to Renee and I. This is where we met, where we feel in love, where we began our life together....the list could go on and on. So over the next few days, I will be posting pictures of the places that have the most meaning to us. The first one is XIS, Xian International School. This is where we first laid eyes on each other, and where Renee worked for two years!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Life....


Today we had lunch with Renee's teacher. She taught us some great and easy dishes! We also got news that the apartment we applied for in Oregon was accepted. It is officially ours beginning October 1st! We have only about a month left, and so much to do! But we can do it! Enjoy this picture!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Today

Today we decided to stop by the International Conference Center that is close to our house. They advertised a electronics fair, and like every guy I like electronics. Well we got there and were very disappointed. It was a fair for companies that produce electronic stuff. Oh well!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Home

It has been about a week since we have been in Xi'an, and it is nice to be back. We are in the final stretch as far as our time in Xi'an is concerned, and we are ready to move on. More later.....

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The sun in Xi'an

This is a picture from our apartment window. It is not often we can see the mountains because of the smog, and we wanted to share it with you!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Fun with Wang Dong




Tonight we got to spend time with my friend Wang Dong. I met him over 7 years ago in Yan'an, and he now lives and works in Langzhou. He ate his very first sloppy joe and we caught up on old times. It was a good evening!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

瓦胡同

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Its so funny for us to see the articles and posts from people who come to a big city in China and talk about how there are no small side street markets left and things like that.  While they are on the decline, in Xi'an there are a lot of them. This is a short clip from Wa Hu Tong, a small village that is home to over 10,000 people.  This was taken in the middle of the afternoon so most of the people are at work or school. But by 5 pm, this street is so crowded you cant hardly walk down it!






After having dinner with Li Ling on Saturday night, we decided that we needed to have a try at Chinese cooking ourselves. There is Renee working on the two dishes we prepared. While not quite as good as Li Lings, she did an amazing job. And though you can not see it, I did an amazing job setting the table, washing the dishes, and taking the pictures!



Sunday, August 3, 2008

Dinner with Li Ling


Last night we went to our friend Li Lings house for dinner. She taught us how to make 3 amazing vegetarian dishes, that can be easily adapted for meat if you want! 
I also helped her open her own blogpsot....she was so happy about that. Next week we plan to teach her how to make some cookies and cinnamon rolls. It is so cool how simple things like cookies can be a relationship builder!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Subway and the Muslim Quarter







In yet another sign of how fast China is changing, we just found out that Xi'an has its very first Subway sandwich restaurant!  There are about 80 of the stores here in China, but before, they were all in the major cities in the South/East. Since it has been about 3 years since either one of us has had one, we are going there for lunch today.  We will let you know it was!





The woman pictured above is a friend ours who has a shop in the Muslim Quarter. If you have ever been to Xi'an, you know that is a major tourist shopping center. We had a great time with her, and a relative of hers. As we were visiting with her, I was struck by the fact that 3 years ago, we had to use English to converse with her, now all the talking is done in Chinese!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Welcome


This is the first post of our new blog. We already have one dealing with our adoption, but this one about our daily life here is something new. I will do my best to keep it updated! Hope you enjoy it!