Saturday, April 30, 2011

Day 213

We went for a ride on the ferry...

Friday, April 29, 2011

Day 212

We went and explored the island, and had fun! The island is in the middle of the Xin Jiang river which runs through town

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Day 211

An oldie...but one of our favorites!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Day 203

More about the service projects the kids can be involved in. China is changing!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Day 199

Fun at the park with foreign friends. The next few pictures will be ones from the park.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Day 198

This is a service club run by Chinese universities. They go into the villages and do humanitarian projects. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day 197

If you have to carry a door, this is the best way I guess!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Day 196

Broccoli with some sort of tofu..I think. Not my favorite but not bad...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day 195

Today is my Mom and Prestons birthday. This was taken at Disneyland Hong Kong last summer. 

Before Class

This was taken before class this morning. The kids spend a lot of time, by choice, studying and preparing for class. Very different than the average American student!

Happy Birthday Preston

This picture describes you perfectly. Fearless, always willing to try new things. Even if they are scary, or different. You are there, right in front!
Its always fun for me to write these birthday letters. I read over what I wrote the year before, then shake my head in amazement at how much has changed. Your 3rd year on this earth was a good one for you. You moved to China, got to travel in several other countries, you started school, got a dog, learned a new language, and did much, much more.
When you turned 3, you told us that you were not little anymore, but a big boy. And this year you proved that to us in many ways. Heres just a few of them!
You are so brave, so willing to try something new. With the exceptions of eggs, I don't think there is any food you don't like! You have never met someone who is not a friend, and you are a constant encouragement to your Mother and I. We got to see the stubborn side of you this year, as your likes and dislikes became very evident, and you took every opportunity to show us that you can do it yourself. We learned that you do your best if you can touch something, and drove us crazy with that! You did your best as you learned to count (hopefully by next year you wont be hung up on 15) and memorized your sounds, but not your letters!
You did not see how it was fair if your brother got something and you did not, and you did your best to fix that perceived inequality. In short, you are everything we have ever wanted in a son. We love you more that mere words can say. We are unspeakably proud of you, and are confident of your success. My little man, its an honor and privilege to your be your parents and we love you very, very much. Happy birthday Preston Amana!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Day 194

This is a wonderful dessert dish. Friend bananas smothered in brown sugar!


New Clip of Deaf School
Yesterday Renee and I were getting ready to leave the school, a news crew showed up. They taped us playing with the kids, and then Renee and I were interviewed about "what do these kids need, and what can we do for the." It was an amazing opportunity and we were so excited to be able to do it.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Day 193

One of our favorite dishes! Its sizzling beef with vegetables! We also eat it at a different place and the beef is mixed with small pieces of bamboo!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Day 192

A few of the South campus of my school

Friday, April 8, 2011

Day 191

The diaper cake Renee made for this ladies baby shower. Renee is so talented.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Day 190

A very typical picture of how crowded things are here!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Day 189

A typical appetizer and tea pot at a restaurant. This is some kind of nuts and spicy, pickled vegetables. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Day 188

Preston taking a nap. How is this comfortable?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Day 187

One thing about China, they keep everything clean!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Day 185

The boys and I at our new favorite restuarant

Friday, April 1, 2011