Our 7th Anniversary in China
On September 4th, our family celebrated the 7th year that we've lived overseas. Each year, we let the kids pick what they want to do in order to celebrate this auspicious occasion. They ran through quite a few options (including some of their favorite parks, a movie, a trip to the mountains) before all agreeing that going out for hot pot would be their first choice. Unfortunately, it was NOT Kevin's first choice, so he convinced them to go out for kabobs and noodles (the local favorites where we now live) instead! So everyone was happy, and I made one of their favorite desserts (which includes some import ingredients, like chocolate pudding) to top off the evening. We did some talk time, reminiscing on the 7 years we've spent here, and the blessing that it is each year to celebrate one more!
Eli's 11th Birthday
|Bday banana pudding!|
|Eli on his bday "throne"|
|Eli's Hero workout|
Then in the afternoon a group of 4 of his friends came over (all Korean kids who are still here in town). The kids all played virus tag outside for almost two hours, snacking in between some, and then came in for dinner, Nerf gun battles, and a viewing of Zootopia. He had a blast, and again, I was overwhelmed with thankfulness at this group of kids and the blessing that they have been to my kids these past few months.
|our apt complex's sheep pen|
|butchering of the ram|
|laying hands on the sacrifice|
So that's it for the celebrations! I must confess, I'm feeling weary. Four weeks from today we'll be on a plane heading back to the US, and I'm trying not to count down the days! I'm ready for a break--mainly from the things here that just seem to take so much time that could be short-cut in Stateside living. I took a picture this week to illustrate--spinach. In the US, I LOVE to go to Sam's Club and buy one of those huge tubs of spinach, then keep in in the fridge and use it for salads for a week or longer (oh, and don't get me started on feta cheese, or my mouth might not stop watering!). Here, I can buy spinach, but the amount of time it takes to get all the dirt off, soak it to kill any parasites, and dry it to make sure we're not getting to much of the sink water in our systems makes spinach for salad more of a delicacy than it would ever be in the US! Sigh....soon enough! I'll be eating mounds of spinach and letting my kids indulge in slices of cheese (you can find mozzarella here, but it's expensive enough that you can't just eat it freely; and any other type of cheese is a rarity for sure!) in no time!
|kids w/ their favorite "stray" dogs|