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Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Year of the Rooster

We've never been to Chinatown for the Lunar New Year. The girls just seemed too little and with our old neighborhood so close to the Vietnamese celebration, we went to that instead. This year the girls' school secured a spot in the parade so we got on the bus for the trip into the city.
Kate, as is her usual demeanor these days, was surly for most of the day. Riding the bus is not her favorite mode of transportation. I dosed her with motion sickness pills, sat her in the front row and hooked her up to an audible book but that only just took the edge off her gloomy outlook.




This one though...happy and thrilled to be outside with PEOPLE and DRAGONS and COLORFUL COSTUMES. She even held part of the school banner for the entire parade.
Wah wah.




Waiting for our turn to get in the parade.
 












Our school was announced and the Chinese Immersion program was highlighted as we got to the grandstand.




Group shot.
Several of the families met up for dim sum before we headed back home. Fortunately, the potstickers, dumplings, rice and buns had a rejuvenating effect on Kate and all was well thereafter.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Happy Year of the Rooster!

The girls celebrated Chinese New Year at school last week. They came home with handmade lanterns and cups turned into roosters.
Rooster from Lisa on Vimeo.

They also did a bit of wechatting with their former classmate Chengze. At the end of the video, Kate tells him, "I love you very much". Notice her eyes get big right after she says it....too cute.
Talking to China from Lisa on Vimeo.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Lucy's activities and a stomach virus

Lucy has been taking basketball and tumbling lessons at the local park center. She's enjoying both but I have to say that basketball has captured her full attention. She L.O.V.E.S. it.

They play a quick scrimmage game at the end of every lesson. Lucy is good about getting possession of the ball but not so great at actually scoring at this point although she did manage to make a basket (at 2:22 mark) during this clip. But the best thing about this clip is her blocking her opponent while her teammate tries to make a basket. Hang in there until 1:35--she' totally into it!
Blocking from Lisa on Vimeo.

And here's a quick peek into her tumbling class.
Tumbling from Lisa on Vimeo.

I wasn't sure we'd be able to make the tumbling class last night based on the week's events. We woke up at 1:30am Wednesday morning to Kate puking in her bed. We got her all cleaned up, changed the sheets, put the soiled sheets into the machine and....she puked again. In bed. And all over me and herself. More changing and cleaning. Finally got all of us back into clean beds by 3:30. Woke to find that the washing machine would no longer spin which meant very wet sheets. After many calls to repair places, it turns out our machine is no longer manufactured, the replacement cost of the part we needed would be 1/2 the cost of a new machine so now we have a new washer being delivered this afternoon.

Kate stayed home from school on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday she slept most of the day which was amazing since this is a child (if you have followed this blog since she was born) simply does not sleep during the day, sick or not. She never ran a fever so we just followed the bland diet and plyed her with liquids. She had some pretty bad nightmares Wednesday night and ended up sleeping until 10am Thursday (thank goodness for the bus that picks up right outside for Lucy!). By the afternoon, after facetiming on my phone with Meme and Papa, she was bouncing back enough to pack her in the car to pick L up for tumbling.


I've managed to get a common cold from all of this (no puking thankfully!) and I'm hoping it doesn't settle in my sinuses as it is usually wont to do. We have a busy weekend on tap with basketball and brainbusters on Saturday followed by the New Year Parade and dinner in Chinatown on Sunday.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Old Friends

It had been way too long but the girls (all three of them) played as if no time had passed. Kelly and her daughter M came to visit during a recent teacher planning day and had a blast.


 Dance party in the basement.




Thursday, January 26, 2017

Art Show

The elementary school held a school-wide art show last week. The girls were super excited to show off their work.

This is what their study was about: The Flowers of Peace by Picasso. To that end they looked at how colors are used, combining and juxtaposing warm and cool colors. They also studied the meaning of peace and wrote the names of family members with whom they would like to extend peace.


Kate's was titled "Happy Family".

Lucy's was called "I Love Bella".

Their pottery project was also on display. Kate made a pot with a lid. She said she had to work really hard to get the balls on top to stay put!



Lucy made a tea cup and worked diligently to get the handle on the side.


And I love the fact that the school has a kiln! There is also a school orchestra made up of older elementary students. They provided a concert during the art show.

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