Tag Archives: holiday
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Mr. Jazz the Snowman

5 Feb

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Merry #Christmas

25 Dec

May everyone have the #Christmas spirit ❤️  #MerryChristmas my loves! Have a great time with family, friends, & strangers! #ForGodsoloved #ASaviorisBorn 

#PumpkinCarving

3 Nov

#Pumpkin Carving!  Ee have a large #German supermarket called #Metro in #Changchun.  Last weekend, this guy was there #carving pumpkins for buyers. So Awesome! 

Happy #Mother’sDay!

14 May

For the best mom ever!

Happy Mothers Day everyone!


Mom, Mother, Mama, Ma, 妈妈, Mommy – whatever you call her, if you got a good one, say thanks.  Small piece of advice – despite stereotypes, not every mother is a good mother.  There are many out there who aren’t that awesome. If you got a good one, appreciate her.  Let her know how grateful you are that she cared for you.  She doesn’t have to – everything she’s done for you, it’s because she loved you. So just take some time and honor her for that!


For the rest of you, if you have someone out there who acted as a mom-stand-in for you, say thanks to them too.  Even if it was your single father, grandmother, step-mother, foster mother, friend, or just a great adult.  Tell them how much that care meant to you.  


These people are important in our lives – it’s important for us to show it!


Happy Mother’s Day! ❤

Merry Christmas from China!

24 Dec

Great Christmas Eve! 🎅 Went to breakfast and shopping with mom. Saw totally cute gift ideas!! 😊 Then my friend Harry came by and we made peanut butter and ritz cookies, had delicious dinner, walked the river looking at the lights, saw the fireworks, etc. ❄ Even saw an electrical fire! 😱 Then the lovely cafe owner’s wife gave me a cupcake for Christmas 😍 Even though China doesn’t really celebrate Christmas, lots of locals stopped to wish me Merry Christmas. Then woke up this morning to awesome gifts, delicious breakfast treats from a friend, and a spa day. Tonight I party with some friends here at the foreign housing.  A real wonderful life!

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My Student Serena made me this wreath – isn’t it adorable?!

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My student Serena made me this wreath – isn’t it beautiful?!

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“Merry Christmas” in different countries

16 Dec

#BlackFridayisComing

18 Nov

This is Walmart during Black Friday – the next line is full – please go clear to the next paragraph 😜 (Sign posted at our resident Waka – the Chinese Walmart)

 

Life in China ~ Hungry Ghost Festival

17 Aug

My Chinese friend called today asking to hang out. When I asked what was up, she said she intended to go home today but her brother called and warned her not to travel today. Apparently today the province is celebrating the Hungry Ghost Festival.

It falls on the 15th of the 7th lunar month. According to my friend, they believe that today many ghosts are able to travel around the country. This is why my friend couldn’t travel- she has to leave the way clear for the ghosts instead. Instead many adherents will go to the graves and leave lots of food for the hungry wanderers to eat.

Our Delicious Dumplings 🙂 

They also make hand-made traditional dumplings out of long noodles. They are long so you can wrap up your ancestral ghosts in the strand and keep them close to you in the future. Funnily enough, we went to the little Chinese garden here and ran into 5-6 grandfathers out with their grandkids. They had been tasked with entertaining the kids while grandma made the dumplings. To participate, my friend and I had beef dumplings at the local street market and she promised to wait until tomorrow to go home :p

 

 

4 Year old and her 6.5 year old sister. The older sister starts English classes tomorrow, and they both knew the ABC song!

 

 

 

Twin 4-year olds. They start Kindergarten this  year and are excellent Bubble-blowers!

 

Family Day!

9 Jul

Hanging with my cousins tonight! One daughter is a pianist, the other a dancer 🙂 My cousin helps children in the public schools escape dangerous situations or children without parents to get through school.  And of course my awesome aunt! Good women!Went to a famous restaurant there Lambert’s (nationally known) where they throw your bread to you across the room 🙂

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day (From China)

17 Mar

I was the only foreign teacher initially dressed up for St. Patrick’s Day today! Such a tragedy! I, looking so awesome, of course promptly shamed a couple people into going back and adding some green to their wardrobe.  (ehm, Andre –better a late green than never). . .

Having class today, I asked my students if they knew what holiday it was. They didn’t (another great sorrow of my life), so I brought up pictures of the Parades for them to see and told them about the leprechauns and the green Chicago river.  🙂 

I finished by letting them know that if they didn’t hurry home and add some green themselves, it was perfectly likely they might get some pinching. Their eyes went so wide. 0_0 It was hilarious. Made my day!

So happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

 

 

 

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