Since moving to China, I have dreaded the day I’d have to take one of my children into the hospital for an emergency. Last Thursday, it finally happened. The children were playing on their favorite piece of adult exercise equipment (pictured below from last year) when Toby fell off and one of the feet swung […]
I think the time has come for me to accept the fact that living in China is not really cheaper for us than it was for us when we lived in America. For a while now I’ve been confused about why so many people ask me, “Isn’t China more expensive than America?” At first I […]
We’re on lesson 57 of “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons” (okay, a little farther since I made this video, but that’s where she is in this video), and I just love it! We started back when she was 4 1/2 and I was amazed at how easy it was for her. […]
The children have been going to their Chinese kindergarten for 2 months now. They don’t cry about it anymore, though they’re not usually excited to go. The teachers, in spite of thinking my kids are uncivilized hooligans, seem to love them and are excessively kind to them. The male teacher, on Piper’s birthday when we […]
We got our first toy from Obido Toys today! The kids were so excited! We got Rondo Vario, and it’s the first game they’ve all been able to play together. Just look at the happiness on their faces! The game is very simple. Each child takes turns rolling the dice–one indicates a color, and one a […]
My thoughts on Chinese. It’s a crazy-hard language to learn to read. You can’t just look at a word and sound it out and use your knowledge of the spoken language to figure it out. You have to memorize it. You can’t encounter a word you’ve never learned before and use logic to figure it […]
One of my favorite things in China is reading a menu with English translations in it. I don’t think I will ever get tired of reading them. Here are the best ones from a recent trip to a restaurant, for you to enjoy, too.