Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Walk in My Neighborhood (Plus Some Fish)

I thought you might like to see what we see when we go out for a walk. Sorry it got kind of lame at the end. I’ll do a better job someday when I have time. Maybe when it’s not cold, and some flowers and greenery come out (at least I hope there are flowers […]

Daily Life in China

I thought I’d tell you a little bit about day-to-day life here in China. First off, work. Brian really loves his job and the company he works for. He teaches students over the age of 18, so business people and college students, and has lots of different kinds of classes, from one-on-one encounters, to traditional […]

Addendum: Three Children in a One-Child World

I am sorry. I am about to beat a dead horse. I swear, I thought the horse was dead yesterday, but then he jumped up and kicked me in the back of the head while I was walking away. I am sad to say that my perspective on parenting in China has taken a turn […]

Three Children in a One-Child World

Parenting in China…oh where do I begin? It’s like we’ve taken an obstacle course that was a challenge to begin with and added flame-throwers, swinging axes and a pit full of venomous snakes. We definitely live in a country that is now designed completely around the one-child policy and children who go to school, starting […]

Food in China

One of the biggest challenges of everyday life here in China is cooking food that my children will eat. Take something that was a challenge in and of itself in America, and add to it the fact that I am missing a lot of staples that I was so accustomed to having in my pantry, […]

Nai Nai – Our Chinese Grandmother

The very first morning in our apartment, we woke up about 3 o’clock in the morning, and sat and watched movies, waiting anxiously for a decent hour to go out and get something for breakfast. In the elevator, there were a lot of people looking at us and talking about us, and one of them […]

Jumping Through Hoops, the Medical Side (or “Put Your Pee Cup There, Please”)

Last week, Brian and I had to go for medical checks at the Tianjin International Travel Clinic, so that we could be okayed to receive visas for remaining in the country. When you consider the fact that you are much more likely to get a horrible, communicable disease while in China, rather than outside it […]