Archives for 2009

Lil’ Christmas Dinner Party with Friends

On Sunday Jane, Phil, Debbie, and Poppy joined us for the evening. It had been a while since we’d seen our Ven friends. Life gets so busy all of a sudden. It was great fun to catch up with them.

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This is Leo's new puppy, Poppy.

This is Leo\’s new puppy, Poppy.

Debbie's glowing!

Debbie\’s glowing!

And Phil's savin' some chocolate for later!

And Phil\’s savin\’ some chocolate for later!

The kids were fully satiated with sugar!

The kids were fully satiated with sugar!

Winter Formal in Beijing

We had a very fun time on Saturday night. ISB hosted its winter party at the Intercontinental down at the Olympic Park. We were quite late–getting ready and then getting lost! But once we arrived the party was in full swing.

Here we are in front of our tree.

Here we are in front of our tree.

Luckily we had a fun cab ride despite getting lost!

Luckily we had a fun cab ride despite getting lost!

Self portraits don't always work...This is me and Lisa--a newbie like me, Vincent's teacher, and a good friend.

Self portraits don't always work...This is me and Lisa--a newbie like me, Vincent's teacher, and a good friend.

Here's Kath--another newbie, Vincent's teacher, and good friend.

Here's Kath--another newbie, Vincent's teacher, and good friend.

Here's Sarah--she's such a sweetie (and she's a techie like me, so we have a lot of fun;).

Here's Sarah--she's such a sweetie (and she's a techie like me, so we have a lot of fun;).


Here we are with our director, Tom Hawkins.

Here we are with our director, Tom Hawkins.



Now, then next two shots are a bit goofy, but then again all parties tend to get a little wild. Many of you know about my special talent: the one where I can touch my nose with my tongue. Well…..so can Sarah!
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I’ve never met anyone else who can do this, so imagine our surprise when we found someone else who also can touch there tongue with their nose: Lisa!
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Decorating the Tree 09

Last Saturday morning, November 28, we woke up and decorated the tree. I had asked if Sally and Cork would prefer if we did this task before they got there, but luckily they wanted to join in the fun. Part of decorating the tree requires wearing a special hat!

Elfie Gigi

Elf Gigi


Elfo Vincenzo

Elfo Vincenzo


Elfo Kevito always has the tough job of putting up the lights.

Elfo Kevito always has the tough job of putting up the lights.


Even Elfette Ranita got into it.

Even Elfette Ranita got into it.


Elfo Corkito

Elfo Corkito


And the most enthusiastic elf of all, Elfie Sally.

And the most enthusiastic elf of all, Elfie Sally.

We got a car!

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Gigi Received the Dragon Award!

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There’s an Elf in Beijing TOO!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Santa’s in Beijing

Santa truly is all over the world! We ran into this Chinese Santa at a tree-lighting ceremony at the famous Lido Holiday Inn in Beijing last night.

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Thanksgiving in Beijing with FAMILY!

We felt really, really fortunate this year. While every Thanksgiving overseas has been special–we usually have been able to travel or spend wonderful dinners with the friends that become family while we’re away–this year was a bit different. We were able to spend Thanksgiving with actual blood family: Corky and Sally are here visiting from Hong Kong. And, not only was it Thanksgiving, but it was Corky’s birthday too! Of course, since we had to work yesterday, we weren’t able to make our own meal, but thanks to our local restaurant, Michael’s, we had our turkey dinner delivered to us!

Gigi set the table. She did such a great job making it look special.

Gigi set the table. She did such a great job making it look special.

Here's the birthday boy with his fiance!

Here's the birthday boy with his fiance!


We were the first to receive their wedding invitation!

We were the first to receive their wedding invitation!


Chocolate Cake and Corky

Chocolate Cake and Corky


Half a Chocolate Cake and Corky!

Half a Chocolate Cake and Corky!


BROTHERS

BROTHERS


FIANCES

FIANCES

JUMP!

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Snow Day with Kate and Fam

Kate’s here with her brother and sister, Luke and Jenny. We woke up on their first morning here to a full snowfall and…a snow day! No school!

The tubs were so hot!

The tubs were so hot!

Now, we're hot!

Now, we're hot!

Kate and Jen gettin' the tickets.

Kate and Jen gettin' the tickets.

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Family Pic!

Family Pic!

On the wall drinking beer Great Wall Family Pic!

On the wall drinking beer on the Great Wall Family Pic!

Luke and Jen ventured out of bounds.....

Luke and Jen ventured out of bounds.....

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Peace or pose?

Peace or pose?

Having visitors is such fun!

Having visitors is such fun!