Archives for November 2009

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.

img_0686

img_0687

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!

stomach

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.

img_0469

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.....

img_0522img_0527

Peace or pose?

Peace or pose?

Having visitors is such fun!

Having visitors is such fun!

It Snowed!

We woke up on Sunday, November 1st, to snow! It was so beautiful! It was all Vincent had dreamed of–especially after last year when we told him we’d be moving to Beijing. All he kept saying was how excited for snow he was. It didn’t matter that we told him it doesn’t snow much in Beijing. Well, it did on Sunday! It was so fun. Gigi did get a little too cold in it actually; by midday she preferred staying inside. Vincent on the other hand was in it all day long! He actually had a fever on Monday and was sent home. I’m not sure if it’s related, but he definitely tuckered himself out playing in the snow all day long. We had fun! Oh and of course, we had chili for dinner!

The kids were literally out the door by 7:00 am!

The kids were literally out the door by 7:00 am!



Kevin enjoying his coffee in the snow.

Kevin enjoying his coffee in the snow.



Even Rani enjoyed the snow--just only for a bit though.  She did get a little "princessy" around it later on.

Vincent's first snowman: OREO.

Vincent's first snowman: OREO.



And....our first family picture in snow!  Such a fun and memorable day.

And....our first family picture in snow! Such a fun and memorable day.

Halloween in Beijing

Well, the kids had a new way of celebrating Halloween. It was reminiscent of candy earned the way Kevin and I grew up: walking and walking around many blocks in cold rainy weather to fill the load with as much candy as possible! In the morning Gigi did wake up saying she liked it better in India tho–definitely less walking in an apartment building. She found the search for candy tiring! Vincent was all over it though. He kept going out for more while Gigi stayed cuddled in with the ladies.

Mary Kelly joined us for the weekend which was such fun. We had bursts of reuniting with Giovanni while he wasn’t busy with the swimming tournament. The Taylor’s, our new good friends, also joined us–as they usually do on Friday or Saturday nights. (You’ll definitely see more of them–especially if the dart board is involved!)

Gigi decided to be a rainbow, Vincent went with his last year’s standard–a vampire, and Mary Kelly and I decided to be twins–with Kath later on. Enjoy the pics! We still have candy!! Do you?

img_0283

Gigi as a RAINBOW!

Gigi as a RAINBOW!



I think it's safe to say we felt pretty tempted to cut and dye our hair like this. We really felt fabulously chic!

I think it's safe to say we felt pretty tempted to cut and dye our hair like this. We really felt fabulously chic!



Dan Taylor (with a weird cape on) with his cutie-pie daughters Evie (on the left) and Alice (on the right).

Dan Taylor (with a weird cape on) with his cutie-pie daughters Evie (on the left) and Alice (on the right).



Kath Taylor sportin' the Uma wig with Vincent.

Kath Taylor sportin' the Uma wig with Vincent.



One last shot of Mary Kelly looking ultra fantabulistic!

One last shot of Mary Kelly looking ultra fantabulistic!

Ho Hai

I am not caught up on all of our excursions. A while ago (like back in October!) we went to Ho Hai lake and the surrounding area. It’s a quaint little area with restaurants and bars surrounding the lake. The kids paddled us, we had some coffees from the Buck, and we all enjoyed wondering around. Later we found an old Hatong (old village street) that’s filled with hip cafes and shops. Our weekend excursions here in Beijing seem to be endless and are always so fun.

img_0259

img_02552

img_0262

img_0263

img_0266

img_0274

img_0290

img_0301