Gerbil & Family

Monthly Archives: November 2018

This how I should always grade papers! Nice cafe, good music, great food! Oh ya!

Just a great photo of Leo. Tingting and our ayi took him for a walk the other day. He is amazing.

Leo received his US passport today, as well as his official Consulate Record of Birth Abroad that formally acknowledges he “Acquired United States CITIZENSHIP at birth. . .” 🙂 It’s so cute, to see a real passport, with a 2 month old baby photo inside! LOL

Thanksgiving & Giving Thanks day 4 – Amanda Carpenter-Sutton is an awesome woman who’s heart is as full of love as it is strength and passion. I was in middle school when she and my brother Ian Sutton began dating, and I was in the 8th grade when they gave birth to my nephew Zach. It’s crazy how much I sincerely miss those days! I would stay the night, sleeping on their… Read More

Jeremy Burton is my oldest friend and someone I’m super thankful to have in my life. Through the very worst tribulations I’ve endured, he stood next to me, strong as a rock, lending me strength and support. Jeremy calls things the way he sees it, is willing to put me in my place if I’m wrong, and able to let me challenge him as well. We talk openly about work, school, family,… Read More

Thanksgiving & Giving Thanks day 2 – Dan Kerr is a remarkable and beautiful human being. His positivity and heartfelt leadership has inspired me since the day I met him in 2011. In part because of him, I strive not just for excellence in my job as a teacher, but to be a holistic educator who aims to make meaningful and positive impacts on the lives of the people around me. People… Read More

Thanksgiving Giving Thanks – I am so thankful to work with Mr. Jonny Alexander. He is one of the most creative and most driven teachers I have ever worked with. More often than not, he works right through lunch as his dedication to his students is greater than his need to eat. After school, his room is just as busy as any morning class, as his kids always come in for extra… Read More

Back in September, I posted a picture of myself and a small gift that one of my coworkers gave me in response to my Happy Wednesday Treats. If you missed it, every Wednesday, I deliver a small snack (Soda, Kinder Joy eggs, crackers, etc.) to each of the 7 teachers on my floor. It’s just something I do for fun and to make our days a tiny bit brighter. Today, two of… Read More

I know I am leaving Shanghai soon, and that I’ve already said goodbye to so many wonderful friends and people who have already moved on, but tonight I had to give an especially hard goodbye. When I moved to Shanghai, my life was completely different. I came here in 2011 on a two year mission to land a job in Moscow with my then wife, Natasha. She however, had other plans and… Read More

In China, they have a tradition of shaving a baby’s head when they reach 100 days old. Well, today Leo got to celebrate that tradition, and here is the result….. a beautiful baby with a shaved head! Lol