Cuter and cuter every day!

Leo tried out his new-ish playpen For the first time today. He was a bit unsure what to do for a long time.

Selfie!

Leo took a selfie today, not sure if it’s his first…. kids these days! Lol

Look what I made….

In my grade 7 Design classes, my students are designing and building LED USB night lights. Last year was the first time I taught this unit and I thought they made some great products, but this year I am pushing them to achieve something much greater. As a model to inspire them, I built this night light using Illustrator, CAM, 3mm plywood and acrylic, along with an LED light strip. It’s really quite nice actually, and I can’t wait to see what this year’s students produce!

Chinese New Year!

It’s quiet. Oh so quiet in Shanghai during the New Year, unless you go to the mega tourist spots. No, our neighborhood of Hongqiao was silent and deserted! The family got together a few times though and we all over ate too many times. The cold sucks, Feb in Shanghai is nasty. Not amazingly cold, but close to 0 Celsius almost every day and lots of rain. I’m eager for March and the gradual warming of spring!

So today is New Year’s eve in China, and I decided to go out and play tourist. It was drizzly with a lot of overcast and a bit chilly, but a beautiful day nonetheless. These are photos from the YuYuan Gardens in Shanghai.

A few years ago, I read this article “17 THINGS THAT CHANGE FOREVER WHEN YOU LIVE ABROAD” at masedimburgo.com. The first time I read it, I cried. I’m not afraid to admit it. Last night I was cleaning up some stuff on my laptop and I stumbled across the article again and I re-read it. It seems, that after eight years in China, the truths in Angie’s post are still just as relevant now as they were then. I didn’t cry this time, but the impact was still very strong. I especially love and agree with point #12 that says, as we live in a foreign country, we come measure time in tiny little moments that are not measured by days or weeks, but by places and people. #7 though, even more true, is the heart breaker for many. As an ex-pat living abroad, we know better any most, that most things and people in our life are just passing through. I don’t know how many times I’ve said goodbye to great friends and even family. Living abroad is not for everyone. It’s a difficult adventure, one that I feel is worth it, though it can be terribly hard.

Anyway, I just wanted to share this great post. Thanks Angie!

http://masedimburgo.com/2014/06/04/17-things-change-forever-live-abroad/

 

It’s amazing, but her 6 month maternity leave ended today. To make her feel better, I had flowers delivered and later, I personally took her Starbucks. 🙂

Local foods :)

I have no idea how to cook most of these, and if I was braver, I might try….. Shanghai has such wild diversity of foods.

Sharing the love

Today, two different grade 6 students presented me some images they made for my Birthday. One is a soccer card, and the other is Jedi Sutton cause he said I’m just that awesome! 🙂 I love these kids, so amazing and thoughtful.

Last meal among the 30’s

So last night, I sat down late before head and ate more than I wanted. It was a strange assortment, but good. It was, my last meal in my 3rd decade of life. Farewell 39!