Wednesday, March 15, 2017

My Wednesday Bible Study - Double Baby Shower

I attend a Wednesday Bible study and I really appreciate this group of ladies.  I can bonus ideas off them, they take me to nice new restaurants and of course I love being able to discuss the bible with them.  

In our bible study group there are two of us expecting babies...almost 4 weeks apart from each other.  So we had a baby shower and just celebrated life.  I am so blessed with these ladies. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Monday, March 13, 2017

Little H's Class Field Trip to learn how they plant rice in the rice fields.

I'm so thankful that I have a friend who's daughter is in the same class as my daughter.  I find out all sorts of information which was the plan that the school hoped would happen.  I found out over the weekend that Little H's class had a field trip to the rice field and I was able to ask the principal if I could go on the field trip with the school and I also had to ask if N could come along because of course, he's with me all the time.  The school said yes and I was happy.  My friend joined me and we drove to the rice fields and then got to be with our girls for their field trip. 
 The Cherry Blossoms are blooming here in Taiwan and they are so pretty!! 
 When N was in school at the kindergarten for some reason he missed being able to go watch the planting of the rice.  At first, we thought maybe they skipped it that year but then I realized that during the time that they would have gone to the rice fields we had amazing visitors coming to see us - Uncle Ole & Grandma Olson.  So it was fun that all three of the kids who have gone to the kindergarten have had the opportunity to watch them plant the rice.  This year was different then Little M's field trip because the kids got the opportunity to play in the mud and actually try to play their own blade of rice plant in the mud.  I think the coolest part of watching how the rice is planted is how quickly the machine does it's job and then also how strong the farmer's legs are.  His calf muscles are huge!  Everyone had fun watching and planting the rice and I was so thankful I had the chance to watch them enjoy nature and learn something new.
 Little H was so proud of her muddy feet along with her cute tutu skirt.   After this picture was taken she went back into the rice paddy to try to plant another rice plant. 
N loved being able to walk in the mud and was so happy that he could be a part of Little H's field Trip! 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Surprise Baby Shower for Baby Olson

I had a surprise baby shower from sweet friends today.  John told me that he had to go to the hospital and then we would head out for brunch.  So the kids played games while I took a shower and got ready to go.  John has been proactive recently about trying to get out as a family on Saturday and he told me that he found a new brunch place for us to try and so I thought nothing was out of the ordinary.   Then as we were driving at every stop light John was on his phone setting up a schedule for our friend who was in the hospital.  One of the people who said that they could help visit and help out was a friend who had just returned from the US and had gotten us gas drops for the baby.  So John told me that we had to go over to their house to get the gas drops because it was close to the brunch place.  I was a little bit annoyed because I was starving by that point but figured it would be nice to see my friend because I haven't seen her in a while. 

We got up to her apartment and I went inside her apartment and I basically stepped back because I felt horrible because I was interrupting an event at my friend's house.  Then as I looked around I saw that the people were people I knew and loved dearly.  They all shouted to me surprise and told me that I was having a baby shower.   It was the sweetest surprise I had!   The best thing was that there was so much yummy food and I could eat food and visit with all my friends.  

I am SO thankful for all the people who came and celebrated with our family.  We are so thankful for everyone in our life who is celebrating this sweet new little life that will be joining our family soon.  

After the baby shower we headed over to the rope park and the kids had a blast playing with other kids and climbing! 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

N's field Trip

I got a phone call shortly after I got home from the ladies retreat and one of my friends asked if she could take N on a field trip up to Taipei to look at the National Palace Museum and also a couple of other places up in Taipei.  N went with my friend and then another girl who was visiting my friend.  I think my friend thought I was gonna be gone for the whole week at the retreat so she was thinking that she would help John out by taking N so that way John could get some work done.  N was gone from 8:30 am till 11 pm.  He had fun but was tired.  N and the girl had fun and I got to hear how N was not the head dog in the group because this girl was 15 years olds.  It was fun to hear all about this. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

TMF Ladies Retreat in Taidong and Birthday celebration for a friend

Our ladies retreat was a very refreshing retreat!  I am thankful for the time that the speaker spent sharing with us and coming over to Taiwan to be with us.  I pray that the rest of her time in Asia would go smoothly.  I also pray for each one of these ladies.  I am pretty sure that I have had the opportunity to go to 5 of the TMF ladies retreat and the thing that constantly encourages me is listening to and spending time with these ladies who are all serving Christ in different areas all over Taiwan.  Spending time with some of my sweet friends and chatting with them into the night also helps me.  I am thankful to John for doing my schedule plus his schedule so that I was able to attend this three day retreat. He's an amazing guy!! 
 Before we left to head back to Hsinchu, a bunch of us ladies walked to the beach and just had a moment with nature.  It was a nice walk and it was fun to watch the waves which were OVER my head so these are definitely not swimming beaches, just pretty look at the waves and think beaches.

 We had a little bit of time at one of the HSR stations and so we celebrated my friend's sweet birthday!  It was a great time celebrating friendship and her birthday!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

TMF Ladies Retreat - Taidong

It was a cold and rainy day.  Instead of going for a walk or going to the hot spring (spa -- which the ladies looked at me and told me I wouldn't be able to the hot spring spa because of being pregnant.) So I asked where we were staying if I could get my first massage and asked if they could focus on my lower back which is what hurt the most.  I wasn't exactly sure what to expect from a massage because it was my first massage.  They had me shower, then I got dressed and then a lady spoke to me and told me what to do.  It was very relaxing and I felt it was SO long but it was so relaxing.  She did such a great job!  Afterwards I got dressed and I had NO back pain for about 15 minutes then the pain that I had from my sciatic nerve came back but it was nice not to be in constant pain in my back. 
 These sweet ladies knitting and chit chatting the afternoon away!  Thankful for their Godly witness in my life. 
These are just some of the ladies who either organized the retreat, played and sang music for the retreat or spoke to us ladies at the retreat.  The lady who was holding the the broken pottery was our speaker for the three days.  She did a fabulous job.  She shared scripture and had some amazing stories to share with us.  I was thankful for her time and her testimony.  What was also an amazing God thing was that her granddaughter had the same Trisomy 18 as my sweet friend's son has and was able to speak to my friend's heart and provide encouragement.  Not that my friend's son would be healed but that God would work through both their family and her son in ways they will never understand.    Thankful for this time of refreshment and encouragement with ladies who are all in similar situations trying to share the gospel with the various people who are in Taiwan and who need Jesus.

Monday, March 6, 2017

TMF Ladies Retreat - Taidong

Today a bunch of ladies and I traveled down south to Taidong for a Ladies Retreat.  I didn't take many pictures minus of these beautiful flowers but we are staying at a beautiful place.  So relaxing.  We are about 15 to 20 minute walk to the beach!  

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Playing at the Rope Park

Today was a busy day.  The morning we went to a funeral for a friend's dad.  Then we went out to eat at Chubby's.  After we had eaten we headed over to the rope park.  This park is very interesting in that our kids play with other kids a lot more.  Normally the other kids don't interact with my kids.  But at the rope park the kids are willing to try to speak English to the kids (saying hi) and then my kids have been willing to play with the other kids in Chinese.   Running around and playing with the kids is fun to watch because it doesn't happen very often. 
 Little H climbing up as HIGH she is able to on the rope park.
 Little M climbing the rope park and playing frisbee. 
 N always climbing to the tippy top of the rope park and then running around the kite.
The kids playing soccer! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Memory Verse 2017 - Matthew 6:31-34

Our memory verse for March is just a good remember that we don't have to worry about what we will eat or what we will drink.  We don't need to worry about tomorrow because every day has enough trouble of its own.  

This is such an important for me to remember because I tend to worry about what's gonna happen on the next day, or the next week, or the next month.  I have the hardest time remembering that I just need to dwell in today's worries.  

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Long Weekend - strawberry picking

Taiwan had a long weekend - Monday, and Tuesday off (Tuesday it was Peace Day and most people had already made up Monday by having to work the previous Saturday so that people could enjoy the long weekend.)  John went with two other guys down to southern Taiwan on kind of the last guys trip till the baby comes.  Also one of our friends had to have knee surgery so this was the last trip that he would take till he had recovered from surgery - which I'm guessing is from 4 to 5 months from now.  While the men were gone off exploring we were invited to a different strawberry patch to pick strawberries.  We had fun but picked SO many strawberries that I almost cringed when I realized how much I had to spend.   It was a rainy, cool day but we had fun picking our strawberries. They were HUGE strawberries too, so the kids had fun picking.  After that, we went to a restaurant that sells everything that is cooked with strawberries.  I thought it would have some waffles but nope it was traditional Chinese food.  My kids just ate white rice while I tried some of the dishes that my table ordered.  It was yummy -- but none of our dishes had strawberries in them.  Enjoyed the company of people to chit chat with.  It was basically our only adventure outside during the long weekend because the kids just wanted to play inside our house for the rest of the time. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A family picnic by the river

VEF changed their afternoon service to an evening service.  We are hoping that the evening service will grow and be something that we see growth on but another reason was to see if John would be able to spend a little bit of time with us as a family in the afternoon before our small group and the second service.  The second Sunday of us having the evening service DID NOT work for having family time.  John had meetings after meeting and it was just miserable for all of us because he had just gotten back from Thailand the night before (while all of us were sleeping) and all we wanted to do was spend time with him.

This week was better.  We had a quick meeting, then grabbed food and headed out to an old bridge that's been repaired and had a picnic by the water.  It was a little crazy getting there but it was worth it.  The kids got to run around climbing on rocks and using their imaginations.  John and Little N went on a quick river trace.   I just enjoyed coloring, taking pictures and listening to the little waterfall that was right in front of us while we ate.  It was the perfect day and we were thankful for the time we spent together as a family.  We also took a picture of Baby Olson at 32 weeks! ๐Ÿ˜€

Friday, February 17, 2017

A sleepover and a date night!

We had a surprise date night tonight!  One of our friend's sister is heading back home after a visit here in Taiwan.  They wanted our kids to have a sleepover at their house before she left.  We said okay and then realized that Little M had a pre-make up day for school on Saturday.  M's school is close to where my friend lives so he volunteered to drop him off at school on the way to work. 

The kids were so excited for their sleep over that they were ready to go before we had to leave.  Because we needed to let them run off some steam before going over we went over to the school park and then them play on the equipment and then run around.  Then we dropped them off for their sleepover.  They had a blast - they got treats, watched movies, got nails done and played soccer.  They were so happy after being at their house. 

We enjoyed a surprise date night.  Neither of us could really figure out what we wanted to do.  Do we go watch a movie, go out to eat, watch a tv show or just walk around the mall.  We cut out the movie because I was convinced that I would fall asleep at the theatre and that would be a waste of money.  Then I made the choice of ramen and ice cream.  Then we walked around the mall for a little bit before heading home and watching a tv show (which we fell asleep to).  It was a nice enjoyable time. 
 The kids got to watch the movie Sing which they loved and are now singing lots of different songs from the movie.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

31 weeks with little guy

I've made it to 31 weeks with this little guy.  The aches and pains that I feel with this little guy are not always fun and there are times that I walk around like an old lady.  But I think so far we have been doing well.  I am at 31 weeks and feeling okay!  Two weeks ago I had to take the three-hour diabetes test, that was not so fun but I haven't heard any news from the doctor that is a concern but I'm sure I'll get the results this Thursday at my doctor appointment.  I feel like this baby is VERY low and is putting extreme pressure on my sciatic nerve which makes walking not as fun and at times painful.  But thankfully the weather is relatively cool and I use a heating pack to try to gain relief which helps for sure.  But the kids and John are enjoying the baby movements.  The kids are trying to come up with names for the baby and we have a couple of ideas of what the baby name will be but we wait till the baby arrives and then we usually have a good stare at the baby to see if the name we choose is a good fit for our little guy.
 31 weeks along! I was really cold hence my look of brr...
All four of the kiddos!

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day!  I hope that you guys are loved by the people who love you.  Those loved ones could be dear sweet friends, family members, loved ones, spouses, children, etc.  Our family has been wanting to go out to eat with daddy for a long time and we decided that instead of trying to do a romantic dinner with just mommy and daddy, we would just make it a family affair.  So we went to the restaurant called the Park.  The owner used to have a restaurant close to our house that we would go to so I was excited to see what the food would be like.  John got ribs for his Valentines meal and I had spaghetti because my meal I really wanted wasn't there.  The kids enjoyed fries, pizza, and chicken nuggets.  After dinner, because Little M had finished all his homework for school we stopped at a park to play and have some fun.  Happy Valentines Day everyone! Also,  I tried to have N take a picture of John and I but unfortunately because it was so late and it was so dark -- the picture didn't turn out.  It was really blurry because his hands weren't very steady and so we were just a big blurry mess.  I'm a little sad I don't have a picture of John and I for Valentines Day, but I have the memories of a fast walk to get to the restaurant and our meal and our walk back.
As we were walking back to the house we saw a bridge that was made of glass and the kids had fun staring at themselves in it.  

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Strawberry Picking at Dahu with Friends

We went with friends to Dahu, which is in Miaoli County.  Basically, it seems like every little town has a special thing that they are known for.  Well, Dahu is known for having strawberries and I guess oranges.  Some of our friends took us to go strawberry picking.  My kids were excited for the idea of strawberry picking but they were more excited about seeing one of their favorite people three days in a row.  They were seeing her for the second time in the row today.  My kids loved picking strawberries and I tried very hard to control them so they wouldn't pick so many that we would get into trouble.  Sadly because of Chinese New Year and I think because it was still early in the season (even though it feels late in my mind) the strawberries that we kept looking at just weren't that good.  We went over to another field and picked some other strawberries they were better but even those strawberries weren't the best.  I just don't think they are quite in season.  Thankfully we had fun and I think that's all that matters.
After picking strawberries we took a mountain road that was twisting and curving hoping to find a restaurant that my friends wanted to try.  We couldn't get to the one restaurant but we went with option b which was a cute little restaurant that just was more like a cafe with sandwiches, waffles, and drinks.  The kids wanted waffles so they shared two waffles and Little H shocked me as she ate 5 waffles.  (they weren't huge waffles but it was still a lot of food.)  Then they ran around with our friend.  Little H declared that everyone was going to play tag well except for mommy because the baby might hurt mommy if she ran around. Then Little N made me laugh as he was shocked that one our friends could run so fast.  N just looked at the guy and said in a surprised voice....I had no idea you could run that fast.  We just laughed.  The next funny moment that happened was when Little H went on to describe to one of our favorite friends how to play tag when all was being asked was are you sure you want me to chase you.  It was amusing and I laughed.   The best part of the day was that when we got home we brushed teeth and all three of the kids crashed.  They were asleep by 7:45 pm which since we started vacation break has not been the norm.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Big City - The Play Place Area

While John is gone and while all the kids are home and it's not too crazy with school and routine, I decided to use up some of the tickets that I bought a LONG time ago when I was still having play dates with Little H's best friend.   The tickets expire in July of this year and we still have a bunch of tickets.  So we walked to Big City, had lunch (pizza and noodles) and then headed over to the play place.  The strange but nice part of the play place is that it's all self-contained and there are tons of staff so parents can leave their kids there to play for 3 hours and run out to do errands...or if they want to go in the parents or adults have to spend some amount of money so that they can go in.  Which I just think is a little bit silly but rules are rules.  I guess most parents don't go in the play area with their kids and so it's just a way to make some money from the parents that do want to go in with their kids.
I did have some errands that I had to run - I was looking for some baskets for storage for the kids room -  Little H's room I want to get a storage basket for her stuffed animals and the boys I want to get some storage baskets that they can put some of their favorite treasures there and have it organized under their bed.  I also ran over to Daiso to see if I could find a container to store Little H's earrings and my earring so they were contained and didn't get lost.  After my errands, I went back, checked on the kids and then sat down to color in my coloring book.  It was kind of relaxing to color and not have to worry about the kids, because I knew they were having a blast.  The kids never found me until I searched them out again then and that was a mistake because they didn't want to leave me and play.  They just wanted to be near me and they were ready to be done.  We made it about 2 1/2 hours before the kids wanted to be done and went out with one of the staff to find me.  After they washed hands and went to the bathroom, we went downstairs and got some candy for our movie night and then walked back home.  Glad that the kids were able to go out and play and have fun.
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