We had friends over for a little bit on New Year's Eve! We enjoyed a time of talking and visiting with them. We also enjoyed wild rice soup. We played a game of Splendor with them before they left to go to the movies. After they left, as a family we enjoyed two games of Splendor and celebrated the New Year with Sparkling Grape Juice. Most of the members of our family did not make it to midnight to see the new year, but we had a good night.
Friday, December 30, 2016
Little H came home with face paint and she wanted to share with everyone how she looked. As soon as I took her pictures she washed her face.
John wanted to get out into nature! So we made a quick evening trip to the area between Hsinchu and Jhubei! I brought out our nature journals but the kids had a blast throwing rocks, collecting rocks and climbing the rocks. So we colored and drew in our books when we got home. There was a beautiful sunset that we enjoyed before we left to go home.
Throwing rocks, and climbing the rocks!
Written by CJ Olson at 6:00 PM
Sunday, December 25, 2016
I think my favorite day is Christmas Day. The kids woke up early all excited with the idea that they could open their Christmas Stockings before church. The kids were excited that they got to go to church on Christmas Day so that they could see their friends and celebrate Christmas at church. I was a little sad that Christmas was on a Sunday because we would be so busy with church that we couldn't spend time as a family during Christmas doing what we usually do. It was funny and a very humbling experience to realize that my kids had a better attitude than I did for celebrating Christmas.
Once I got to church I had a better attitude for being at church. John lighted all five candles so that we could celebrate Christmas and it just gave made me realize how special and important it was to be at church on Christmas day. It also was helpful to realize that there was a young woman who wanted to be baptized on Christmas Day. The baptism made Christmas Day so much more special. I always get teary eyed when I see someone who wants to dedicate their life to Jesus and it was just made more special realizing that she was doing it on the day we celebrate Jesus birthday.
Little H being silly before Church
Little M smiling at me before church
Little N super excited about getting a gun from grandma!
I think my favorite picture of the whole Advent/Christmas Season! So proud of N for reading our bible story
Then in the afternoon we got to join some friends for a Christmas meal and Christmas party at their house. WE also had fun and I was thankful for a time spent with friends.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Christmas Eve was a busy day for us! Little H had a Christmas event at her school from 9-12 pm. They had all sorts of different activities that could join and do. They all sang songs, they made a gingerbread house, they made cards, played games and then afterwards we watched some of the teachers act out a great play. (Which was very confusing for non Chinese speakers) but the kids really enjoyed watching it.
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