Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tomb Sweeping Holiday - A day finding treasures at the river

I just realized that I am a little bit sad that our vacation is over.  I struggle every single day with this feeling.  I've enjoyed having the kids home -- because of the end of the pregnancy we did not do school like we have in the past (well we wrote the bible verses down, and then do reading time and some other things) but it's been nice having the kids home, they've been able to play, we've been able to go on walks and explore.  Tomorrow starts the schedule all over again for all three kids.  I'm thankful that the two little ones have had the opportunity to go to school and are learning Chinese but I don't always like the running around.  Little M is basically in Chinese school and getting homework help from 7:50 am to 4 pm.  It's not a bad thing but I wish that he had more free time to study in English and to be able to have free time.

Today was Tomb Sweeping -- it's a national holiday where people go to where their ancestors have been buried, clean the tomb - put out fresh flowers, and put out food for them to eat and also worship their ancestors.    John went for a scooter and got caught in traffic in a couple of unexpected places because of cars being parked on both sides of the road because there was a graveyard there and people were doing the tomb sweeping.

When John came back for his scooter drive we went over to Qionglin area, where the bridge was torn down from a typhoon almost 3 or 4 years ago and placed in the river.  The kids hunted for treasure and I tried to find a comfortable spot to sit and relax in the sun. (Right now NO spot is comfortable!) John enjoyed climbing on the rocks and exploring and then took N on a mini adventure in the rocks.  John took him across the water and N got soaked because the water was too deep for him.  It was a nice day!  Thankful for the time to just relax and recharge.

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