Friday, August 29, 2014

We are here.

We are here.

My kids keep looking at me and saying, "Mom, we're in China!" with wonder in their eyes.

We arrived all safe and sound with all sixteen of our bags after some pretty crazy fiascos getting them packed and weighed and situated.

Dave's business partner picked us up at the airport with an extra van for all the luggage (he's the best).  He had the place we're staying all set for us and today we got all unpacked and situated.  

We went and visited the kids' school today so they could get their bearings straight before the first day on Monday.  

They were all smiles, every one of them which made me so happy.  Grace got a little worried when she realized she would be in a different section from everyone (middle school) but Elle jumped in and buoyed her right up.  They have some great attitudes and I'm so proud of them because I will tell you, secretly inside I am scared to death for them!  This is gonna be tough...much higher academic standards and not a single other Caucasian student.  But we're going to do it all as a family...Dave and I will be able to help a lot in the evenings and man alive, we're all going to learn a lot!  The administration took great care of us today and we even happened to get to meet the assistant teacher in Lucy's class who is darling.  

We had our first trip to the grocery store and the kids were mesmerized by everything, especially the meat section, even though it was lacking the pig's heads like I remember last time we were here.  They were all pretty amazed at the fish swimming around, one that jumped and splashed them.

We have already had the most quality family time I can imagine, so many good talks and so many new things we're all noticing and discussing, and we've only been here a day.  We are in for the experience of a lifetime.  No doubt about it, it's going to be hard.  But it's going to be awesome.

It's 8:30 right now and I've been working my tail off keeping my family awake 'til 8.  We are all laughing at this jet lag stuff which Lucy seems to be doing the very best at.  We started reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the way home from the airport and she will hardly set that thing down now.  But now they're all tucked safely in bed and I guess I better go join them.

The internet is going to take a while to work out the tweaks but for now, there's the news.  

There's this family who live close to us back in the desert who have lived here in China for I think a year now.  The mom and I have been in touch about a few things as we prepared to come, and she sent me this video her daughter made from one of their trips (she's Elle's age and so very talented!). Makes me so excited to go here as soon as we can figure out timing!

Here you go:


guilin favorites from brooke taylor on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

a few of my favorites from Elle's photoshoots (and a couple of Grace's too!)













































Grace caught the vision and did a few shoots for her friends too.




This wasn't a real "photo shoot" and one of her friends took it, but I thought it was cute.








More later...

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