I'm going to start doing these "little things" a little more often because there's just too much to keep track of for a whole month.
September started with the first day of school on the first (here).
Love walking these two to school.
Lucy has become even more of a little bookworm. She will read most of what she can get her hands on.
I glanced over at the kids during the movie and wondered to myself when the last time was that we watched a movie together as a family at home.
I don't know if it has happened for years. We used to be religious about "Family Movie Night" years ago (more about that back HERE), but gradually everyone started to have way more important things to do on Friday nights. Ha! So we have loved bringing back those movie nights here.
We have had more rain than we bargained for.
We love the rain.
Lucy gets especially excited when she gets to pull out the umbrella she has claimed is hers and carries it around with pride.
We bought some knock-off rain boots and have put them to good use.
These two went to girls' camp the second weekend we were here.
I could feel their pain until we met up with the other girls on the bus who were darling and so outgoing and I knew they were in good hands.
We found a great gymnastics place pretty close-by (I told about how funny it was to get there back here). Claire got to do an intermediate trial class for two hours, but he wanted her to stay for the advanced one too so she had four hours of gym that afternoon.
There have definitely been some ups and downs as far as homesickness goes.
The first week was all newness and we were kind of on a high, but the second week was rough.
Even Lu was a little homesick. I found this text she wrote to her kindergarten teacher:
I thought it was so sweet.
There are a lot of ups and downs but things are gradually evening out and these kids are pretty darn resilient.
We went to the "knock-off" market that the kids were pretty enthralled about.
I have loved getting to know these ladies and many more.
Working hard in keeping up on journals.
And "socks" are still the favorite hairstyle (for me too...so darn easy!...tutorial at the end of this post back here).
Back-to-school night in Lucy's classroom. Here's Lucy's seat. Kind of fun to get to know these kind parents of the kids she sits by:
Grace's friend from Hungary happens to have most of the same classes with her. It was fun to get to know her mom better when I got to go to Grace's classes amidst all the other ones I tried to get to (tricky to try to get to five kids' multiple teachers all in one night!)
Spotted these identical twins on the way home from school one day.
It was my heart-of-heart dream when I was a kid to have a twin. I always wondered why oh why my big sister and I couldn't have just been born at the same time. We I wanted to be just like those girls up there.
Sometimes my girls want to be twins too, but the hair is about as far as we get:
Our branch had a photo scavenger hunt party for someone who was moving away. Here's one of our photos we took for the competition:
These guys in this shop are so nice. I just bought more chopsticks from them yesterday.
Most of the pictures were on someone else's phone, but here's the list of photos we were supposed to get:
Our school had a swim meet.
And we had "district conference" where everyone came together from a huge area of China for meetings on Saturday and Sunday.
We had Kevin and his family over for dinner.
We love these guys so much.
So glad we get to see them every so often.