There are so many "little things" amidst the "big things" that happened in November. I have already written about most of the big stuff (Beijing, Lucy's baptism, my brother's visit, Kevin's home town, Thanksgiving, Dave's birthday and Japan).
The little things filled in the gaps between those highlights. But sometimes I think the "little things" are the best highlights of all.
Like how I finally found Fall in Shanghai:
Lu has begun her rite-of-eight-year-old-passage dish-doing responsibilities (although it's her day today and the dishes are still stacked in the sink...)
We have loved watching Max play basketball. I have to do another post about that because there's too much to say.
I don't know how the house next door is even still standing. They have gutted it down to the bones.
...and then started on the house across the street. It is a jack-hammer fest around here I tell you.
Makes me happy and sad at the same time:
It was Saturday school again. But this time it was kind of cool because parents got to attend too.
Dave and I were like chickens with our heads cut off trying to get to as many different classes at the same time as we could, but we divided and conquered pretty well.
Dave went to Lucy's class by himself. He confirmed that every other kid in the class has spoken Chinese before and there is not one word of English spoken there. She is catching on better but man it is rough!
The "wet market" I frequent by our house that I love:
This kid and I worked so dang hard on college applications every other child felt completely neglected by the time we finally hit that "send" button and broke out the Martinelli sparkling apple cider.
The girls spoke and sang at church in the Primary program:
Good friends I love at a new restaurant we tried out after going to the "Painters Street."
Tammy took us for manicures...do you think these girls were excited about that??
Afterwards Claire and I went on a little date downtown for a little quality time.