Was probably one of our very favorites in Shanghai.
My brother Noah was here for his graduate school and my cousin Ben was here for some work things and the timing was perfect to talk over some business options with Dave and Kevin.
But we sure mixed in some serious fun with the business.
We were so grateful to have them for the big baptism day back HERE. I love Lucy and Claire's expressions in this picture below. I have no idea why Lucy was all in a huff, but makes me want to just snuggle her up...which Claire probably did right after this picture.
Noah walked with me and the little girls to school.
Probably the most exciting thing we did was stay overnight at a really, really cool hotel compliments of Dave's business partner (an early birthday gift since Dave wouldn't be here for his real birthday).
His family (Dave's business partner's) stayed over too and we were like kids in a candy shop with excitement to be there all together just relaxing and soaking it all in. Made for a few impromptu dance parties:
We stayed up extra late playing "sardines," so many great places to hide.
Love this picture of Dave with all his girls:
Skyped with Noah's family (who we get to see at Christmas...yahoo!)
Aside from that pretty glorious night at the hotel, we went out on the town one night, which I already wrote about back HERE. We ate dumplings and soaked in the glorious views from the huge Shanhgai towers at night.
I just don't ever want to take that for granted because it is pretty priceless.
The boys and I went running on the Bund one gorgeous, clear morning as the wind whisked through our hair and we talked about the world in general.
Let's get a closer look at that background:
We walked up to the top floor of the Peace Hotel (a famous hotel here) and gazed in wonder at our surroundings from out the window.
Oh, and we also had to make a couple stops at the "fake market" because that's a must here in Shanghai.
Ben bought us a "selfie stick" which my kids thought was the best thing since sliced bread (and still do!)
Oh so grateful for "kids" who my family and I look up to in so many ways.