Lots of outdoor time time here lately, which is fabulous. Spring has finally arrived.
All that running, jumping, scootering, playing and riding, makes a boy sweaty and dirty.
The longer days can make it tricky to squeeze in the long luxurious baths Blake has grown accustomed to. We play outside until the sun goes down, eat dinner and then BAM suddenly it’s already past his bedtime.
We have been improvising. Sometimes baths, sometimes showers (although those also tend to last forever as well) and sometimes quick washes in the sink.
We were trying to take one of those short cuts on the weekend and wash his black feet in a tub of water on the deck. We quickly realized that just wasn’t going to cut it and moved the whole tub into the actual tub.
I popped into art class today to speak to his art teacher for a quick second. Lucky me, Blake’s class was in there. He was totally engaged painting a toilet roll pink, that’s one of his favorite colors. He loves all the colors of the rainbow except yellow.
I snapped a quick pic of a boy very involved in his work.
Another one of our China Alive activities was a visit, performance and demonstration from a martial arts expert. Blake got a chance to do some moves.
Almost our entire school is celebrating our host culture this week. Our MS students are all traveling around the country experiencing amazing cultural activities. Our elementary students are having a week of activities here on campus. Chinese indoor games, outdoor games, movies, and activities galore. Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students are all going on a big field trip tomorrow.
Blake’s class spent the morning in the gym.
Blake got dressed up as an emperor, with a little help from Yang Lao Shi, his lovely teacher.
He played a ring toss game and did some tangrams.
He also played a game – how many skittles can you pick up with chopsticks. He’s lived in China his whole life and has never held chopsticks. I think we were both a little surprised by this. He gave it his best go. Doesn’t like a whole lot of help, my boy, “I can do it by mine self!” Scott just came in the office and told me that yes Blake has used chopsticks (he has a game his grandma gave him) he just isn’t very good at it.
Check out the changes in Blake’s drawing between August 2012 and May 2013. WOW!!!!
We were digging through the art room on the weekend and found an unopened box of fabric markers. We hit up decathalon and bought two white t-shirts and began drawing last night.
Here are their drawings.
From the front.
and a cuddle
Our friend’s Kath and Lawrence came into town this weekend from Hong Kong. We’ve both lived in Shanghai for years and years, but we decided to do some touristy things.
We cruised the Huangpu River on Saturday and hit the Aquarium on Sunday.
It’s so fun catching up with old friends and seeing the city at the same time.
We knew Blake was growing or else all his clothes were shrinking, but yesterday morning he woke up looking really stretched out.
We measured him for the first time since mid February.
3cm!!! More than an inch.
With genes like mine and Scotts he’s bound to be a giant.
A water bottle, a sock, some dishwater detergent and H2O = a new fun and different way of blowing bubbles.