Friday, January 30, 2009


...and Mark's birthday parties continue all month. Here he is with his favorite gift..called "Crocodile Dentist" given to him by XiaoYang, young University senior we've known for more than three years. She and three other friends were with us yesterday at the Seeker Coffee House in Tianjin for lunch. We laughed a lot as you can see.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Mrs. "Paprika" the Music Teacher

Every Wednesday I go to the Early Childhood Center - the Preschool Part of Tianjin International School. I teach Music and Singing to three different ages - the Foundations Class
(3 yr olds), the Junior Kindergarten (4 year olds) and the Kindergarten (5 yr olds). A lot of these kids are learning English as their second language. One little Korean girl named Joy can't remember my name, so she calls me Mrs. Paprika. I kinda like it !

Here is Lilly K during recess.

The Foundations class (3 year olds) waiting to begin.

Joy's turn to point out different items to a very repetitive song that they finally got tired of ! ;-)

A few of the Kindergarten class kids. They are so much fun !

Friday, January 9, 2009

Congratulations to five very special people in our family.
You are loved ! We appreciate you all.

Christmas in South Carolina !

Preparing the turkey with help from the girls

Scarlet warming up to Grandpa after not having seen him in about a year. He just gets on the floor and starts drawing or reading a book and in a few minutes Scarlet or her twin sister, Sophia are giggling and sitting in his lap.

Hannah and Lauren with new dolls from Yaya

Antonio, Lauren, Hannah, and Joshua in Crawfordville, Georgia on December 31st.

Four little girls with new dolls.

Scarlet and Sophia with cousins Hannah and Lauren.
Kids eating dinner in the kitchen on New
Year's Day at the old house in Crawfordville,
Georgia (Allyson's grandmother's place)