Tuesday, June 5, 2018


I'm officially the worst blogger, in lieu of a detailed post from the last 3 months of our lives I am photo spamming this blog. This first year in China has been a whirlwind, but we survived!  A quick update: 

Jess killed it in his first year as a Learning Innovation Coach at our school.  He also somehow manages to wake up at 4 AM each day to pursue his passion of helping people become the Highest Versions of Self. He's dropped 15 kilos and is has picked up running.  

Tae is almost done with his first year of school. He had the most amazing teachers and grew so much socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. He is still our sensitive kid and a great big brother. Some of his favorite things are using the potty (Hallelujah!), imaginary play, Kung Fu Panda, baths, getting chocolate muffins on Saturday morning, playground time, and pillow fights. 

Elea is our spunky girl. She is on the go and into everything. She says a few words: mommy, dada, gē ge (big brother), uh oh, jigga (this), buh bye, Dàngāo (cake). She gives kisses on command. Loves to clean up and put things away (shoes and clothes). Has a belly chuckle. And is eating us out of house and home. She loves Tae and does whatever he does, even if that means crying when he is having a meltdown.

I'm closing out the school year with mixed emotions, wanting to continue being in the classroom and improve upon my practices and excitement at the opportunity to be back in admin. I've made some great friends here, we support one another through mommyhood, work life, living away from family, etc. I went on a trip to Dubai as part of an accreditation team and was fascinated by the culture and delighted by the food. I have started working out more regularly, even getting up at 4:45 to run with a girlfriend at 5AM two times a week.

And now, photo overload.
Day dates to Hong Kong  
Potty Trained! May 15, 2018 

Memorial Day 2018

Dumpling Monster

Tae's first school movie night--Jungle Book 

Bath Mohawks

Bath time is the best time 

15 months

Morning time 

1st Finger Painting Session 

Elea wants to go to school like her big bro

Tae's first published piece of writing 
Little Writers 

1st field trip

Water fun at school 
My girls 💗

Elea, playground toy thief 

Waiting for big brother to get out of school 

Life in China.

Tai Chi in the morning 

June 4, 2018 

Broccoli Dance 

Friday, March 30, 2018


For our spring break we had a special visitor, Poppy!  Tae was so excited and we had a countdown going on up until the day he came. Tae was also very excited to sleep on the blowup bed in our room so Poppy could sleep on his bed. We spent the week dad was here just living our best lives and showing him our daily routine.  We went to ALL the playgrounds, played with toys, ate great food, and of course took a trip to Hong Kong and Macau. 

It was awesome to have dad here and just have him be part of our lives abroad. Of course we missed Grammy, but it was special for us to get one on one time with Poppy.

We went on lots of walks and ate yummy food. Tae loved greeting him each morning with a hug.  Our ayi, Amei, even spoiled dad with Chinese breakfast buns from a street vendor. Needless to say, dad experienced our China lives fully.

One of the most special things was dad coming to school with us. He hung out in my classroom and got to meet my kiddos and then went to Tae's class to read them a story. Tae LOVED his Poppy getting to read Ferdinand and I loved watching my dad read to my son's class all the way on the other side of the world. It was a teacher's dream come true.

Time flew and we were sad to see him go, but we knew Grammy wanted/needed him back. It was a great visit and we already talked about where we could meet up next year. Thanks for coming Poppy, we love you!