Happy Dragon Boat Festival

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…Which seems like it might be a bit of a misnomer around here since we have yet to see any dragon boat racing.  Based on how I’ve seen people celebrate, I think it might be more suitable to say, “Happy Zongzi Eating Festival!”

Borrowed zongzi picture. Wrapped and unwrapped.

This is a zongzi.  It’s a glutinous/sticky rice ball filled with something yummy, then wrapped in bamboo leaves and steamed.  Spencer and Jasmine like them.  The other kids, not so much.  In the north of China they’re generally filled with something mildly sweet (red bean paste, dates, dried fruit, etc.)  In the south they typically have savory fillings.  We like the pork best!

And this is the zongzi eater.

Serious eater.

Serious eater.

Happy eater.

And one more pic...just because he's cute.

- Jill

The Girls’ Surprise

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Apparently I need to check the girls’ bathroom more often.  It’s upstairs, in their room, and they’re the only ones that use it.  I rarely go in it, maybe once every other week or so just to make sure it looks okay.  (Don’t worry, our ayi at least checks it/cleans it once a week.)  Anyway, I went into the girls room  a few days after we returned from Australia…and found this!

SURPRISE!!!  I have to admit, the LAST thing I expected to find was that the bathroom sink had become this cute little guy’s new HOME!  Yes, he was living in there and the girls (I should say, Kaylee Ann) had been feeding him live beetles everyday.  (Found a tupperware full of those a bit later.)  When we first came home Kaylee Ann did mention she had caught a toad…but I guess I was tired enough that I missed the part about his living quarters.

- Jill

Happy Belated Birthday, Jasmine!

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10 years old!  Being the FABULOUS parents that we are, Todd and I both ended up being gone on Jasmine’s birthday.  So we promised to bring back a gift from Australia and celebrate as soon as we got home.

She saw this cake MONTHS ago at the bakery and declared that this was the birthday cake she wanted. Wish granted!

- Jill