Some serious karaoke:
…and even a little juggling mixed in.
Ben and Noah introduced us to this game called “Keats” where there are certain actions and everyone has to do them at the same time and if you do the same one as someone else, you are both out. It narrows down until there’s one winner left.
We also did a whole bunch of “smurfing” which is kind of like a mix between “20 questions” and “psychiatrist” but no limit on the questions and the “smurfing” is a verb (i.e. “tying your shoes” or “breathing”). One person is trying to figure it out and the group answers their questions only with “yes” or “no.”
We stayed up extra late playing “sardines,” so many great places to hide.
Love this picture of Dave with all his girls:
This was our view:
Loved that that telescope could capture this:
We crammed in our car to get from place to place.
And we just hung out.
Anything I could write down can’t really do justice for my gratitude for my siblings. The way my kids look up to Noah (and Ben too!) makes my heart mushy. How are they so lucky to have these examples in their lives who are so good and kind and stalwart? I love that these “kids” have grown into such incredible men. And I think my kids feel it and look up to them so much. I love love love to watch them interact (at Bear Lake and here and any time we get together).
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.
I love the Bund.
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!)
I love him forever.
Love that Ben too.
Oh so grateful for “kids” who my family and I look up to in so many ways.