On our way home from walking the kids to school on the first day we ran right into this super smiley man walking out of our complex. He stopped us with a big smile and in a French accent asked if we were new to the area. When we told him we were, he told us to go right over to his house to meet his wife. So we did. Her name is Olivia and she is wonderful. What a great couple. They have two kids who attend the French school close-by.
We love that through living in Shanghai we not only get to meet those who are native to this area, but we’ve also been able to meet so many people from other cultures as well.
I love how well Olivia has taken in the Chinese culture. When I asked her if she knew where the post office was, she told me she’d take me. She speaks fluent Chinese (studied it in college in France) and she drives, and she so kindly took me all around to her favorite spots.
This market was my favorite:
I wish I had stopped to take pictures of the little tubs of turtles and sea creatures on the sides of the road, all ready for someone to take home and whip up for dinner.
Olivia showed me her favorite place to buy Chinese dumplings and we both bought some up for our families.
Claire has become friends with our neighbor across the street. She lets us borrow her ripstick and gets Claire all outfitted up for her practice.
Grace somehow got out of wearing the safety gear.
These friends are really good friends with one of my best friends from BYU days. They took me out to show me their favorite parts of town one afternoon.
This “friend” walks home from school with me and we love to stop to admire the fall leaves crunching under our feet.
Max got to meet a lot of really, really nice volleyball boys during the season. He couldn’t play for eligibility reasons, but had fun supporting the team and getting to know them. They had a great team this year…we all wished Max could be out there with them.
Now he’s on to basketball which he can play and is loving it. More on that later.
Grace is attached at the hip to this Hungarian friend she met on the first day of school.
They are so much alike it’s crazy. We love her family too. They just had us over for Indian food the other night…one of my favorites.
The rain has calmed down, but we love it any time it comes.
Elle and I got to go on a little date to a city tennis tournament in Puxi one Saturday.
We met our new friend Katie at the Fabric Market with her brand new darling baby and other daughter (who’s Lucy’s age) in tow. She’s in our branch and she and her family are so great. It was so fun to watch them maneuver their way around that place, they are pros.
The Fabric Market is this place with isle after isle of all kinds of fabrics and all kinds of tailors who can make practically anything for you.
We had stuff made here last time we were here (eight years ago), but everyone is different and Katie took us to her favorite tried-and-true spots.
You could spend weeks in that place.
And I think these girls would if I’d let them. They are full of creative ideas and designs of things to make.
Love that Claire gets to have her baby-fix every now and again…
Junior year is a killer.
Thank heavens for our homework tutor:
This is the bridge we cross over to go into Puxi. I love that bridge.
One day Dave’s business partner found out last minute that there was a pretty cool opportunity at this hotel here where his sister-in-law works.
So we packed everyone in the car speedy quick, got them going on their homework en route, and drove on over not quite knowing what to expect.
And I have to say it turned out to be a pretty awesome night.
I can’t even explain this place, I guess it’s built for Chinese movie stars and high-end business people, and I guess it was friends and family night. But the whole place was pretty much empty.
They fed us an assortment of Chinese food and explained a little bit about Chinese history first.
There was all kinds of history on the wars and propaganda pictures…Kevin and Dave liked this one.
Love these two and that they are the opposite of that picture above them.
The girls and I got to get massages, can you tell how excited we are? They gave us some super special matching outfits to wear in preparation 🙂
The little girls got to go swimming and loved it.
Here’s the group minus the one who invited us, dang it! I’m sure she was taking care of something somewhere.
I guess they do a lot of weddings in that little chapel. The iPhone can’t really do it justice…it was so pretty!
Singing in the rain:
The beginning of the Lucy birthday festivities:
(didn’t want to bring the rain boots gift to Cambodia…)
But that’s a wrap for now!