Friday, October 16, 2015

A 3-Year-Old, a 3-Day Weekend, and 3-Cup Chicken: The Week in Review Vol. 20

Keira is three years old!  Thanks to all our family and friends who sent packages and celebrated with us.  She loves playing pretend, dressing up, singing, dancing, making new friends at the park, dumplings and dou-hua, kittens, bubble gum, making up stories, reading, and the color pink.

Keira's birthday is right before Taiwan's birthday, so we had another 3-day weekend.  

A new friend (a neighbor) came over and taught me how to make 3-Cup Chicken (a Taiwanese dish made with soy sauce, rice wine, and sesame oil).  Yum! 

My brother's fiancee arrived for a visit.  

We're so happy to have her with us!

This little guy has been keeping us laughing recently with all his new words and love for climbing, jumping, and.....diving.  (?!)

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Moon Festival and Typhoon Dujuan: The Week in Review Vol. 19

Yay for long weekends!  Thanks to the Moon Festival holiday, we got to spend extra time with friends last week.  

Above: Dahu Park
Below: Finishing our Moon Festival BBQ with giant marshmallows.  It was my first time roasting a marshmallow while holding an umbrella.  :)

I should probably explain this picture a bit.  We went to a barbecue at a friends' home.  They share an entryway with some neighbors, who use that space for their family shrine (the table behind us with the family gods).  This is relatively common in Taiwan.

The next day Typhoon Dujuan roared over northern Taiwan, and our three-day weekend turned into a four-day weekend.  Fortunately, we didn't lose electricity or water at all this time.  Here's what the storm looked like from our balcony:

When the sun did come out later in the week, we were excited to get out and play!

Keira's been practicing on her bike, and I finally feel comfortable letting her ride alone while I push the stroller right behind.  Can you believe our sweet girl will turn three this weekend?!

Have a great week!