Where the days are short and the nights are long
Well, that’s a wrap! Another great summer in the land of our birth: sunny and hot California. Seven weeks of good eating, family time, and of course, California sun.
To soak up that California sun, we packed up Dumpling and all her accouterments for her very first plane ride for her very first trip to the land of her citizenship. The summer of 2017 hereafter shall be known as summer of firsts for Dumpling: first plane ride, first time to the ocean, first time to Lake Tahoe, first filet mignon, first time meeting an adoring handful of aunties and uncles and a rambunctious bunch of cousins.
|This filet mignon is soooo good|
Unfortunately, Dumpling didn’t make it to one of California’s hotspots, Disneyland; but who needs Disneyland when there’s Moomoo and Aunty Sunny’s houses? The toys were beyond imagination! Toys that beep, sing, vibrate, glow, roll, collapse, expand, float, and elevate. Soft toys. Hard toys. Animal toys. Food toys. You name it, California’s got it.
|That is some toy!|
Vacation came to an end too soon and we got out of California’s hot sun and into Beijing’s muggy one. Dumpling still hasn’t adjusted to the fourteen hour time change. Every morning Dumpling is ready to party at 4 am and go down for the night at 7 am. In addition to the time change, she's adjusting to only having her two boring parents around. I think she is seriously missing California and all its fun-ness. Well, even a baby must learn the hard truth: we can’t be on vacation all the time!
Time to get into a routine. birdMAN goes back to work in a few weeks and I have got lots of child-rearing and homemaking to do.
California sun, we’ll catch you later!
P.S. Many thanks to our generous friends and family that fed us, held and adored our baby, and showered her with gifts. We love you!
Chinese Word of the Blog: 暑假 Shǔjià
English Translation: summer vacation
|Thank you Capri for the toy|
|Cuties Kalea and Caleb pop by for a visit|
|As you can see, Dumpling is absolutely thrilled to meet Oliver|
|Elliot entertaining as always|
|My Meimei loves food just as much as I do|
|Can I please have a lick?|
|Syche in the house!|
|A trip to Santa Cruz is just we needed!|
|These Georgians miss the west coast|
|Happy to catch up with longtime friends and meet their new ones|
|There are so many avocados here|
|Look at all these one quarter Chinese kids|
|Moomoo's house serves up a fancy ladies lunch|
|All Moomoo's grandkids are under one roof. Poor Roman is outnumbered by the girls.|
|Dumpling meets her great grandma. They like each other.|
|Aunty Coco is the best aunty in the world!|
|These well-behaved children can't wait for turkey dinner (in July!)|
|Cousin Capri is a good mama|
|Capri -- too sweet for words|
|Lake Tahoe: Nice day to lug around a heavyweight|
|Food: A good reason to go to California|
|The tradition lives on! Milan and I make peanut butter blossom cookies|
|We got purdy for family pics|
|First time in Donner Lake|
|The ladies plus Roman|
|Dumpling's first hot dog|
|Does this picture show what these cousins future relationship will be like?|
|Dumpling takes center stage|
|Aunty Tami meets our little princess|
|And here is our favorite doula!|
|Getting some Keiko love.|
|Cheese plate. 'Nuff said.|
|The best toys are free|
|Sometimes we go out...especially if it involves beer|
|All that fun-ness is exhausting|