Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring Break

This was the first Spring Break we've stayed in Hong Kong without having a baby!! I must say, it does make for a different experience. This has not been the year of travel for us, in fact we will have not left Hong Kong once between summer trips to America. That is a first. But 5 plane tickets are expensive and between having a car and living in a "beach house" we really enjoy our holidays in HK.  We all went into the break a bit sick and worn down, but were much refreshed by the end. 
 We had a Mom's Group Easter egg hunt and BBQ at a country park.

 Josiah's' Easter "bucket" sums him up pretty well. In addition to his plastic eggs he collected a clam shell, mushroom and half- alive cicada. That's our out- of- the- box nature boy.

 Annabelle got a scooter for her birthday and she's pretty zippy on it.
 April1st was a lot of fun. We had planned this day to take the kids to go to Ocean Park. The morning of Jason sat the kids down and explained to them that there is a bat with rabbis in Hong Kong and all kids that live in villages must get shots. He said they have to get the number of shots corresponding to their age (6, 5, and 2). Josiah and Annette were very serious about this and quit distressed as you can imagine. We then drove down to Hong Kong island to the "special shot hospital". It wasn't until we were pulling into Ocean Park that Jason said "April Fools!"All day Josiah kept saying, "you got us good dad!"

 We had a really fun day including pandas, sharks, sting rays, penguins, roller coaster, cable cars and ice cream. We bought annual passes so we will be back to see the koalas another day.

Josiah really wanted to do a dissection over the break so we bought a squid at the wet market and Jason (former biology teacher) helped the kids dissect it then fry and eat it. I don't make this stuff up people. Next time they're planning to buy a frog. 

 On Good Friday we had a family time focusing on Jesus that included foot washing and sharing communion. It was sweet to see Annabelle really into it.

We enjoyed the gorgeous weather at Clear Water Bay, a new- to- us beach that is easy to drive to with free parking. Needless to say, we'll be going back. 

 Easter morning we were greeted to this sunrise. It was such a beautiful display of God's glory. We also made resurrection rolls and ate yummy strawberries from Santa Maria, California. The strawberries were a personal blessing to me because I also miss "home" over Easter and this year was the last Easter service my dad will  conduct as a pastor (he's about to retire from 40 years of ministry). He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Annette and Annabelle Turn 2 and 5

 We decided to throw a joint birthday party for the girls this year. Annette's birthday is March 12 and Annabelle's is March 30, so we celebrated on the 21st. Annette chose the theme "Hello Kitty" which is I guess what you get when you raise a little girl in Asia.

 I tried to shoot a few pictures of the girls together before the party started, but they weren't really in the mood (Annabelle must have heard a rumor about the "terrible twos" because she's been practicing her pout a lot)
 Fortunately things sweetened up when guests started arriving and they began making their candy necklaces.

We're so thankful for friends to share these special days with. Bryan and Emily have faithfully attended all of our kids' parties back to Josiah's 1st. Thanks Emily and Carol for your help snapping photos. Also, thanks to Aunt Christy for the lovely dresses. 

 After 3 hours the birthday girl decided it was time to put herself down for a nap. She'd partied hard!
We are so incredibly thankful for our sweet, spunky, fun girls. We love you!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Chinese New Year Snapshots

 Well Chinese New Year has come and gone, as have Grandma and Grandpa. We had a really relaxing break with time at home and several fun outings thrown in (and Jason and I got to have a night alone- woo hoo). And as always, we have used the Chinese holiday as a fun excuse to play dress up.

Grandma and Grandpa brought fun projects to make with the kids. 

 We had a BBQ on our rooftop one night with good friends

 The kids love getting red packets of money and say "gong xi, gong xi" to our neighbors.

 Annabelle was curious about the contents of her red packets
She also is very into making kissy faces these days

The three generations of Paine males got a basketball hoop up which Josiah is loving.