Thursday, October 18, 2012

Maybe this WASN'T Such a Great Idea

I'm in China right now... not adopting anyone...  So that's different.

Actually, I'm in Hong Kong for some work conferences.

It sure seemed like a good idea at the time.
You know, take a couple, go to Hong Kong, attend some conferences, after that is done, take a week off and go to Mainland China and visit ZhongShan where Ping is from and visit New Day South.  Then head north to visit International China Concern in ChangSha.

It was a perfect plan I thought... yup... get to visit and volunteer with some orphans... you know, try to help others and all that...


Let's review a couple of things I've learned so far on this trip...
1)  Hong Kong is lovely - big, scary, looks like it's ready to topple into the ocean, but lovely... you know, once you get past the smog and pollution.  :-)  I don't think any of the 300million people who live in these 2 square kilometers have ever seen a blue sky, or yellow sun.  In fact, I'm sure a clear blue prairie would be as terrifying for a Hong Kong-ise as it is for me trying to ride a bus during rush hour here in Hong Kong.
My upgraded room has a view of the ocean - I had to try taking this picture many times, over the course of two days to find a day when you could actually SEE the mountains in the background

2)  Big D looks good in a dress.  For a halloween party, Miss G dressed Big D up in one of her wedding dresses and then spent the better part of the night doing his make up and making him "pretty".  She did a pretty smashing job actually.  Talking to Big D after the party, he said the other girls were mean to him... I think it's 'cuz they were jealous.

3)  Bing likes to color on pillows when I'm not around.  I will quote from my wife's facebook page:
Wife: 1st time parent's response, "Gasp!!!" 5th time parent's response, "....and that's why we buy slipcovers" Never a dull day with Bing
Friend: Buy new, Adrian won't care ....or notice lol
Me: NOOOOO! Don't buy new! It looks great! Very, art-deco! Just let him have at the other 5 pillows as well... *siiiigh*
He dose have an artistic flare, I like the weighting of the swirls in contrast to the volume of the pillow, it has a nice flow and cadence...

So between my son being dressed up as a bride (you should have seen how excited Miss G was while dressing him up - I was watching (in horror) over Skype as the whole thing unfolded), and Bing destroying the house, I'm starting to re-think my wisdom in coming to China and leaving them all alone at home.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Happy (Canadian) Thanks Giving!

Happy Thanks Giving to all our fellow Canadians out there!  We decided to celebrate our Canadian Thanks Giving in the very traditional manner of killing some poor turkey who probably didn't deserve it, I mean, he seemed like a nice Turkey.  Probably a good family man.  You know, running out to the barn yard each day, bringing home the bacon for the family and little turk-lets, helping the chicks with their homework, maybe tucking them in.  And the all of a sudden one day, WHAM!  He's on our table, and into our bellies.


Anyway, Misses Yeti made a lovely spread... with all the fixings.  The kids all helped out.
Senior K helped cook the Pumpkin Pies.
Big D made the Turkey Stuffing.
Miss G made the Pumpkin Pie.
Ping made the Corn-Bread.
Bing, well, he didn't help, but at least he didn't throw any toy cars are us.

And then, after everything was eated, we closed the celebrations with the rousing Canadian tradition of dancing poorly to an insanely catchy Korean pop song!  Enjoy!