biking the hutongs….

We woke up this morning to an absolute beautiful day! I was thrilled, because we had planned to go on a bike tour in the downtown ‘ancient’ areas… called: Hutongs. We learned that the word “hutong” means ‘well’- and each of these little areas shared a well, so that is how they were distinguished- by […]

5 week anniversary!

Today marks our 5th week here in Beijing…long enough to start to get used to things, kinda know where to find stuff that we need, and  starting to recognize my way around. Long enough that we are getting used to my cooking, and our little routines and also, feeling settled, and comfortable. Long enough for […]

november club heidi…get ready!

So i am 14 hours ahead of home… and I woke up to a bunch of emails from people telling me how excited they are about the new club heidi that just went up! It freaked me out, because I guess I have lost track of time a little. I mean, yea- it’s Halloween, and […]

the trike…

Today we cruised out to the factory for a little bit, and then went into the city, for eats and to check out one of the more well-known markets: “silk street”. It’s one of those places that tour busses take loads of people to buy purses, silk stuff, all the Chinese goods you can imagine […]

my day off…

I have no idea how long it’s been since I have been on a bike to just cruise. If I have been on a bike in the last few years, it’s been for a workout. But today-it was for sightseeing! SO AWESOME! Today was a good day. In my BPS “Year to Remember” class this […]

chinese acrobats

Well, 2 blog entries in one night, but i just had to add these fabulous photos that kylee took at the acrobats. I took my little camera, and she was smart, and brought her big camera…so my photos turned out so lame, and her’s were way better. Anyway, the show started at like 7:15, and […]

happy birthday colton!!!!-he's 10

Things are winding down from the day, and there is actually some quiet in the house. I am always so relieved when the babies are asleep, and the older kids are mellowing out, and I actually have a little time to breathe. We kicked off the week with Colton’s 10th Birthday!  Wow… it’s hard to […]

the wet market

This week has gone by so fast… it’s sat. afternoon, and the big kids are at rugby with eric, and the babies are home with kylee and i. we spent the morning cleaning house, and now the babies are asleep, and I may have about 20 minutes to sit in a clean, quite house… oh, […]

The Great Wall

I have wanted to visit the Great Wall since we got here… I would have gone on the first day if I had the chance. It was the number one thing I wanted to check out. I guess that somehow, I thought that I’d be able to see it from everywhere… like, I had a […]

Expats for Olympic Torchbearers…PLEASE VOTE!!

Alright.. I would love your help everyone!! I just met this cutest girl, her name is Ellie Goldrup… she is awesome. She and her family have lived all over the world with the state department… anyway, she was lucky enough to win a competition that made her a finalist to be able to carry the […]