Easter 2014

Easter is usually a non-event for us, though it often coincides with a visit to or from family. This year it was spent with our China family – many of the SSIS staff that have kids (and some that didn’t) gathered at the lake for a fabulous Easter hunt, organised by the even more fabulous Donita – don’t know where we’d be without her!

The kids had fun, the adults had fun, the Easter Bunny wasn’t too scary, and we were a big enough spectacle to entertain most visitors to Jinji Lake on Sunday.

But first, the Easter Bunny visited our house. He’d have dumped eggs all over the backyard, as he’s done previously, but neighbours above us have been dumping shards or glass, chunks of concrete, drops of paint, masses of paper and cardboard, and miscellaneous other rubbish, as they renovate their apartment upstairs. So outside is now, and forevermore (just 9 more weeks, just 9 more weeks….) a no-go area for the kids. Anyway, the Easter Bunny dumped eggs all over the lounge room – which is almost as messy as outside.

It didn’t take Arlo too long to discover all EB’s hiding places (he’s pretty  bad at hiding eggs, but that’s just as well when the one-year-old would love to taste chocolate egg foil) and soon she was counting and sampling the loot.
Egg count
Eggsploration 1Eggsploration 2Eggsploration 3Eggsploration 4 - better than toast
Choccy breakfast
Then the afternoon fun…
Kids at playThe Easter Bunny wasn’t so scary…Trying to convince...But Arlo wasn’t so quick to agree!Not convinced...Donita, giving clues for the next part of the hunt.
Instructions 1Instructions 2Instructions 3Instructions 4On a mission
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Munching someone elses food!

There are a few more photos of the day over on Flickr!

We had so much fun. It’s gatherings like this, with these people, that I’ll really miss when we leave.

In nine weeks.

Student-led conference

Last Saturday Arlo took us to school and showed us just what happens there. She was so proud of everything she showed us, and we were so proud of her. We saw, among many, many other things:

Creating:
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Creating with Daddy 2
Jumping:
Sack racePainting:
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Painting 1
Music making:
Music class
And a bit of sand play as well:
Sand play

Flying a kite

Last Sunday was the perfect day to go to the lake and fly our kite. Geoff and Arlo got the kite in the air a few times, then spent ages getting it out of a tree, while Galen dealt with his ‘grass issues’. Then Arlo ran into her good friend, Kaho, and kite flying with Dad wasn’t so interesting anymore!
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Ahhhhhh, spring!!

One last fling in Shanghai, part 2.

So to continue from the previous photo-list of things we did in Shanghai, probably for the last time ever…

Interesting sights in the alleyways off Taikang Lu (yes, that last picture is snapped from the doorway of a toilet-themed restaurant).
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Swimming and playing in the pool at New Harbour Serviced Apartments
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City sights first thing in the morning
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A wander around the antique market
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A stroll past the food stalls near our hotel one evening
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Our ability to get out and explore all day is now limited with two kids who either need to nap or be entertained in ways other than running loose in an art gallery. We limited ourselves to exploring for half the day, then coming back to the hotel and resting or swimming in the hotel pool.

There are so many things we’ll love and miss about Shanghai, but we are also so excited about our next big adventure, and we can’t wait to explore the hidden corners of Kuala Lumpur in three months time!!

One last fling in Shanghai, part 1.

Which sounds a lot more risque than it really was.

We stayed in Shanghai for four days, catching up on the things we love about this city, while also doing a few things we hadn’t done before.

Lunch at M on the Bund
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A return to the Beijing Duck Restaurant
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A first visit to M50 (50 Moganshan Road) – the art district
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And more in the next post – this is pretty photo-heavy now.

Learning to walk

He’s not there yet.
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He’s not even close.
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He drops to his knees,
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And shuffles.
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