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:
Creating with Daddy 1
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:
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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 hotelĀ 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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Hello

Look at this here neglected blog! I’d be surprised if anyone was even reading this. It’s (again) been a while since I posted anything. We’ve been to Australia and back, Galen has turned one, Arlo has done many wonderful things at school, and we’re gearing up and counting down to our move to Malaysia in June. Only three months to go. We can’t wait.

I’m experiencing a lot more “China days” – probably because I know we’re leaving and I have no patience for our water being turned off without notice, people dumping rubbish in our yard or even spitting and urinating on the streets – I’ve had enough of it all. But still…

We’ve been trying to cram in all the things we’d like to do in China just one last time before we go. We’ve got a few days planned in Shanghai, almost as a farewell to China. Geoff is finally going to run the Great Wall Marathon in April. We won’t go with him as it will be a pretty hectic few days and it’s not much of a spectator event, though I’d really love to see the Great Wall again – perhaps I’ll get him to take lots of photos along the way.

Galen isn’t walking yet, but is finally crawling really well, after having us thinking that he much preferred commando crawling. We’re in no hurry for him to walk, as I think he’ll be one of those kids that we won’t be able to keep up with – and who needs that?

The cold is finally leaving us and I’m right now looking at the new leaves bursting on our pomegranate tree in the yard. Yesterday we visited a park we hadn’t been to before and had a picnic, then Geoff and Arlo flew a kite, while Galen voiced some little known grass issues. Seems he’s not a fan of the stuff. Hmm.

And here’s some pictures from a week or two ago…
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Emilie’s quilt

A friend had her second baby recently so I used that as an excuse to go through my stash and make a quilt for her. I managed to make the quilt top too big for the backing fabric I had, so made the top smaller so it would fit. It ended up being a bit too small, but that just meant I could finish it quicker…! But then my sewing machine seized up. Well, the needle plate became unusable (long story) so after a new one arrived from America I could finish the quilt.
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This was actually fun to quilt, and the new needle plate made sewing a dream. I don’t know how long I have had a problem with the needle plate, but it feels like I have a completely new sewing machine.
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There were no puckering problems like I had with the last quilt I made, partly because it was a smaller quilt, and partly because I learned my lesson (I hope).
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And the front of the quilt was from a pile of fat quarters I had tucked away. I have enough fat quarters left for an identical quilt, for the next baby to come along.
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