Thursday, January 31, 2008

Chunjie--- Spring Festival

Chinese New Year is upon us. Spring Festival begins Wednesday. The boys will have a 8 days off of school. It is a busy travel time, but we are staying put, Tom's parents are here to meet Zeke and spend time with the boys during their break.
There were celebrations at school today, so the boys wore their Chinese clothes.

Jed, the Chinese Chef

On Wednesday, Chef Bai made Jiaozi (dumplings). It is a traditional food for Chinese New Year. Jed asked if he could help, so here they are, hard at work.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Ready to meet his countymen

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The One Month Milestone

In China, when a woman has a baby, she and the baby are expected to stay in the home for one whole month. The mother is not allowed to bathe or shower, eat hard food, drink or eat anything cold, or leave the house for any reason.

I am used to leaving the house and going about my business as soon as I feel well enough, usually after only a few days. However, I adhered to the not leaving the house policy as well as I could because it was easier than having to answer the questions of the locals. I left the house to go to Zeke's or my doctor appointments, take Huck to school, and occasionally pick up Jack and Jed at the bus stop. Otherwise, I stayed home. I did, however, shower and ate whatever texture and temperature foods and drinks I wanted.

Today Tom had the day off for Martin Luther King, Jr. day. So, we went to two markets. I'd estimate that 90% of the Chinese women we encountered, or merely walked by, inquired as to his age. They ask, "Ji ge yue?" meaning: "How many months?" This happened with women we shopped from as well as women we breezed by in pathways.

On the one day I ventured out with Zeke to pick up Jack and Jed at the bus stop, one of the female workers from our compound stopped me to look at the baby. She asked, "Ji ge yue?" When I responded, "san ge xingqi," she gasped and pointed to her head and said something about a hat. I said that he did have a hat on, and pointed to it. She became more urgent in her tone and said I must wear a hat, I should be inside.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

5 January 08

We haven't left thehouse much, so no adventures to report... just family time.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!