Firsts

July and August, 2013

Wow! A lot has happened here in HK since I last posted in June. As a result of lots of blessings and help from friends, we found a house, moved in, and have been settling in. We live in Mui Wo, on South Lantau Island in Hong Kong. Here are some photos from the last few months. (Note: The photos you see below are just “thumbnails” so they’re cropped. If you click on a photo, you can see the whole photo.)   VICTORIA PEAK...

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Our first outing to a HK Beach (and a shark)

Today the kids and I went with a friend to lower Cheung Sha beach. Several people have told me this one of the cleanest beaches around. Holy moly. When we arrived, the beach was covered in trash. There were staff there with rakes and dustpans cleaning it up, but it was quite disgusting–see the first couple pictures below.  (My friend who has been there several times before, said she’d never seen it that way.) We decided to brave it...

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Mui Wo & HK Temple

On Tuesday, we headed to Mui Wo (where we will live as soon as we can find a place to rent there) to visit the kindergarten Magdalena will attend in the fall. It was raining when we set out, so Magdalena donned her rain boots and we brought along our umbrellas (we have 3–2 that Magdalena’s birth grandparents gave Magdalena and James a few months back, and one that a nice Chinese lady gave us in Central on Monday. We were walking in...

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Hawaii Day 1

Today we got up and went to Paradise Cove in Ko Olina for several hours. It was beautiful! We got to swim with sea turtles and I snorkeled for the first time–it was way cooler than I imagined. And the kids absolutely loved the beach. At some point, James said something to the effect of “Mom, I don’t ever want to leave Hawaii”, which is just what the kids said when we were in California. Later Josh asked James,...

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On Our Way to HK with 2 Fun stops on the way

It was so sad leaving our family, friends, and our home (Draper) since the kids were born. But all went smoothly. We were in California from May 25th until yesterday. We stayed with Grandma and Grandpa Steimle and had a great time. We enjoyed our visits with Uncle Walter and Aunt April, Aunt Shirley and Uncle Gary, and Aunt LoRene. On Tuesday, we went to Disneyland (the first time Magdalena and James have been). James had a brief rendezvous in...

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Sledding–First Time

This was James’s first time sledding. And I think Magdalena’s too. It’s pretty much Josh’s first time too. The kids loved it. The snow won’t last for long. I’m grateful my kiddos have a daddy who has the flexibility to take advantage of such brief opportunities when they exist. I sure love these...

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