Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving! Pass the...KFC?

I love this holiday. So much. Family, friends, and lots and lots of food. The only reason Christmas beats it out for favorite holiday is because presents are added to that list.

I was a little sad to not be home for the holidays this year;  I have never spent a Thanksgiving or Christmas without my family. But I was so excited to invite our Flagship family over to our little apartment to celebrate with us.

But how do you have a realistic Thanksgiving dinner when turkeys have to be imported from the states and cost an arm and a leg? You improvise.

Luckily KFC is wildly popular in China and there is one just down the street from us. An excellent turkey substitute. Add mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, stuffing, sweet potatoes, coleslaw, rolls, delicious dip, apple pie, a crepe cake, and pumpkin pie (all made from scratch, by the way) and you have one amazing Thanksgiving dinner in China.

Just to clarify, I didn't make all those things.

But they sure were delicious. And it was a great day. There was lots of food, good friends, and even some football.

We loved having a bunch of our Flagship friends over, and I honestly could not have picked a better way to feel more at home on Thanksgiving day. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Last week's field trip was really fun. But I seriously didn't listen to anything the teacher was saying about where we were. And I didn't really take a whole lot of pictures either. It was just beautiful and nice to be outside, even though it was a little chilly/windy and had rained the night before. And it was fun to just walk around and laugh with friends.

We crossed the Yangtze River. 3rd longest in the world.

Beautiful pathways

What I did catch was that the location of the first place we went to is historically significant, but the building there was only built in 2001 because the original guy who wanted to build it however long ago ran out of money. But it's a cool building, let's be real. And it was up a small mountain, so there was a great view.

I loved the lanterns.

We LOVE the English translations,
they are always hilarious.

Chinese people are short. Brandon is not.

I luff him.


This is to show how windy it was!
Did I mention I loved the lanterns?

And the second place was at the bottom of the small mountain and it is where the Treaty of Nanking was signed, which leased Hong Kong to Great Britain. I didn't take any pictures there, but here is one from above, we could see it from the first place.

Very exciting, can't you tell?

But let's be honest for a minute here. This is really what all of these field trips actually look like:

Thursday, November 8, 2012

MY Man

Indulge me for a moment.

I LOVE SPENCER. Seriously, I just love him. He is so good to me. I am so grateful for his love, for his kindness, for his patience and dedication. I love that he tries not to mind when I spend a little money on things that make me feel a little more at home here in China. I love that he always seems to know when something is wrong and how to make me feel better. I love that he doesn't mind being silly with me. I love that he wakes me up every morning (which is a major task) and takes the time to prod and kiss me awake, even though some mornings it takes a little longer than he would prefer.

I am so grateful for this amazing man who has chosen to spend his forever with me. I am so grateful to have the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives, for our knowledge of eternal families, and for the joy and stability that it brings to our marriage.

First day of school in China!
Spencer made eggs, all by himself, by choice.
His mother and sisters will understand the
significance of this

I LOVE my man.