Thursday, August 27, 2009

Clam Cakes And Chowder

Kevin needed to satisfy his yearly craving for clam cakes and chowder, so we drove to Rhode Island and had lunch with Nai Nai. I couldn't help myself taking pictures of Jingju today.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Jumping Rope

"Happiness" by Goldfrapp

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Last Day Of Summer Camp

Yesterday was Jingju's last day of summer camp. We so want to thank our friends, Sally and Bill, who run the museum camp, for their incredible gift of a scholarship to Jingju to attend all summer long. Jingju just blossomed there in so many ways. We were worried about her shyness with other children, and by the end of camp she had made many friends. Her vocabulary has expanded to include such words as, menagerie, magnet, musical instruments, sandpaper, curiousities, crocodile, colorful, castle, electric, insect, and pottery. Each week she built a different project around a different theme or concept from building a cabinet and filling it with treasures, to creating a circus or learning about how to make electricity. My favorite parts of my day for the last 8 weeks has been dropping Jingju off at camp and picking her up. Jingju was in the camp's before and after care, which she really enjoyed. Basically it involved playing at the museum's outdoor water lab, hanging out with her friends and counselors and playing endless games of Uno. Every afternoon I'd pick Jingju up and find her either caked with sand, dappled with paint and/or soaking wet from her head to her shoes.

This child, once she feels safe, hits the ground running with arms open, eyes wide, with a desire to do, to touch, to try...everything, while laughing hard, smiling big, and as Jingju says, holding on "really really tight!" This experience at camp plugged Jingju into a world of play and learning, creativity and ingenuity, as well as a community of wonderfully talented and giving people...and with Sally and Bill around, lots and lots of humor always.

So... thanks Sally, Bill, Wanda, Melissa, and all the other counselors at the E.W. M. for helping Jingju to adjust and acclimate to her new American life. It was the right experience at the right time and we are forever grateful.


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pleasant Summer Evening With Friends

Last night we had dinner with friends and their two daughters. After dinner, one of the girls read to Jingju on the steps of the restaurant.   

Jingju Plays Tennis

Jingju has a wonderful new babysitter, Fani, who took these pictures of Jingju while teaching her to play tennis.

                                                                               Jingju and Fani.


Jingju, getting in the birthday spirit.

Happy Birthday, Jingju

Jingju turned 6 on August 10th. As far as we know, and
from what she tells us, she has never had a birthday party. We had a small party for her with family and a few friends at home. In the morning, she opened her presents with Baba and I, and then later in the day her company came over. Tessa (Jing Xin), Jingju's SWI sister, sent Jingju some Chinese DVDs, CDs, and books, and so they Skyped in the morning so Jingju could open her presents with Tessa. It was a lovely day. Jingju made these videos, and of course, is heard singing.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Best Friends

With my friend Sandra finally coming home from China with her daughter Tessa (Jing Xin), I was motivated to scan the pictures in Jingju's Half The Sky life book, so that Sandra and I could share pictures of our girls. As Jingju's English improves, I am learning more about her life in China, and about her friendship with Jing Xin. They were best friends and slept side-by-side in a bed for four. We are planning for the girls to see each other in the next month or so. I can't wait to see them together.