Sunday, November 15, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Jingju recently started going to a playgroup called Dumplings run by Yale China Care and a wonderful group of Yale students.

From their website:
"China Care is an organization that supports children living in Chinese orphanages as well as families living in the U.S. who have adopted children from China. Through its various programs, the group takes a proactive approach to providing greater opportunities for Chinese orphans, primarily through care, interaction, and education. China Care advocates for children in Chinese orphanages, assisting where possible in matching them with families in the United States. Furthermore, the group fundraises to help meet the cost of surgeries and medical care for orphaned Chinese children with disabilities. For more information regarding the organization, please visit their

Jingju has attended three Dumplings playgroups so far. At her first playgroup she played Chinese jump rope and learned to write Chinese characters. At another, the focus was on Chinese hair styles. Today Jingju learned how to make Dumplings. More and more I'm discovering how adept Jingju is with her hands. She watched a demonstration of how to fill and fold the dumpling wrappers, and then duplicated them beautifully as pictured above.

Dumplings Staff

Monday, November 2, 2009

Pixie Hollow

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Introducing Tinkerbell and Her First Halloween

It couldn't have been a better Halloween for Jingju. First she had a wonderful day at school on Friday. She participated in a school performance with her kindergarten class and sang a pumpkin song. Then all the lower grades paraded in costume down the sidewalk around the school. On Halloween, we went to a town that hosts a wonderful children's event. Main Street gets closed off to traffic and all the residents come out in costume for a big parade. Afterwards, there's lots of milling about, free popcorn and cider, and music from the Fife and Drum Corps. We got to town early so that Jingju could do her trick or treating and we walked along a beautiful street with grand houses overlooking the river. Jingju got the hang of things quickly after a little initial shyness. She yelled "Trick or Treat" and remembered her "Thank Yous," and delighted as her green pumpkin pail filled with candies. It was a long day and a bit of a long drive home, with Tinkerbell fast asleep in her car seat. Once home, I placed the sleeping pixie on her father's lap, and up she rode in the elevator and into our apartment. I helped her into bed and tucked her in. When I kissed her goodnight she said, "Mom, thank you for my Halloween."