Thursday, January 28, 2010

Home 10 Months

Jingju has been home ten months now, and in that time, she's grown almost 4 inches and 3 shoe sizes. She's lost 4 baby teeth. She can count to 100 by ones, fives, and tens. She's learned how to interact with dogs and cats. She's made friends. Every now and then I find myself just marveling at Jingju's progress adapting to her new life; the subtle ways she's caught on to American culture, claimed her environment, and to my relief, she's making attachments with me, her baba, and her family.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Ant Farm

This is the coolest ant farm. We got it for Jingju for Christmas, but just set it up yesterday. It's based upon a 2003 NASA Space Shuttle experiment to study animal life in space and test how insects-ants, successfully tunnel in microgravity. It's filled with a gel that's complete with nutrients to promote healthy growth in the ant colony, and means you never have to give the ants food or water. It also lights up! It's available at Amazon.