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August and September in the Power House

16 Sep

I can’t believe we’ve been back in Shanghai for eight weeks… every day brings us one step closer to the next holiday!!! Roll on October break… roll on Thanksgiving…roll on Christmas…I’ll stop there, the aging process and all!!!

Simon and I went to Bangkok last weekend and spent two nights in a great hotel with our friends Jenny and Tom who were there for a week. It was our first flight together without the kids, our first time overseas together without the kids and we all survived and thrived! School has been hectic this September however the happy group of students I have and the great teachers Hannah and Mimi have this year make it all worthwhile.

Last night we got to go to Mimi’s Open House at the Wonder Center… I love that place almost as much as my friend Amy Hossack loves living at the Links… We were amazed by the school’s set up as always and loved meeting with the four teachers who get to spend 5 days a week hearing our talkative child tell stories and make jokes; apparently her favourite things. We were saddened and surprised by how seriously some parents take the education of their 2-5 year old and it has given me a real insight into the mindset of many of the parents we have here at S.A.S. later on who are so concerned about pushing their child and keeping them busy-busy; that pressure sure starts early. We are just happy Mimi has a lovely safe place to play, be engaged, be stimulated and is learning to love to learn… isn’t that the most important thing? There are some great photos on Sue’s site and heaps of solid information about the Reggio Emilia approach to learning.

Hannah has her first swim meet this Saturday and will be competing in the 50m breast-stroke and free-style. We are excited to be there to cheer her on and then celebrate the day with a b.b.q. after wards. We have a day off next Wednesday for a Chinese National Holiday which will break up the week nicely and then we get to hear Jane Goodall speak on Friday which should be amazing, I am so excited I get to meet this amazing woman, it is her second time here but the first time I will see her at a small lunch and book signing event for 60 people…

Simon is continuing to look amazing and fade away…(not necessarily at the same time) and we celebrate 12 years of wedded bliss this Sunday…Yeah for us. Enjoy 20 short and sweet shots of the girls from the last month or so, no pics of Simmo, he won’t be photographed until he is in the B.M.I. normal range!!!

This week I started my course to become a librarian/media specialist through the same University I completed my Masters in last year, Plymouth State University. I have some work to do this weekend, and every weekend for a couple of month to complete the first course for three credits but it is something I’ve toyed with for awhile, so, onward and upward!

 
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The changing face of Simon in ‘Movember’

04 Dec

 
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Home Sweet Home

07 Aug

Hi, we tiredly but happily arrived back in Shanghai on the evening of Tuesday the 29th of July. We were originally scheduled for the following week but decided to bring it forward as it was pretty cold back in Ballarat and we were itching to see our new Green Court apartment. We are not disappointed by our decision. We have had a terrific week back here and are feeling much more relaxed and ready to take on the next year of school.

 

The weather is fantastic right now and I am going to enjoy the second and final week of being back here and will then be ready to face my new class and colleagues. Hannah has been going off to ‘summer camp- a performing arts camp with the theme “Hannah Montana and Friends” every morning for a few hours this week and is extremely happy to be doing so, she is loving it and I can’t wait to see and hear her final performance tomorrow. Mimi is pretty grumpy unless I am giving her 100% of my attention so that has been trying on all of us. I am sure she is just picking up on the whole “Shanghai = ayi most days and not mum” thing and feeling a bit insecure so I am trying to give her love but the constant whinging is taking its toll. Simon is rapt to be back and is happily setting up his techy things all over the place and getting ready for the year ahead.

 

 

 

 
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