Thursday, October 28, 2010

Catching up.

It's been while since our last post. We didn't fall off the face of the planet. We have been busy doing the usual daily work, school and chores that are necessary. Deb has been attending a Bible study class on Tuesday's. She has also been getting Spot up to date on shots and paperwork. And she has been checking on details of traveling by train to Beijing if we get to go there in March when my contract ends here. I have been busy with school and job search. I even had an interview for a school in Beijing, but they aren't looking for positions in February/March right now. I hope they will keep me in mind when the time comes that they are looking. Suzanne has been busy with school work. Deb invited one of the ladies from her Bible study group over for dinner one evening, along with her husband and their son. I forgot to take a picture that evening. They are a Chinese family. Her name is Nicole and teaches English part-time. Her husband doesn't speak any English and works for the local agriculture college as a videographer. They have a ten year old son named Harold. That was last week. This week Deb invited The lady who host the Bible study class, and her husband, to come for dinner. They are from Mississippi. Her name is Sharon and she doesn't work. Her husband is Leroy and works for an American company that makes and sells electric motors. The company contracts out the large motor production to a Chinese company here in Jiamusi. His job is to oversee his companies interest at the factory here. They have lived here for four years. Their visa is only good for 90 days at a time and then they must leave the country to get another. They usually go to Hong-Kong but sometimes go back to the states or travel to other Asian countries. Today Suzanne went to the New-Mart kids zone to have a play date with Nicole and Harold. It looks like she had a really good time.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

It's snowing.

Coal for the furnace that provides heat for our area of the city.

The flowers have been very beautiful and hearty but won't last long with the snow.

Goodbye grass.

Hello snow.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Getting ready for winter.

Our weather forcast is for snow this weekend so everyone is getting ready for winter. DJ is ready for the heat to be turned on friday so she can start crawling we hope. She is out growing the basket part of her bed the school provided for us. She has moved on to the actual crib part now. She likes having the extra room for her toys and to move around. The farmers are bringing in the last crops of the year, leeks and cabbages. Like everything else in this area of China, these are dried before storage for the winter. We went down today and purchased a new suit for DJ to wear when we have to get her out in the cold and snow this winter. She had outgrown her old stuff and we gave it away to someone else that has a baby so they could use it.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Last day of Autumn?

Yesterday and today were perfect days to get out in the afternoon. We all had a wonderful time. DJ made some more Chinese friends. Even Spot got to play with a Chinese police dog down by the river on the beach. The temperature was in the low 70's and beautiful. It is going to start getting colder over the next few days with some rain, and this time next week there is a chance of snow. There are a few things you can count on when it comes to the weather around here. Winter is long and cold, Summer is hot and Spring and Autumn are very short. I was offered to extend my contract with Ivy including an increase in pay but we turned it down and are planning on moving on. Maybe we will get Beijing this time.

DJ was a little scared at her first time in a swing but still liked it enough to smile.

The boats are getting ready for the long winter.

The river goes down in the Fall because there is as much run off from the mountains as the weather is getting colder. Soon all this will be frozen solid.

There are many places like this throughout the city, just like in all cities in China.

It is exercise for the young and old alike.

Suzanne is enjoying the day writing her stories.

Self picture with the cell-phone.

She still has a little growing to do before she can try it on her own.

It is still a lot of fun.

This was put up this year for the regional sports games that our city hosted.

This is a beach that is on our side of the river only a few kilometers down from where we live.

We sat here for over an hour.

There were many people that came by and commented on how beautiful our baby is and how we should put more clothes on her to keep her warm. It was around 70F with a light cool breeze and sunshine. There seems to be a certain time of the year that everyone starts wearing there winter clothes no matter what the weather is like.

Some of the people that came by had children. This little boy was the same age as DJ. They were the same height and had the same number of teeth. He was walking by himself and she needs help. 

They really were having a good time with each other.

You can see the split pants if you look close.

This was another cute boy that stopped to say hello.

He was a little shy.

This little guy wasn't all that interested but the parents made him come other to see DJ.

Usually people will ask if it is okay to pick DJ up, and usually when they try, she just screams until one of us rescues her. This lady just walkes up and takes her out of Deb's arms and is showing her off to everyone. DJ didn't seem to mind too much.