Busy, busy, busy…

by Michele

Wow, it has been a while…not because we have had nothing to report but because we have been so busy.  Last Wednesday/Thursday (May 1st/2nd) we had our random snow storm.  The kids had a blast one last time playing in the snow.

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They shoveled snow and when they were done with that they shoveled all of the tree buds/flowers that had fallen off of the trees because of the snow and ice.

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IMG_8599Luke didn’t have school on Friday so Ted decided to take the day off so we could have some family fun.  A few other plans/ideas fell through so we ended up going to the MN zoo.  My boys have always enjoyed going to the zoo and we figured the girls would too.  Quinn got so excited every time she found an animal, it was really cute.  We also had a family friend’s kid with us so no, there is not a crazy extra girl in our picture, we do actually know her.

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We must have visited the zoo on a good day because we got to see the workers feed grapes to the fruit bats, the penguins got fish, and the boa constrictor…well she just got a bath.  It was a lot of fun.

On Saturday we went to the Festival of Nations in St. Paul MN.  It was Ted’s idea and I am glad he came up with it because it was a lot of fun.  The festival had booth after booth of different types of food to try.  I ended up with an Italian salad and some Tibetan momo (I think…it was like potato/vegetable dumplings with very hot sauce to go with them).  It was awesome food.

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Ted and the kids were not as adventurous so most of my food did come from the same stands that they were going to or right next to, but some of the other food that we walked by like the curries and stir-fries looked so delicious.  Everyone did get a bit adventurous when it was time for dessert.  Luke and Ryan really liked this Filipino dessert.

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IMG_8706They tried a few potatoes from Mexico and the spices on them were pretty hot.  We didn’t realize it at the time and could not understand why Jenna and Quinn were whining so bad until we got a bite with all the spices.  We then had the kids eat from the top and bottom parts where the spices were not as strong.  That went a lot better.

IMG_8711Don’t worry, we washed it down with some smoothies and some French eclairs.

IMG_8681Along with all of the food, there were lots of music groups playing and dance groups.  I think we watched the dancers for about 2 hours.  Ryan asked the whole time that we ate when we could go back and watch more dancers and listen to more music.  His feet, hands, and body were moving the whole time.  It was a lot of fun to watch but a little frustrating when Ryan could not eat because he was always busy clapping.

Upstairs in a different room they had stations set up on a lot of the different nationalities around the world.  They did nationalities instead of countries because there are a few nationalities represented that do not have a home country.  You could get a fake passport for the kids and they could go around and get it stamped at each of the different booths.  It was really cool because most of the booths had a person who would translate the kids name into that language.  Luke’s name is pretty simple but there were a few languages we really struggled with Quinn and Ryan.  We made up a few things for Ryan.  If the person didn’t know how to translate Quinn it usually became Queen.  Luke had so much fun collecting all of his stamps and seeing his name written in all the different languages.

IMG_8697Last but not least, I need to post a picture of the garbage cans there.  Ted and a few others are going to laugh but I was really impressed with their garbage system.  Most places usually only have garbage cans.  If you are lucky, there are bottle recycling but here, they had everything.  And to top it all off, they had a person there to make sure you put your garbage into the correct bin.  That’s right….you had to recycle your stuff.  No more excuses of I am too lazy or it is too hard.  You had to recycle.  Love it!!!!!

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About tochinaandbackagain

I am a stay at home mom to two very active boys and soon we will bring home two Chinese twin girls with cleft lip and palate issues. I spend my day trying to be the best parent and wife I can be with God leading the way.
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