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Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA December 31st 2014

This month has flown by! We had Williams little friend Lipe over for some Christmas fun....They decorated Christmas decorations and made reindeer food! I helped William to make little boxes for his friends at nursery......it was a busy week leading up to Christmas!!! We had a lovely Christmas, Andy was able to have Christmas day and Boxing day off which was great and then he had the weekend off too. Christmas eve the boys were busy the whole afternoon getting ready for Santa.....They sprinkled their reindeer food outside of our apartment and Matthew wrote a nice letter to Santa and William drew a lovely happy Santa picture for him! Then they got snacks out ready for the reindeer and Santa....all was ready. They woke up at 5am but were sent back to bed!! 7am I heard ... read more
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Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA December 20th 2014

My little hobby is going well....I have made lots of beaded necklaces, bracelets and now earrings. I sold about 50 items at Matthews school last month so (with the encouragement of my friend!!) thought I would try and sell some more now I have had a little time to make more!!! So I thought why not, see how it goes!! So on Friday I invited people over to our apartment to have a look at my handy work and I sold quite a few more things.....the start of good things!!! I think my husband is quite impressed as he thought I would not even finish one necklace!!!! (Not that he would admit it!!!) Here are some of what I have made.......... read more
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Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA December 20th 2014

The day I have been waiting for has arrived!!! I love Christmas time, watching Matthew in his school Christmas show. I was not sure what to expect as he goes to an international school, weather it would be a Christmas show or carols???........TIS put on a great show!! They put on a "TIS has Talent" show. Matthews class worked together and did a group performance. They danced to a piece of music from Cirque Du Soleil. The dance was all about movement and how to flow and work together. They all did a fantastic job and I was a very proud mummy!! They did It all again the following day during the last day of term assembly. The other children did a fantastic job too.....I have included some photos but I have to say the last ... read more
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Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA December 14th 2014

I have tried yoga classes a couple of times and hanging up in the room is lots of large material for the flying class. I keep saying to myself I wonder what the flying yoga is like.......im always up for trying new things and this was on my must try list so Saturday at the end of the lesson I asked my friend (who is also my Chinese teacher Helen!) to ask the teacher what the flying yoga was like and the teacher replied with: stand up and I will show you!! My face must have been a picture but after 5 minutes there I was upside down and just hanging.....very strange feeling!!!! Helen suggested why don't we come back in the evening and have another lesson to include flying yoga......why not!! So we returned ready ... read more
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Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA December 9th 2014

Matthew has been doing football after school club for 3 weeks as the school field has been replaced.......the building work was aimed to be finished by September but things don't always go to plan out here!! So Matthews class should have had 3 months to practise, learn the rules of the game etc but they had 3 weeks!!! But I have to say the children did really well!!! I went along to help out with the teacher and a couple of other mums. We had to travel for about an hour to another international school in Tianjin. The kids were really excited and they looked so good dressed in their new football kits!! They played about 4 games, 8 minutes for each game so by the end of it all the children were ready to go ... read more
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Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA December 9th 2014

This is my favourite time of year.......CHRISTMAS!!!!!! But spending it in China, will we still have the same fun? Oh yes!!!! Each year in England we have a few of Matthew friends over to have some Christmas fun, making decorations, play games and this year is no different!! On Saturday we had a few friends over and we had soooo much fun. We made tree decorations, Christmas wreaths for our doors, candle decorations for the mummies, making reindeer food, lunch in the middle and making crackers, santa piƱata and hunt the reindeer outside!!!! The fun never stops!!!! The kids had lots of fun and were on the go none stop the whole time (the party was 11am - 3pm!!) It was nice to share this with children of different cultures and finding out how and when ... read more
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Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA November 10th 2014

It has been a really busy week......Matthew's school had a fun day celebrating UN day on Friday. I have been busy sewing lots of bells for Matthews outfit to wear on a UN day parade.....Matthew was a Morris Dancer!!! I have also been busy cooking..... I got volunteered to cook an English dish for the special lunch at school. For those who know me, my cooking skills are not great but I made 4 lovely shepherds pies and I was happy to have 4 empty dishes at the end!! It was a great day!... read more
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Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA October 31st 2014

We all had lots of fun for Halloween this year!! Matthew dressed up at school and had fun trick or treating there. William had a Halloween party at nursery.....He was not impressed that his teacher painted his eyes blue and mummy turning him into a ghost!! Then in the evening we had fun at Green park trick or treating with friends!!... read more
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Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA October 22nd 2014

Hi boys, we are so glad that you liked your new pyjamas we sent for you!! You both look great and check out those moves boys!! Looking good so I wanted to share your great photos!!... read more
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Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA October 22nd 2014

John Jacobson visits Teda International School!! I have just spent the morning at Matthew's school watching a fantastic workshop with John Jacobson and grades k-5. Wow....this man is full of energy and got all the children's attention in a fun and exciting way. I have to say (sorry!)....I had no idea about this person and Matthew had a workshop with him yesterday but he did not give much away!! John teaches the children how to get up and be confident during music and dance. During the workshop the children showed us what they have learnt with him and all got up and danced and sung with John including Matthew who is normally shy!! Teaching them how to be them selves in what they do in life and about caring for the world in which we live ... read more
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