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Published: February 1st 2019
First week and a bit of Cali life complete! Definitely putting the hours in with the boys now, which I suppose is fair enough considering how much free time I had in Beijing.
Where to start? On Saturday we took a trip to the LA Natural History Museum. When I say we I mean Bella and Butter dropped me and the boys off at the museum and left. It was a pretty good one! Tyler and Robbie had fun naming all the animals and looking at the dinosaurs. I made sure we stayed a little longer than they wanted to so we saw everything! Got to get our money's worth. Yes, you have to pay for museums here!
A huge answer to prayer on Sunday was that we went to church together! We managed to find my friend Maisey's Church which isn't too far away. For some reason Butter stayed in the car, I’m still not sure why, but the rest of us went in. It was a pretty big venue! Quite a Soul Survivor/ New Wine feel with a brilliant worship band and a great speaker. Sadly but understandably the Church couldn't find anyone to translate for them
on such short notice, but I've asked around and we might be able to this Sunday if we go again. Bella loved the worship though! Even when it was over and I'd said we could go, she stayed sitting down listening and even asked me to send her the songs afterwards! Turned out that week was an “Anointing” service, which meant they had the whole church walk through a human archway to be prayed over. Rather difficult to explain to someone who doesn't speak much English, as well as most other things about Church really! I tried my best, thanks for all your prayers!
After Church we headed straight to the beach, which was also brilliant. The boys loved playing in the sea, and as Butter was there watching them I asked if I could go over to the people playing beach volleyball. There are public volleyball nets set up all over the beach, and pretty soon I was asked if I wanted to play a game! So much fun playing again on the beach in the sun. Could have stayed there a long time.
So after a fair amount of confusion, we've finally managed to get the
boys all set up for their swimming. I'd been told different things from different members of staff about how much we had to pay and things, but eventually sorted it on Monday. Tyler is now swimming every weekday afternoon and Robbie twice a week. I've been coming along and reading on the poolside which has actually been really good. Tyler is enjoying being a part of a team and loves the games they play together. Robbie tells me his class is “so bad” because he's the only boy, but you can see he's enjoying it really. Robbie has taken to saying “I don't think so” a lot, which sounds harmless but can be pretty frustrating because most of the time he actually means it. “Robbie look that's a boat!” “I don't think so”. “We can drink water from the tap here, it's safe” “I don't think so”. “Robbie, don't do that it's dangerous” “I don't think so”. I have to resist the urge to remind him he's a 6-year-old boy who doesn't know much about anything. Something he has come to know however is that I'm magic. I can refill water glasses, make their phones or shoes disappear and reappear
with a click of my fingers. I can also make myself disappear and reappear which is why I'm no longer allowed to play hide and seek!
We've generally been eating Chinese food at home which I'd expect, but even eating out we've been sticking to Chinese places. Once the boys and I were asked where we'd like to eat - Robbie loves spaghetti so asked for that, Tyler didn't mind. I said I didn't mind, but then quickly said maybe we could eat something other than Chinese food! I'm never going to hear the end of it. Simeon, are you going to eat this, or not because it's Chinese? We eventually had Korean food. I was talking to Bella another time and asked if we could go to an Italian place, and said that Mexican food is really good too. How about a European place even? But she said she doesn't like any of those, so I asked well what do you like? Chinese, Korean, Japanese. Oh and Thai. So on the culinary front I'm essentially stuck in Asia. I've enjoyed having the occasional bowl of cereal for breakfast though.
I've been entertaining the boys with some walks and trips to the park. I have to stop them opening everyone's mailboxes which are the classic American ones out in the road. Personally, I think letterboxes are a much better idea. I taught them the game Ninja, which I should have thought of long ago as it's been great fun. Monopoly is still a favourite, but I want to see if I can find Uno or something to mix it up! Robbie and I played a bit with some neighbours who've got a 3-year-old daughter. It was nice to see him being gentle, and nice for me to have an English speaking adult to talk to! They gave us some tips for things to do around here - apparently the lake is lots of fun.
The weekends seem to be the time to go out and do touristy things and Bella has said they want to go to Hollywood too so hopefully sometime we'll go and do that sometime! I'm a tourist and unashamed.
Praise God for their first Church experience (positive I hope)! That we've all survived - the boys haven't killed each other and seem to be having fun. Please do pray for continued patience and energy, and for Church next week!
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