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Published: February 8th 2019
Hello and welcome back! Hope everyone had a great week.
My week started out on a bit of a disappointing foot, as we didn't get to go to Church together. Butter told me the night before that he was taking the car out for the whole day so we couldn't make it to Free Chapel. I'd seen a little local Church whilst out and about, and I was able to walk there on Sunday morning. The boys were asleep when I left and Bella said they wouldn't be going. A shame, but it turned out the Church was a pretty traditional Lutheran one where the service reminded me of Chapel Choir and I reduced the average age of the congregation by about fifty years. A shame they didn't come, but the boys probably wouldn't have enjoyed it.
It's actually been raining loads this week. Shock horror. It just tipped it down for days and there were even flash flood warnings. Made for a lot of staying inside, and sadly meant we didn't go out at the weekend. We have now been to the local library a few times though, which is good fun. Everyone grabs a book and we
read together, I help them if they get stuck. Because they don't have any Californian ID we can't borrow any books but Butter has just taken his driving test so we should be good to go soon. Looking forward to that.
Also, this week was Chinese New Year! Almost forgot. I did actually forget on the day...oops. Bella and Butter were out the day before and came back with some new clothes for everyone - I got a nice t-shirt and shorts. Then on the day we didn't do much! Had some family round for a big dinner which was nice. Everyone still commented on how little I eat - I ate a lot, ok! Anyway, Happy New Year to you lot!
Spending a lot of time with the boys is really good for their English, and I've been pleased to hear Tyler now says “can't” with a British accent! I'm finally getting around to teaching them the past tense. Might sound a bit late, but we've been pretty preoccupied. It's been really difficult because there's no such thing in Chinese, but we're getting there.
Every day for me is 10 or more hours supervising and occupying
the both of them, which does have its challenges. It's such a 2 sided coin because they can be a real pain, but when they're well behaved helping them with English can be really enjoyable.
They ask me a lot whether I like China or America more, which is a difficult question to answer because I like both. I think with them I'd actually rather be in Beijing. LA is brilliant, and it's amazing that I've got the opportunity to be here with them. I've found the people here so lovely, drivers will even stop for me when their light is green and people in the street will say good morning. It's a place I'd love to get to explore more, but just don't really have the chance this time around. It'd be awesome to come back with my family or friends someday. What's annoying is that we're a way out of central LA and the public transport is pretty bad. It would take me almost 4 hours to get downtown by myself and probably longer to get back, so I can't go anywhere alone. Beijing is somewhere they know and I've come to know as well. There's a lot to do, and it's really easy to get around. I'm enjoying myself here, but looking forward to being “home”.
A little randomly - a word I find really interesting in Chinese is the word “gei” which means “to give”. In English, if someone said “give” to me I'd assume they were asking me to give them something. In Chinese, it's usually the opposite! They say “gei” all the time to indicate that they're giving you something. I think that's really cool! Obviously “give” could have that meaning in English too but we don't really use it like that. Maybe a little insight into cultures there?
We found a good park the other day, and the boys and I managed to get an unwitting Bella into one of those little spinning buckets. She got very dizzy! Amusing for the rest of us.
Bella and Butter are out rather a lot, which leaves me in charge, feeling much more like a parent than I would like. Making sure the boys eat their food, making sure they say sorry after trying to kill each other - took a while that one. But one day they left early which meant I was in charge of breakfast. I'm proud to have cooked up their first ever pancake experience. Robbie really likes them even though Tyler isn't so keen. Robbie asked for them again for dinner!
Praise God for another week and some great times together with the boys. Do keep praying for love and patience as well as the Church situation, although I think Butter said something about going to San Diego this Sunday… I suppose we'll see.
Catch you next week.
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