our school here in China

En route to China I got a comment from a blog reader who actually lives here in Shanghai. ...more

Elle is 16

Long ago in a land far away our daughter turned 16. ...more

Friday Q&A -- snotty teenagers

I am struggling with my teenager and am curious about your strategies to deal with the "snotty" teen girl attitude? ...more

white texas sheet cake {or white almond cake} and a colorful table

We invited our first house guests over last night....more

adventures in transportation

Meet our handsome new chauffier:His name is David and I kind of have a crush on him.Yep, Dave got a Chinese driver's license.When we first arrived here there was a guy from Dave's office who drove us where we needed to go. ...more

day-to-day China (so far)

There are some things we are getting used to over here that I want to remember and write down before they don't seem so new to us anymore. I carry two cell phones everywhere I go.Since we're only going to be here for a short time Dave got me a little Chinese cell phone that I use to text, call and WeChat, but I cannot type on that thing to save my soul! ...more

navigating food options so far in China

I knew food would be a little bit tricky here. I remember one morning about a week after we arrived on our trip eight years ago when I finally figured out how I could feed my family French toast. ...more

our first weekend in Shanghai according {mostly} to my iPhone

During our first weekend here we got up on Saturday (still super early because of the jet lag), and decided to explore the neighborhood. ...more

August little things and a little slice of schedule-freedom

August back in the desert seems like eons ago and a whole world away at this point, but I still want to keep track of all the stuff that happened there before we packed up to make this move. ...more

first day of school 2014, round 2 (China version)

There probably won't be many times in these kids' lives where they "get" to have the first day of school TWICE, once on each side of the globe (at least I'm sure they hope not!). ...more