August 13, 2017

Michigander flies home

Before school starts I'd better put up an America post! It's amazing how much fun a family can have in under three weeks.
This pic says it all. The flag, the boating tube, the minivan, the mobile home. 

America has Meijer stores, and Meijer stores have slushies. It's one of the first things we do.

America has brothers. 

Family pic 2017. The gang's all here!

Our family's favorite inland lake. Grandpa has a pontoon boat now.

My dad. XOXOX
Four generations!
My mom. XOXOX

Not to be outdone by the grandkids.
The beach. Of course.

They've been carrying kids' beach toys to the beach for 40 years now.

My parents pack a mean cooler.
And then there's Liz. Of course.
We stayed here for a night. "Linda's Place," it was called. Linda has...interesting taste.
Bowling balls were growing in the garden.
We had a blast, in spite of Linda's garden! Ha!
Ah, Michigan. Until we meet again. XOXOX

August 06, 2017

My baby is 8

So we snuck back into America this summer, for less than three weeks this time. If we didn't see you or give you a call, don't feel badly. It was worse for us! A globe-crossing series of flights, followed by two weeks of jet lag, then a mere five days of normalcy, only to get back on airplanes heading home to East Asia for another two weeks of jet lag. Not exactly a dream summer...but necessary for visa purposes. We do what we must.

So it was that Jubilee celebrated her 8th birthday while in the United States. Which is funny. This kid, who has never lived anywhere but her birth country, has now celebrated 3/8 of her birthdays outside of her birth country.

But she didn't complain too much. She woke up at Grandma and Grandpa's on the morning of her birthday, to the usual streamers and balloons and a present or two.

Then we met up with Liz and Cadence at Airtime in Grand Rapids. Jubi LOVVVVVES her friend Cadence. This lovely Dutch girl is a full head taller than Jubes and hasn't even turned 8! But their height difference doesn't mean anything to them.

After Airtime, Liz took the girls to an art event for kids.

The following Saturday the whole family came together, Momo included, to celebrate again. Jubilee had her cousin Sharlet by her side this time!

Probably her favorite gift was the shirt I ordered from Etsy. The kitten looks like our Moses, and green is her favorite color.

The grand finale? GETTING HER EARS PIERCED! Grandma and Momo and I took her to Claire's at Rivertown Crossings Mall. She chose yellow gold and cubic zirconia studs.

Her ears just before the piercing.
The lady who would pierce her ears was kind of nuts. Jubi is laughing at her.

She's laughing at her again. 
The smallest look of pain on her face. Nothing more.
And she's done! Look at the sparkle in those ears! Grandma bought her two more pairs for later.

Jubilee, my only daughter, my sweet companion, my favorite girl. You have a golden heart, a level head, a quick wit, and a look of beauty. There is no doubt that girls like you are rare. We are so thankful for you, and we can't wait to see where you will go in life and who you will become! Happy birthday, sweetheart. We love you with all our hearts.

July 06, 2017

The twelve year old boy

Gene: "What I hate most are weddings, haircuts, and art."

His siblings: "What do you love most, then?"

Gene: "Video games, soft drinks, and camping."

He had a little run-in with a mountain.

July 03, 2017

Why was 6 afraid of 7?

Because 7 ate 9.

Get it? 7,8,9

Brave turned 8 in June, and boy did his birthday go out with a bang!

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Let me start from the beginning.

He woke up on June 13 to a traditional Daniel Rupp decorating job.

Pardon the clean laundry chair. Does anyone not have a clean laundry chair?

Brave's nickname, from Daniel. Sing it to the tune of Caterpillar, Caterpillar.
He got a remote control boat!
We grabbed some of his friends and went to the park to try it out.
It works great!

Then we rode the trike to Peter's Tex-Mex for dinner, per Brave's request. We brought Zeb along, of course.

Gene and I are in the front-facing bench seat, behind the camera.

That night we watched Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark on the projector in our roof room.

Then a few days later we had his party. He requested laser tag. He and his friends (and his siblings) had a TON of fun.

Not to mention the dads.

Daniel and Moose, bonding in combat.

Brave was a little shy at first.

But Zeb's enthusiasm made up for it.

When everybody started suiting up, Brave got more and more excited!

Even little sister got into it! Look at those pink nails.

Oh yeah, the game is on!

Smoke bombs were just an extra 20 kuai.
Worth every jiao.

The womenfolk enjoyed ourselves, too.

But not as much as the menfolk.

And definitely not as much as the kids.

Jubilee is at Brave's right hand. Always. 

Here's to 8 years of Brave Ransom. What a boy he is! The spitting image of his father. The brother favored to grow the biggest (we shall see about that). He's our easy going, cuddly, good lookin' tough guy who makes a friend wherever he goes. And we are proud to call him ours. Happy Birthday, Berv Derv.