Well it has been a very eventful week or so since getting back to Xian. We have been catching up with are friends and spending time with people nearly every day, which has been a blessing. One event was Sydney and I going to the water park here with our friends Joshua and his Dad Chris. It was a BLAST! I had never been there before, but when we got there it turned out to be awesome. It’s indoors and we were like the only people there. This park has two massive water slides which are nothing short of incredible. My conservative guess is that we had 5 near death experiences, but with kids and water parks that’s expected, right? We kept running around yelling “This is the best day ever!!!” which got even better when we went back the next day and my buddy Chris yelled “This is the second best day ever!!!”. It was tons of fun and I’m glad we got to do it. They are now closed for the season so we will have to wait till next year to enjoy some more near death experiences at the water park.
I wanted to write about this also. So one night it was about an hour till Aubrey’s bedtime and I put her in the stroller and took her for a walk in our neighborhood. Well one of our neighbors who absolutely loves Aubrey saw me and came up and picked Aubrey up took her to her house. She didn’t really ask me, but it’s China so what are you gonna do? Anyways, we got to her apartment and found that it was packed with her relatives. One of them was cooking and when I walked in to see what he was cooking I realized that his pot on the stove was filled with frogs…. And yes they asked if I wanted any. I felt up to the challenge so I ate a couple and to be honest they were really good. When Aubrey and I were leaving they asked if Heather would want any, to which I replied “maybe 2 or 3”. And what they gave me was a bowl filled to the brim. When I got home Sydney asked what was in the bowl and I didn’t have the heart to tell her so I told her it was chicken. She then told me she was hungry and without telling her what they were (she couldn’t see into the bowl, I made sure of it) we together ate the entire bowl. Ahhhh China life.
I will end with one of the best quotes from Sydney. One morning Sydney was poking Aubrey and pestering her and I said to her “Aubrey is not here for you to pick on”, which she replied “yes she is”. So I picked Aubrey up and walked to the other room and Sydney points at me and yells “Give me that child!” and then again a couple more times. I laughed so hard and still have no idea where that came from. I was scared of her though and decided it best to give Aubrey back to her. That’s a joke.
Matt, Heather, Sydney and little Aubrey