Sports, Beach and Celebration

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Thursday was a super busy and fun day. After English class we got to play some sporty type games. We played a balloon game where you have to get a balloon and pop it without using your hands. Inside the balloons were letters. The object was to make as many words as you could. You got double for words that were longer than 5 letters. Surprisingly, my team won! I’ve never done well at those types of words games.

We also played a game where you have to get everyone on to a piece of paper. Each round the paper gets smaller by half. Eventually, my whole team was standing on my one foot with Anna on my shoulders. We tied for first.

Another game we played was Steal the Bacon.

After each lunch, we headed off to the beach. We’d been telling Anna that we might not get to go because of the rain. On the way to our apartment-unit, she said, “Daddy, when we get back to the house let’s pray to God that there won’t be any rain while we’re at the beach.” When we got to the house we prayed. God answered Anna’s prayer. Although it was forecasted to rain all day, the whole time we were at the beach it didn’t rain a single drop. As soon as we were headed back to LSV in the bus, it started to rain. In order to keep 30+ kids safe in the water at the beach, we decided that 4 men would go out a bit and create a wall that the campers were not allowed to cross. The ladies were on shore also watching from that side. It proved to be very effective and we were able to keep an eye on all the children the whole time.

When we got back, and released the kids to their parents, we sat down to dinner. At dinner it was announced that we were celebrating that LSV was able to obtain the necessary permits to continue operating. This is no small feat in this land. We celebrated with cake and soda.


































Qing Dizzle Baby!!!

Well, we’ve made it through our first two weeks of living in Qingdao! We apologize for taking so long to make a post about it, but it’s been pretty crazy with the whole moving in-unpacking-starting a new job-working on my MBA-going shopping, and of course going to the beach like everyday!

Jacquelyn has loved her newfound freedom of being able to walk to the beach and major shopping places.

My new job is going great! For those of you who don’t know, I am the admissions director for Qingdao MTI International School (QMIS). I have a lot to learn, but I think it is going to work out well. I’ve been working very closely with the previous admissions director for these past two weeks.

Check this out…I get to hire a secretary! Isn’t that awesome? No more getting my own coffee! Obviously I’m just kidding about the coffee, but it is pretty exciting about getting a secretary. QMIS is in the midst of renovating a new campus and we’re already busting at the seams. I’ll be moving into my new office by the week’s end.

The first picture posted in this post is the view from our apartment…kinda. You really need to stick your head out of the window to see the ocean, but hey, we aren’t complaining! In the second picture you can see Anna throwing rocks into the ocean. She absolutely loves it. It’s like having a giant sandbox in your backyard.

Well, that’s all for now. Please do come see us! We’d love to show you around.