These are just the trees on our block.




The Primary had an Easter activity.
Hunting for Eggs on Sunday around the apartment.  He’s looking at a list telling him which eggs are for him to find.  Funny thing, it’s not colors or pictures, but words, so the list is unreadable to him.
We also didn’t have baskets so he used this Thomas backpack. He’s been wearing it, backwards and full of eggs, all week.
I failed to get a picture of the kids all dressed up. It wasn’t anything special anyway. We didn’t have baskets. Thankfully, the Primary activity supplied us with eggs and we stuffed them with tiny Dove bars, snack sized Snickers, Skittles and sour gummy worms.

Tie Dying

PS’s church Young Women’s activity this week (4/7) was tie dying t-shirts at the young women’s leader’s apartment. The shirts all turned out great and everyone had a fun time. One yw was out of town (-1), the leader’s niece was visiting (+1) and there are three leaders (-3). So, only three of these are actual young women in our branch. Actually, the two branches are combined (-1), so only two of them are yw in our branch. 🙂

Church Relief Society Party- Chinese style


For our Relief Society Birthday party at church, one of the Chinese women somehow arranged a building at Olympic Forest Park with some traditional Chinese performances. As the planning went further, they decided to invite families since there would be a magician the kids would enjoy. Bet none of you have this exciting of a Relief Society birthday activity!

Olympic Forest Park is pretty far north of downtown Beijing. It’s near the Bird’s Nest but we were too tired to walk further to see it. We went to the South Gate Forest Park subway stop (line 8) and then walked further north.

Our building had a little balcony over the water and a broken down bicycle that didn’t stop the kids from riding it.

Four different people performed martial arts… dances.  A woman played a Chinese zither. There was a magician who did traditional magic tricks. Before the show started, there was massage and something where they poked your ear and attached stickers to massage for a week (I was told it was painful, so we skipped that).


Then a Chinese dragon dance!

Squirt loved the lions dancing, not so much standing next to the lions.  PS and I didn’t realize we were accidentally being photo-bombed.

Afterwards, the Relief Society president sent out pictures taken by a photographer that was there. The two top, right hand pictures are the W family, the other homeschooling family in our branch.

Playing a Relief Society trivia themed hot potato game.

A few videos: https://youtu.be/ACMy6iBSpJ4







Walking back to the subway park through the beautiful park with all the trees starting to blossom. We walked with the Ws.


This is the trash “dump” for our neighborhood. The red building to the left, that’s our building. We live in the far corner you can’t see though. The little carts in front of the “dump,” garbage trucks. I’m not sure how trash works in all of Beijing, but for our building, there are three, normal-sized trash cans (like the smaller neighborhood ones we had in the 80s before the giant green ones took over) outside our main apartment door.  On is for recycling, one for kitchen waste, one for other.  As far as I can tell, we are the only people that pay attention to the labels. When we first moved in we had no idea where to throw away our trash because, it’s a big building, we were looking for a large dumpster. A few times a day a guy walks (or sometimes it’s attached to a bicycle, I think) a cart in and sort through all the garbage by hand. I try not to think about this too much because 1) what a horrible job!! and 2) someone is literally sorting through everything we throw away. Then the trash comes to this facility where… I have no idea what they do… squish it down? It smells bad, but it’s not like they are burning it or anything.