Monday, December 26, 2011

4th Christmas in China


This is Gloria, one of Dana's students and she just loves Santa Claus.
These are my crazy English classs students. I think I was tired at this point. What do you think?
Cookie Making in our apartment...for the Christmas Party later.
You can see that we have had a fun time at the Christmas Party which we threw for our
English students here in Wuxi, China. They helped Dana make 850 cookies and place them in little gift bags for the student who came. Also, they brought small gifts to exchange and they did that too. The photos with Santa were very popular as you can imagine where this is the first time most all of them have ever seen Santa Claus in person. Now they all believe in Santa and he is not just on TV or in the movies they see...
This was yesterdays tour in Wuxi of a place called Turtle Head Park. It was a fun time for Dana and I as we took a ferry to the island and saw many buddas and budda things and enjoyed the day as you can see from our photos, even though it was cold. This one looks a little upset with us taking his photo.
Sleeping Budda. Colorful female one, and big too.
They are everwhere.
A Ferry boat.

This is the LDS church meeting house in Suzhou, and where we travel to each Sunday for one hour by taxi. Last Sunday about half were gone for the holidays. We fly out on January 4th for almost three weeks winter, (Spring Festival) vacation in Southern China in a city called: Kunming. We hope it is warmer there.
The Branch Christmas breakfast was so fun and we helped flip the pancakes etc...and we ate a lot too. Our branch is so talented when it come to food makin...
We went shopping for pearls and also found this stone necklace quite cheap. It cost about $10.00. When I asked what the stones were because they were really pretty, she looked in her ielectronic nterpreter -- Turquoise. I bought two necklaces with stirling silver, magnetic clasps. She is double tying all of the stones on four strands of cord. Below...
Brother Doug McGregor, is also living off and on in Wuxi. He is in our branch and we went shopping with him for pearls and gifts. He has a driver who drives him wherever he wants to go. b. This woman here, he met on the plane over, who was from Suzhou, and she offered to help him go shopping and she was very helpful that day. The man is the just a parking attendant.
We bought these pearls and have an order for more... They are beautiful. They cost about $35 - 40. american dollars for each set. They are cultured, real pearls and are here in abundance.
My birthday party in my English Class on Dec 15th was a bash and the cake was delicious, and everyone got a piece.
Kirk and Midge Evans visited us from BYU China Teachers program and took us out to dinner at TFI Suzhou. We wish we had one of these in Wuxi. Maybe some day.