Author: 安妮

Walking the Old City

December 30th, 2014:  Today we spent all of our time in the Old City.  Because I’m running out of time, this will be short and sweet. First:  Breakfast in the Jewish Quarter. I could...

Bethlehem

Monday, December 29th, 2014:  Today we visited Bethlehem.  Because it is a Palestinian controlled area, our Jewish guide could not take us.  I felt a little bit like contraband as our Arab taxi driver...

Sunday Wanderings

The Garden of Gethsemane, The Orson Hyde Memorial Park, and shopping at The Cardo.

Shabbat

The BYU Jerusalem Center and a short trip to the Jewish Quarter.

Mahane Yehuda Market

Mahane Yehuda Market

Shopping the day before Shabbat in Jerusalem is a jostling, colorful, and busy business.  Many travel books will tell you not to, but we found it absolutely delightful to be part of the mess!...

Galilee

Our first two days in Israel.

Where are we going next?

Where are we going next?

If you type, “India, land of…”  into Google, you get the following list: India, land of farms India, land of festivals India, land of holiness and piety India, land of unity India, land of...

My Miracle!

My Miracle!

This post was originally made on Facebook on July 30, 2014. Our house has been full of a quiet type of gratitude for the past couple of days. It is a gratitude that fills...

Best of State

The video just came out! They did such a great job! Lexi is such a sweetheart too! Bella is in the second row on the right of the conductor with her hair up and...

My Mandarin Primary Songs

This past year has been a busy one for Bella.  In addition to attending BYU as a concurrent student, taking online classes, playing with Lyceum, and keeping up with our travel schedule, she took...

The Master

In February, Bella was privileged to participate in the recording of a C.D. with The American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra.  The C.D. is called, The Master, and will be for sale at Deseret Book...

Hong Kong!

An old post that somehow was never published! It’s been a year today, and so I thought I’d get it out there!

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Turtle Rock, another Monastery, a delicious Mongolian traditional meal and more photos from downtown!

XIII Century

Playing dress up, riding camels and ponies and learning Mongolian games!

Our Normal

A little catch-up on the goings on around here!

A Special Christmas

A Special Christmas

For the next two weeks: I will be absent from Facebook Not a single news article will be read Nor  will I hear Glenn, Rush, Hannity or Levin’s voice My  ?husband? will not be on...

Not Back To School Days!

Not Back To School Days!

Walking With Dinosaurs, Disney Land, California Adventure, Arturos, Pacific Ave. Palos Verdes and an annoying little alien!

Minimalist Travel~~Sunday & Luggage

Minimalist Travel~~Sunday & Luggage

How will we manage church out of 6 back packs…and the bags themselves!

Our Xi’an Adventure Begins

Our Xi’an Adventure Begins

A brief explanation of our upcoming trip to Xi’an, with photos!

The Articles of Faith in Simplified Chinese and Pinyin

The Articles of Faith in Simplified Chinese and Pinyin

Updated to the new church translation.

Feels Like Home

Feels Like Home

“When I have a little money, I buy books. If any is left over, I buy food and clothes.”

China Doesn’t Do Anything “Small”

China Doesn’t Do Anything “Small”

A very cool fast motion video of the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1st.

Utah Symphony Orchestra & a Discovery!

Utah Symphony Orchestra & a Discovery!

This evening I took the three oldest girls to see the Utah Symphony Orchestra with David Cho, conducting and Ralph Matson soloist.  The program was All Beethoven, so the girls were very familiar with...

9.13.09 Mt. Vernon and Harpers Ferry

9.13.09 Mt. Vernon and Harpers Ferry

A day at Mt. Vernon, the “National Treasure” tour, and then visiting Haper’s Ferry with our friends, the Martins.

Theme Song

Theme Song

We heard My Declaration from the movie Inkheart at the theater in its initial release.   I knew I wanted a copy of it and so purchased the CD on the way home.  My girls...

Characters

Characters

I have always been too intimidated to start studying the Chinese characters, until yesterday.  We were invited to come over to Ling’s house again and I grabbed the kids character flash cards on the...

Where Do We Go From Here?

Where Do We Go From Here?

Up!  ;o) I have had a couple of emails from people interested in the book and asking me what the actual plan is for high school and beyond.    Yes, we do have a plan,...

Beyond the Cul-de-sac

Beyond the Cul-de-sac

I apologize for making it sound like we have a big announcement…we really don’t.  We have just re-written our family charter and wanted to share it with you, along with some of our new...

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew

Today I finished reading Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew and I hope that every single adoptive parent out there will take the time to read this book and put its...

An Open Letter To Ye Ye and Nai Nai

An Open Letter To Ye Ye and Nai Nai

Each of the girls have written their grandparents separate letters, but I wanted to let everyone know how grateful we are for their kindness over the past three months! We have a new relationship...