Today was my day off again, so I grabbed a workout while Jack stayed home and did a math lesson and some Runescaping. He is continuing to stay out of school this week due to the 4th grade participation in military training.
We paid about $100 for the last 2 months utilities. It's very convenient to pay here - any bank of post office will take your money and issue you a receipt. How convenient! It does take timing however - you don't want to go during the lunch or dinner hours or you can stand in line for 45 minutes.
Our neighborhood beautification is continuing. Luckily they are working on the other side of the building now, so, while noisy, isn't the kind of noise to rattle your fillings like it was previously! This morning, construction started at 4:45am! It woke up Sue and I but happily Sophie stayed asleep. We think she is taking too long of a nap at school because she isn't sleeping as much at night, make for a couple of tired parents!Here is Sophie in the little "park" across the street from our house. This used to be a mud pit, last week, but this week it has full grown trees, a mammoth piece of granite and grass! Nice! Also, across the street there is now a mini-mart which is so convenient. Here's Sophie with our friend Fang, who's married to an American, Tim. They are so good with the kids and they took us out to a wonderful dinner at a local Chinese place last weekend. This picture is a couple of days old, Sophie's face spots are finally mostly gone.
The kids love riding their bicycles around the city. They feel like they have more freedom here because they have their own "wheels".