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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Photos from our visit to the Rees Family

Gavin playing with his light saber while Wendy and I look at scrapbooks

My Godson Gavin age 6

Gavin and Morgan waiting for the bus to day camp

Back from Stone Harbor and Taiwan

Well, we are all home again and getting back into the routine of school and work. Emma began Kindergarden on Monday -- but since she is still at the Athens Montessori School this was less new than changing schools and because they have three years grouped together in classrooms she is now in the third year in the Purple Room which is one of five Primary classes for 3-6 year olds. She was very excited to start school again and see her teachers.

Today was her first ballet class of the year at the Athens School of Ballet, and she has moved up to a "real" ballet class -- Level IA. The last two years she has been in Pre-Ballet and now she is in Ballet Technique. She is thrilled to be in the big studio and to have Miss Erika again and now assistant teacher. When I peeked in at the end of class Miss Erika was doing the steps behind them as they all looked in the mirror and she was calling out the names of steps to them. It was neat and Emma was following along just fine.

Jim is still jet lagged, but by all accounts he had a marvelous time in Taiwan and learned a great deal and loved the country. He took tons of photos and I haven't even looked at all of yet. I wish he had had more notice so I could have gone with him for part of the time. I was happy to get my Jersey Shore time in though. A Summer doesn't seem complete without going to Stone Harbor. We did all the usual thigns: ate lots of homemade ice cream at Springers, played mini-golf, went to the water park and to the Boardwalk in Wildwood, and ate lobster and fresh local corn on the cob. I also painted pottery for the first time which I really enjoyed. We had good weather for almost all the days so we got to swim and to walk and play on the beach a lot. Emma and I also took a overnight jaunt up to see my Godson Gavin and his family in Princeton. He is 5 months older than Emma and his sister Morgan is 2 years older than that so the kids had a great time playing together and having a sleep over and Wendy and I got to catch up and look at her scrapbooks and scrapbooking stuff -- a new hobby of mine.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Off to the Jersey Shore

Well I am off to Stone Harbor, NJ tomorrow to join Emma who is already at Grandma's house there. I am looking forward to a week or so away, walking on the beach and catching up with Mom, Aunt Kate and Uncle Ron. I am taking Maggie (our Pug Dog) with me and we take a day and a half to drive up. We are going through Norfolk, across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and then up the DelMarVa peninsula and taking the ferry from Lewes, Delaware to Cape May, New Jersey. It's actually not Maggie's first ferry ride -- she took it with us last Summer -- not that she enjoyed it that much. She mostly sat on my lap because she didn't like the vibration of the ferry boat. I've included a photo above of Emma at the beach in Stone Harbor in the Summer of 2000. Hard to remember her when she was that small isn't it?

Monday, August 1, 2005

News from Jim in Taiwan

Here's an excerpt from Jim's latest e-mail -- I've also included a photo of the Longshan Temple from the Web.
Greetings from the far side of the world,

Fine weekend. Charles [one of the other fellows] and I spent most of Saturday at the
National Palace Museum, where all of China's art treasures
are on display (including the ones from the mainland, which,
ahem, found their way here from the Forbidden City here
along with the Nationalists). Really splendid.

On the way back, a few hours at the Shilin Night Market, a
quarter of town where merchants set up dumpy little shops,
carts with cheap Chinese food -- not sure there's any other
kind here -- and you jostle with zillions of other Taiwanese
to look at the merchandise. Much like the suq over in the
Middle East, except with beer and without prayer.

Yesterday, on my own, spent the afternoon at Longshan
Temple, the most amazing Buddhist shrine -- every inch of
the building is an artwork. Interesting difference here is
that the temples are actually in use -- incense sticks
everywhere -- whereas under the communists they're just
museums. Reportedly Taiwan is a very religious country, and
the Presbyterians seem to be the leading Christian

Then, the Sun Yat-sen Memorial for the changing of the
guard. It's in Taipei's central park, where a farmer's
market featuring really bad entertainment was underway.