During the Chinese New Year, the kids get a entire month off school to celebrate. Unfortunately, the schools are afraid of the kids having any free time at all because they say it numbs the mind, so they load them down with so much homework that they have to work on it everyday;( Thankfully, we have 2 tutors at our home to help the kids stay focused and get it finished.
We try to keep our kids as close to their families as possible, so those who have safe enough homes to go back to and have someone who is capable to watch and care for them, we let them go back to their villages for a short period of time.
We enjoy the extra time we have with the kids though and try to fill it with all kinds of activities. Above, you can see us taking a walk on the newly constructed path they are building in our city. Its kind of a bitter sweet thing because though its a very beautiful track, its the same track that is part of the beautification process that is tearing our home down.
Below you can see some more activities:下面你可以看到一些活动的照片
Catina冯秀云 and Joey王宝贵
Becca孙双芳 and Eli伊利亚
Patch(left)刘银行 and Aaron孙双旭
Davey冯金福 and Anna王燕
Left to right is从左到右依次是 Jake王国宝, Danny杨新放 and Jaxin杰克
Tyler and another picture of Catina because she is just too cute!
The town of Pingyu wants to become a city. There are several steps that they have to do for this to happen. One of those steps is beautifying our city. One of the beautification steps is redoing the river walkway (pictured above) and enlarging the current lake that sits right behind our home. The bad news about this, is that they will be relocating the families around the lake and tearing down their homes. This was not the Christmas cheer we wanted to hear or ever expected to hear. We have had several meetings with the civil affairs and mayor, who are looking for land for us to buy. Below are some drawings from our kids. When our son Eli heard the news, he drew the bottom picture with all the kids. Anna drew the other picture a few years ago when we finished the construction of our new girls wing to our building. Please keep us and all the other families being relocated in your thoughts. The government has guaranteed us that we will be able to buy 1.66 acres but with the New Year holiday just ending they can’t say exactly where for sure. They did say that they will have everything settled and all the permits and fees ready for us to start building this coming July 1st. They also said that we will have the normal 70 year contract that everyone else has when buying land in China. Please lift us up with this, we need to raise 2 million USD to buy and build.