Happy New Year!

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I think next year is going to be a great year for me living in Beijing and I am looking forward to all the new challenges that will entail.
To start off the new year, Mark and I are going to travel to my homeland to visit my family for a few days. I think I must be a Crazy Canook to visit Canada the first week of January. I will let you know about my exciting visit???
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Will see how many Canadian snowman I see up there!

Canada Goose for Christmas

This Christmas I received a Canadian Santa holding a Canada Goose.

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I just love all those maple leaves.

Look who came for dinner on Christmas Eve.

We had a wonderful celebration on Christmas eve with family and friends. Laura’s future in-laws from San Diego came to spend the holiday with Jonathan. His brother and wife also came for the weekend, so they all attended church with us at 5:00pm  and we then enjoyed a delicious dinner.

Matt invited a couple on his Indian friends to share the holiday with us, since their families are so far away. I didn’t think I could fit 13 people in my little dining room. Once you were seated you were there for the night.

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It was cozy.

Mark took this photo.

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Jonathan’s brother Dave took this pic so Mark could get in it.

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A night of visiting and laughing, along with some tasty treats.

Guess who was Santa in China?

I wonder if you can tell who Santa is.

Mark as santa

I guess Mr. Chinese Santa doesn’t have a beard!

Looks like it is going to be a white Christmas!

I left Laura’s home in Salt Lake City this morning  with a couple inches of snow, and this is what I found in Spanish Fork, which is an hour away.

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A very wet snow, that is heavy on the tree branches.

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The school district closed the schools for the day which never happens, an early Christmas vacation.

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Thank goodness that the neighbors shoveled. All the young children are going to love the sledding. This is the snow pile in front of  my sidewalk.

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Laura’s penguins have come to my house too!

This afternoon I had some free time so I got out a FEW of Laura’s penguins that still live at my home.

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I was in a few neighbors homes last week and noticed the stockings hanging on the stair railings. I thought I would give it a try and I must say that I like it.  I think my kids will be surprised when they see it.

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Christmas Cheer with good friends

Last night I got together with my good friends from school. Art city friends 2

Always fun to hear stories and laugh about old times, with the friends that I miss when I am in China. Now I am revived for the holidays.

My Lucky Day

This afternoon I went to see my chiropractor (Dr. Jay Anderson ACC) in Spanish Fork as my shoulder was bothering me. I wondered when I signed in as the line was highlighted, but just went and sat down to wait my turn. A few minutes later I was greeted with the gift of “warm wishes” and told that I was the 12th person so I won a gift for the 12 days of Christmas giveaway.

I think I like it on my windowsill.

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Dr. Anderson is the best with his adjustments and his giveaways!

Exercise and Sweets

This morning I went for a walk or should I say a climb near Laura’s home.

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This was to burn off the calories that I consumed over the weekend from all the sweets we bought at our church Christmas Bazaar.

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The best coconut custard filled cupcakes, peanut brittle, chocolate covered pretzels,mini peanut butter cupcakes, pecan butter cookies, peppermint bark. I think I will be walking/hiking all week.

Courteous drivers!

One of the biggest things I noticed on this trip home is how courteous the drivers in Spanish Fork are to me when I am doing my morning walk. In China when you cross a street the cars never stop and it can be like finding your way thru a maze to make it to the other side. This summer a friend of mine actually got bumped by a side view mirror as she walked across a street.

You can imagine  my amazement when a car would stop for me before I even reached the corner. One of the major roads  I cross was busy so I made it to the middle just planning on waiting when the next car stopped holding up many cars behind. I quickly ran across the street.

Great to be reminded what a great world it can be when rules are followed.