Throat singer and Morin Khuur

Here is the throat singer. Just amazing the different tones he can make.

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Morin Khuur (horse head fiddle)

Yesterday we had the wonderful opportunity to visit a Morin Khuur shop where they make the fiddles.

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A visit to School 65

This morning I went out to a school on the north west side of Ulaanbaatar with 3,000 students. The kids only go for 4 hours a day, so they have 3 sessions, morning, aft, late afternoon to teach them all. Grade 1 to 11. Teachers teach all 3 sessions for very little pay.
At the school there are 11 Mongolian teachers teaching English. So they also want help with their English, so I just sat and talked to them for an hour.

Then I watched a 7 minute play put on by the 6 graders in English which was really good. The play told the story of the history of their district which is called the onion mountain.
The plan is to help the 11th graders get ready for their test in English to go to University. So I will go once a week when I return in May.
It was fun.

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A visit to the Children’s Art and Creativity Center

Yesterday for the second time we toured the Children’s Creative Center.

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Fascinating to see all their artwork.

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They make many crafts from wheat and wicker.

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It was great to just walk and around and look at everything.

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More wicker, and rope.

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We got to sign the visitor’s book.

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At the end they presented us with a wicker basket and a painted wooden doll.

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They are just darling.

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Westie goes to the gym

On Saturday Laura took Westie to a gym class for the first time. Ages 10 months to 19 months, so he was just able to go.

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He loved the balls and cried when they put them away.

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He enjoyed chasing the bubbles.

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Westie is 10 months old

Look at my cute little Westie at 10 months old. Laura said it is getting more difficult to get him to sit still.

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Notice his red knees from crawling around.

Three years ago I became an American

March 14, 2011 I became an American citizen. Matt and I traveled to Toronto Canada to visit the American Embassy for the second time.

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I wore some red, white, and blue to celebrate my 3 year anniversary.

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A day I will never forget.

Teaching quilting

This morning I had my new South Korean friend Sonia over, so I could teach her how to quilt.

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It was her first time to use a sewing machine. She did a great job.

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She is making the quilt for a new Mongolian baby.

Westie and his cool sunglasses

Yesterday we did FaceTime with Westie with his sunglasses on.

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He is waiting for daddy to come down the stairs to play.

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Westie has a tooth

We can finally see Westie’s tooth.

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Last weekend he went to the park.

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He is wearing his Steelers football outfit.

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