Monday, May 17, 2010

The Very Best Souvenir of Our Time in China

I gave three years of my life to this place - plus one ear. But in return, I got the best gift ever.

My little surprise baby just turned two. She has a Chinese birth certificate and an American passport. She can switch back and forth between Chinese and English: "Daddy shangban" instead of "daddy goes to work," and "bao bao me" instead of "pick me up." My personal favorite is when she shrieks "mama hui lai le!" as she runs to greet me when I come home from work.


Kristen said... [Reply]

What a sweetie. I love the last picture of your son kissing her. That is tooo precious!

Bfiles said... [Reply]

aw, happy birthday to your littlest one.

Deborah said... [Reply]

she looks cute, but 3 words: "MY SHOE SHOE".

Jill said... [Reply]

happy happy birthday! i owe you an e-mail... which will have to go out tomorrow. until then!

Kami said... [Reply]

That's pretty cool. Will you guys keep up your Mandarin?

Donna said... [Reply]

@Kami - Nope, no Mandarin after June - it's on to Arabic! The kids will forget everything they've learned, but personally, I think it lives in there somewhere, ready to be accessed at a later date. So college language classes shouldn't be too difficult. My eldest used to speak fluent kid-Russian, no accent, but he's forgotten every last word. I'm hoping if he picks it up in the future his accent will be excellent.

A Daring Adventure said... [Reply]

Your children are GORGEOUS.

And I'm thrilled to be able to say that I linked to you today!

You are wonderful and I'm grateful that you're blogging.

Donna said... [Reply]

@Daring Adventure, so glad you're back. I just went and read your post - bravo, well done, though I think my idea for a title was SOOO much better. I couldn't for some reason comment on your blog. But know I am thrilled you're back in the blogosphere where you belong.

Connie said... [Reply]

Happy Birthday! What sweet photos :) and yes, she is one amazing little souvenir! btw I agree that language, even forgotten, sticks somewhere. Brian had basic French lessons in Kg&1st, then moved on to Arabic, but when he comes across a French word now, he pronounces it much better than I can.

Nishant said... [Reply]

That is tooo precious!

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