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Well, we’ve got two weeks in now! The start of school got pushed back in our county (due to
I have a long list of places that we are hoping to take him, so we’ll see how far we get through that list this year. Once school starts on Tuesday, we’ll be at the mercy of weekends (and, with my job selling tea, my weekends are often booked!) But, we shall do our best.
On Friday, Brian took Gracie and Thi to the local high school’s football game. Recently, the two schools in our county were combined for football and Gracie has a lot of friends in the band, so she likes to go and support them. Knowing how much Thi enjoys sports, I had no doubt that he’d love the game. Despite the 41-0 loss, he did have fun and send me these pictures of his experience (Ian and I were visiting with friends during the game).
Saturday was a big day for our family as we moved our daughter Gracie into her dorm room at college! It’s been a very eventful couple of weeks – first gaining a new child, then having to say
We took a break for lunch and Gracie chose Chick-fil-A (of course!) It was a given that he’d get there at some point since our family is kinda crazy about that place! Thi definitely gives it two thumbs up!
Sunday was a great day! It was Thi’s second Sunday in church and he opted to join the senior high Sunday School class this week. Already, he’s making some friends, which is what I was hoping for! He enjoys the church services as well – especially the music!
Our church service was special this week as we dedicated the new wing of our church AND Ian got baptized after church, so Thi witnessed his first baptism!
This was followed up by our annual church picnic – Thi’s first ever picnic! He said he knew what a picnic was, but had never been on one before. He loved it! He enjoyed playing corn hole with several of the teen boys, and he especially enjoyed all the food! (He’s excited to know we have 2 more picnics coming up this weekend!)
On the way home from church on Sunday, he declared ours “the best church ever!” I’m not sure he has much with which to compare it, but we’ll gladly accept the compliment and I hope and pray that he continues to enjoy church as he learns and grows as well.
On Monday, we made the trip back to Gracie’s college as she had a package (a textbook) that arrived late and she needed for school this week! (Who knew we’d be seeing her again so soon?!) After a quick trip to drop her book off to her, the boys and I went to lunch at MOD Pizza.
Afterwards, we went shopping to find Thi some swimming trunks which he’ll be needing for his ICES Student Orientation next week (and for our trip to Florida in December).
From there, we headed to Lititz to tour the Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, visited the Wilbur Factory Store, and made a quick jaunt through the Lititz Springs Park, where Thi was enamored by all the ducks!
Tuesday was one of the hottest days of the year here, so I suggested we plan to stay in all day. I pulled out some games after lunch and the boys literally played games all afternoon and into the evening! Ian is really enjoying having a brother! Before he was hard-pressed to find anyone to play with him (poor kid!)
Wednesday morning, we had our tour of the high school that Thi will be attending. I think
He had been asking about the Asian Market, so on
Afterward, we met Brian for supper at Old Country Buffet (we had free tickets). So, Thi experienced his first buffet in the US and he ate quite a lot! He was stuffed when we left and complained about it the whole way home (of course, so did I, and I ate much less!)
All-in-all, I feel like we’ve had another great week.
Of course, every day there are still new situations that crop up at home that we need to explain to him. But, he’s picking up on things and doing a great job of fitting in.
One of the things that ICES really stresses is that we’re supposed to give chores to the students. The main chore we assigned to Thi was supper clean up, so it’s his responsibility to do the dishes after supper and clean up the kitchen and dining room each evening. He takes this pretty seriously and makes sure to do it before doing something fun. I love that!
Now, if we could just teach him to not let the water run, and to get ready for things ON TIME, we’d be doing really well!