|Perhaps the most adventurous thing we did during the visit was to take a hike up to|
what the boys call the old fort.
|We start out on a little path|
|Pass a pig farm|
(Abigail was not impressed with the smell)
|And then up, up, up|
|Into the forest|
|We had a picnic up there|
|It is part natural rock formations like the Stone Forest|
and part man-made wall from a while ago
|Boys like to climb trees and scare Grandma|
|The "path" was so overgrown in parts that I don't think we|
would have ever found it if Nate and the boys hadn't been that
|Abigail stopping to pick pink flowers|
|Always her favorite part|
|The scenery around here is really beautiful|
|We took a girls shopping trip.|
Nate graciously drove us around on our one estrogen fest.
|Pea snacks anyone?|
|Settling up at the 2 kuai store|
|Grandpa John helped Andrew put together his very complicated (很复杂, hěn fùzá) wooden dragon.|
|Andrew got the dragon riding knight put together.|
|This complicated project took several days with glue drying in between to complete.|
|All together and ready for paint.|
I don't think this one would ever have gotten put together without Grandpa.
|Grandma brought some other wooden things for the kids to paint|
|Everyone painting and listening to the Knight's Castle.|
The kids thought this book was so funny, and they liked having the
characters from Ivanhoe show up in another book.
|Completed painting projects.|
These are Aaron's. He put a lot more work into them than I expected.
He mixed the colors for the brown and orange
and added a Jonah into the great fish.
|This is Andrew's red and black shell|
|Alexander's green guys|
|Abigail's pinky/purpley butterflies|
|And of course Andrew's main project the red and black dragon with rider|