Monday, February 10, 2014

Tainan: Tree House

As we wandered around Tainan we saw signs for a tree house. We thought it would be a house in a tree but instead it was a tree in a house. Still, really cool. 

the roof has fallen away but the branches are still in the same place they were when they grew over it


saw a whole bunch of these little guys in the mud by the mangroves

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A little trip

Christmas decorations on the plane, kid-sized headphones, and a coloring book with two-sided colored pencils and a built-in tray to keep them from rolling away? Major points to you Singapore Airlines. Oh, and I haven't even mentioned the decent gluten free meals on board. (Something other than a hunk of chicken and a pile of rice. A little flavor even. Amazing.) Not bad at all.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hello Kitty Heaven

huge wall mural (those boxes at the bottom are chests of drawers)

really bad lighting and phone pic but it does sort of show how big the store is

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Back again

We spent a good portion of the summer visiting family and being generally irresponsible. No blogs, barely checking emails, doing the minimum, and loving it. We stayed up late, got up early sometimes and slept in sometimes. We read loads of books, went camping, toured our home city and state a bit, had tons of time with folks we loved, and just enjoyed some time off. It was great.

Due to the long commute our kids have to school here and the fact that they are still young enough to need a lot of sleep, we have to keep them on a pretty rigid schedule at home here in Taiwan during the school year. At home in Utah during the summer? Not so much. What would the point be really? We'd get them on a schedule just to turn around and readjust to Taiwan time again. So, we just lived it up and enjoyed every minute we had with family and friends. It was nice to be able to let time be dictated more by who we were with than by where we needed to be and when we needed to get everyone in bed.

We're home now, back in school and back to normal life (sort of). So maybe the blogging will be back a bit too. We'll see.

A fun patio I saw the other day:

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sometimes traveling gets to you

Especially when you've traveled 14 hours and still haven't caught up to the time you actually left. ("What time is it?" "Four o'clock."  "Didn't we leave at six?" "We did. Sorry." "This is the longest Sunday ever!")  Worth it to see family though. I have to say this picture pretty much shows exactly how I feel after traveling over the Pacific Ocean and the international dateline. Give me a warm, dark place to sleep and leave me alone. Our kiddos were good sports overall though. This travel stuff seems to just get easier every year.   

Monday, June 17, 2013

Under Over

Space is at a premium here. I love how even the space under overpasses get used for good purposes. I have seen several of these community centers nestled underneath overpasses. I've also seen a gas station, an art gallery, a jade market, a flower market, many parking lots, and several restaurants under overpasses.

Friday, June 14, 2013