So, I'm back in America. It's a bitter-sweet thing, and I'm trying hard to be glad that I'm back but, truth be told, there are many times throughout the day where I wish my time in Taiwan was not yet quite over. Jet lag may or may not have something to do with this.
I have... a lot of pictures and things to blog about. December was quite the month for picture taking. So, because I don't want to overload you too much, I'll be doing this in segments (however many it takes to get caught up).
First up, Christina and I attempted to take pictures with each of the little AK kids for Christmas. It took us three days to accomplish this, but I think it was worth it. Here are some of the little squirts that my heart is aching for:
Kevin getting the Teacher Look (but the tail end of it, so... doesn't look too intimidating here, does it?)
Group picture with Christina!
Group picture falling apart.
And Tim. How can you not miss this face? (Totally stole this shot from my partner in crime teaching)
Jay, trying to do a fish face. Perfect, because I'm the one that taught them that.
Now, the following three pictures tell a story. Kylie was trying to help us to take a class picture (unfortunately, not everyone was there, but you work with what you get in Taiwan). Nick was, well, being Nick. He was trying to cover his face, so I was holding his arms down.
Nick is now drooling. A lot. I haven't noticed. Yet:
I have now noticed the drool:
And declared picture time to be OVER!
Then there was Roommate Christmas (December 17). We had Christmas breakfast (pancakes and waffles), then opened presents. It was great fun. I'm going to let the pictures tell the story, though, because my brain is tired.
Immediately following Roommate Christmas, a few of us booked it to the bus station to make our way to Taichung for a Branch Christmas lunch (there was so much eating that day; I hate it when my whole day is centered around eating). For months I'd been wanting a good picture of one of the speaker trucks that drives by (usually advertising for the upcoming elections). How lucky was I when one not only drove by, but had a giant straw man on top? I'd say very lucky.
Christmas luncheon that turned out to be mostly the people I live with, but a few other dear friends from church as well.
Elias, Jenny, and the Listons
On the way home, Jenny wanted documentation of how crowded the bus can sometimes be. This isn't even close to the worst that I have experienced, but still is noteworthy.
Then there was the school Christmas Dinner. (Like I said. Nonstop eating All Day Long). There were these terribly delicious fruit mousse things, though, and I wish I could eat them always. They had strawberry (the flavor I chose) and mango (as pictured here, before Christina dived into it). SO FREAKING GOOD!
Kylie decided to sport a mustachustache for part of the evening, with a little help from Christina. Doesn't she look great?
Group picture with Kailey and Charlene. Man, I miss you guys! <3