Saturday, January 31, 2009


Slideshow of the journey thus far



We're in Beijing, and we're safe and well. We drove to Vancouver on Wednesday and flew out on Thursday at 12:30. The flight was about 13 hours. Chloe didn't sleep except for a few brief spurts, but she was pretty quiet. It may help her adjust to the time change, hopefully! The Beijing airport is beyond gigantic. We wandered around until we got our luggage and found a cab. Unfortunately, we totally got ripped off by the cab driver, but we know better now. He got lost a lot trying to find Ethan's great aunt Joan's house, but we got there without much trouble. There's a lot of people milling in and out of Joan's place, all of whom are very nice and helpful. We are going to check out an apartment that Ethan's friend has found for us, and we'll hopefully be on our way to our own apartment fairly soon. Chloe is a little sick. Her cheeks are ruddy, she's got a cough, and she spit up more than usual today. Ethan's great aunt Joan has an interesting story. She worked on the atom bomb in Los Alamos and seriously disapproved of the US bombing of Japan. She came to China in the late 40's and experienced the Communist Revolution. She and her husband, Sid, were heavily involved in helping China to develop their dairy farming. She's a wonderfully nice lady, and she's been very good to us. Thanks for all of your support!

Friday, January 23, 2009


Christmas Vacation

This is our attempt at catch up, considering how poorly we (Ethan) have done at keeping up with the blog. We leave next Wednesday for Beijing!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009



We've got all visas and passports in order now. We got a deal on our flight--754 for the each of us, and about 60 for Chloe. We'll fly out of Vancouver, B.C., on the 29th at 12:30. The return date is the 29th of April. Woohoo! Ethan is very nervous that he won't be able to speak well enough, so he's been studying in his spare time. Katrina's been cooking, writing lots of thank you cards, and hanging out with the fam. It's been nice to have some down time before we take off.

The search for housing is still ongoing. Ethan has a friend in Beijing hunting for an apartment for us, and we've contacted the Church branch, who are also helping to look for housing. We'll be staying with Ethan's Mom's Aunt, Joan Hinton, for the first few nights that we're there. We'll be arriving during the holiday that attends the Chinese New Year, so hopefully we'll be able to see some cool stuff during the holiday.

We watched the President's inaugural address this morning, and we're both excited about a new administration, regardless of who we voted for. It should be interesting to hear the views of the Chinese people about the new administration.

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Chloe's blessing

On the 28th Chloe received her blessing. We're so grateful for the priesthood authority that provides these kinds of opportunities. Otherwise, we're busy getting ready for China--finding housing, getting visas, and so on. And we have ample time to relax. A lot of the house was sick over Christmas. We ended up celebrating Christmas on the 26th because Katrina was bed-ridden Christmas day. Everyone is feeling much better now.

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