Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fun with Ninnies and Nini

Our family got to attend the monthly stake temple day at the Taipei temple on Saturday.   Lindsey and Christopher did their temple work, then waited outside on the beautiful grounds and at the chapel next door until we were finished with our session. After that, we enjoyed hamburgers at a place we heard about called California Grill, then did some exploring.
Lindsey arrived last week from Rexburg, completing 32 credit hours and her first year of college at Brigham Young University-Idaho. We are so glad to have her home with us!  She will be with us until she starts school again in September and will be taking two classes online in the meantime.  In addition to Lindsey's arrival, we've been blessed to have the company of 7-year-old Nini (her real name is Yeh Min-Yu) with us this week.  She's so darling and we love having her around too.  It's kind of funny that when Lindsey was a little toddler and she could not say her name well, she called herself Ninnies.  So we have Ninnies and Nini with us, and we are enjoying the extra sweet feminine spirits in our home!
A little misty rain keeps the temple grounds lush and beautiful.
Beware of Falling Coconut Branches!
The blue tile rooftops are so pretty on the white buildings and structures.
Bridal shops along the way to the MRT station.

Chen Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Flora Expo--we have avoided it because of long lines, but saw it from our subway train.
Exhausted from break dancing in Danshui.
Sign to "turn on the headlight" as we exited the underground parking garage at the Taipei temple.
Playing with Nini on the X-Box Kinect bowling game.
Nini is proud of the cookies that she and Lindsey baked.
Lindsey was happy to have a little helper in the kitchen.
Nini is such a sweetheart.  We just love her.
Enjoying a bowl of Cheerios before leaving for school.
One quick photo before school and work.
Nini goes to school for so long! I drop her off at between 7:30 and 8:00 and pick her up at 5:30.  I get there at 5:00, but she's not ready to leave until close to 5:45! 
Walking to her classroom.
She loves Lindsey and Christopher.


Lonna said...

It is fun to see your kids taking care of Ni Ni. They look so grown up and it sounds like Lindsay took quite well to her first semester, 32 credits!

I enjoy seeing all the fun exploring that you do and it always catches me off guard to see that you bake in the countertop toaster oven. In my mind I just see you baking away in a kitchen like your own in Texas.

tom said...

You would never know their was a language barrier with NiNi and your family just by looking at the pictures. She looks right at home and very happy. I love the purple dress in the bridal shop window!

tom said...

Tom is not making these comments. I thought I'd better clarify that so he won't be accused of loving purple dresses :) -Julie. I guess this iPad is signed into his account right now.

Jennifer said...

The temple looks beautiful over there. I know you have to be so happy to have Lindsay with you. I can't believe she has already finished her 1st year of college. It just seems like yesterday she was a Beehive in our YW's program.

Bobbi said...

What fun to have such a dear little guest with you and to have Lindsay home, too. Love the continued info on places you are visiting. The fabric (from your last post) was bright and very cute. And Happy Easter! Will you do anything to celebrate?

Traci and Richard Larson said...

Ni Ni is adorable. I love that she makes the peace sign in EVERY picture! You guys have such big hearts, there should be more people like you and Kelly!