My niece joined the family on July 12th, 2010. This special young lady's mother is my younger sister, which in classic Chinese culture makes me her Jiu Jiu (舅舅) -- thus the title of this blog. Here I intend to semi-regularly post reflections, thoughts, stories, and assorted whathaveyous pertaining to our trip to China, adoption in general, and (mostly) watching my niece grow up. Since the web is a very public place, I will attempt to maintain my family's privacy while telling the story... but I invite you to follow the blog and come along for the adventure!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Happy New Year!

I just want to wish everyone a belated "HAPPY NEW YEAR!"  We got off to a less-than-auspicious start, having to cancel the planned multi-family trip to Williamsburg to close out 2018 and ring in 2019 because so many folks were under the weather, but to be honest lots more has gone right than has gone wrong to date.

I'm going to keep this post short (I'm trying to finish the Pharmacology module of my certification course and am slowly falling behind schedule), so I'll just mention that we had the first snow of the new year and got about a foot of the white stuff instead of the originally forecast four inches.  Pretty much everything that the White House hadn't already shut down was closed as a result, so the Pipsqueak got to engage in some sledding -- probably one of her most favorite things to do in any season.

After clearing their front stairs & driveway, AJ & daughter headed to the usual sledding hill for a few downhill runs, but then took it to the next level and walked a few blocks to "The Big Hill" for the very first time. (Miri's been a bit too small for Mommy to feel good about her tackling the larger, faster, and usually much more crowded hill 'til now.)  Miri had a blast, but unfortunately did not have a phone with which to record my sister riding down the hill in a large inner tube, getting completely turned around and then bouncing out & landing unceremoniously on her tail feathers at the bottom. (On the other hand, my niece took great delight in describing the scene to me repeatedly.)

Since all good things must come to an end — and it was getting dark and even colder — the sled was eventually dragged back home so the thawing of fingers & toes could begin in earnest.  I'm attaching a video AJ took of Miri's next-to-last run down the hill (the voice yelling "CLEAR! CLEAR!" in the background is one of Miri's classmates sliding down the hill off-camera) for your entertainment.

Enjoy, stay warm & safe, and I'll see y'all again here in a few days!