We went to Tulsa this week for China Camp. This was our 8th year at camp and it is always one of the best times of the year!
We drove to Tulsa on Wednesday and decided to eat at Steak N Shake, a chain we don't have here. We ordered burgers and fries and then noticed that the shakes were half price, so we ordered those, too. We were all a bit shocked when the shakes arrived and we realized how HUGE they were!
After the dancing, the kids headed off to class and the parents went off to shop or nap or eat lunch or whatever they do in their child-free hours. The girls had music and dance, language, kung fu, games, and a session on dealing with adoption and race. Their favorite classes this year (and most years) were art and cooking. In art they learned to use calligraphy brushes to make Chinese characters and paint pictures of bamboo and dragonflies. Rachel brought home a re-usable character practice book and Katherine has added brushes and ink stones to her Christmas/birthday list. In cooking they made breakfast foods - the rice porridge called congee, pickled vegetables, dumplings, and some sort of sweet cookie. Kate was especially excited because "We ate like real Chinese people!"
Group pictures are always scheduled for Friday morning. I refer to this as Where's Waldo? time, since it is amazingly difficult to pick your own child out of a crowd of 200 black haired kids in identical shirts! (Can you find Rachel?)