Wednesday, February 25, 2009

8 months old and new skills

Red knees. . . what does that mean?I want to move, but I always seems to go backwards.

Can I get any pointers around this place? What am I doing wrong?But, I am 8 months old today!"But Mama, why does Dad have such a weird face on?"

It much have something to do with my hat. . .


(This is for you Oma!)









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Monday, February 23, 2009

The Wedding

Rebecca's nephew, Johnny, and niece, Jenny, hanging with Zeke on the wedding day
Zeke hanging out with more of Rebecca's family.
We all waited in Rebecca's apartment while Rebecca went to the wedding store to get ready.

The beautiful bride.


Mike leading us all in prayer before heading over to the seminary for the wedding. Rocky and Rebecca went down the elevator first and friends set off firecrackers as the exited the building.



Their wedding picture.

My sister-in-law Beth walking down the aisle.

The bride and groom


The best man (my best man too) and my little man

















Friends, Family, and Bowling in Taiwan

My G-pa. I guess we traveled all this way for his wedding! What fun!

Visiting the Larsen Family. They are Lutheran Brethren missionaries in Taiwan. It was great to see their home and get the chance to know them a bit better. Thanks again Kris for buying the diapers, baby food, wipes, etc for Zeke while we were there!


Zeke and Danny hanging out of a floating house on Sun Moon Lake.



Our amazing 12 course meal Chinese style.

When the soup came at the end, Rebecca recommended that we should only eat what we recognize. :)


Yep, Zeke's Step-Grandma rides a scooter. :)


The rehearsal dinner was at a bowling alley. :) I think the Bronson boys were happy.

Zeke relaxing the bowling alley.

The groom after a strike I believe.

Danny's sister Becky, her hubby Scott.
Danny's brother Andy.
Me, sleeping Zeke, and Danny
(Zeke got very good at sleeping on the go during this trip)

Cool stuff in Warm Taiwan

Here is my attempt to show a few of the amazing things we got to experience during our week in Taiwan. Good fruit. I miss it. A path with different texture on the bricks for people who are blind.
Very cool!

Interesting tea. We had to grind it for a long time and it magically turned into tea. I always thought you just bought it at the store.


Actually, I was napping when Danny took this picture. You will have to ask him. It is cool though.



A cool tree we saw while walking around at Sun Moon Lake. It is directly next to the recycling containers. They are way ahead of the us on recycling.




Victory Lutheran Brethren Church in Hsinchu where Danny's Dad Rocky works. It is 8 stories tall plus a parking garage underneath. Very cool





The Parking Garage. Danny's favorite part, I think. They lift the cars up so you can fit more cars underneath. For me, kinda cool. For Danny, very cool.






I am looking sad as I am trying to make dumplings. I was not very good at making dumplings. They were still yummy though.



A warm soy milk drink you could buy at the bakery. Not cold, but still cool.



The fire escape. I'm not really sure how you use it. I guess I was just praying we could take the stairs.



Scooters, Scooters everywhere!



Our box lunch. I have to say it was better than any Pb&J Box lunch I have had in the States.

Very cool.











Our Travel to and From

Our Adventure Begins: To get to Taiwan, we had to follow a few simple steps


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  1. 7am: Saturday February 7th: Drive from Fergus Falls to Minneapolis Airport (about 3 hours unless you have to stop and feed the kid)
  2. 10am: Arrive at cousin's Phyllis's house who then drove us to the airport after allowing Zeke to first roll around on her floor.
  3. 12:30pm Meet the rest of the family in the airport
  4. 1pm Take off on the airplane for the 12 hour flight to Tokyo
  5. ?? Arrive in Tokyo (I already lost track of the time, sorry)
  6. ?? Enjoy the super cool Japanese airport
  7. ?? Depart to Taiwan
  8. 10:50pm on Sunday Arrive in Taiwan
  9. Drive to Rebecca's house
  10. 2am to 5am Attempt to sleep while convincing a 7 month old that it is night timeZeke enjoying the flight. He did great! I think he thought everyone on the plane was there to entertain him. Ok, maybe we all look a bit tired. Our first sunrise in Hsinchu at Rebecca's place. I was able to see plenty of sunrises with the help of my little boy.


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Our Trip Home





The morning of our departure. I couldn't resist snapping a picture of my sleeping boys. While in Taiwan, Zeke would often wake up at about 2am for an hour or more for what I liked to call a "slumber party." He would sit in the bed between Danny and I laughing and playing. On this particular morning, he must have never made it back to the pack and play.



    My boys sleeping in the Seattle airport. Our return flight turned out to be a bit more adventurous.

    We all flew out Sunday morning to Tokyo without trouble. Danny and I had used frequent flyer miles, so in Tokyo we then flew to Seattle not Minneapolis with the rest of the family. We arrived in Seattle on time. But, our flight from Seattle to Minneapolis got delayed from 9:10am to 2:3pm, then from 2:30 to 6:30pm, and then from 6:30pm to 1am and finally cancelled.

    We stayed the night in Seattle and flew out Monday morning at 10am.

    We were a bit tired.


    Zeke helping us unpack finally back home in Fergus!












Happy Birthday Danny

Happy 31st Birthday Danny. We love you. Hope you have an amazing day! Danny cutting into his birthday pie! He was very happy.
(and, for those of you waiting, I promise Taiwan pics are coming)