We departed Shanghai a week before Christmas. It gave us just enough time to play in New York City while adjusting to the time change and then head out to visit family in Connecticut. Going home is always a whirlwind of a trip, so much to do in such a short time. We often stock up on six months worth of items that are hard to obtain in China, run errands that we haven’t done in half a year and of course visit both sides of the family and a variety of friends. Adding T to the mix has only doubled the challenge of accomplishing everything but somehow we always seem to get everything done. Below is a series of pictures capturing our Christmas in Connecticut.
First stop on our trip home a layover in Chicago (here’s a view of downtown).
Ornaments in Manhattan.
Saturday, here in the park (Central Park, NYC).
Mama and T sitting on the rocks in CP.
The big Christmas Tree at the Rock.
T waiting in Grand Central Station for our train to Connecticut.
T hanging in his aunt, KBPSS.
T and Yeye, making their respective “Santa Faces.”
T with uncle T.
Excitement on Christmas morning.
Buttons, check, noise, check, lights up, check.
A happy boy with a few essentials; shoes, backpack and umbrella.
Sporting his new Cubs jacket, illusive World Series we are coming for you.
T with Aunt C.
T with Aunt M.
Sporting his new t-shirt over the dress shirt.
Cousins and apparently colleagues once a year on Santa’s sleigh.
T with Aunt S.
Cousins with Yeye.
Cousins hanging out.
Cousins eating snack.
Baba and T watching the Hoosiers.
T and T.
Walking with Yeye.
No free stay, T is helping move furniture.
Showing Papa how to use the iPad.
Smiles with Nainai.
Birthday party in LI. Buckets!
Showing off the upper body strength. Pullups!
Playing some defense in the gym.
Dribbling down court.
Pass, catch and throw (but also shoot happy).
Aunt M and Uncle B. (Cousin B not yet born but kind of pictured).
Aunt C and Uncle B.
Papa and Nainai
Mor Mor and Seeya
Reading the paper with Seeya.
Playing with Seeya.
Sleeping in the car after a long vacation.
Sunrise over the North Pole.
In flight nap after a long vacation.
Back in Shanghai, riding his new Christmas gift; the Scootcase.