I've never before put images of my kids or any other kids below the age of 18 on my blog. But looking at all that is out there, and considering Tim is now 15 and the size of a tall adult...and a trained martial artist...I suppose I should stop being so over protective.
Besides, these pictures are so great.
My oldest son, Tim (AKA Adventure Boy) is currently in China for a two-week cultural exchange field trip with his school. Last summer, we hosted two boys from Loudi at our house, and this year, Tim went to stay with the family of one of those boys. That boy's name is XiaoSui
XiaoSui wrote an e-mail to me and informed me that his family had taken 1300 photos during Tim's five-day visit to Loudi.
Here are some of them:
First, there was a warm greeting at the airport as the group flew in from Bejing:
Here you see Xiaosui's mom, Xiaosui in the blue shirt, and another visitor from last summer, Lei. He did not stay with us, but he spent a lot of time at our house and sends me regular e-mails.
Here's Tim getting a Kung Fu lesson. The boy on the far right is the other boy who stayed with us: Zhexin. Last I heard, he was the #1 ranked student in the school. Whatever his current ranking...he's one smart kid, and also very nice.
Tim teaches the Chinese about "Moose Ears":
The Eden Prairie Delegation was exposed to a great deal of traditional Chinese culture:
And apparently the Chinese kids and the Eden Prairie kids were mixed into teams and sent through an obstical course:
Tim going over the wall:
Tim crossing a rope bridge:
Apparently they gave him some beautiful shiney clothes. Gifts are an important tradition in China:
I just like this picture of Tim and Xiaosui:
Tim and host family:
The family also gave Tim a Chinese name: Xiaoping, Which means "safe". It is traditional for brothers to have the same first character in their names, so as Xiaosui's "international brother", Tim's name would naturally begin with "xiao".