For the few remnant stayed behind for the Winter break, we had a quick outings ourselves. We started off with a good dim sum(点心). Some students tasted dim sum for the first time, 虾饺，烧卖，凤爪，新洲炒面… It was yummy! This inspired the girls for shopping at 99 Ranch for making some Chinese meals 🙂
Then we went to the California State Capitol for a tour, listened to live music. Baby Joshua approved of the Golden Bear, “Rarrrr!!!” with authority!
Isn’t this a nice acoustic place to listen to live music? There are even seats down there by the band to enjoy the performances.
We got to see the two houses/chambers where our government officials gather to debate and pass the laws of the state:
Finally we visited the tall Christmas tree with the ornament decorations outside, and enjoyed some Autumn foliage.
We started the afternoon with songs, engaging message, and special song and touching sharing from the students. At the end, we put our tags on this display, showing how all our stories fit into God’s story.
While the turkey and food is being setup, there was a time of games while people waited.
Look at all these delicious turkeys, 28 in all. Some group had different recipes. I heard the deep fried turkey is the most tender. It’s impossible to eat a portion from each turkey. Still we all had our fill from the turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, candied yam, … Too much good food to list.
Each group put on song and performances. IUSM put on a performance from the movie Inside Out! Brian sure look familiar. Did they used his picture for Anger in the movie? Are you sure they only had practice for one day? There are some natural talents for these roles.
Even some dancing as part of the performance by our IUSM members.
Which 3 characters are they playing here? Disgust, Joy, Sadness. Can you guess which one is which? If you are still not sure, you can ask them the next time you see them.
We had a trip to San Francisco, including a fun hike at Muir Woods National Park.
Then we went to Golden Gate Bridge, even had sports and exercise there. A lot of calories burned. All the hike and sports are in preparation for … [what do you think it is?]
If you say a delicious and hearty dinner, you are RIGHT! Just look at the varieties of food everyone had:
For the students who needed a break from studying, let’s go bowling…
Make sure you get the ball with the right weight, or you are going to have a hard time rolling it down the lane.
In between the games, someone got surprised with a cake. Where did the cake come from?? Let’s all sing Happy Birthday together.
I am sure everyone had a lot of fun, whether you are an expert, or a beginner…
Come join us next time.
We had a great time with Studying the Bible. After that, it’s time to try out some new events. Eric, what should we do? “Hmm, not sure…”
Jin, “let me tell you what we have in store for tonight!”…
What is this, ping pong? You can’t fool me, this is not the way to play ping pong. The Din style ping pong sure looks fun. Everyone enjoyed it!
Where were you? Come join the fun!
There were more?…
That’s all the new games right? Wait, what are those balloons for? Trying to stump and breaking it with your foot? Eric, watch out for your own balloon（螳螂捕蝉，黄雀在后)! Next playing marbles with spoons? That is interesting. Even rolling quarters on the floor in a game of puck on table. There were sure a good variety of games.
Let’s all take a break, and enjoy some of these delicious desserts for the night!