Children

Unmasking Sun Wukong

We were taking some pictures of Xixi when Sun Wukong decided to join us.

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Chong Chong at 17 Months

Or, as I also like to call it… “All Day. Every Day.”

I’m the foley artist in this video. Finally putting some of my military training to work with trying to keep in step. Biggest success was not running into him.

He knows the names of things in both English and Mandarin. I mostly speak English to him, Shanshan is about half and half, and Lao Lao and Lao Ye mostly use Mandarin.

The video was taken with the back camera of my iPhone 6, and processed with Movie Maker.

Small Hand, Big Mouse

I know it is not yet time for my monthly picture of Chong Chong, but I really like this picture and want to share it. ūüėČ

He’s standing quite well (almost walking), and loves reaching up to “use” my mouse and keyboard. A simply wonderful distraction when I’m working at home.


The shot was taken with my DMC-GX7. I would’ve preferred to have crisper focus on his hand, but I think the softness might help to convey a sense of movement (and, well, if he’s awake, he’s moving). A fair amount of cropping and straightening, with increases in contrast and clarity, and large decreases in highlights and shadows. I also took the liberty of removing some scratches from my desktop, thankyouverymuch.

Oh, and I like how the keyboard and glasses help to frame the shot.

From Laolao to Laozu

Chong Chong’s first official visit after exiting his month of household quarantine, was over to Laolao’s house. Once there, Laolao gave him a gold pendant with the image of a snake on it.

With the¬†birth of¬†Chong Chong, Laolao has become Laozu. We’re¬†slowly making the transition, as we are from Ma to Laolao and Ba¬†to Laoye.

Notes:

  • Ma, mother
  • Ba, father
  • Laolao, maternal grandmother
  • Laoye, maternal grandfather
  • Laozu, maternal great-grandmother
  • Gold, symbol of good luck
  • Snake, Chong Chong’s birth year

Grandparents and Child

The grandfather isn’t just holding the child. He has a, well, seatbelt on underneath his jacket. That is, a little seat that is attached¬†to his body via a belt. (I plan to get one of these.)

I really liked how instep the grandparents were, and how the grandmother was holding the grandfather’s arm as he carried the baby.

I also liked how they were well outside the crosswalk, and the background action.

Such is life in Beijing.