I grew up as an only child, so I am extremely close to my parents. I lived at home on and off throughout college and never got tired of hanging out with the 'rents. Once I moved out on my own, I missed the feeling of being at home a lot. My fondest memories of my childhood would be me hanging out in the living room with the TV on, my mom getting the dinner ready in the kitchen, and my dad outside fixing or busy making something. Well, this is the scene that is going on right now. It almost brings me to tears because I'm so happy! What a wonderful July 4th!
As you can see the deck is coming along nicely. Tomorrow we should be able to lay down the top main part of the decking. My dad is turning 60 this year, yet he still moves around as if he's 25! Sometimes I think he's a little ADD because he can never really rest well. He's worked straight for the last few days from 9 am to 6 pm straight. Chris has been working alongside him, learning a lot as this is his first time building a deck. I can't wait to see how it turns out!
Our family is from a city in Northeast China, and in terms of food, we're famous for our dumplings. If you are a woman from that city, you'd better know how to make some good dumplings. Your worth in the kitchen is dependent on how great your dumplings are! And my mom makes some awesome little pockets of joy! Today's filling is pork, onions, chives and shrimp! She folds each and every one of them beautifully, taking great care and time even though it takes seconds to swallow one up! My dumplings are messy looking and can never compare to my Mommy's...that's why whenever possible, she'll make them for me. :)