From July 17-27 we hosted two Chinese students in our home, through a program called Global Perspectives for Youth. It was something I never really imagined doing (at least not right now, with an already full plate of three little kids at home), but Josh really had an interest in it and encouraged me to agree to it. (: He had a positive experience staying with a family when he went to Costa Rica for his 5th grade trip, and he thought it would be a neat thing for our kids to experience. The program director told us that the Chinese students love being around little kids and often feel more comfortable starting up conversations & practicing their English with kids. So, we went ahead with it and welcomed two 14-year-old girls, Shannon & Cheer, to stay with us.
We found out quickly that Shannon was outgoing and confident, while Cheer was much more shy and reserved. They were both very sweet and easy to have around! While they were here, they went to music camp at the University of Oregon from 9-5 each day and then we would spend time with them on the evenings & weekends. We fit in a lot of fun things during that time, but also realized that they liked having down time to just hang out at our house.
We roasted marshmallows:
Josh played in a softball game one night and we took these pictures at the playground afterward. Our boys sure like having "big sisters" to play with!