Thursday, June 29, 2017

schoooooolllllsss out for the summer.....

Well the end of the kids school year is FINALLY here. Since Kael and Pippa attend a British school here we are off the US school schedule by about 2 weeks and it has felt like a very very long school year. Not sure if I have mentioned before but when we left the US ..we left. We sold our house both of our cars and when we land in the US again we will literally have nothing! Exciting and scary at the same time. So we will jump right into house hunting and finding me a car to lug these childrens around in. There are SO many things I am excited about when I think about returning to the US.  picking up the phone and calling my sister and best friends on the SAME TIME ZONE jumping in the car and driving to the library when I am in the mood for a new read actually smelling the pages of the book and holding it in my hand instead of reading it on my ipad. Diet Lemonade from Chic Fila being able to buy from cute companies easily on the internet exploring cities in and around Texas ( especially Chip and Joannas Silos in Waco )  so so much. There are however some amazing things here in China that I will miss also. First and mostly how safe it is, for the last couple of years we have literally been living in a bubble just listening to the horrific news that is happening in the US and we have not taken it for granted one bit. Coming home means turning on another switch with my senses way up. I will miss driving the Tuk Tuk, all the hustle and bustle of Shanghai, ordering groceries by texting the little lady at the store down the street and having them delivered in 10 minutes. I will miss watching the people here in their element so different than mine and getting a fancy massage for 20 dollars an hour. I will miss all the markets having clothes made , THE FLOWER MARKET, dumplings I will miss our ayi and our driver not their services so much as their presence in our day to day life and the relationship they have with my children. SO much SO SO much. So to ease all the bittersweetness that is going on in my head I made a awesome frozen rose to celebrate the start of summer in the Rogers household.

Frozen Rose

1/3 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 bottle of rose
1 lemon squeezed and its zest
1/3 cup lemonade

Directions :

Add water, sugar , lemon and lemonade to a pot and bring to a boil stirring to make sure that sugar dissolves.

Take Rose and place in a 9x13 pan and freeze for 3 hours.

Once Rose is firm scoop slush into a cup and add the simple syrup on top to taste garnish with a lemon and enjoy!

I added a splash of  diet sprite to mine to give it a little fizzzz....

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