All in a Day
We have sure had some amazing weather lately! Which is HUGE for us, because trust me, China can be a rough place to live when the skies are grey and the pollution is high. The silver lining though, is that we are always EXTREMELY thankful when the good weather rolls round. We are able to enjoy the fresh air, warm temperatures, and blue skies – and will probably never take those things for granted again.
On this particular day, with the weather at it’s finest, Eli and I got outside and made the most of the day. Of course, we had to stay indoors for my lessons, but we got out for two hours in the morning, and then again in the late afternoon. In my opinion, these are the two best times of the day, so we I was feeling very very blessed!
Wednesday Book Chat
We met with Bethany at 8am, to run to the same place where we used to run for playtime on Mondays/ Thursday. It has, however, been a while, and my fitness level has dropped severely. Bethany and I try to meet up on Wednesday mornings to run and discuss a book that we are working through together. If you want to read a really good, thought-provoking, Christian book, you need to get your hands on this one! The Green Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your Side of the Fence.
Pushing the stroller, while discussing life and the lessons we are learning from the book is quite draining in my current state. Nevertheless, a little bit of pushing is what gets the fitness levels up, so on I push! When we got close to the school, we said goodbye to Bethany, and then turned around and started the run back home. This is always a good time of reflection for me.
Eager for Some Beach Time!
I took Eli’s beach toys along on this run. If I had thought about it more, I would have realized that there just wouldn’t be enough to stop and play. But I REALLY wanted to let him run on the beach for a bit. I am ACHING to have some beach time with my boy. It has been good teaching Dylan, but I’m pretty much ready to be done. I miss my boy, and with him in this amazing stage of listening and co-operating, I want to spend as much time with him as I can.
When we were leaving the apartment at 8am, I asked Eli what he wanted to take with on the road. He chose an Elmo car, an elephant and a spatula. Interesting combination – he is so cute! I grabbed a few snacks for him for the road. His favorites: yogurt and crackers.
When we got back near our apartment, I stopped in at the Korean store to pick up a few items. We LOVE this store! The owner, Sunny, is just great. Besides all the Korean, and foreign, goods that we can find here, I love the store because they deliver. Eli and I will walk over, choose everything that we want to buy, and then tell them when to deliver. Even easier – I can order anything I want via We Chat, and sunny will send a delivery guy over whenever I want. In fact, in the above picture you can see our delivery guy sitting on a chair outside the store.
I bought a big pack of seaweed, and gave Eli a small packet of it to munch on. What a healthy boy!
Waiting Patiently Outside
While I ran into the bakery – which is next to Sunny’s Korean supermarket – I left Eli in his stroller outside the door. Bakeries are a NOT strongpoint of Asia, but nevertheless, occasionally there is something that looks appetizing.
When we got home, Dylan was already there – so much for me thinking I could squeeze in some beach time!
As you can see, I literally have to go from one activity to the next. My run was done, I “picked up” some goods from the Korean store, and then got home, only to start my lessons, immediately. This, ladies and gentlemen, is why I am READY for the next chapter. The next chapter is a very quiet one! The photo shoots have quietened down, my teaching hours will soon drop to almost nothing, and then it is time to R.E.L.A.X!
After all my classes were done, Eli and I went outside to play. He isn’t quite into the scooter yet, but he is definitely getting better at it. The only problem is that he hasn’t realized (despite my efforts to show him) that he can turn on the scooter. He rides in a straight line until he reaches a wall, and then gets off to turn the scooter to face another direction.
It didn’t help that he insisted on holding his bear in one hand while he was also holding the ends of the bar (instead of the top of it). He doesn’t mind putting the veggies on the front of the scooter, so that’s a huge plus!
Below Right, I tried to take a selfie of Eli and he thought that I asked him “to kiss daddy”. Absolutely adorable!
Above left, Counting the eggs. Above right, Straightening the chips.
Below, We sat down in the convenience store to eat some Japanese-style food, called “oden”. Several ingredients, such as boiled eggs, daikon, konjac, and processed fishcakes are stewed in a light, soy-flavored dashi broth. If you’re thinking, “What the heck?” Check it out: I’ve blogged about these sticks before. It probably isn’t surprising that my son loves oden too – he has a very similar “palate” to mine!
We munched on our oden, while people-watching out the front window of the convenience store. This little guy is awesome! I am so blessed to be his Mama. With our bellies full, we made our way back into the complex gardens to play for a little bit more. Next it was upstairs for a bath, a few stories, and then bed.
What a wonderful day!