At Home Lately│Phone Pictures: March 2017
As most of you know – I’m not a big fan of pictures taken with my phone. Of course, this is solely due to the fact that these images are of such a poor quality. It seems a shame to capture any special moments if they are going to be blurry, grainy and often with awful exposure. Phone cameras have come a long way in the last few years though – so I really should just get a new phone. At the moment though, such things are just not high on my list of priorities. I probably won’t get a new phone until mine stops working properly.
Anyway, here are a few snapshots from life lately, taken on my crappy iPhone…
Above Left, Eli has grown quite a bit in the last couple of months – and his appetite has too! He is now 90cm tall and most of his 2T jammies are getting quite snug. They pull down around the neck area, so we can tell that even though he is slim, he is tall. And yes – he is almost three and still wearing 2T clothes, but hey, the little guy was in his 12 month clothes until he was almost two.
Above right, While chatting to Grams, in Texas, Eli shocked his grandma buy munching happily through an entire pack of crispy seaweed sheets. Of course, these are salty, crunchy and absolutely delicious, but grandma is SUPER set in her eating habits, and she couldn’t stand watching Eli eat this healthy snack. In fact, she was screaming, “No Eli, don’t do it… ewwww, grroooossss!!”
*Look at her face – she was horrified!*
Below, A couple of my students absolutely ADORE Eli. They bring him little gifts, play with him, and show him a lot of affection!
Of course, this makes me SUPER HAPPY!
Above Left, Justin loves to play around with my students. On this particular afternoon, he put on William’s jacket and pretended that he was going to keep it. Look at William’s face!
Above Right, Eli takes out his train set (which was sent for Christmas last year, from his Texas grandparents) almost daily. Sometimes we set it up on the coffee table, other times on the carpet in the lounge. Lately he’s been setting it up on the floor, right next to my chair while I’m teaching at the dining room table. This kid is just AMAZING! He keeps busy while I’m working, and gets on with his own business! And then, of course, let’s point out how adorable Eli is… laying with his legs on mine, and feet crossed in the same way. This kid has reached all new levels of cuteness!
A Ladies Dinner
Below, About two weeks ago I went to a ladies dinner. There were four us, with Claire hosting at her apartment. She made us a wonderful pot roast meal, and delicious brownies for dessert. It was good to spent the evening with Claire, Sarrah and Bethany.
Above, About once a week, Justin brings home a bag of meat skewers. He buys them from a local BBQ guy downstairs. The meat is seasoned with cumin and chili, but we get the “bu la da” (non-spicy) ones for Eli. Little man absolutely LOVES these meat skewers, and he will cry if we try to take them from him!! He gnaws on them until nothing is left, and the front of his onesie is covered in drool!
Below, Fun with mommy and daddy in the laundry basket!
Below, About a month ago, I mentioned that I was starting a new halfway job. That job involves homeschooling a Taiwanese boy for 4-5 hours a day. As you can imagine, we have grown quite close. Dylan is a really great kid and I enjoy spending half my day with him. He is kind, helpful and very polite. If all goes to plan, I will be homeschooling him until the end of this school year. In August he will start at one of the international schools here in Qingdao.
Here are Dylan and Eli enjoying lunch together…
Above, Dylan’s grandmother feels really bad when he stays for lunch more than a couple of times a week. She insisted that Eli and I go over to their house for a meal, so we went there for lunch on a Thursday after playgroup. She served us multiple plates of delicious home-cooked dumplings!
Below, After lunch at Dylan’s house, the three of us said goodbye to grandma and made our way back “to school”. At first I thought it was cute that they refer to my home as “school”, but the truth is – for the next few months – THIS IS HIS SCHOOL!
When we all need to get out and move around a bit, the three of us venture down into our apartment complex gardens. In many ways, Dylan feels like my second child now – and I LOVE IT! I have always wanted to adopt an older child/children, and having Dylan around has increased that desire. I love babies, but it is really great to have kids of this age around the house.
While we are studying, Eli will often come over and take Dylan’s finger – wanting him to go play with him. Even though Eli is my (only) oldest, he sure does love having older kids around!