What a brilliant shot of little man, Silas, jumping for joy on Shiloaren Beach! Our beach days with the Klugs are now, very sadly, numbered – so we are making the most of the warmest days of each week by meeting down by the coast for some fun in the sun before lunch and naps. On this beautiful morning, Eli and I took the long route to the beach, meaning I ran there while he slept in the stroller. I have ran from our apartment to McKenzie’s before, and since the beach is only a couple blocks from where she lives, I thought I would use this outing as an opportunity to get some exercise and allow Eli some time to sleep before he gone covered in sunblock, sand and water. It’s a nice 5km run, and the further towards Loashan that I run, the better the roads are. Wider streets, less traffic, and nicer sidewalks.
We were three moms and five young kids, so you can just about imagine how much we got stared at by those passing by. The Klug men joined us later in the morning, and that seemed to chase a few of the onlookers away. Us ladies sure do love when our husbands, and fathers, come to the rescue.
My favourite view of Laney, “Pick me up Hen”. Yup, this sweet little 2 year old calls me “Hen”. I have heard my name pronounced as “Cafwin”, but never as “Hen”. I love it – she’s so freaking adorable. Ahhh *lump in throat* – I don’t want them to go to Austria!
Elijah learned the hard way that sand doesn’t actually taste too good, when we brought him to this beach a few weeks ago. Since then, he puts less sand into his mouth but due to the fact that he is teething and does most of his explorations with his mouth, sand will, inevitably, end up all around his lips. Oh well, if he’s having fun and he’s not getting hurt, then I’ll let him continue. The sand-around-mouth stage should be over soon!
This is how 3 year olds play (above) and this is how my 11 month old Elijah plays (below).
haha, quite the contrast!
Don’t worry, there was no seawater in that cup. He was just demonstrating that he knows what to do with a cup. Christina is horrified at how gross boys can be…
Grandpa came to say hello and the Klug kids ran over to greet him. Oh my word, this moment just melted my heart. When they leave, like the rest of us, he will be staying in Qingdao. The reality of their move is beginning to settle in. And while we are all happy for this family of five, we are also very sad to see them go. Grandpa gets a good hug in – look at that loving embrace!
It is Cherry Season over here, and we are loving the fresh cherries available on practically every street corner!
I couldn’t even get Eli to look up from his bucket of water for a picture. He just loves playing with a spade and a large bucket filled with water. When the day is over he loves to push the bucket over and watch the water pour onto the sand. I think he knows this action because we do the same thing after his bath in a bucket every night.
I often have to pick him up and bring him back to the shade when he takes off. I wonder how far he would crawl if I didn’t run after him. I’m sure that he would come back when he realises that I’m not chasing him, but I like to keep him out of the sun whenever I can.
So much fun on the beach with friends!
When the summer months are here, this beach will be packed with Chinese tourists from other cities. I can just about imagine how much we will get stared at then. Luckily, we will have Justin will us then, and we will also live very close to the beach (after our move) so if it’s too full, we can just go home. These in-between season beach days are the best! It is getting warmer, but still not too hot. More happy memories made with the Klug family.