Bring Warm Clothes!
**Following on from a pretty amusing post that I wrote last week – Two Years Later: Still the Nutter on the Beach (For a Laugh DON’T MISS THAT ONE!!) – here is what we did after our interesting beach visit…**
While Eli and I were down at the beach, Justin was finishing up at work. He took a bus home and wanted to come meet us on Shilaoren. As I mentioned in my previous post, Eli was super thrilled to be jumping in the water, and then rolling around in the sand. I didn’t even think to take extra clothes because we are way passed that stage. It’s been so long since I have packed clean clothes. In fact, I don’t even think about it now. I kept sending short message requests – Please bring pants… a sweater… a blanket… the carriage. The wetter Eli got, the more clothes I asked for. In the end I assumed Justin would just bring everything. He didn’t though, because he is also not used to Eli needing much. So little man got wrapped up in the blanket to keep him warm.
A Spring blossom stroll
When Eli was wrapped up and warm in the Ergo, we took a slow stroll from the beach towards our apartment complex. It was Friday, and we had no commitments, so we wanted to make the most of the evening. With a shoeless child, we couldn’t go far – but that never bothers us much. We LOVE our part of Qingdao, because there are more than enough dinner options within a short walking distance. It is amazing!
Stopping to admire the blossoms
Aren’t these two just adorable!? I love watching them – they are both so sweet and loving. Look at Eli! Even with his legs getting longer by the day, he still loves being all snug in that carrier. I can’t imagine having another baby, and then putting a wee little thing in that same Ergo! That really was THE BEST gift we received for Eli. My parents wanted to buy us something that we would use — We sure are making good use of it, aren’t we!?
So many facial expressions!
At around 5:30 the sun is beginning to move towards the horizon. And although we get a great sunrise over Shilaoren, our part of Qingdao doesn’t really get to see the sunset. This is a pity – but definitely motivation to get outside for morning runs!
We stopped at one of the Korean restaurants near to where we live. So many options – and they are all SO GOOD! We shared a big pot of Dak Galbi, some hot stone type rice, and a few beers.
This restaurant has booth-seating, so it really feels quite private as you sit down to eat. Although the tables are low, they are located over “dropped” flooring. You take of your shoes, step into the booth, and then sit down and slide your legs into the hole underneath your table. It is much more comfortable than the conventional Korean method of sitting on the ground, with only a thin butt cushion.
The booth-seating is great with a toddler. They can’t get away, but they can still stand up and walk around.
You have probably heard us mention Dak-galbi before. The spicy stir-fried chicken – a popular Korean dish generally made by stir-frying marinated diced chicken in a gochujang-based (chili pepper) sauce with sliced cabbage, sweet potato, and tteok (rice cake) on a hot plate. They melt some grated cheese over the top too – hhmmm!
I love the sides that come with Korean food. Especially when they involve eggs – Koreans do steamed eggs so well!
Above, steamed egg and some grated veggies in a cup.
Below Left, The veggie pancakes (Buchimgae (부침개)) are so tasty! We usually save those for Eli since the Dak Galbi is quite spicy. If the rice cakes weren’t covered in gochujang, he would definitely eat all of those.
Below Right, Justin hands me all of the sides containing mushrooms. “Its a texture thing”, he likes to say!
Another wonderful family date. I am so thrilled that we are getting out and enjoying the spring weather and blossoms. It feels like we are stuck inside during the nasty winter months, mostly due to the pollution. Now that the skies are clear, the blossoms are out, and we don’t need coats anymore… things are just wonderful!