Last Tuesday, on our way over to Bethany (we seem to be doing a baking/ sewing/ photo editing morning every Tuesday) Eli started saying “Cake Please”. I didn’t think anything of it. In fact, I thought he was just speaking randomly. He has a little cake in his Lego set, so he talks about it from time to time. Him and Justin play Lego in the mornings, so I thought perhaps he was referring to something that had played that morning. All the way over to Bethany he chatted about cake.
When we got to Bethany, she was already preparing some cake and muffins with another friend of ours. Little man took off his shoes and jacket and ran straight to the room to play. I never gave another thought to all the cake-chatter. Later that morning, while an amazing-smelling carrot cake was baking in the oven, I heard Eli singing, “Cake please, cake please… cake please”. At that stage he was in the kitchen, but AGAIN, I didn’t think much of it.
When the carrot loaf was done baking, Bethany put it onto a rack to cool. None of us were in the kitchen, so we didn’t see Eli stand on a stool to get up to the cake. I walked into the kitchen a minute later to find Eli biting right into the end of the loaf.
Apparently he wasn’t singing nonsensically after-all.
He knew exactly where we were going, and he knew what was going to be there. I don’t bake that often, and when I do, I usually don’t use sugar. But most Sundays, Eli gets to eat a cupcake (or two), and now he gets a couple sweet treats on a Tuesday too. I do try and keep him away from sugar, but I don’t mind that he has some cake from time to time. I guess Bethany is developing a bit of a reputation with him. He already knew, on the walk over there, that there would be cake at her house!
South African Friends
This little friend of Eli’s is also half South African. He father is from South Africa and her mother is Chinese. They are only a few months apart in age, and it was very sweet to see them holding hands as we left Bethany’s apartment. The six months between them really makes a huge difference in them, and the way that they listen and communicate. It reminds me of how much Eli has changed in the last six months (or even just since August – 3 months ago).
Justin’s most FAVORITE cake EVER is carrot cake, so I made sure to take a slice of it home for him…
On our way home we came across a local lady who was drying thousands of little fish in the sun. She will probably sell them once they are all dried out. Eli was quite intrigued by the sight of these little fish, so we stopped to look at them. The lady was even more fascinated by Eli than he was with the fish. These fish are often battered and then deep fried. We used to eat them when we got lunch in the Chinese cafeteria at Grand School. Of course, I really like them… 😂
While I Veggie Shop
I bought Eli a Kinder egg and he sat on the stairs outside the veggie store while I gathered the fresh produce that we needed that day. Justin is amazing about stopping here, and bringing home everything that we need on a daily basis. If Eli and I are out and about, and my hands aren’t too full, I like to save Justin the trip!
Little man sits happily, eating his Kinder egg, while I venturing inside to get our vegetables.
Before heading upstairs, Eli did some exploring among the trees, and then played on the rusty old Chinese workout equipment. Oh man – sooooo Chinese! I wish that we had a nice play-area in this complex, but we don’t. I really didn’t consider that when we moved in here. Mostly because I EALLY loved the apartment and didn’t care about the rest. Now that Eli is older and it is still only him, I do often feel bad.
As you can see, Eli’s hair is at the longest it has EVER been. We both really want him to have a nice short haircut, so that will be coming soon. We are delaying it so that his new look is nice and fresh for our 3-week trip to the Philippines.