Some days are spent entirely at home – most days, I should say – because I work from home. Leaving is often tiring, and not that necessary, thanks to the beauty to deliveries, and a husband who brings home groceries everyday. There are, however, certain errands that have to be done outside the house. On those days, we are BUSY, but sometimes I do enjoy the change of pace. I definitely couldn’t be out of the house everyday now that I homeschooling, teaching in the late afternoon, and editing shoots. These three jobs take up roughly 7 hours of each weekday.
On this particular day, Eli and I had to get up early in order to get all of our errands done before Dylan came over to study. It has been a new experience going out with Eli not in a stroller or a carrier. Imagine having bags to carry, queues to wait in, and a number of stops to make – and then add a two year old to that equation. I have no idea how (or why) moms try to do that without a stroller/ carrier. We were only going to be gone for a few hours, and I didn’t need to buy anything, so I decided to risk it and let him walk.
We left really early and caught a bus to the printing shop. I am preparing for a Superhero Adoption Shower, so I have had lots to print, cut and create. This print store is amazing! They do a great job, for a very reasonable price. I printed a ton of color pages, and had almost all of it laminated. The total cost was only $30. Really not bad for the amount that I did!
Doing Work for Mama
Instead of having to try explain which files you need printed, while leaning over the counter, the store has double monitors. This really helps the whole selection and printing process along. Eli absolutely loved this because he thought that he was controlling the changes occurring on the screen. Check out the cat, wearing his sunglasses. This kid sat like that for almost an hour and a half while our stuff was being printed and laminated.
Grab a Youtiao
We then headed over to Bethany’s place to help her hang some frames. Along the way we stopped to buy some “Chinese oil sticks” to munch on while we walked. I have lived in China for years and never eaten one of these (because they are incredibly unhealthy), but I currently being very reckless with my diet. I am definitely in a eating and exercise rut – ahhhh, not a good place for me to be!
Youtiao, also known as the Chinese cruller, Chinese oil stick, Chinese doughnut, You Char Kway/Cakwe/Kueh/Kuay (in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore), and fried breadstick, is a long golden-brown deep-fried strip of dough eaten in China and (by a variety of other names) in other East and Southeast Asian cuisines. Conventionally, youtiao are lightly salted and made so they can be torn lengthwise in two. Youtiao are normally eaten at breakfast as an accompaniment for rice congee, soy milk or regular milk blended with sugar.
Joshua, Bethany’s son, and Eli play really well together. Eli always finds a dog or stuffed animal and holds onto it for the rest of our visit. Usually he chooses one of Joshua’s MOST LOVED toys, and this causes some tension… but I haven’t yet seen them fight. Joshua really does try to be patient with Eli Didi (“Eli, little brother”).
While we were hanging frames, they started playing with some water in the kitchen.
All four feet on one tiny little stool. Funny how the smaller feet are taking up more space!
Back Home We Go
On our way home, we stopped to pick up a couple of packages. We let this lady go ahead of us – but Eli still treated her packages like they were ours. She couldn’t help but laugh at his responses when the doors opened. Oh, Eli!
Check out my post from yesterday about Eli’s Package Delight HERE.
Sometimes I remember to take a bag with so that Eli can carry all the packages at once. Also because he doesn’t always make it all the way up the six flights of stairs, and then I’m left carrying the packages, AND HIM!
A few minutes after we got home, washed our hands, and unpacked… Dylan knocked on the door.
We worked together to make their favorite lunch: French toast.
While we eat lunch, we read books – sometimes I read, other times Dylan reads. As I have mentioned before, Dylan is part of the family now. So he gets to witness all of the craziness that is “Eli and Mommy”! The facial expressions above pretty much sum it up.
And there you have it. My days are ordinarily quite full, but adding outdoor errands to the mix really does mean I am moving constantly. I do, however, love our life here, and I am thankful for all of the amazing opportunities that life in China has brought us.