Fall Walk with Elephant
Oh gosh – I just love these Autumn colors. I am sad (and shocked) how quickly they are fading this year. On a slightly windy, and rather brisk, morning, Eli and I took a slow walk over to Bethany’s apartment. She only lives about 10 minuets away, on foot, but if I allow little man to take the lead, we stop to look at everything. I love seeing the world through his eyes.
Ever since he was a baby, he had always needed to hold something (or two, or three…) in his hand, or both hands. It is just the cutest thing. Those who know him well, know this about him! As we announce to Eli that we are going out, he runs around picking up four or five toys. He is so enthusiastic and happy in his movements, looking for the ones he needs to take. Then, of course, we tell him he can only take one toy, and he has to decide which one. Oh the choices! He is pretty good at understanding that it needs to be small. He runs back to his drawers to put back the toys he is leaving – everything he does is so meticulous!
On this particular day, he decided that he wanted to take Elephant. And since we weren’t in a hurry and didn’t have much to take along, I allowed him to bring a larger toy. China is D.I.R.T.Y, so we don’t usually want him to bring stuffed animals outside, but he sure does love his stuffed toys. This boys is such a snuggle-bug!
Checking Out The View
I know that I am severely delayed on my posts because the pathway leading to our building DOES NOT look like this at the moment. There is scaffolding everywhere, and it is a huge catastrophic mess! The workers have shaved styrofoam, messed concrete, and left tools everywhere. Looking out my window right now, on the fifth floor, brings me to eye-to-eye with migration workers. They are covering out buildings with some sort of insulations. But let me get back to the story at hand. Clearly I have side-tracked…
Pretty leaves beneath my feet.
After years of running around this child, trying to get a good shot of him standing in one place, he FINALLY just stands exactly where I ask him to. He might not stand there for a long time, but he sure does stay put for a lot longer than I expect him to.
Since I have waited so long for there glorious moments – They are so incredibly AWESOME!!
And look at this swagger…
The kid cracks me up. He is hilarious!
Craft/ Hobby Time
I definitely appreciate friends that I can chill around. Bethany sews bags and purses, and I edit photos. While we each do those things… we like to chat, catch up, and enjoy each other’s company. Her son, Joshua, is in school now, so Eli found things to entertain himself with. He loves cutting paper, gluing, and threading buttons onto pipe cleaner.
I know, seriously, he’s amazing! hahaha
On our way home he stopped to pose by some trees for me. What a champ! It was a pity that I didn’t take my DSLR with me on this walk. The fallen leaves are fleeting in China. You can often see old men hitting the orange leaves out of the trees and then raking them up. Ahhhhh….
Anyway, we make the most of the leaves that we see and this day was beautiful in so many ways!
I am thankful for chilled moments with friends, for the ability to get around without a car, for sweet moments at home with my son, and especially for the fact that he understands so much now. I love this time with him.