Our Family Date: Playtime and Lunch. Yesterday we had our weekly family date, except it is now more of a monthly date! With the winter pollution levels at a new high, and the temperatures so low, this mama hasn’t felt like trying to drag Elijah out of the house. I really do mean “drag” because this kid loves being at home (I guess it runs in the family)! Trying to put a winter coat and shoes on him is a big fuss – he screams and tries to get away. It is clear that he just wants to play and leaving the house, to face the cold, it not something he looks forward to. I completely get it, I do. Carrying him up and down all the stairs, catching a bus/ cab, and trying to navigate the other challenges of living in China… Sometimes it is all just too much, so we prefer to stay indoors. It is no surprise! I knew that we would feel this way during winter, and that is why I am so incredibly thankful for our apartment. It really is “Our happy Place”.
We do, however, miss Justin and we enjoy seeing him during working hours so a trip to visit him is worth the effort (when we can muster up the energy to make the effort- lately energy is a scarce thing around these parts!). I knew that Justin would really enjoy a visit this week, so we surprised him around lunchtime on Tuesday. Eli and I caught a cab to Aeon, the shopping mall across the road from school, and we messaged Justin from there. He had no idea we were planning on visiting him, so it was a pleasant surprise.
I made sure to take Elijah to Aeon before lunchtime so that we could play in the Playarea that they have. There are various areas with toys, puzzles and blocks and an arcade area too. The ball pit is massive and we had lots of fun together in there. Eli isn’t very adventurous, probably because there aren’t any parks here and we haven’t been to any playareas before this. I think that he enjoyed it though, so I will take him back soon. Off course, situations like this require his jacket and shoes to be removed… and that means there’s a fuss when they have to be put back on. He just wants to play, and leaving doesn’t make sense to him.
For lunch we went to our usual spot, Lisa’s Italian. We always go to the same place because they have high chairs, baby plates and cutlery, and a good variety of options on the menu. We grabbed a coffee, ate lunch together, and picked up a few things for the house. Before we knew it, Justin had to head back to school and we climbed on the bus to head home.
If we had a car (and I had the guts to drive it on these chaotic roads – that would never happen!) life would be so much easier. Heck – lots of things would make life easier. Life in China is not for the faint of heart. It’s often a struggle, but challenges are good for you. They teach you to value even the smallest of blessings. When we eventually leave China, I know that we will have a greater value for so many things that most people take for granted!
This was a great family lunch date.
I will try to get us out the house for that again soon!