First Backpack │ Running Errands
It is 4pm on a Tuesday afternoon. I have the afternoon off and sweet boy is playing, like an angel, while I sit at his miniature table. As short as they are, my legs touch the underside of his table as I sit here and type. Since little man is completely content playing with some alphabet cut-outs, I will take this opportunity to do a couple of blog posts. Justin is away, so I know that he will love this sort of “what we did while you were at work” post!
We recently bought a bunch of new puzzles for Eli, from a fellow Qingdao Mama. She also gave us a little orange and brown monkey backpack. Although we have tried putting bags, hats and glasses onto our little guy, he has been very much against all of them for about a year and a half. A couple of months ago, he started to show a definite interest in all such things once more. After seeing him try on a friends backpack – and grin from ear-to-ear – I knew that he would love this one. It fits a couple of toys, some wipes, a snack and his water bottle.
It is just perfect for him!
With a number of errands to run, and a baby shower to organize, I decided to take the day off. It was beautiful outside, and I wanted to spend the day with my boy, so I ask Dylan not to come.
We went to Leader Plaza – the mall one block away from us – and stopped in at a few stores to pick up baby shower supplies. I started at the grocery store so that I would have a trolley for Eli. He had walked all the way to Leader, so I figured those little legs would be tired soon. Don’t be fooled by the “one block away” comment. His tiny legs still need to get down seven flights of stairs, out of our complex, down to the traffic light, across the road, down a long alley, and then over to the mall. By the time we have navigated our way through the mall, and into the basement area, he had walked a fair distance.
Above, There is always some form of action in the grocery store. If it’s not salespeople, talking loudly into microphone, deafening you as you walk by, then it’s some sort of special that people are trampling each other for. Eli and I stood across a counter, watching these people lean in to scan something with their smart phones. I have no idea what was going on, but shortly after this, the crowd grew so big that we had to make a run for it! hahaha… Life in China!
Ask I have mentioned before, I have always taken Eli out in his stroller. He is a very diligent napper, and he doesn’t really do well with walking alongside me for long periods of time (or any periods of time, for that matter… offffff he runs!). Lately, however, I have been taking him out, more and more, with no stroller and no carrier. I can’t describe how amazing it has been to have him just walk with me. I don’t even have to cling to his hand. He is starting to listen, co-operate, and walk quit long distances without asking to be carried.
It is wonderful!
Little man loves to sit in the large part of the trolley. In fact, if I put him in the normal baby seat area, he pulls his legs in, turns his whole body to the side, and sits sideways. I have NO idea why – perhaps he likes to look around, and not stare at me constantly, haha.
When we were mostly done with our errands, I bought him an soft serve ice cream. Someday soon I will have to take a video of how he eats ice cream. He does the smallest lick you have ever seen, and he only does this every minute or so.
The result: melted ice cream everywhere!
Takoyaki (Japanese squid balls) for Mama!
These are another of my all-time favorites — Takoyaki (たこ焼き or 蛸焼). Takoyaki is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a batter and cooked in a special moulded pan. It is typically filled with minced or diced octopus (tako), tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion. Takoyaki are brushed with takoyaki sauce (similar to Worcestershire sauce) and mayonnaise, and then sprinkled with green laver (aonori) and shavings of dried bonito (a type of fish).
Since I love these little things so much – I have looked them up numerous times, and I’ve seen various fillings – such as hot dogs, kimchi, cheese, and corn. You know what I NEED in my life? — A takoyaki pan! Check out this recipe on Cooking with dog, and also this blog: I Am Food Blog.
What’s so special about takoyaki? Well, they’re balls of hot lava inside with a sweet, sour, smoky topping and when you pop one (you have to eat one in one go) in your mouth, there’s a taste explosion that’s unlike anything I’ve ever eaten! I love these balls!
Above quote and these takoyaki pictures, above and below, are all from I Am Food Blog. Go and check out their awesome recipes and tips – I love their pictures just as much as I love looking at their recipes.
We walked around for a while, trying on hats, sampling make-up, and seeing what some of the new stores at Leader have to offer. Seeing these paper cranes, especially this yellow one, really took me back to our wedding preparations. We folded these until they were coming out of our ears!
Check out that post here: 1000 Paper Cranes
On our way home, Eli was amazing, once again! He walked whole way, and never ran away from me. I let him choose some new beach toys while we were shopping. Once we got home, he was very excited to open these and play with them in the kitchen basin!
Another wonderful day spent with my boy. Even though I have really appreciated this opportunity to teach and guide Dylan, I do very much look forward to having more time with Eli again. The sun is out, the temperature is up, and he is in such an awesome stage. I want to enjoy this time with him. It looks like I will finish homeschooling Dylan by the first week in June. From then on I will have plenty more time to take Eli on little excursions, or errand-runs, like this.