This coming Saturday, we are hosting a Fall Soup Party in our home. It is for our fellowship, and it has been done every year, during Fall, for the last few years. Our group asked if I wanted to do the decorating, and I agreed. How I managed to get to this age, and not know that I love doing certain things, just blows my mind. I am REALLY enjoying making the decorations for this party. I can’t say that I have tons of time with Elijah acting like a mini-screaming-tornado, who literally tears through every room on a mission to throw everything onto the floor, but I’m finding times in-between the madness. I have tried to incorporate his help, by taking him outside to help me gather leaves, pinecones and sticks. Thankfully, he is now out of the eat-everything-your-hands-touch stage (oh my gosh – relief from that nasty, yucky stage) but he has moved into an exploration phase. It is not easy to keep up with him if I am trying to do something myself, so when we go outside I let him play while I watch him. Then I have to carry him around as I gather the leaves and pinecones I want to take home. As you can imagine, that’s quite a workout! If I’m lucky, he will sit and play with the pile of sticks and leaves that I have collected.
Of course, we get Chinese people stopping to ask what we are doing. I try to explain that we are making decorations for our home, but they can’t comprehend this because the DIY/ craft-decor trend is nowhere near to hitting China. Yesterday an old lady was scolding me for having Elijah out at 1pm. I had wondered why we were the only ones out-and-about. Evidently, that is nap-time. No amount of explaining (that he already had a nap) mattered because she was of the opinion that he should be napping during THAT period. That’s life in China! On the plus side, aside from a couple of random old people, our complex grounds are pretty much completely empty at 1pm. That makes this a great time to go and take photos!
Here are some pictures of us gathering – ie. playing with – leaves during “REGULATION NAP-TIME!”
I love this…
An old Chinese man, who was passing by, stopped to watch Eli and I. We were so interesting that he made himself comfortable and sat down. Eli kept wanting to go over to him and give him a leaf, but he would go halfway there and turn around and come back to me. Finally, he plucked up the courage and went all the way to the man – only after turning to me, pointing at the left in his other hand, making his lips all pointy and blowing some interesting sounds (I guess he was telling me what he was about to do). As you can see in the images below, the Chinese man was pretty happy when Elijah eventually made it over to him. He put out his hand and Eli gave him the leaf. So sweet!
The kind old man then tried to share his water with Elijah — Ummm, awkward! I was trying to politely pry Eli away. The man was holding out the bottle to Elijah and Eli was getting his lip all puckered up and ready to sip right off the bottle. Ahhh!!
Gathering leaves with Elijah.
Fun times – We love this season!