Last of the Coat Weather
We kiss on the lips. I never really thought about, or even noticed this. Because, to be honest, I don’t really know any different. I kiss my father and brothers on the lips. I kiss my grandparents on the lips. This is just what we do in my family. Recently it was brought to light by a friend, and I realized that not all families kiss on the mouth. In fact, it might just be plain freaking weird to some people. It interesting to ponder what our numerous (on the mouth) kisses have looked like to families who don’t do this. Nevertheless, we love this form of kisses, so on we will go… being our – possibly weird – selves!
This seems like a post about kissing, but really it was supposed to be about the last of the coat weather. Admittedly, this post is actually a little overdue! Some (most) of these pictures are from the end of March, but that was a somewhat blurry time, so here I am, showing them in the middle of April. The warmer weather has begun to set in, but there are still cooler days in-between. I’m not totally sure that the cold is gone, so I haven’t packed away our winter coats yet. All the hats, gloves and scarfs are, however, packed away until the end of 2017.
Eli loves these yogurts! When I want to buy him “a treat” while we are out and about, THIS is usually what makes him smile. We are outside in the apartment complex more and more each week. The flowers are blooming, and the trees are coming to life…
Collecting sticks, dry leaves and little rocks – a typical little boy in so many ways!
As you can see, Eli is wearing a hat here (definitely the end of March). It is a little too warm for hats right now. I’d say we are in “sweater” season at the moment, and many days are even “t-shirt” days. This is how I categorize weather, haha – very scientific.
Cute, adventurous, and playful
The three pictures below perfectly sum up our little man…
It has been strawberry season for the last few weeks. And boy oh boy, do we love this season! We try to get a nice big bag of them every 2-3 days since we all love this form of berry the most. During strawberry season we pay about $4 for a kilogram, and if we don’t finish them (which barely ever happens) then we freeze them before they go bad. They are perfect straight from the freezer into the blender with some protein powder.
Above, Playing peek-a-boo with one of the shop attendants children. He’s a shy little guy, and never says anything. His sister, below, is a little more outgoing in personality, but just a silent as her brother. They might be cousins, but I haven’t asked yet.
Our Little Helper
Trips down to the veggie store are a simple, but sometimes tiring, task. Eli wants nothing else but to run and play, so keeping him “on path” can be a challenge. Lately he has been listening a little more, and will even carry a small bag of veggies – if we don’t mind the bottom of the bag skimming the ground a little, haha.
We have a vegetable lady and a fruit lady. Their personalities are completely different, but they both react to Eli with much joy and excitement. Below, Eli teaches the veggie lady how to say the numbers on her scale in English, and in return, she repeats them to him in Mandarin.
The latest, and greatest, thrill for Eli, is retrieving packages from the machine downstairs. Larger boxes are left in the admin office, but the rest are placed into a large green machine with small electronically controlled doors. Once the delivery man places our package into the machine, we are sent a text message with a 6-digit code, and we have 24 hours to pick up the package. If we are too late, then the packages are sent back to the post office/ delivery company. So far, we haven’t had to deal with any “send backs”, and since our Chinese-communication skills are limited, we try to avoid any situations like this. If Justin receives a text message about a package, and he is not home, then Eli and I will go down to get the box.
Above, Look at that little guy carrying two boxes up the stairs. In Justin’s one hand are another three packages, and in his other hand, two heavy bags of groceries. I too am carrying two big bags of groceries. Although we love our simple life here in China, there are many “Western conveniences” that we miss. We carry A LOT STUFF up MANY flights of stairs. For a long time we were carrying a small child too, but it is nice to have him now helping us (even if it is only a little).