Lately: Baozi, Boxes & Superheros
** This post is a little late – since most of the pictures are actually from the end of April, but nevertheless, this is what has been happening around here lately! Despite the pictures being a little old, not much has changed as we have moved into May, so here we go: This is life lately (at home) in Qingdao… **
We bought Eli a bicycle for his second birthday. It has training wheels, a retractable shade cover, and a bar so we can push him if he just wants to sit in it. He couldn’t be less bothered with that bicycle. We took it downstairs ONCE, and then realized that we couldn’t be bothered with it either! It now sits in his playroom, and although he sometimes sits on it, he NEVER rides it!
He does, however, show a great interest in these little scooters. Whenever we are outside, he runs over and tries to get on the other kid’s scooters. When they are prepared to share, I have encouraged Eli to get the scooters a try. I want to see that he will actually ride these before I go out and buy one! He never rode them… just sat on them, hahaha. This made us unsure of whether we should bother. I got this old one from a friend, and took him downstairs to play. Without even hesitating, he stood on it and took off – What a proud Mama moment!
Eli has had the same puzzle boards since he wasn’t even old enough to play with them. His Texas grandma bought him five different boards, and he has been absolutely in love with them for the last year! He can practically do those puzzles with his eyes closed. We bought him a number board, a upper-case alphabet board and a lower case alphabet board. He mastered those too.
When I friend posted that she was selling all these board puzzles for 100rmb, I jumped at the opportunity. Eli was asleep in his stroller when we picked them up. When we got home, and lay them all out – he was thrilled! He loves animals, and these are Melissa and Doug puzzles, so they make a noise when you place the right shape into them.
I’m drawing, when I can, although mostly on a Sunday while I listen to the message. I like posting my pictures to We Chat Moments, but then I remember that only our China-peeps see those. So here’s an old one that I did, but last week I touched it up a little while I was drinking my morning coffee.
When I’m too
lazy busy to cook, or Eli and I have been out all morning, we stop at our local baozi restaurant for a quick lunch. Same old story – he eats the bread buns filled with meat, and I have 2-3 tea eggs. Problem is, lately my eating habits have been appalling, so I buy two portions. He eats a half portion, and I eat one and a half! FAIL! Thankfully, since last week, I am getting back to my healthy ways.
Earlier today, I posted about a Superhero Shower that I decorated for a friend who is adopting a little boy from Bulgaria. In preparation for that shower, our dining room was filled with boxes, paints, comic signs, and masks. Eli played with a few of them. He really loved the masks! One day he wore a mask for several hours – It almost seemed like he had forgotten he was wearing it!
Dylan and Eli made so many things from the boxes. For a couple of days, it was a fort. They put pillows inside, and threw blankets over the tops of it. Next Dylan made ramps with the boxes, and then showed Eli how to get the cars to go REALLY far. I love love love these two together! Although I am looking forward to having much more free time after June, I will miss Dylan terribly.
I know that Eli will too.
Just listening to a story, in my superhero mask… no big deal!
Dylan stays to eat lunch with Eli and I about three times a week. His favorite lunch is….. baozi! Of course!
Some times we take the ball outside with us, and the boys play for a while before we buy lunch. I love this picture of all of our feet under the table. Eli’s legs, so short, and Dylan’s so long. Even though there is an eight year difference between them, these two are just so awesome together. Have I mentioned that I want to keep Dylan??
This was Dylan’s doing!
Eli is in the largest box we had for the shower preparations, wearing his sunglasses, eating a cracker, and surrounded by all the couch cushions. I went to the bathroom, and came back minutes later to find Eli like this, and Dylan giggling like crazy.
Once again, in daddy’s shoes… and this time, sweeping the floor. This kid, non-stop entertainment.
Things have just ben awesome lately. I really enjoy this stage that Eli is in. Funny enough, I have loved all his stages (except 9 months to 1 year), but as we near three, he just gets cuter and cuter by the day. He is also starting to listen now, which is a HUGE development!
This wasn’t supposed to be an Eli update. In fact, I have one of those building for next month, when he TURNS THREE!! But lately, this is what has been happening – it has been all about Eli and Dylan.
Life has been FULL but beautiful. I am truly blessed, and very thankful!