May 1st – a holiday in most countries – is a day we get to spend as a family. This year it was on a Monday, so we had a nice three day weekend to look forward to. I don’t know why I look forward to weekends for rest, because I now work so much on the weekends that I’m usually shattered on Sunday! haha.
On this particular Monday, I had a shoot downtown, in one of the parks along the coast. Justin and Eli went with me, and while they played on the jungle gym, I went off with my clients to shoot. I loved knowing that they were just a short walk away from where I was, but I also didn’t really have much time to think about it.
A little snapshot from my shoot with Lucia and her dog, Coco.
More on that shoot in the next couple of days!
When I was done with the photos shoot, I walked back over to the playground area of the park. Eli was absolutely DELIGHTED when he saw me coming towards them. He ran to me, shouting “Mama… mama”. Everyone stopped what they were doing to look at us. You would think that I had left them there DAYS ago!
I still had my camera in my hand, so I got a shot go him running to greet me…
We played for a little while longer in the park. Even though Justin and Eli had been here for over an hour already, little man was still happily going round and round. Up the stairs, down the slide, and repeat. When he was younger, none of these things really excited him. He is quite a cautious child, so, for a long time, he didn’t even go down the slide alone. A few months ago, while we were at Thursday ECC Playtime, he tried the slide alone…. and the rest is history! He can’t get enough of it now!
When we were done playing, we took a slow stroll along the coast. Some Italian friends – who I met on a shoot – had invited us over to their apartment for lunch. We know A TON of foreigners here in Qingdao, but there are a few groups that we will probably never come into contact with. When a company sends a large group of staff over to China for a project (1-2 years) they arrived all at once and all leave at roughly the same time too. They stay close to each other, and because they all speak one language, they hang out together too. Had I not done Sofia’s photo shoot, I never would have met this Italian family.
At lunch, we met all of their friends, and got to know a whole new community of people. There was so much food and wine, and of course, it was all absolutely perfect! We went home with full bellies, and big smiles on our faces. A wonderful May 1st!