Mother’s Day│2016. This mama and her little one were both sick last week, so we didn’t get to spend a full day out for Mother’s Day, but we did enjoy a special half day of celebrations. Eli and I were both still really snotty and under the weather on Sunday morning. After fellowship we were desperately in need of some rest, but when Elijah’s nap was over we went to the Qingdao’s newest mall to walk around and get a bite to eat. This mall is just a few blocks away from our apartment complex, which is amazing because it has an IMAX and several western restaurants. We didn’t see any of our favorite clothing stores, but hopefully some of those will open in the near future. Since we are not too far from this mall, we will surely be walking here a lot in the next few months.
Nana joined us, so there were two mothers at this Mother’s Day meal. We had heard about a Thai restaurant on the third floor, so we decided to eat there. We were all pretty hungry so we didn’t think to look around before settling down to eat. Later we found a ton of other food options, but we have plenty of time to check those out later. We ordered a few Thai dishes to share, but a couple of them were really spicy! We normally like a bit of spice, but they were REALLY SPICY! The food at Real Thai was nice, but the service was a little on the poor side. I wish that I could say that this was due to the restaurant being new, but good service is often hard to come by in China. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our meal and the smoothie store next door really helped when little man’s mouth was on fire from the hidden chillies in a couple of our dishes.
The food came out sporadically (as it does in China) so ended we had two spicy dishes and nothing to feed Eli. Try explaining to a two year old that he can’t eat anything on the table! It turned out that the dish we had ordered specifically for him wasn’t even ordered, so that one only came after we asked for it a while later. Thankfully, between the bouts of chill-tears, Elijah occupied himself pretty well. It wasn’t a very relaxing meal since we had to keep asking for our food and distracting Eli from the food already on the table, but again, we still managed to enjoy ourselves.
The winning dish was the Pad Thai!
We walked around Lion Mall – enjoying the clean floor and modern surroundings. We aren’t big fans of a mall filled only with a ton of overpriced designer stores, so we are looking forward to the other perks that Lion Mall apparently has, like the cinema, a grocery store and many dining options. Somehow we are in our fifth year in China and we have never been to the movies. I am sure that we will be checking out this Imax in the next few weeks.
Elijah loves this Rhino toy which Nana brought back from South Africa for him. He was also given a zebra, and he has since been carrying one of them around almost constantly. When he wants to do something, he stands the rhino/ zebra up perfectly right next to him, but only while he needs his hands. Before he leaves, he picks up his toy again, and carries it away with him. When he naps in his stroller, he keeps one hand on his rhino/zebra.
We went to the top floor of Lion Mall and took a side exit to see the view of the surrounding visitors. We live a few blocks behind those buildings that you see in the middle of the image below. There were signs indicating that there is a rooftop garden, but we didn’t search for that area on this visit.
After our meal we stopped at McDonald’s for some McFlurries. Eli loved sharing an Oreo ice cream with daddy, but even more than that, he loved the large animal statues situated outside of the Zoo Coffee nearby. He could barely keep his eyes off them as soon as he spotted them!
Those eyes! We really can’t get enough of those gorgeous blue eyes. Elijah likes ice cream but we haven’t really given him too much sugar so he will eat a bit and then run off to play.
Above, if you want to see Elijah’s happiest of happy faces, then THAT IS IT! He shows all of his front teeth, squishes up his nose, and grins from ear to ear. He absolutely loved sitting on the zebra!
As we were leaving the skies started to get really dark and it was clear that rain was on it’s way. Above us was the strangest rift in the clouds. It looked like there was a massive crack in the sky.
I am so thankful that I have been blessed with this opportunity to be a mother. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to be a wife and mother, and I couldn’t be happier with my two blessings. Elijah is a wonderful child, and he makes me so unbelievably proud to be his mama!