“Nana” is back in China. Nana (my mother) is one of Eli’s three grandmothers. He also has two grandfathers and two GREAT grandmothers, which is pretty amazing if you ask me! Eli is greatly blessed to have all these grand-folks. My mother, who has chosen to be called “Nana” (Elijah also has an “Oupie”, “Oumie”, “Grams” and “Gramps”) has recently returned to Qingdao after a couple of months back in South Africa. It is really nice for Eli to have some extra family around, and Justin and I also get to enjoy extra quality alone time while Eli and Nana hang out. Leaving South Africa in May means arriving in China in spring. The day after Nana arrived, we ventured outside to enjoy the beautiful gardens, lunch at a nearby favourite restaurant, and then another unforgettable, and very traditional, South African braai.
Hmmm, delicious breakfast meals. DejaVu – the Western restaurant right around the corner from where we live – serves an all day breakfast menu, but if you do stop by before lunch, then you get a complimentary tea/ coffee. And boy oh boy, those ice coffee are ginormous!
We are still fully enjoying the colors of spring, and even though there is still a couple of cold days here and there, the new season has definitely settled in nicely. We haven’t yet packed away Eli’s winter jacket, but we are starting to get some t-shirt weather very now and again. It is up down and all around on the weather front – as the middle seasons usually are!
As I was saying, there is the winter coat again!
It is hard to judge the temperature lately, but the days are definitely much prettier and warmer… ie. life is good. It wasn’t until I moved to China that I realized how much my sanity is dependent on the weather (and blue skies).
There are MANY ways to enjoy a traditional South African braai, and this is just one of them. Chicken, grilled mushrooms and potatoes, salad, bread, and a glass of red wine. We are definitely going to enjoy this season!
Look at those professional braai skills. Hubby has been making his South African wife very proud! We have a nice little balcony braai set up now, and even though we might work through a few of those mini grills, it will be worth every cent!