No Time for the Beach
There are no words to describe how much I am looking forward to going to the beach with my boy in the next few weeks. On this particular morning, we headed out to meet Bethany for a Wednesday run (and book chat). I took Eli’s beach toys along so we could play before returning home for class. Little did I know that, once again, I would be extremely delayed, and we wouldn’t make it to the beach. We run to a certain point with Bethany, discussing our chapter for the week, and then Eli and I turn around and make our way back. I am so unfit though, that what should take me about 25 minutes, takes me closer to an hour. Stopping to take pictures probably adds on some time too.
Here’s the good news: I have ONE MORE DAY of homeschooling! One more!! On Tuesday I am freeeeeee. I have loved spending time with Dylan, teaching him, baking with him, and watching him interact with Eli, but I am ready to have my days back. In the last couple of months, Eli had changed A LOT, and I know that he is really going to enjoy the beach this summer.
Not a Nutter
Our first beach visit this year, wasn’t very successful. I wrote a rather amusing post about that, and if you missed it, you can read that here: Still the Nutter on the Beach. Since then, we have been to the beach three times, for dinner-time picnics, and Eli has been AMAZING! This is definitely the year when I get to lay in the shade and read a book, while Eli builds a sandcastle next to me.
Ahhhh… I am especially happy that my work is ending now, just before summer, because I feel like I couldn’t possibly appreciate the change any more that I do right now! I am THRILLED, GRATEFUL, AND SO EXCITED! To be honest, I have ever been excited about a summer in Qingdao, so this is a wonderful feeling to me. It feels like I am about to go on a vacation from next week.
This particular run was beautiful – as most of them have been lately!
The skies were a prefect blue, the air was clear, and the birds were chirping. All things I will forever cherish.
Towards the end of our run, Eli dropped his sunglasses out the side of the stroller. Since it is a three wheeler, the glasses felt right under one of the back wheels and was crashed. Oops! Sorry little man – luckily daddy just brought him a new pair from the States!
Above, The Qingdao Grand Theatre. A great place to play ball, or run laps.
When we got back to our complex, I apologized to Eli for running out of time. I had promised that we would make a little stop at the beach, but when it got close to 10am, we had to get home to meet Dylan. Eli is still too young to understand, so thankfully, he wasn’t upset. It was definitely only me that was disappointed.
Look at this boy. He is so good with his routines. He comes up the stairs, goes to the kitchen, gets his chair, and washes his hands. It took a few reminders to get this right, of course, but I love how he just gets it now.
It’s almost “vacation” time. And by vacation, I mean… STAYCATION!
Get ready for some fun mornings on the beach little man.
I CAN’T WAIT!