Run Walk Play: The Perfect Weather
Considering how much free time I have had recently, there really haven’t been that many blogs popping up! This is mostly because I have been working on things around the apartment. Eli and I have also been building some killer Lego houses! Besides those, we also just got through a grueling five week transition phase with our little man. I have to say, including the first year stage (and any sleep regressions), this was the most challenging sleep period EVER!! More on that in an update post coming your way soon. I promise to try and update more regularly in the coming week. I guess I shouldn’t make promises: I already promised to start vlogging again, and I haven’t release one single video yet! SIGH! **There is so much I want to do, and so little time!**
Anyway, let me get back to the topic on hand… “The Perfect Weather”
We have been blessed with some truly sensational weather this week! What constitutes incredible weather? WELL, definitely clear air and blue skies. Add no humidity, no wind, and a nice pleasant temperature, and you’ve got yourself some “sensational weather”. There are countries in the world that have weather like this ALL.THE.TIME (I often question why I don’t live in one of these said countries), but here, we celebrate this weather. In fact, one of the blessings of having lived here for six years is that I will – until the end of my life – never take good weather and lack of pollution for granted!
Silver linings people! You really don’t know how sweet something is until you’ve had to live without it.
I consider this a HUGE BLESSING!
Padkos for the Walk
In South Africa, “padkos” is term that we use for the snacks that you pick up for a road trip. “Pad” is the Afrikaans words for road, and “kos” means food. We love to use this word when we are traveling. I’m sure we would use it more if we had a car, but we mostly getting around on foot, or in a taxi, here in China.
When I take Eli out for a run along the coast, I often pick up a yogurt, bread, or some crackers for him to munch on. Although he is an amazing little running buddy – I want to make sure that he is comfy and happy. Nothing better than some “padkos” for the journey.
A Run with Katie
We ran for about 30 minutes, and then met up with a friend. Katie wanted to get out with her little boy too, so we decided to use this beautiful day to meet up and run together. I haven’t run outside in months (only a couple short runs in gym, with my dad) and Katie hadn’t yet tried running with a stroller. This was sort of a “test run” – excuse the pun – for both of us! We were both really chatty so after some running, we ended up walking most of the way. It was good bonding time and we were both happy to be outside, enjoying the weather and exercising together.
I love love love how much my little man is talking now! Each day he adds a few more words, and my heart just swells more and more. I have waited three years to hear that sweet boy’s voice… and I can’t help but melt into a puddle when I hear him talking. Even while he plays, he is talking away. Some of it is hard to understand, but a lot of it is very clear. I LOVE IT!
When we left home, I had told him that we were going “to the beach”. As I ran toward the oceanside, he saw the water, leaned forward, and shouting, “Isa beeeeccch”! Oh my heart! I promised him that after the run, we would stop to play on the beach.
In keeping with my word, after we had said goodbye to Katie and Lukas, we made our way onto the sand. It is no easy feat pulling the stroller through the soft sand, but once I got closer to the water, I was able to push easily while Eli ran along the shore.
This kid absolutely loves the water. We have been through a few unpleasant stages where he doesn’t listen, and runs directly into the water. Thankfully, things are much more enjoyable these days. It is actually quite nice to walk along the beach now with him. Don’t get me wrong, he still tries his luck… but he’s getting better.
With the air as clear as it was, we could see Laoshan (the mountain range behind me in the above picture) further, and clearer, than we ever have. It almost felt like something had been covering my eyes for years and I could see the mountain with infinite detail. Ammmmaaazing! It reminded me of this day: The Most Beautiful Day in Qingdao EVER!
I can’t get over it!
How lucky are we?! Isn’t that view just incredible??
Twice in One Day
We were set to have our friends, The Chens, over for dinner, however I thought I’d take a chance and suggest a beach picnic instead. Much to my surprised, they were more than happy to jump on that idea. After work, we all met down on Shilaoren, with our mats, towels and toys. Eli absolutely LOVES playing with Violet and James (he asks for them by name) so he was thrilled to be returning to the beach AGAIN, and to play with his little friends!
The air got cool quickly, but it was so refreshing and good to be out there. We absolutely loved everything about this dinner decision. The tourist crowds have all left Qingdao now, so even though the evenings are more chilly, they are uncrowded, and humid-free.
We ordered our favorite, Korean food, and ate together on the sand. I’m so happy to have found others who love kimchi as much as me. Last week, we did Korean BBQ with the Chens, and we finished off a large bag of kimchi. USUALLY it is just me digging into the stuff, but now I have both Amber and CJ to enjoy it along with me!
On the way home, we met up with some friends who were eating at the German restaurant a block from our apartment complex. We had stayed with these friends in New Zealand, so it was quite a treat to be seeing them here in Qingdao.
What a day! I was definitely counting my blessing as I went to sleep that day.