Eli, the youngest of these four kiddos, definitely gets his fair share of coastal time. Having heard of our recent beach-time adventures, a couple of my friends said that they wanted to join us for a beach day. Liz took her girls out of school, and Bethany brought Joshua along too. Eli and I ran to the Hyatt, our meeting spot, and then we all set up our mats on the wide beach area just behind the hotel. We were blessed with an empty beach.
The kids absolutely loved playing the sand, jumping in the waves, and running along the shore. It was overcast and warm, but the sun was not shining. Of course, this is actually the best weather for having kids on the beach! We didn’t have to worry about them getting sunburnt.
This beach is large! Since there were barely any people out on this day, Eli was able to wander off quite far. For some reason, he just wasn’t listening to my calls for him to come back. Lately he has been listening so well – but on this day, he wasn’t!
Cheeky “cheeeeeeese” smile…
We had all brought snacks along, but it was almost lunch time.
My Take-Out Win
Thinking ahead, I knew that we would all get hungry while we were on the beach. Liz had mentioned going for Korean after the beach, but I knew that we would all be tired. I wanted to try something new, so I went to our favorite Korean take-out store and asked them about delivering to the beach around lunch-time. Once we all started to get hungry, I called to place an order.
It was a little confusing trying to talk to the delivery man, who apparently couldn’t find us from the GPS locations sent with my order. Nevertheless, despite the mild hiccup, we eventually got our food. It was still hot and ready to eat. How amazing is that??
I felt like I had really stepped up my China-game on this particulate afternoon! Getting Korean take-out delivered to me on a Chinese beach seems pretty darn impressive. And all, might I add, without being able to speak Chinese. Thank goodness for transition apps, forward-thinking, and kind Korean restaurant staff.
Jumping in the Waves
Eli used to run into the water with absolutely no care in the world. He has been knocked off his feet a couple of times because he simply doesn’t realize how strong the waves can be. On this afternoon he seemed very apprehensive! He kept running from the waves, and grabbing onto my leg. I love this. I am so happy that he is realizing that the water can be dangerous!
Time to Go
After some time spent splashing in the waves, the others were ready to go. We all dried off, had a yogurt and then packed up. Eli and I helped Liz and the girls into a taxi, and then started waling back in the direction of our apartment complex.
Above, There is little Thea, look at us out the back window of the taxi.
Below, Within two minutes, Eli was asleep. I knew that he had really enjoyed himself, and a nap was inevitable. Instead of running home, I took a very slow stroll. I called friends along the way, chatting away and enjoying the cool breeze that had picked up. It even started to drizzle mildly as I walke, but it was quite refreshing!
Once I see the Qingdao Grand Theatre, I always know that I am close to home. I love this view!
A wonderful day, spent on the beach with friends. I think it is safe to say that we all had a really great morning. Since Eli would stay asleep for quite a while, I stopped for a cool drink and a snack. It was good to be out, and I was happy to be making the most of a work-free afternoon.