Nothing better than a Spontaneous Spring stroll with the family on a Sunday afternoon. We really value our weekends because there is just too little time to hang out, as a family, during the week. Justin and Elijah only get to spend two hours together during the evenings. At 6pm we eat dinner and by 7pm Elijah is in bed. Needless to say, weekends are priceless to us. Sunday mornings are busy, and when the afternoons roll round Justin is studying while Elijah naps. Last Sunday at about 4pm Justin said that he was done early and that we should go out for a walk and then go eat at our favorite Korean BBQ restaurant. We took the long way there, stopping to admire the blossoms, allowing Elijah to explore, and to pick up some refreshments. The sun was beginning to dip so everything was covered in a golden hue. During spring, this is our favorite time of the day. It is still warm, but not too cool, and everything looks like it is covered in a soft glow.
Justin always lifts Eli up to touch and smell the blossoms. It is so sweet to see him point and look attentively at them. These beautiful flowers won’t be around for too long, so we really have to appreciate them while they last. It rained during the week and a lot of the trees lost many of their blossoms. In some areas the ground was covered in a “sea of pink”.
Above, A flower for mommy.
And below, what about you daddy? Smell it!
In the picture above, you can see how the sunlight in the background illuminates the blossoms. The edges of them seem to glow.
The area that we live in has many restaurants. A high number of Korean ones, but many Chinese food options too. Some restaurants have these traditional lions as decorative figures outside their entrances. Others have large extravagant doors, or rows of red lanterns. These are all things that we have stopped taking as much note of, since we have been living in Chinese for some time now. In an attempted to “reconnect” with our surroundings, we will be showing you a lot more of our daily sights in the next few months. Before we know it, we will be making plans for our next chapter and we don’t wan to forget everything we have seen and learned here.
If you haven’t seen our “China Groceries” series, you can check out the weird, wacky and wonderful things that we see in our local grocery stores here in China – China Groceries: Chicken Feet │Silkworm Pupa│Inappropriate Granny Wear │Tofu Snacks.
It is common to see large fish tanks outside seafood restaurants. Chinese customers like to pick the seafood that they are about to consume, before it is weighed and cooked. We found large tanks filled gigantic crabs and lobsters. We had never ever seen them this size before! We stood at the tanks for some time, showing Elijah these sea creatures.
Dinner, which consisted of grilled meat and vegetables wrapped in lettuce and many many side dishes, was absolutely delicious. We usually order too much, and since we are trying to be healthier and cut back a bit, we attempted to order one order of meat instead of two. We were surprised to find out that this was not possible. Many a time we might get the wrong information, due to language barriers, but we were sure that the waiter said we had to order two portions of meat, so we did… but since we’ve been eating less lately, we were absolutely STUFFED by the end of dinner! Our stomachs seem to be too small for this meal now. Next time we will have to hold back on all the side dishes that we ordered, and mainly eat meat. Sounds like a win since we LOVE meat!
Elijah munching on a raw carrot…
Sometimes we just don’t feel like getting out, but on days like this, when we make a spontaneous decision to do so, we never regret it. With the weather picking up, we will do this a lot more from now on. We had a wonderful time out in the afternoon sun, amongst the blossoms, and then sharing dinner.