This is our complex during winter – all the leaves are gone, and so is every last bit of the beautiful colour that usually floods this area. It is called “Spring Garden”, but as you can see, it doesn’t really live up to that name at this time of the year. To demonstrate the difference that a few months make, further below I will include a photo of this apartment complex during summer/ spring. It is really beautiful when the weather is not freezing. I have been thinking that this winter has not been as cold as others we have experienced in China, but Justin says that this is because I haven’t had to leave early in the morning as I used to for school. When Elijah and I do venture out, we only do so when the sun is out. So to me, this hasn’t been such a cold winter. Although I don’t do it as much as I should – I’m weary of being outside on polluted days – I have been walking with Elijah. We have a Korean store in our complex, as well as a full grocery store. It only takes about 5-10 minutes to walk there, and there are many different paths to take. Some times I take the Ergo (which Elijah loves to sleep in), but if I know i’ll be carrying groceries, I take our stroller.
When Elijah is a bit older and wants to play outside, I know that our walks will be quite a bit more exciting. For now I mainly feel like I’m talking to myself. When he’s in the stroller he gets to look around, and that’s when I point to things and tell him about them.
|A snack from the Korean store|
I like this drink because it reminds me of South Korea. The chewy grape sweets are for Justin, those are his favourite. Again, when Elijah is older, these walks with me fun because I can buy him ice cream or a snack.
Blue skies with Fu Shan in the distance. I really do appreciate blue skies now, and the longer that I live in China, the more I will notice and love them when we eventually decide to move somewhere new. There are things that you can never truly appreciate in life until you haven’t had them. Blue skies are so easily overlooked, but after these years in China, I will never take clear air for granted again. We are very grateful that this winter, the air has been considerable better than it was last year around this time. It was rough being pregnant – and battling
morning all-day sickness while smelling that awful pollution, but now that we have Elijah, I’m glad that this year is better!
Here is a picture of this same apartment complex during spring/ summer…
|Look at that face!|