There are new blossoms popping up everywhere these days. Just when I think the prettiest have gone, I see more that I fall in love with. My newest favourites are the ones around the lake in our complex. They are totally different to the cherry blossoms, but still really pretty! One afternoon we took Elijah on a long walk around the neighbourhood. We knew that we were heading to the Korean store for lunch, but we took the longest route possible to get there. Along the way we admired all the magic that springs brings. I’m a bit behind on the updates, so these pictures are from a couple of weeks ago. It got a little cooler after this, and now it’s getting warmer again.
There are signs like this throughout our gardens. Some of them make little to no sense, and they are pretty funny. This one is amusing because we see all of these things happening right around this sign… picking flowers, walking on the grass, running (?), dogs, and bicycles. It seems like they don’t want any activities at all in this area. Hmm… interesting for a community area!
That shot almost didn’t happen – I set the timer and then ran around the bench to stand next to Justin and Eli, but I nearly didn’t make it. Behind us is a bridge and a dry riverbed. I went through the tunnel under that bridge with Ella when I was in this area of the gardens taking Spring Pictures of the Klug Kids a couple weeks ago.
The top road in our complex has a number of stores, which is a bit of a bummer for us since there isn’t much on our lower street, but it gives us a good excuse to go out walking. Not that we need one in this weather! One of the new stores put up this huge painting that got me acting silly (and wondering why I haven’t painted anything in a while?!)…
Our local Korean store is great. We order take-out from here almost twice a week. Justin has perfected ordering Korean meals in Chinese. Yup, he says the meals in Korean but asks for them and gives our address, in Chinese. I’ve been impressed at how much new Chinese he has picked up lately. The store has almost everything we could want (Korean and non-Korean) and they have this restaurant section at the back of the store. Occasionally, we sit here and eat. Mostly we like to grab a couple beers, buy some Korean snacks, and sit outside playing games or chatting. It’s a little reminder of our time in Korea, and still one of our favourite dates.
We ordered two portions of kimchi bokkeumbap, bought a big package of seaweed and a few Korean beers, and sat down to enjoy our lunch. The seaweed is used as a wrap for the fried rice, and in our opinion, it really completes this meal. Eli loved both the seaweed and the fried rice. I wasn’t surprised though because while I was pregnant, I ate tons of kimchi!
*Kimchi bokkeumbap is a popular dish in Korea. Its name literally translates as “kimchi fried rice”. Kimchi bokkeumbap is made primarily with kimchi and rice, along with other available ingredients, such as diced vegetables or meats.
No baby chairs at this casual take-out restaurant, so we made Elijah’s Ergo carrier into a chair for him. He was happy and we had our hands free to eat. It was a definite win!
Nothing better than an afternoon of quality family time.