There’s nothing quite like being a kid – barefoot, shirtless, and running around with friends. Before our trip our trip to South Africa, and their trip to the States, we met with our friends for an afternoon of fun and laughter. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, so with our day completely open we made our way over to Renae. Eli absolutely loves going to play with these friends – so much so that there are often tears when we have to leave.
We stopped to admire the pretty gardens and the bright Koi fish as we were making our way up to Renae’s building. In China, almost everyone lives in an apartment complex. My favorite yet was our previous complex, LuXin Chang Cheun. In fact, I even go back there in Spring to do photo shoots (Sofia: 9 Months, Yulia’s Beautiful Bump, The Crimier Siblings). If I am not mistaken, LuXin is the largest apartment complex in Qingdao –> But things change quickly here, so that might not be true anymore.
It sure is different living in apartments, compared to the houses that we grew up in. I miss having a yard, and I wish that I had an area where I could leave Eli outside to play. For now though, we appreciate nice gardens such as this!
After some playtime inside, we took the kids down to the kids play-area. They ended up barefoot and shirts off, running over the grass and round the bushes. It was so good to see them enjoying life as I had when I was a child – and I think that Renae felt the same!
Those Crazy Foreigners
We let the kids run to a few other areas of the complex. The old Chinese folks all stopped what they were dong to watch them run by. I am sure that they were extremely underdressed by local standards. I only ever see kids without shirts and shoes on the beach. Oh well! Us foreigners are always doing something taboo in Chinese culture, so there’s no point stopping now.
This is a typical Chinese exercise/ play area. Multiple gym-like machines, used mostly by the old folks in the early morning and late afternoon. Imagine some of the machines that you ordinarily see in a gym, and then take away the mechanical parts.
Below, Like this one… I basically had to hold the handles and then alternate pushing with my hands and then my feet.
Row machine anyone? ?
Time to Go
When the sun was starting to head towards the horizon, and the gardens cooled off, so did Eli. We went upstairs to get our bags, and then said our goodbyes. I am now starting to hear that Eli is “too big” for this Ergo. But he absolutely loves it, and it is great for naps when I’m out and about. The Ergo is meant for children up to 40lbs, and he is 28lbs, so I plan on using it for a while longer!! Sorry folks – we are keeping this thing around for as long as we can!
Hahaha – look at that face! I can’t quite remember why he was pulling his mouth like that. But this is a good demonstration of my view of Eli from above the carrier. It is perfect, and I LOVE IT!
The summer humidity is starting to dip a little, which is fantastic, so we will probably be having some more outside playdates in September. I am sure that Eli will be THRILLED!