Ezra gets really hungry in the mornings. He has been known to stand at the top of the stairs yelling "downstairs! Nana!" Over and over until we get up and go and get a banana. He loves bananas. He will settle for some raisins if we are out, but he will ask for bananas again later in the day if he doesn't get his morning fill. I can distract him with cheese if he wants a second banana later in the day, we only do one banana a day, but I know it is only second best. Bananas are king.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Hey Mom! Remember the yarn we bought when you came to help me after I gave birth to Ezra? Well after one failed attempt, one taking apart, one transport to the other side of the world, one re-stringing and working on it for the past 7 months again I am finally done!!
This is my second loom project and I wanted to make a runner for my bed set with the white duvet so I made it really, really long. Good idea? Not a bad idea, but very difficult for someone who has to work on a loom only when children are sleeping or highly involved in something else. This project took way longer than I thought it would. I made a goal to finish it before the end of this month and things were kicked into high gear.
When I realized I would finish today I finally understood that mentality of people putting a ton of work into something and then are so tired of the project that they almost want to just throw it away! Well I'm just going to take lots of pictures and stash it on the guest bed for now and then enjoy it more later. I'm just glad to be done and do something else!
Sunday, July 27, 2014
We heard about a water park here in Beijing and we decided to go! It was all indoor and looked amazing and was lots of fun. I need to find pictures online because I didn't want to take my phone/camera in there. I wish my biggest wish that I could have taken one shot of Liam going down a big kid's water slide, tongue sticking out and pure joy in his face! He slide down well over 20 times since the line length varied from some kids to no kids. He loved it. Ben got to do some adult slides too- I wish I could have, but maybe next summer. :) either way we all had a blast!
Ben decided to give himself a three day weekend every four weeks if there wasn't one already scheduled. So we got to have an extra day with him on Friday! It was fun to get to have him around and to enjoy our boys together. We had one of those AQI days where part of the day was yucky and part was good and so we used it as a family admin day and talked with family across the world, took care of the car, ate good food and caught up on stories.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Ezra loves cheese and he loves bananas. I have to make sure he is getting other things even though those are the only things he asks for. Liam likes cheese ok, but has decided Parmesan is the best! Whenever Ezra has a cheese stick Liam wants to get out the Parmesan block and grater!
Sunday, July 20, 2014
We went to the Summer Palace, a world heritage land mark, with some friends this Saturday! It was truly beautiful! It was so beautiful that lots and lots of people want to see it, so we braced ourselves for the crowds. I kept thinking, my claustrophobic mother would hate this! But even still, check out all we saw!
Thursday, July 17, 2014
I went to grab a new diaper and some wipes for Ezra knowing Ben was in our bedroom, Liam is fine in the tub and Ezra hasn't been able to get in by himself. Yet.
I found him in the tub with Liam dressed in Jammies and a dirty diaper. I wish I got that picture but I pulled him out before I had the idea! These are the moments folks. I'm just glad he didn't get hurt going in the tub! He is a very skilled
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I have always really enjoyed books and I knew I wanted a good little library for my kids. The thing is one can only remember so many of their favorites and then how do you know which ones are good and which ones are books for bums?
So I asked two of my friends who also love books and particularly children's books. One friend does story time for kids around here and another is married to a school librarian and shared the same passion. Yup, I have really cool friends . :)
We have been collecting books and I made a list HERE on my pinterest account of my favorite children's books. A few are some I have yet to check out, but most I can say I personally love in good confidence. The rest my friends love and I trust their judgement very much. So if you are looking for a birthday, Christmas or "just because" book gift here are our favorites!
Monday, July 14, 2014
Ezra is in the process of getting his last two teeth, the top two pointy ones. His pattern for getting teeth seemed much more sporadic than what is seem before (getting them in pairs at a moderate pace in the normal order). I wanted to record Ezra's pattern for my own future giggles.
First red, then light blue, green, orange, purple and last dark blue.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Ben is researched a bunch of climbing spots online and we have slowly been hitting them up. Ben has been to four sites so far, but we missed the third on account of the smog. We visited a beautiful one though, equipped with waterfall, but there were so many people that there was no space to climb! So I gathered the boys away from their pebble throwing into the waterfall pond and we headed to the site we went to two weeks ago.