Today was beautiful. I'm not ready to say spring has arrived, but it sent out some rays, and we gave it the best welcome we could. I have hope it will soon be here for good.
I feel like we post pictures every time there's a day good enough to be outside. Sad how rare they have been recently. But this week the AQI has even been below 100 (150 is usually my max for going out) for four days in a row! Unheard of! Of course, it's been accompanied by cold, the cold where even though you bundle up in what seems like all the warm stuff you have, you still head home earlier than you planned because it's just plain cold. But today there was a portion of time that I only had to wear a sweater, and the sun was warm and felt so so amazing!
I've decided I'm just not a cold person. Sure, growing up in Alabama spoiled me. It just seems like there SHOULD be 70 degree days sprinkled throughout the winter, and the flowers should come full force in March (with beginnings in February). I mean, my family and friends are CAMPING this weekend. Isn't that supposed to be normal? I'm realizing it's not, but it won't stop me from thinking it should be!
The weather was so beautiful, we just kept walking... for about 1 1/2 hours!
It's such a sweet time of seeing this little one discover more of life, the way things work, and language. "Kite" and "flower" were new words she repeated today. She loved the kite - she'd say it and point to it, then spin around and circles saying "zzz" as if she was flying.
Some Saturdays, to make the most of time outside by not having to get back to cook, we go to our new favorite restaurant, Papa John's. One opened a 10-minute taxi ride from us, and there's nothing like the taste of "home" in a restaurant that actually tastes like the real thing. Yes, even pizza can be changed to suit the Chinese palate, we've learned.
Plus, the way salary works over here is that there are "special allowances" where you can get reimbursed for various things if you present a Fāpiào (official receipt). So we can get payed for eating in restaurants but not for groceries to eat at home. Still seems messed up to me (and we eat at home most all the time, as I like to cook and it's healthier!) but it does make going out to eat easier to justify. :) Hadassah doesn't need any convincing to get in the taxi when we tell her we're going to get pizza. She may love rice, but she's all-American when it comes to her pizza!
Our neighbors came over soon after we got back home, and Ryan and he ended up talking for almost 2 hours! So now we're up late as Ryan finalizes chords and lyrics to lead worship tomorrow and I catch up on pictures. It's been a full, but good day.
Thank you, Lord, for beautiful weather and a day with our little family. You give such joy in these simple, blessed things.