It has been forever since I posted on LJ! Wow! Motherhood and work have totally thrown my blogging off the rails!
So, of course, I'm posting in the middle of the night because I was so exhausted I fell asleep at 9PM while feeding Leo and woke up at 5 because my body thinks it got a full night's sleep...
I feel like I should update on the last half-year since I wrote anything... but the update is pretty much like this:
China. Writing. New Orleans and Mardi Gras. China. Seoul. China. Writing. Toddler Group. Pusan. China. Random Toddler Stuff. Writing. China.
I'll elaborate on a few of the more recent things:
Pusan, South Korea is amazing. I really enjoyed our trip there and recommend it to absolutely anyone. Lovely city, beaches, cliffside temples, scenery, etc. The food was great, the people friendly. Simply a lovely place to vacation.
I like Seoul, too- always love visiting there- but Seoul is already on many people's radar- nobody ever thinks "Hey, let's go to Pusan for vacation"- but they SHOULD.
Toddler group- Leo loves it. When I tell him we are going to Toddler Group, he stands at the door with his shoes and says "Babies?" During the school year, his group meets at a local international school, which offers up space once a week for the little ones to meet. Over the summer, we have been meeting once a week at various people's houses or at local toddler-friendly venues. There are a lot of children's play areas at malls here- I don't know if this is a common thing in the US, as I never had a kid when I lived there...
They are usually a large room upstairs in the mall that charges a fee for the kids to go play - they have stuff like a ball pit, a bouncy house, slides, baby-sized merry-go-rounds, lots of moving structures, etc. The one at Solana mall here has a smaller room with fake house/ building stuff- like a toddler-sized kitchen to play in and a kid-sized bank. The one in The Place (the Beijing mall with the giant screen on the ceiling that is always shown in ads and articles about crazy Chinese malls) has an area with giant balloons blown around by fans for the kids to run through (it is more fun than you can possibly imagine- I'll be posting YouTube videos soon)
So, we've been meeting up at those kinds of places all summer, and also at friends' homes.
We also went swimming one week in June at the pool at Chaoyang park, which Leo loved! I'm bummed because they are closed already, though. It's still HOT! Pools should remain open until the last possible warm day when people (read- ME) might want to go swimming. Otherwise, I feel guilty that we didn't take advantage of the pool and bring Leo more often over the summer.
Ok, that's all for now...
I will try to make a more coherent post later this week... I know this one is a "5AM" kinda LJ post...