Wow, we can't believe that our seven weeks have come to an end and we are now frantically trying to pack up all of our belongings for the trip home.
It was a rainy day both yesterday and today which really put a hamper on our last minute gift buying, but it was fun nonetheless to wander around and haggle for a few more things.
Of course the kids were insistent that we went swimming, so Tom obliged and took them for a nice long swim while I cleaned up around the apartment and savored some reading/alone time!
It wouldn't be right not to share my favorite sign in the apartment building, so while at the pool I snapped a picture of it:
It's probably something I should teach Eli to do!!
We went to our "local" spot for dinner, the same restaurant with the not so white kitty. They know us there now and the place was packed so the atmosphere was lively. We had eaten a fabulous meal the night before and worried that we could top it. But tonight's meal was equally as yummy so we were happy to end on a good note!
The kids have learned the term, "Gan bei!" here, which is similar to "Cheers!" (but actually means that you need to dry your cup, so use it carefully). We had several cheers to our favorite things here in Beijing and also cheers to the things we're looking forward to at home.
Before we had left the apartment, we brought down gifts for two of the doormen. Not much really, just some tea, a postcard from Saint Paul and some cash. When we got back, Paul told us, "My colleague is bringing you a present, he'll be right back and we will bring it to your apartment!" The kids were pumped, what would they bring?
We waited and after about 45 minutes decided that we needed to get the kids to bed since it was 9:15. We brushed teeth and got in bed. Ten minutes later we heard a knock on the door. Of course our kids chat for awhile in bed, so I told them to go see what it was. The doormen had gone out to buy us a huge cake!!
We were so surprised and honored and yet, laughing at this huge cake! What do we do with this huge cake?! The kids stared at it and we said, "Well, dig in!" They were shocked and delighted! They had already brushed their teeth! CAKE!!!! Nom...nom...
I told them that they can't tell anyone that we let them eat cake at this hour of the night nor could they tell anyone about the piece we cut for BREAKFAST! Then we decided that we couldn't just let it go to waste, so Tom and the kids brought the rest of the cake back down to share with the doormen and the front desk staff.
We finally got the kids to bed around 10:10. It will definitely be an early morning over here! Our alarm is set for 5:15, which for those who know me, realize is EARLY!!
We are so happy to have had this amazing opportunity and yet we are so thrilled at the prospect of our own home sweet home!
See you on the other side of the moon...xoxo