Thursday, June 27, 2013
Having finally had it with my rock hard Chinese sofa, for the life of me I can not figure that one out, I have been looking around for replacements. Last week I took a trip to Macalline. Wow, is the only way to describe it. This is 8 floors of shops that have absolutely everything you need to finish a house once it's built. It was mostly broken up by floors, lighting, flooring, bathrooms, kitchens, and different styles of furniture. I thought to start at the top and work my way down, so I took the 7 story escalator up and wandered around. I'm continually amazed that the Chinese seem to prefer to have shops of the same kind grouped together. So, I walked past shop after shop of light fixtures on one floor, hardwood flooring and windows on another, even staircases.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Not to be outdone by his sister, Charlie managed to potty train in just a week! We had a few accidents our first two days, but once he fully grasped the concept of using the potty he hasn't had an accident since. I do have to thank a fellow potty training mom for her inspirational idea of using Hot Wheels to motivate. Between stickers, candy, and Hot Wheels, it was actually easy. I know they say boys are harder, but not only was Charlie much easier than Lily, he also potty trained earlier than she did. We've done a few outings in undies and managed to use public potties too. We may be completely out of diapers soon as he's also waking up dry in the morning and using the potty without help! For the first time in over five and half years I will not have to worry about carrying diapers with me when we travel, wonder where I might change my child, or if I have enough wipes on me. Do you know how much space diapers a week of diapers take up in a suit case?! To say I am happy about Charlie learning to use the potty would be an understatement. I am doing a no more diaper dance as I type!
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
After our stop at the Avocado Lady we went to Xintandi and had lunch at the Pauliner, a German restaurant. This is my second time going and definitely the last. The food was only okay and for the four of us it was $100, and that's with the kids sharing a meal! The only thing they do that is worth the expense is the Bavarian style pretzels. With literally thousands of restaurants in Shanghai its not worth out time or money.