(apologies to James Brown)
Dinner tonight was a success on all fronts.
(1) We actually ordered something. (Contrast to the other night where we never could get a menu and ended up walking out and buying instant noodles at the 7 Eleven. Awesome.)
(2) No toys were lost or thrown during the meal.
(3) The food was delicious.
(4) Olivia had a great time feeding Nan Yu and teaching her how to color.
(5) Nan Yu scarfed down more of John's eel than he did. She kept putting her spoon in front of him so he could drop another piece on there for her to cram into her mouth. You all, that kid eats eel like it's going out of style. (Hrm. Was it ever IN style?) Wonder if she would have eaten the water beetles or seal snakes that were on the menu? Somehow, I suspect yes. She takes after her father, it appears.
In stark contrast, I had to placate Olivia with the promise of fries from the hotel restaurant. (She's been a good sport and ate a bunch of my mapo tofu tonight, but since I personally would give my right arm for a margarita and a burrito right about now, I can kind of understand where she's coming from.)
In other news, we are making more progress. We giggled and giggled playing "whoooosh the towel" after bathtime and she actually let me stroke her back and put on lotion. (Last night she was all, "play with me but DO NOT TOUCH ME.") For the first time, she protested bed -- I thought I ordered a good sleeper this time?! I was able to get her to stop crying and go to sleep by singing and naming everyone who loves her. Thank the sweet baby Jesus we have a huge family and an awesome group of friends 'cause it took a while to get her lulled into sleep.