On the bus today, I was sitting by Liana and I leaned down and said, "Wo ai ni, Jiejing" to her, which means "I love you" and was looking the other way when I heard her say, "Wo ai ni" back to me! I couldn't believe it! I'm sure she has heard it lots from her nannies and learned to say it from them but that's even better because maybe she understands what it really means. We still mostly call her Jie Jing, which is her Chinese name and since we're keeping it as her middle name, we may use it all her life. We also call her Liana and, of course, Li-li too but it's hard not to just call her what she recognizes. Even Ethan calls her Jie Jing sometimes, taking our cue, I guess. But in the morning, when he wakes up, he yells, "I wake up! Li-li a-sleeping?" Yeah, well, she was...thanks buddy.
I was sitting by Ethan on the bus on our way back and he was standing up jabbering away with the family behind us. When I tried to get him to sit down, he said, "I making friends!" How can you argue with that? The man asked Ethan if he knows how to say hi in China. Ethan answered that yes, he did. Then, the man asked him how you say hi in China and Ethan replied, "Hi, China!" Hahaha! Silly boy!
Tonight, we had dinner with all of the Holt families. It was really good. We had a big lazy susan on the table and they just kept bringing more and more food that we all just shared. The guides must have ordered it ahead of time. It was all really good. Ethan and Ella hated most of it but Liana ate everything, even some spicy chicken. Afterwards, we went to McDonald's for McFlurries. I doubt Liana has ever had ice cream before because the cold surprised her at first but then she loved it and ate a whole one by herself! Now all of the kids are bouncing off the walls, with a little help from Daddy. :-)
Ella posing, Liana distracted by her ruffles and Ethan not sure what's going on...typical :-)
The jade market
The pearl market
Don't worry, that's just a Hello Kitty necklace
Ella adores her mei mei (little sister)
Everyone was happy about the ice cream!