Brad had wanted some American food so he took us to a restaurant called Grandma's Kitchen. They had lemonade, milk shakes, onion rings, and huge burgers - called American Burger. (I think he was trying to prepare us for arriving back in the U.S!)
|Yum - biscuits with sausage gravy at Grandma's Kitchen|
On the right, above is Brad and Kevin digging into biscuits with sausage gravy. I snuck a bite also - it was really good and disappeared way too quickly. The milkshake glass in the left corner was Tyler's. That disappeared really quick also! I have a picture of the burger that Carissa got, but it turned out blurry. It was a HUGE burger, and she ate every single bite. I was shocked that she could eat that much!
|I had a really good sandwich and onion rings.|
|Laurel in the street lights.|
Oh... Lyric was a big hit at the market. When you first walk into this market there is a tea "shop" set up on the immediate left. One of the ladies here gave Lyric a gift, it is called "pee-pee boy". I know. Strange. It's a little ceramic boy about 3 inches high. When soaked in water he will go potty. Really. After being given this "wonderful" gift Lyric played with it for just a bit and then broke it by dropping it. The lady who gave it to her was wonderful about it, but it was still a bit embarrassing...
Later, when we were picking out the tea pot Lyric was given a few more gifts. Paper folded into the shape of a gun (it was just for fun!), a squeaky toy mouse, and another pee-pee boy, except this one wasn't a boy, it was a mouse. Pee-pee mouse successfully made it home with us without breaking and is now hiding in a drawer somewhere...
After spending almost all the money that was burning holes in our pockets we headed out for our last dinner with Brad and Jieying. We voted to go to one of our favorite restaurants and had a great meal and a great time.
At the hotel, Kevin ended up going back out with Brad for one last "night on the town" together. After getting the children tucked in for bed (with Chinese cartoons on to help them settle down), I began the daunting task of packing and repacking all of our clothes, gifts, and souvenirs. By the time I was done, our backpacks were very stuffed and pretty heavy! To be honest, I really like the challenge of packing a bunch of suitcases or even packing luggage into a car. I look at it as a puzzle that has to be figured out. I can happily announce that not one item broke on our way home from China!
Looking back, I don't even remember sleeping that night, but I'm sure I did... I do kind-of remember that the morning came really, really fast...