There was a bittersweet note to this year's CNY luncheon. One of the families was preparing to move several states away, and as good as email and Skype and phones and the USPS might be there's really nothing like being able to just get together on short notice, or even just knowing that good friends are nearby any time an extra shoulder is needed. This particular family had been extra-supportive of AJ during The Wait and hosted a big baby shower for her back in May of 2010. They were also the last family in our entire group to be matched and have their daughter join the family after (far too many) years of waiting, so all the goodbye hugs at the end of the day were a little more final than usual. (Youse guys know who you are -- we'll be staying in touch, but you're missed!)
Despite the added note of poignancy, it was a fun event with lots of (very) good food and more dancing lions than you can shake a stick at. Instead of trying to describe everything in lengthy paragraphs, here are some photos...
|In the "airlock" at the restaurant entrance.|
|Also just inside the front door. More lions than we'd seen before!|
|"Look out! Uncle Brian is trying to take our picture!"|
(That's the Pipsqueak & one of her BFFs dodging behind the menu.)
|Don't let the "English" fool you -- the food's REALLY good!|
|Ten minutes later and MORE kids are in on the "hide from|
Uncle Brian's camera!" act... <sigh>
|Shortly after food arrived, so did the lions!|
|It's a leonine traffic jam...!|
|Hungry lions are especially fond of hong bao -- that's AJ's hand|
in the foreground feeding a particularly hungry dancing Nian.
|Eventually the lions & crew moved back through the restaurant|
before exiting through the front door.
|As we all left, Miri & friends tossed some coins in the wishing fountain in the|
restaurant lobby. (We had to stop them from fishing the coins back out!)
|As we were all leaving, one little guy threw his arms around this cardboard|
display exclaiming, "I love her!" I think the kid's got great taste in women!
|Pipsqueak & Co. take advantage of one last chance to let off some steam together|
(kinda-sorta the reason the adults stood around talking for a few minutes...)