Saturday we celebrated Liliane's fifth birthday. It is hard to believe that she is already five and as cliche as it sounds I can't stop myself from asking, where did the time go? To celebrate I took the kids to the aquarium, which is a favorite of both. We spent a good hour looking at all the different fish and other animals they have. Liliane as always kept me on my toes with questions about everything and her own opinions on various topics related to fish. We had a quick lunch at the aquarium and ice cream too before playing a few games. Then it was time to call it quits and head home for a nap.
After naps it was time for the birthday girl to open her presents. Charlie decided to get in on the actions too and after an initial squawk from big sister and a reminder from mom of how much she helped him with his birthday presents the presents were quickly unwrapped. Lily sends a big thank you to everyone for her presents, which includes a scooter from her Aunties and Granny in Florida. Not to worry, we bought the safety gear too! We had dinner at the Blue Frog as per Lily's request, where she ordered a steak for dinner. I guess she takes after her Papa. Birthday cake and wishes before it was back home for bed time.
Today we took the kids to the Shanghai Zoo. This is not the one we went to in the spring and although I'd heard bad things about animals in small cages it wasn't as bad as I'd feared. It does need improving and the Chinese are terrible about respecting the animals and their habitats but as Lucas pointed out, they have little respect for people too. The kids had a great time though and loved seeing all the animals. We grabbed a traditional Chinese lunch... meat on a stick! We got hotdogs for the kids, and Lucas and I tried pork, chicken, and beef. We both agreed the pork was the best of the three.
As with all attractions in Shanghai the zoo has many carnival rides including a huge ferris wheel. With last nights heavy rains the day was humid and any opportunity to catch a breeze was not going to be missed! Plus we got some wonderful views of the zoo. We spent the whole morning and part of the afternoon at the park before Lucas and I agreed it was time to head home, rain was coming. Not even a minute after getting settled in the car the heavens opened up! One minute longer and we would have been soaked! It was a wonderful weekend for sure. Tomorrow Lucas heads to Hong Kong for two days. Jealous!