Thursday was a rare day when Ariel didn't have some sports practice after school (its volleyball season) so she was able to accompany us to Ric's parent's restaurant. Before we go inside, the boys always like to spend a few minutes trying out the tractors at Sears. Ric's mom and dad have invited us to come several afternoons a week, during their slow time, to eat 'real' Chinese food. There is always steamed rice, some kind of soup (this day there were mussels?- or something- in it), usually something dark green, and often shrimp. We often had shrimp in China where they are eaten by putting the whole thing in your mouth (eyeballs and all) except the tail and then spitting out anything you can't swallow onto the table. I never quite got the hang of it and was embarrassed to have to take my shell off before I put it in my mouth (what a wuss!!). Andy has been a little confused that here we put food we don't want back on our plate rather than on the table, but he is adapting. Ric often likes to stay at the restaurant for a little while. He loves anything to do with kitchens and cooking. One of the highlights of China ,for him, was seeing Ratatouille cooking at the White Swan Hotel. (He fixed our eggs and shook Ric's hand). When Ric finished helping his dad, Ariel picked him up so he could drive our grocery cart back to BiLo.