Q'a LaoLao has finally arrived chéz nous, after an initial trip or two delayed by snow and then by mechanical difficulties. It's been a fierce winter in New York state this year. But all's well that ends well, and we are now a house of four for the week. Against all our expectations, QQ did remember her LaoLao (whom she hasn't seen since the week we returned from China) and has been basking and glowing in her presence for the past couple of days. Here she is helping to unload the dishwasher (recognize the shirt, Maryellen?)
M. had the day off the morning after LaoLao's arrival, and so we all had the luxury of a relaxed morning of lounging around the house together.
Mum brought QQ some wonderful new batik PJs from the Laughing Bear in Woodstock, and they look fab on her!
It was inauguration day, and so we sat around and watched the proceedings on the one channel we are able to pirate without cable.
Aaaaaaaahhhhh, late mornings! It's a luxury we rarely have these days.
Last night, we all went out for a traditional French dinner of cassoulet, lamb shanks, steak frites, and country paté at the newest local brasserie.
Look how delighted Q is with her newly expanded family unit!
Though I have to admit that, after a long day of zoo-strolling, extended walks in the park (she's only just getting her footing on grass, and it's quite strenuous for her) and playtime with friends and family, she did melt down for the first time ever during a dinner out. One can hardly blame her - she was exhausted! I think she deserves a pass on this one.