They have clothes and hats and gloves for the customers to dress up, so everybody had a good time. The girls showed off their new looks.
My favorite look on Ke Xin -
The "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" hat just wasn't the right look for Olivia.
What a Southern Belle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cousin Ivey got into the spirit...
The food and tea were excellent, also. There were all sorts of little sandwiches and sweets. The grown ups started with a hot blueberry tea and finished with "Magical Garden", a red rooibos tea. It is supposed to be really healthy for you, but it tasted great, too. (And I'm usually a sweet-tea person.) The girls and Ivey had hot chocolate. We had to pace Ke Xin, since she was sucking it down like water. The tea house is a small old house on Main Street. It was packed with patrons and the servers were literally running to keep up.
Mark and Debbi (who, amazingly, is still talking to us after having to live with us for 2 1/2 hard weeks in China). Debbi has sworn she's never traveling any further than one (1) time zone away after battling jet lag for almost 2 full weeks after we got back. We had a male server at the tea house and he was so happy to see Mark, it was funny. He kept popping by to talk sports and get a testosterone fix.
Aunt Carol and Ivey...
Me and the girls. Ke Xin was starting into a hot-chocholate sugar crash by this time.
Debbi had birthday gifts for both Olivia and Ke Xin. Ke Xin ripped into her magnetic ballerina as soon as we got home. The doll has different mix 'n match magnetic outfits.
Sunday was special, too, because we visited with Aunt Lori and Uncle Chuck, Olivia's godparents and originally long-time friends of Mark. They are always SO good to the girls. We had lunch at Featherstones and the girls got MORE gifts. Cool clothes, jackets and gift cards. Aunt Lori will be in charge of training them for the retail and entertaining portions of their lives, as her taste is always excellent. (She serves an awesome formal tea, herself. You'd have to see it to believe it.)
After Ke Xin unwrapped her new dress and sweater, she had to put them on. I took her into the restroom and she got a HUGE smile when she saw herself in the mirror!