Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Chinese - the ultimate family food?

My youngest was 9 on Saturday, so he could choose what we did.

He was up and opening his presents by around 6.30am (we had sent him back to bed when he originally came into our bedroom at 4am!) and was very pleased with what we had bought him. The morning was spent with the kids trying out the new Playstation and Wii games, "Destroy all Humans 2" being a real hit...

Then, as lunchtime approached we suggested going somewhere. After brief thought he decided that we would go into town and have dinner at the Chinese restaurant. Half an hour of steady walking later, we were there, the walk having really gotten our hunger going.

Looking at the menu it was easy for each of us to pick a favourite, and then I ordered some extras to go in the middle of the table so we could help ourselves. Chinese food is especially wonderful for this sort of eating, and it was not long before we were busy stuffing ourselves with various meats, rice, noodles, prawn crackers, etc, etc. Too full to contemplate dessert, we paid the amazingly small bill and headed out to stroll around the shops, giving the kids a chance to spend a bit of cash. This allowed lunch to settle a bit and make room for dessert, which came in the form of ice creams and cream cakes. Mmmmm.

Totally pooped, we headed for home, returning to the task of destroying the human race for a while and then watching Family Guy on DVD - another present.

All in all, a very nice day to celebrate our little guy's day. I love birthdays. I love Chinese food. I love family days like that.

8 comments:

Jahooni said...

I can see getting up that early for Christmas morning (for those of us that celebrate that day) but not for birthdays! But what a great idea to let him choose what he wants to do and where he wants to go....
My daughter love Chinese food and so do I .. UM UMMY YUMMUY!

Logziella said...

Chineese YUM...you are making me HUNGRY for cashew chicken!

Sounds like a great family day. I like the idea of letting the birthday boy pick what he wants to do. We'll use that one.

Terri said...

Sounds like a fantastic day! Your family really knows how to celebrate birthdays right!

amazingbrenda said...

mmmm..Chineese, I love Chineese. Recently I was craving Chineese abt 2wks ago, so on our Thursday evening date, we set off to go eat Chineese for dinner & guess what???...They were close...temporarly..ok they were on vacation. A big sign too, gone a vacation. What!!!! Don't they ahve x-tra people to open the restaurant. Oh well. I guess we'll have to do it another time.

The B-day gig sounded grat. How funny of ur son to wake uo a 4 am. haha. Sounds like my 3yr old. He doesn't 4-get n-thing. Glad it was a blast!!

Jen said...

That was a fabulous post! I loved that you let your 9-year old pick his day. That's utterly awesome.

I don't think that my parents would have allowed that. Only because my brother and I were born on the same day, but a year apart. (he's older btw) There would have been absolutely no way that we would have picked the same things to do! Unless it was bickering, we were pretty good at that.

Rock Chef said...

Jahooni - I must say that WE were rather surprised at how early he got got up!

Logzie - You like cashew chicken? Yea, that is great isn't it? Picking out the little bits with chopsticks, trying to decide what to have next...

Terri - We try to make birthdays special. Saturday was nice and simple but worked really well.

AmazingBrenda - My wife and I have a really bad record for going out successfully. One time we tried to go to a chinese restaurant only to find that it had closed down!

Jen - Ooh, that must have been really tough as a kid - sibling rivalry x10?

mr zig said...

that sounds like a great day! - and Chinese food! mmmmmm

Ali said...

Awww - you have such an amazing family John, you guys sound like a blast.
Mmmm, chinese food...mmmm...