Meet the Ni's.Host dad, 45 - host mom, 41 - older sister 姐姐 21, and younger brother 弟弟 16
So this was my first time going out to dinner with my host family. Despite hearing from other homestay students that they've gone out to restaurants a few times, my family has always eaten together at home. So when they first told me we were eating out, I couldn't decide whether or not that translated into eating outsidse (part of the Mid-Autumn Festival is to eat mooncakes and watch the moon...exciting, no?) or venturing into the city -- so I was pretty excited when we I saw the cab pull up.
If I've mentioned it before, I have to emphasize it again: my host dad is my absolute favorite (no comparison to you, dad, stop sweating). We'll sit and drink tea in the morning, he'll say a lot of things I don't understand but can laugh at, and at other times he'll say things that are legitimately funny that I do understand. When I've felt upset before, he knows what to say to cheer me up (even if he doesn't realize I'm upset, he's just that cool that he'll make me feel better). I can sit here and try to explain how awesome he is, but I think this picture can sum it up the best:
"Really, China" (Mr. Ni is cool enough to make it into this category today)