This diary entry is part 20 of 28 in Lily's diary dated 19 - January 2023

Hi! It’s me! Lily!!!

Sunday is Chinese New Year!!!

And, well, I’m half-Japanese.

We had a PARTY!!!!

Emiko and family came, and Liz and family, and of course me.  We’re trading red cards and having Chinese and Japanese food, and playing Chinese and Japanese music (I get to play some J-Pop and J-Metal too, as well as traditional stuff) and treats too!  We’ve got mochi and daifuku and onigiri and pocky too!!!  And the Chinese folks brought their snacks – I don’t know what they’re called but they’re delicious!!!  Some kind of meat dumplings, and potstickers, and fried wontons (those are so delicious!).

And we’ve got Ramune and milk tea and boba and Japanese drinks too!!!

Beth and David are pigging out!!!

They’re not usually too keen on the Asian stuff – I mean they don’t mind but they don’t go out of their way for it – but they’re having a great time!!!

The Chinese folks are trying the Japanese stuff, and the Japanese folks are trying the Chinese stuff, it’s a real melting pot tonight!!!

We’re all wearing our traditional outfits (Jack is hot in his).  I mean, Dave and Sabby aren’t but they’re gaikokujin in this celebration.  But they’re welcome, of course!!!

Grace is wearing a small version of a traditional Chinese outfit, and she’s just the cutest.  But she always is.

It was lots of fun!  We ate and drank (Dave seem to like sake) and, well, talked about rabbits I guess.  Haha!!!  Grace kind of conked out on the couch but we put a blanket over her.  She’s so cute when she’s sleepy!

Oh, I didn’t say – Jack slipped something into my red envelope!!!  It was.. a promise ring!  AWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!  He told me he can’t propose yet but he wants to someday, and maybe on Chinese New Year.  I told him that I’d look forward to that day, and he doesn’t have to get a really expensive ring, just one from the heart.  He gave me a hug and kiss, and I returned it.  Everyone hooted and hollered and they finally broke us up after a minute, but I’m so happy!!!  It even fits!!!

Okay.  Gotta go now.  I’m tired, that was exhausting!

Oh… I didn’t write last night.  We were playing a family game and by the time it ended it was late, so I just went to bed.  It happens sometimes!!!

Love you all!!! ❤

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