Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Sunday, February 10, 2008
Updated: I added some photos of my "crafts" at the bottom. Since I am very craft challenged, these are a big accomplishment for me. He he!

We had a wonderful time with our friends last night celebrating Chinese New Year. Here are some collages of our festivities. The slideshow is a litte long. I am so glad that we have met Denise and her family!


Oranges are considered good luck for the new year, Kate's chopsticks, cupcakes Harry and I made, red envelopes for the kids, red tulips, CNY decorations, Asian pastries (they were not a hit), some sweet gifts from Denise, and more decorations.




Kim, Kate and Denise

If you click on a photo in the slideshow, you can read the caption.

Other news this week...Kate's talking has just exploded! She says everything we say. I started a list of her words but she is constantly saying new ones. Some new words include "hedgehog (Will taught her), princess, Rella (for Cinderella which we watched together this week and she sat in my lap the whole time), and chocolate. She is putting a few words together too. She is even starting to sing songs (Twinkle, twinkle, head, shoulders, knees and toes). Then she surprised us all this week by counting to six! We can sometimes get to 10 (although she gets performance anxiety). We had no idea she could count! So, she is not only beautiful but she is smart too;) Yes, I am a proud Mama.

Speaking of being proud...Will was selected as Star Student this week! Harry has been chosen a few times this year but this was Will's first time. Great job Will!

I am finding lots of things to do with my "found" time since I am not blogging for Lent. I have been quite crafty. I have made a beautiful set of coasters, some cards, a little Valentine with Kate and the Chinese New Year banner in the pictures.

My creation

Here are the coasters I made at MOPS, Kate's first craft (a valentine butterfly), and my banner.

Next week, I will share the wonderful surprise Dave has planned for Valentine's Day!

Have a good week !


  1. I had to check in quick before we leave for church. Wow! What a fun celebration you had. I love your banner!

    Can't wait to hear about V-Day!

  2. Glad youv'e had a good week and will look forward to your next post!

  3. Great Job will! I love your CNY photos. Your home was decorated beautifully!

  4. Looks like you have a great celebration of the Chinese New Year. How neat that Denise and her family live so close to you and you can share these special times together! In the slideshow, the pictures of Kate with her face in her hands and the one of her on Dave's shoulders are precious. How exciting that Kate is talking so much. Can't wait to hear some of the things she comes up with! :)

    Congratulations to Will on being Star Student!

    Have a great week. Can't wait to hear about your Valentine's surprise.

  5. I missed you!

    Looks like you had a great time at CNY. Where'd you get the dragon hanging decorations? Love those!

    Love to hear about Kate's language acquisition. For me, it's one of the most fascinating parts of parenting.

    Congrats to Will! How awesome is that!
    Snick :)

  6. Kim,

    I love your crafts! You did such a great job! I also love your Chinese New Year Celebration. It looks like a blast! I also love Kate's outfit and matching bow for the occasion.


  7. Happy CNY! And those coasters are great! If you had them for sale, I would buy them!!

  8. WOW.... Everything looks soooo beautiful..
    You did a wonderful job on the everything..
    Love the coasters and the banners and just everything..
    Great pictures...
    Love Kate's chopsticks..
    Have a Great Week..
    I am challanged too when it comes to crafts.. stop by to see what I made this weekend for Isabella..

  9. Everything looks great! Can't wait for your next post!

  10. Looks like an amazing Chinese New Year celebration. I love the crafts ...

  11. Happy Chinese New Years to your and your family Kim!. Looks like you had a very fun celebration! Have a great week.....until next Sunday!

  12. Fabulous crafts! Waiting until Sunday was worth it...I LOVE all of your CNY decorations...and well, that first craft of Kate's is sure a keeper. That's the stuff!!

    I'll be sure to drop by next Sunday!


  13. I am sure you are quite crafty!
    Your celebration collage was lovely. I know you love hearing Ms. Kate talk more, how sweet.
    Love that Will is excelling in school, great job!
    Have a wonderful week.

  14. I'm so happy it's Sunday and I get to see what is happenin' with you!
    You have been VERY busy indeed - and I would venture to say that you are FAR from craft-challenged. I love your creations.

    Glad to hear that all of your kiddos are doing wonderfully and exceeding even your highest expectations...they are all so very beautiful and smart (and funny and caring and...)
    You SHOULD indeed be a proud momma.
    Take care and I'll be back next Sunday!

  15. Looks like you had a beautiful celebration! I laughed at the part about the pastries not being so sweet, we had the same reaction at our house (except for Myah, she scarfed them all down). Love the coasters and banner, my you have been crafty! Congrats to Will! How exciting! I can just imagine how cute Kate sounds with her new vocabulary! I miss my daily check in but you made up for it today with the great post! Can't wait to see what you come up with for next week!

  16. I have pictures also from a CNY party last night, but not done yet. Glad we could catch up with you!! :-)


  17. Hi Kim~

    Looks like you had such a nice CNY celebration! That's great to have local adoption friends to share these unique festivities with. I know you've been a blessing to Denise.

    Kudos to you for doing some crafts! I begin to get clammy and have heart palpitations when I think about doing crafts. Fear of failure!

    Have a great week!!!


  18. Happy New Chinese Year!!!
    everything and everybody looks great!!
    miss your post
    Happy Valentines!!!

  19. What a beautiful celebration! I love all the pictures!!! I'll check back in on you next Sunday my friend!
    Have a blessed week!

  20. I was really looking forward to your post today...thoroughly enjoyed every bit. Your celebration looks so fun and your crafts amazing! Will you have time to share how to's?

    Congrats to Will...we know what a big deal it is to be star student!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and your sweet family!

  21. I miss you lots! But, way to go on this commitment!

    Thank you, for sharing all these pictures. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

    Enjoy your week.


  22. Oh, My,
    How fun!!!!! Love all the festivities for Chinese New Year. That is wonderful and it looks like you had a ball. The banner, coasters and Kate's butterfly are all great. I would say you are a natural and that you need to give yourself more credit.
    How fun that Kate is talking.... Hannah still will only say a few words.... Her favorite... "NO!" lol
    great job Will! I know that you are a proud Mama. As you should be with those sweet, wonderful, smart, little peanuts of yours.

  23. Great decorations, great pics, great crafts! Have an awesome week!

  24. Thanks again for a wonderful evening. I am going to have to steal some pics for my blog~

  25. Kim, I love all your decorations! And your coasters are awesome.

    p.s. Thank you for your kind words about my blog. Olivia is such a joy! Sometimes she looks like Kate to me! And thank you for letting me know about Kate's sizes. I ran out and bought 2t's before I left and that was the correct size!!

  26. It looks like you and Denise had a great CYN with your families. I love your blog! Kate and the boys are adorable!!

    (Friend of Denise)

  27. What a wonderful celebration!!! LOVE the banner.,...what a great idea!!

  28. Everything looks just perfect! What a fun year this was, huh? So happy our little cuties are being hugged by us this New Year:)

    Thanks for sharing all the beauty of your celebration.


  29. Wow - look what happens when you have spare time! The decorations looked beautiful!!! You have inspired me to go beyond the local Chinese Restaurant next year!!! It looks like you had a really fun week! I love Kate's first craft. How special!

    Blessings for another fun week, and a wonderful Valentines Day with your Valentine's!


  30. What a wonderful celebration you had! I was invited to share Chinese New Year for the first time this year with my friend Kim and her family. They adopted a little boy last September from China.
    Have a great week!

  31. Looks like you had a beautiful New Years celebration. What fun that Kate is talking so much all of a sudden! They bring so much joy!

    Have a wonderful Valentine's Day with your family!


  32. what a wonderful fun week!!
    yeah kate, yeah will!

  33. Wow, Kimber! Beautiful decorations! The kids are adorable... it looks like fun! And your crafts are inspiring. I think you are onto something. Maybe if I stop blogging during the week, I could make some fun stuff myself...

  34. Looks like you had a wondeful CNY!! You are so crafty and I love the stuff you made. I cant imagine all the time I woudl have if I did not blog-- crazy! How awesome about Kate's language. I cant wait till Mia starts talking. I always wonder what is going though her head. Congrats on all your new crafty endeavours!!

    Christy :)

  35. How fun! Looks like a great time was had by all! I think you're crafty, your projects look great! So modest!!! :)byrfgex

  36. Looks like ya'll had so much fun! Everything was so beautiful.

    Can't wait to see what Dave has up his sleeve for you this week. He now has a reputation to uphold since you've shared his other surprises with us in the past!!

    Have a great week!

  37. What awesome things you made! I don't have a creative bone in my body!!

    Isn't is so wonderful when your little one just starts spitting out sentences! I love the conversations I have with Lottie & Emma!

    P.S. Thanks for the kind words you left me on my distressed post!

  38. Looks like you all had a ball at your party! I love all of the decorations. Your craft projects look great - love the coasters. Have a great week!

  39. Oh Kim,

    It looks like a wonderful celebration. Your crafts are just lovely. I LOVE the coasters!! Enjoy your week, can't wait to hear about your Valentine's Day!!

  40. Congratulations, Will!! I have a billin questions! Did you make your banner with the Cricut? Where did you get Kate's chopsticks? China? :) You are doing some fun stuff with your "time off"!! I'm thinking of some time off too!! Can't wait to see you next Sunday.....

  41. Good job momma! I have no talent like that.

  42. Happy New Year! Congrats to Will. Kate's talking must be a real treat. She will enjoy that word list someday. Your crafts are great!

  43. My gosh what a beautiful CNY celebration! And that is just wonderful that Kate is talking up a storm and congrats to Will!

  44. LOVE the CNY pictures! Lil Kate looked adorable as always!

  45. Kim, your CNY celebration looks wonderful! I love the pictures of Harry and Kate together, such sweet smiles! How wonderful that she's saying so much, it must be so fun for you all. Th being smart thing isn't much surprise though! :)
    Congrats to Will for student of the week!
    Kate's craft is really cute! All your crafts are beautiful!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  46. Wow, Kim- you outdid yourself for Chinese New Year! As always, I am so impressed!

    And now Valentine's Day is here- yay!! Making Valentines and baking heart-shaped cookies with Sophie Lu is something I always look forward to, and now I can't wait to see how you share this special day with Kate!

    Let's talk soon! Happy New Year & kisses to beautiful Kate!

    Shana (10 weeks!) :)

  47. I love the coasters, What are they made of? If you need to email me, that is fine, since you aren't blogging....


  48. Happy CNY! Thank you for your prayers about my cousins son.

  49. Kimberley,
    I just wanted to say HAPPY VALENTINE'S Day to you and your sweet peanuts! I am missing your posts....but am inspired by your commitment to LENT! God bless you real good is my prayer, my friend!
    Hugs & Love on this beautiful Valentine's Day!

  50. I know you aren't bloggin this week, but wanted to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day! I was thinking of you :)

  51. Hi Kimber...
    I just remembered that Libby's bed does not have a box spring... I bought a top mattress and a "bunkie board" (just a flat piece of plywood covered with fabric that fits over the slats). It is a low bed... I thought I should let you know just in case... hope you are all having a wonderful Valentine's celebration! Erin

  52. I LOVE the decorations! The fun & joy is contagious, and your boys & Kate are so cute helping with the preparations. I am inspired by all of the love and care you give to your family. It makes me want to try harder myself!

  53. Kimber,
    please check out my last post. It is very important to me.
    Thanks, Michelle

  54. I just have to wish Kate a happy first Valentine's Day. I know how much you love this holiday and I am sure that Dave made the day special for you!

  55. Just wanted to wish you a Happy Valentine's to you and your beautiful family!

  56. Just wanted to let you know....You are missed! I think it is great that you made such a commitment. God will bless you richly.

    Love all of your CNY decorations.


  57. Love your new look! I always try to get pics of my boys from the back at the sweet.
    Looks like you had a busy week filled with fun!


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