Celebrate!

Monday, January 30, 2012
There will be lots of photos here.  I like to look back and remember the various people and ways we have celebrated Chinese New Year.  Saturday night our good friends came over to celebrate Chinese New Year with us.  As I mentioned before, Kate was beyond excited.  She asked us every single day this week how many more days until Libbie comes over for CNY.  She LOVES Libbie.  She wants Libbie to be her sister!!!  It is so cute.


Kate, Harry and I spent a few afternoons this week decorating the house ...

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 (yes, we have some overlap with some Valentine's decorations too)

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The sun light was shining right on those tulips.  If you look closely you an literally see the ray of sunshine!

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 The minute Libbie walked in the door, Kate handed her a red envelope.  She could not wait.

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Last year, Dave made some Chinese food but this year we ordered it.

 And we ordered WAY too much!!!  But it was so good and we had leftovers for dinner last night too:)

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Libbie and Hoot tried chopsticks:)

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After dinner, Kate, Libbie and Hoot did some art with some Chinese New Year stickers.

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Then it was time for the Lion Dance.  The Lion or Dragon dance is a Chinese New year tradition.  But it scares the bejeezus out of Kate!!!  Last year, she literally hid her face in Harry's lap and covered her ears the whole time. So, Kate had a very clever alternative.  The other day, I was upstairs doing laundry and Kate made her very own dragon COMPLETELY by herself.  I thought it was absolutely delightful.  She told me that she wanted  us to do our own dragon dance at home.  And we did....

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(Kate and her Dragon)


20 comments:

  1. Goodness, the fun you guys had is palpable!! Well done on all the decorations and preparations... looks like a night you all will never forget :)
    Happy Chinese New Year, my friend!

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  2. FUN celebration, love your decor, and dance...

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  3. How cute are all of them? My son would have been thrilled to be a guest, as Chinese food is his absolute fave, but trust me you would need to double up on the order with his voracious appetite:) Looks like such a fun celebration filled with so much love!

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  4. looks like a great celebration. i love kate's pink silk outfit. did you buy a lot of size while in china or did you buy them here? i only bought molly a couple dresses that she will soon outgrow and i'm so sad! if you bought them here...please tell me where! thanks:)

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  5. This is so cute Kim!:) I love how Kate is leading the way and her dragon is darling!! Yay for the dads for joining in the fun!! Happy CNY!xo

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  6. How fun!!! I am so glad that you were able to enjoy CYN with good friends (unfortunately bad weather halted our plans with friends!).

    Quick question: Kim, I love your canisters on your kitchen countertop; they are exactly what I've been searching for. May I ask where you found them?

    Thanks!

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  7. So fun and festive! Great celebration!

    janet

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  8. Your decorations and home are lovely. What a fun way to celebrate the New Year. Xin Nian Hao Ya!

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  9. What a fun night! Love the decorations and Kate's adorable dragon!

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  10. That is one GREAT dragon! What a fun celebration.

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  11. What a beautiful celebration with such special friends!! WOW Kim, everything looked FABULOUS. Love all of your little details and decorations...and the kids are as cute as can be.

    Happy Chinese New Year~

    xo,

    Lisa

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  12. I think your celebration was perfect!

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  13. That is so neat to see how you celebrate. We are from the Lonestar state too and are adopting our little Mia from China. Our Article 5 was just dropped off, so we are getting close. I hope you had a wonderful Chinese New Year.

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  14. Great and fun! Every time better!

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  15. This is precious! Love Kate's dragon...SO cute!!

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  16. I love the dragon!

    It looks like we were both celebrating Chinese New Year this weekend. I wish it could have been together.

    Tell Miss Kate I am very impressed with her creativity.

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  17. I just love love love it that Kate and Libbie are famous friends:) Just love it!

    Kate reminds me of Lottie with the dragon dance. I remember you writing about that last year at this time.God bless em'! But yay for Kate for coming up with her very own dragon dance...you are super creative Kate and you did a fabulous job!!!

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  18. Double Dose of Cuteness!! I just love seeing photos of Kate and Libbie together. I love the way the daddies are participating!! What a wonderful moment for the girls!!

    *Love Kate's dragon*

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