Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy Chinese new year!

It almost went entirely ignored, due to...you know...life.  But with some help from my mama who loves her Chinese grandson a whole bunch, and a sudden burst of ambition on my part, we did our part.

Started out with a little bit of this, which you'd presume would sufficiently wear out Princess Firecracker enough for her to nap.  But alas.  No nap, second day in a row.  Shu didn't do any leaping off the windowsill.  I just included him 'cause he's cute.  The Chinese silks (and by "silks," I mean polyester)...perfect for vigorous activity...until Hummus Girl ripped a huge section of her hem.  Dangit.   







Here's what's for dinner.  Ain't no shame in it, especially since I already showed you my dining room table. Thanks, Tai Pei.  I also made a huge pan of homemade fried rice. 



And for dessert?  Some would go this route.


We kept it simple this year.  Mama knows her limitations. 


Got some decent pics of all four kids in their Chinese outfits (someone's legs are looking positively chunky!), and my lovely sis-in-law who joined us for dinner took one of us all.  Please excuse Dr. Husband's lack of appropriate dress.  Did some of you find outfits for dad on Shamian or elsewhere?  We didn't.

So, a valiant effort.  Yay, us!  We might check out a CNY event this weekend at a city museum.  New traditions...new experiences...small ways to honor the culture of our son's birth.  恭禧發財! 





11 comments:

Lindsay said...

Great job! I applaud you! I made some fried rice, and we're going to meet up with some local adoptive families for dinner, but I'm ashamed to admit that's the extent of our celebration this year. (There's always next year?)

anything but LoKEY said...

Happy CNY! :)

Johanna said...

happy CNY!! all i managed to do is some pics!! next year will be better!!lol

Amy said...

Gorgeous pics! I tried our kiddos' silks on them tonight to make sure they still fit (Milo has gotten huge since he got home!). I really planned on getting some pics, but I can't get them to hold still longer than a nano-second! Apparently, silks are the new Super Hero outfits! Is that a dimple I see on Shu?? Love him! Love everyone in their outfits (giving a pass to the hubs!). We didn't get an outfit for us - just the kids. Our FCC party is this Saturday :)

Krissy said...

well done busy momma - WELL DONE!!!!!!

From This Moment said...

Love it!

Kristen said...

Wonderful. I feel a coming together with your family in these photos. Looks like Shu is really starting to adjust! How beautiful!

Rita and John said...

Happy Chinese New Year! You all look wonderful in your outfits! What a fantastic celebration!

Sara said...

Love the family pic! I agree, Shu's definitely starting to adjust. A fellow AP mom told me that she could tell when K started to really open her heart to us by looking at pics of her on FB...that her eyes looked less sullen, her smiles brighter....Shu has that loved look too! I know too well that he's still transitioning, but his eyes show that he knows he's with his family now!

nic said...

y'all are beautiful, and that meal has me dangerously close to salivating on my keyboard (and for the record, it is entirely too early in the day for keyboard salivation).

ps have you ever tried chocolate covered fortune cookies? i'm sure it is flagrantly un-authentic (inauthentic? who knows), but in hawaii we do such things and my are they tasty. highly recommended.

Gena said...

Wow, I LOVE the jumping pictures! So fun!!!!!!