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A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Our 2014 Chinese New Year Celebrations

I like this holiday because it's 15 days long, so I can stretch it out and do what I can without having to stuff it all into one day.  

Despite my best efforts, there really isn't a great picture of Luke in his silks.  

He enjoyed out dinner out, but he kept Paul hopping.  Paul was shoveling in food as fast as he could, and Luke just slurped it all down.  

Sam's hat did not go over well.  

While we were waiting to adopt Katie, we sent her a CNY 2013 care package using a service in China.  The orphanage staff returned the dress and purse to us when we met Katie.  

Right before heading out the door to dinner.  

Paul said, "How about just the Chinese kids?"

I tried.  Really, I did.


This will have to do.  Reminds me of their Christmas picture, actually.  

The girls wore their matchy dresses to church.  They really are stinkin' cute, aren't they?  

Paul handed out the red envelopes that I had filled with chocolate coins.  

We went over the proper way to receive something that is handed to you (such as a business card), by taking it by both corners.  

Well, most of them got it.  

And the chocolate coins were a big hit.  

Another day, we had Year of the Horse cupcakes.  

Which were gone so fast, I barely got a picture.  

We do have one celebration left, but it's not until next month, so I thought I'd share these with you now.  

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  1. I love the wonderful Chinese outfits! It is such a fun holiday to celebrate.

    1. Thank you! :) Hannah's was a hand me down from friends, Katie's was given to us when we met her in China, and Luke's we bought on the trip. They'll get one more chance to wear them before I have to pack them away for next time.

  2. You think Luke doesn't take a good picture, but there are a couple of them in this group that are cute. BTW, is Luke standing alone now? If so, guess the pt's were wrong about that bouncy walker thingie huh?

    1. No, Luke cannot stand on his own. He has no balance. Hannah is holding him up in some of the pictures, and he's holding onto a chair in the rest. His PT thinks maybe vestibular work will help him acquire a sense of balance.

  3. Wow, what a great experience for the kids! I love that everyone joined in and learned! This is terrific.

    I love all the outfits.

    Thanks so much for sharing! This post really made me smile. It's not often you see posts like this. I love it!

    1. :) Thanks, Lisa! Chinese holidays were one of the unexpected perks of adding to our family through adoption. Gives me a great excuse to let my inner Ms. Frizzle shine out. :D