Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Happy New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

It's one of our very favorite times of the year - Chinese New Year! I love having another clean slate, another new beginning, and another chance to celebrate. And combine all that goodness with a chance to enjoy our littlest gal's birth culture and we have a heck of a reason to party!

Every year a local group of families with Chinese children puts on a pot luck and new year's party and it's always a ton of fun.  Celebrating New Year with 40 or 50 local families with kids from China is such a joy!  Being around mixed-culture families where folks who look like us are the norm just feels great.

Our older Asian gal gets in on the action - this girl never misses a chance to look like a princess!

This year we helped out with the Chinese Zodiac play - we couldn't find an ox costume so Totoro filled in and Sasha loved being the snake.  WanYing was a kitty cat (who came in 13th so didn't get a chance to be one of the Zodiac animals) and Sam rounded out then ensemble as the Emperor.

Everybody's favorite part of the evening (well, after cake) - the Lion Parade!

From all of us to all of you, a very happy Chinese New Year!  Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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