Sunday, January 25, 2009

Happy Chinese New Year!

Xin Nian Kuai Le!
translated from Mandarin is 'Happy New Year!'

Me with Grace(18 mos.) celebrating her first Chinese New Year with us 5 years ago.


Miss Grace(age 3 & 1/2) and her big brother Nick(yes, he is a real person).

Grace last year right before we left to celebrate with local families for CNY.








Happy New Year! We started celebrating Chinese New Year 7 years ago with our local FCC group and since Grace's arrival to our family we continue the tradition with getting together every year with her travel group in some capacity. Sometimes at a restaurant or at one of our homes. This year we'll be celebrating as a family tomorrow night at our favorite restaurant. It happens to be owned by a Chinese family from Will's city of Fuzhou in Fujian Province. This family dearly loves William and Grace. For the next 2 weekends we'll be at a local celebration of families with children from China and also Grace's travel group will get together for 2 days. Since I didn't have pics yet to post of those events I thought I'd post a few from years past of Grace. This year I'm hoping to wrangle William into his traditional Chinese outfit...we'll see how that goes. Some bribing with chocolate may help. Wishing you a healthy, prosperous and happy year of the Ox!

22 kind words:

OH MY #6 said...

Oh my goodness, Nick looks very much like his mom! Wow!

It sounds like you have lots of good stuff planned over the next while. Can't wait to see pictures.

These pictures from the past are wonderful.

I hope this year of the OX is everything you want it to be my friend.

Lea
xo

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Love the photos...
Sounds like you are going to have lots of fun over the next 2 weeks..
Did you do anything before the kids came home.??
Can't wait to see the photos...
Have a great week...
Happy CNY...
Hugs..
Hope the year of the OX brings us lots of babies..

Chris and Deb said...

I love seeing the pictures of Grace from years past! What fun!! Happy CNY to you and your family!!

Laura L. said...

Yay! Let the festivities begin! Have a great CNY celebration.

Love the photos, especially of Grace when she was small. Too cute!

Jennifer said...

Happy CNY! I love the old pictures of Grace and Nick so cute!

a Tonggu Momma said...

春节快乐!!!! And we are in the same boat with photos -- small family celebration tomorrow, with the big bashes coming up in the next few weeks. I also posted a photo from a past year. :)

Life with JJ, Starr and Spice said...

新年快樂 SFAM!! Love the photos and seeing your son was vey cool. He does resemble you a ton!

Have a wonderful celebration. We are celebrating with our FCC group tomorrow evening down on South Beach and we celebrated with our agency in Orlando last weekend...so much fun!

Jboo said...

Great photos! Fun to see Grace when she was so little! Both of your sons are so handsome!

Have a great celebration!

Janet

The Morris Family said...

Great pictures- my, how Miss Grace has changed/grown up- such a pretty young lady! Have fun celebrating- Happy Chinese New Years!

Christine said...

Beautiful pictures you have up. You can never have too many of your children - we have to document their every stage!
Happy Chinese New Year!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Great photos!! I especially love the one of you and Grace!!

Happy Chinese New Year to you too!! Have fun....sounds like you have lots planned. I hope you can wrangle Will into his traditional outfit.....he is so precious, I can only imagine how cute he will look all dressed up for the celebration!!

BTW, my package arrived today....thank you SO MUCH...it is beautiful and the package was so pretty....what a special treat to come home to!! It will always remind me of you....and I hope that it brings me some good luck:)

Lisa

Felicia said...

What beautiful pictures. Love them all. Happy Chinese New Year!!

Blessings to your beautiful family!

Kim said...

Happy Chinese New Year! Enjoy all your festivities!

Truly Blessed! said...

Happy CNY to your family!

We're having so much fun with CNY this year - the girls are really getting into it. Good thing, as we have three more "big" events in the next two weeks!

Colleen said...

Happy New year!!!! How fun that you get together with your travel group. The pictures are great!!! I love that you posted your first CNY with Grace : )

Super Mommy said...

Pucker up!! What a totally kissable little princess! I love the photos!! Happy New Year!

redmaryjanes said...

Gail,
I received my key chain yesterday and it is so beautiful! I actually attached it to my purse so that it hangs on the outside where people can see it. I absolutely love it. Thank you so much!

OH MY #6 said...

Hey friend!

I have tagged u again!

Lea
xo

Meredith Teagarden said...

So cute! Love the fun of CNY :).

Lisa said...

Hi Gail. I saw your comment on my blog. Great to hear from you. Izzy was William (Michael's) friend at Hidden Treasures. We met him while there. She has his picture up in her room with all of the other children from there. I'm so glad I have your blog now to keep up. I've been meaning to ask Nancy (Deena's mom) if she had it. I see that he is doing well. That's wondeful. Thanks for saying Hello. I look forward to following your journey. ~Lisa

A Mom- In-W8ing said...

Enjoy all the upcoming celebrations for CNY! Love the pictures of your little sweetie! The kissy picture is so cute.

Gong Xi Fa Cai, to you and your family!!

Smiles! :o)
Nikki

Paula said...

Its just amazing how fast they grow. Grace looks so tiny in that pic of her first chinese new year.
I love the pic of Will will the sunglasses.
I agree, I think people like to see lots of pics of kids regarless if they have their little ones home yet. :)

 
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