Today we put on our party clothes (that means beautiful silks for the girls and party jeans for me and TubaDad) and headed for the local FCC Chinese New Year’s party. What fun!
First, a note about the clothes: In the middle of her life-changing trip to China to meet sweet Hannah, our buddy Catherine took the time to pick out six different beautiful outfits for Ro and Ree (a set for this year, a set for 2012, and a set for 2013). We were so touched. Still are. Anyhow, here are this year’s dresses (the girls did their own accessorizing), thanks to Catherine:(Ro left, Ree right, oh and all pics were taken with the purse camera)
It was so nice to see old friends and to meet new ones. I think there were around 350 people there, which is just awesome. There was a huge world map in the main meeting room, by the way, and Ro wants to know if we can get one just like it for our playroom. The girl is just nuts about maps right now:
The kids all ran around and played like mad, even though it was so cold that I hiked back to the car to get gloves and coats. This funky climby-spinny thing was extremely popular:
The structure was teeming with kids in brightly colored clothes and moving so fast that I kept expecting bodies to fly off. (Didn’t happen.) Ro and Ree, naturally, went immediately to the top:
The lion dance was loud and exciting, but the best part was that after the finale the kiddos got to pet one of the lions and even be swallowed up by him.
In February, we’re staying in San Francisco to watch their Chinese New Year’s parade – it’s ranked as one of the top ten parades in the world, and we’ve never seen it. Exciting stuff!
How are you celebrating? And do you have any fun suggestions for Chinese New Year crafts for the kiddos?
Gung Hay Fat Choy!
PS: A big “hi” to C, B, and little M. We all got such a big kick out of meeting you in the restaurant and love the pic you sent us!