Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy (Chinese) New Year!

Today we took a little time out to celebrate the Chinese New Year.  Joy has been working for a few weeks now on learning the Chinese names (and how to write the Chinese characters) of a few of her favorite people at our favorite Chinese restaurant, so she could make them cards.  She completed four of them.  Her closest buddy from that restaurant is in China right now, but she shared the cards she made, as well as a red envelope gift, with the others.  (She's been learning more Chinese too, so she practiced some of her Chinese on them as well).

The kids dressed in their Chinese attire and Jason met us for lunch at the Oriental Buffet.  I think the folks there were very surprised and very appreciative that someone remembered their holiday.  After closing tonight, they told us they will have a big celebration.

And in case you didn't know, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, it's the Year of the Rabbit.  The restaurant proudly displayed that:

We had a wonderful tasty lunch.   And Luke made it through without getting anything on his clothes.  Good boy!

Oh, and this is what ornery looks like with our "Little Emperor".  (Telling him it was time to change his clothes)  :) 

But he always has a kiss for his jie jie....

From our family to yours......Happy Chinese New Year!  


Julie said...

I just told my family we need to go out for Chinese tonight--wish we had the cute clothes to wear!!
Cute kids---Julie

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

they look so cute in their outfits...glad you had a great time..;)

Grammee Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

What a great idea!! in the preschool we always did activites for the Chinese New Year too. Learning can be so much fun!!

Tanya said...

That is so adorable...thank you for sharing that special time with us! What a wonderful thing you did for your friends. I'll bet it meant a lot to them.
That Joy is just toooooooo sweet! She is one of a kind!
Like Momma/like daughter!

Susannah said...

Everytime I come to your blog and see the kids ...I just smile. It looks like Luke adores Joy so much and vice versa. I think your family was blessed to have Luke.

Happy Chinese New Year!

SANDI said...

They look so cute!

Blessed Beyond said...

What a super fun day! And so special that Joy is learning so much Chinese! The kids looked darling!!! Happy Chinese New Year to yall!

Kim said...

I just love the learning spirit and nonpeer pressure that homeschoolers have. What a "Joy" it must have been for your friends at the resturant that your family remembers a holiday of theirs.
Kim in OK

LynnMarie said...

How wonderful that you can celabrate Chinese New Year with such joy and cute outfits as well.

Sharon said...

They sure do look cute in their outfits.
Glad that you had a great time.
Have a great weekend.

Mandy @ Creekside Creations said...

Everyone looked so nice! What a great tradition to start for Luke!

Marie said...

Dressing up to celebrate the Chinese New Year and the cards was a great idea. I had told you that we are expecting a grandchild in June. They found out this week that the baby is a boy. Linh says it has been hopping around like a "rabbit" in her tummy. We are so excited. Luke is adorable.

Melissa said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Looks like you had a festive time!

We went out for Chinese dinner on was fun!

Annie said...

Oh Tammy! They are just the pair, aren't they! SO sweet!!!

Patty Sumner said...

Beautiful children! Glad your celebration went so well. Blessings!

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...


I love going to Oriental Buffet, it's a fun atmosphere!

That picture of our Little Emperor is funny. :) That look on his face just spells it out...


Love you! Thank you for being the best and most beautiful, loving mommy in the world! :D


Joy :D

Shelley said...

Such a fun idea for a family outing to celebrate the chinese new year! loved the outfits! And seeing Luke and jie jie look at each other with such love is just so sweet - makes my heart melt!!