Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Fun at Aunt Cyndi's and a Chinese New Year Party!

Well, it's been a little over a week since I posted. I do plan to continue talking about our adoption (Oh, if you haven't read it, please read this post below! This is the biggest thing going on in our lives right now!) but last week we had just a little more going on. I got to keep my nieces for three days, and we had a wonderful Chinese New Year party on Friday. It was a week of fun, for sure!

My brother and his family are moving a few hours away (::sniff::) and while he and my sister-in-law were working on the move, I was excited to spend a few days with my sweet nieces here. G, the four year old came first while H the 6 year old spent an extra day at my mom's getting over a stomach bug. It was so fun to have little ones in the house again! It's getting me ready to have one or two more!! Here's a little slide show of our fun. It was fun to get our gray tubs of toys down out of the attic and enjoy them once again! We also pulled out some books on tape that hadn't been listened to in awhile. I found a fun cardboard "clubhouse" at Hobby Lobby that they could color, which we all enjoyed (and the beanie babies got to live inside it for a few days.) Speaking of beanie babies, I also found at Hobby Lobby these fun "build-a-bear" type beanies you could stuff yourself. We had a great time!

Then on Friday we celebrated Chinese New Year with two other families who have hearts for China like we do. In fact, they have both adopted precious daughters from China! So we all dressed in our Chinese clothes and enjoyed some fun Chinese activities and food, while we welcomed the "year of the rat." We made "Year of the Rat" picture frames, Chinese lanterns, read a book about Chinese New Year and all of the customs,ate some yummy Chinese take-out, enjoyed two fun games, danced to some hip Chinese pop music off of iTunes, and popped party poppers. (I've posted the games and resources we used on my homeschool blog.) It was a great time! I'm still finding confetti!

We had a great week last week, and I hope you did, too. We have our first visit with our social worker for an extended time at our agency tomorrow morning. Things are clicking along!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


The Lloyd Family said...

Looks like TONS of fun!!

Susanne said...

The Chinese New Year party sounds fun! I love that you even pulled Chinese pop songs onto itunes.

Daisy said...

Enjoyed reading about your Chinese New Year celebration. This year, the kids and I simply took a trip to the local Chinese bakery to celebrate, but I love the wonderful ideas you shared. Very creative!