day 23 - celebrating the new year

Today was the start of Chinese New Year and we celebrated at pre-school, as well as with friends for dinner. My friend Andrea (AKA Emma Lael's mommy) and I went into the girls' pre-school class to help the kids make a dragon craft, read a book about CNY and have fun using chopsticks to pick up marshmellows. Andrea also brought all the kids red envelopes filled with chocolate money. The kids had a lot fun and so did we!

Then, this evening, we shared a meal at a Chinese restaurant with a group of local families, all who have adopted from China. We didn't know everyone there, but had a great time meeting new friends, hanging with old ones, and enjoying some delicious food. 

Preschool friends

Not so simple
Eleanor, LilyKate and Emma Lael showing off their dragons
Reading a book to the kiddos
Marcia and Ava at dinner
My sweethearts
Derek, Ben and Jonathan
Our CNY dinner group
All the kids together for a photo after dinner

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