We just finished a weekend of celebrating Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year is my third favorite holiday, after my birthday and Christmas. I love seeing family, eating, and all of the exchanges of good fortune for the coming year. Here are some of my favorite moments.
When we celebrate with my family, we go out to dinner at my (paternal) Grandfather’s favorite restaurant in Chinatown in memory of him. There are always two tables reserved, one for the elders, and one for the elder’s children. My Grouchy husband and I still sit at the children table even though we have children ourselves. The elders threaten to move our seats to their table, oh I hope that never happens.
Dinner consists of all our favorites and good luck dishes like long life noodles, whole chicken and lobster. There is always too much food. This is a picture of the table at the end of the meal when we were all full. It looks like we didn’t even eat.
My Baby worked hard to eat her long life noodles. She’s just 17-months old, she’s got a lot of life to live.
One noodle got stuck on her nose and she couldn’t figure out how to get it off. It was so cute!
My dad and his brothers. This is the one holiday they are all together so I was happy to get a picture.
My dad and uncles always celebrate the New Year with a bottle of whiskey.
This year our celebration was the same day as my brother’s birthday. He’s over six feet tall. This picture of him blowing out candles on top of a Carvel cake (his favorite) makes me laugh.
My girls were dressed head to toe in good luck pink. My Princess wanted them both to wear their tutus.
We celebrate Chinese New Year with my Grouchy Husband’s family at his aunt’s apartment in the city. At most family gatherings the girls are usually the only little ones which is ok because they get to play with their adult uncles and aunties. But at this gathering, Jeff’s cousin comes with his two kids so the girls have a blast playing with other kids.
Desserts are a big part of Chinese New Year because their sweetness symbolize a rich, sweet life. There were so many delicious desserts at my Grouchy Husband’s family gathering. My Baby is crying in the back because she wants one of the cupcakes badly!
My sister-in-law brought these cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake. They custom made a snake symbol. These cupcakes are heavenly, the best cupcake I have ever eaten.
Filled with good fortune from all of the New Year celebrating,