Cole, Alex, & Anna Grace

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day & Chinese New Year!!

Wow!! It has been a really long time since my last post. I guess that just shows how busy we are during the school year! Today we are celebrating Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day together. We are planning a big Chinese dinner for tonight. Yesterday we went to a Chinese grocery store to get some of the ingredients. Today the boys and I made paper lanterns to hang around the kitchen, and we will have a big heart shaped cookie for dessert tonight. I plan to use some of the dishes and recipes that my parents used when I was growing up. My mom and dad loved to get into the kitchen together to make big Chinese dinners, so I guess Mike and I are carrying on that tradition. We also went to the Chinese New Year celebration last weekend for adoptive families and students from our local university. We met a graduate student who would like to help us when we are finally home from China with Anna Grace. Her parents still live in China, so I think she will be able to help with any language barriers that we might have in the first few weeks home.
There is no "news" on the adoption yet, other than we seem to be getting very close. We have no idea how close we are to getting "the call," but we are very hopeful that it will come soon. Anna Grace's bedroom is coming along nicely. Mike made a beautiful cabinet to store her toys, and he also made an adorable doll house. He still wants to build a table for tea parties, and I have several more little projects in mind that will help to complete the room.
Xin nian yu kuai! Happy Chinese New Year!