Each year, I look forward to celebrating Chinese New Year and teaching the girls about the lunar calendar and some of the traditions and customs involved in celebrating. This year, we didn’t get to celebrate the way I wanted to (with crafts, homemade shrimp fried rice, and dollar-filled shiny red envelopes), but we did make it down to the Children’s Museum of Houston for their festivities. We “enjoyed” live entertainment (and I use the word “enjoyed” very lightly, as much of it was rather boring!). When the lion dancers came on stage to the loud drum beats, though, things quickly livened up! Jasmine wasn’t sure what to make of the lions as they came down the aisle on our side, but she was definitely curious and interested.
We spent the rest of our time at the museum pretending to be news reporters, pretending to be chefs in the cafe, rock climbing, eating popsicles and popcorn, and just enjoying each other’s company. Olivia’s friend from church was able to join us. During “R’s” visit, the girls made hair chalk, experimented with growing sugar crystals, line danced, and sang songs on the mic system Olivia got for Christmas. It was a fun weekend!