Last year we were a couple months in to the adoption process when we celebrated Chinese New Year for the first time. We had a couple books we read, did a couple crafts and found some recipes to try. I remember thinking about how surreal it seemed that just one year later there could be a little boy from China sitting at our table, making us a family of six.
We had so much fun celebrating Chinese New Year with other families who have adopted little ones from China but Alexa said to me a week or so later. "Mom, do you think we could have a Chinese New Year dinner like we did last year!" "Of course we can celebrate Chinese New Year as a family" quickly came out of my mouth!
The girls had fun making these paper art bunnies to decorate the window.
The kids loved making lanterns last year so we made those again too!
The table was set with tea cups, chop sticks and a red envelope! The kids could hardly wait to get done with their meal to see what was in their red envelope.
The had fun getting out their Chinese Dresses and Kung Fu outfits, well at least that is what Shane calls it.
Last year I found an orange chicken recipe that the kids love. This year we added pork dumplings to the menu and our new favorite, Bok Choy and Shrimp. One of our favorite dishes in China was a cabbage and shrimp dish. This recipe is as close as we are going to get I think. Everyone loved it!
The shrimp was Shane's favorite! In China most of the shrimp we had wasn't pealed. So we followed suite and the shrimp turned out wonderful. They were just a little messy to peal.
Max was all over the Chinese New Year food! It felt so amazing to see our little Max sitting at our table with us as we celebrated a special holiday from his country.
Emma finished the meal off with some hot tea!
We can't wait for more Chinese New Year celebrations in the years to come. I am sure we will breaking out the chop sticks and tea cups again soon!