Sunday, February 8, 2009

Dim Sum for Everyone...and a Lion Dance too!!

We officially rang in Chinese New Year this afternoon with our dearest adoption friends. We enjoyed Dim Sum and then ventured out into the gloriously warm February afternoon to watch the very loud, very colorful Lion Dance. It was an afternoon well spent...with memories to last a lifetime.





Katie that not the cutest style ever??


Beautiful Mia:


Almost the whole gang...gosh it's hard to get everyone in the same place at the same time...not to mention this was taken in the driveway of a Fire Department...and we had to move quickly out of the way at one point because Philadelphia's finest were called to duty! Very dramatic...and exciting!



One of my favorite shots of the day...a miniature Lion...maneuvered expertly by this little guy!:


And, of course, my sweet girl ready to head out the door in her beautiful Chinese dress...she was thrilled to be dressed up!



Jboo said...

Am so jealous of you all in my favorite big city celebrating!! What a blast! Hope you had some dim sum for me too!


Shelly and Family said...

Oh what a great way....and celebrate! From the photos, I can see that you all had a great weekend!

Felicia said...

What absolutely beautiful images. Such a precious group of children and Miss Lia looks so striking in her Chinese attire.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Looks like you guys had an awesome day!! The kids look so cute....and the pictures are fantastic! Love that last one of Miss Lia:)

We have crossed over from upper respiratory to the flu....tonight Sarah spiked a high fever and began vomiting....I am thinking we are in for a week similar to what you went through last week:(

Chris and Deb said...

What a fun outing! Looks like a great way to celebrate Chinese New Years with friends! Lia looks like so beautiful all decked out for the holiday!

Rachel said...

Looks like a great celebration! What better way to spend it than with your close adoption friends. Your pictures are wonderful (as usual). I love the little boy in your group in his mao jacket!

my3 kids said...

Looks like you had a beautiful and fun day. The girls all look so beautiful. Happy New Year!

Bridget said...

What a perfect day and a perfect way to celebrate! Lia looks just lovely in her pretty dress. what a brood of beauties that you spent the day with. How lucky that you can all celebrate together! Hope you have a great week! Take Care!

- Bridget

Missy said...

What a rocking celebration!!! I wish I lived near a Chinatown. The girls all looked sooo precious. I love Lia in her silk. She is stunning! Glad you all had an amazing time!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Great pictures! Next year we may come up to spend the day with the Fish family. It's much bigger in Philly than it is here, which surprised me. But the rising rents near the MCI Center kind of killed off our China Town.

Kam said...

I looked at these last night and didn't have time to comment. What a fantastic day! You made a ton of wonderful memories and the pics are beautiful...feel like I was right there with ya!

3 Peanuts said...

You know I grew up in the Philly burbs, went to La Salle and never really took advantage of CHina town. It looks GREAT! Love that last shot o Lia:) I am so glad you had a good day and that your angel is better.


Ivy said...

Great photos Kate,
Looks like you all had so much fun!

We couldn't stay for the parade, but's it was definitely worth it for the kids.

Let me know if you have any good photos of Kira!


Ivy said...

Oh I must comment on the photos of beautiful have a way of bringing out her inner beauty as well. It shows in this photo. Stunning!

Love all those photos of the children together! Great job photographing China Town!

It was so much fun!

Glad to see you again.


Anonymous said...

I'll bet the only thing missing from this celebration to match the one we witnessed in China was about three hours worth of continuous, deafening, mind destroying fireworks. So it looked fabulous! What a day! I gotta come next year!
Uncle Joe

Sue said...

That last picture is stunning.

Looks like a great day. You are so forunate to be in a big city and have the chance to do such things...AZ has too many cowboys. ; )


Michelle said...

OK, our CNY celebration in a high school auditorium looks so sad compared to one in Chinatown!! Your photos of the day are great. What a cute little guy in the little lion's head. And I am pretty amazed that you were able to pull off that group photo. What cute kids!! But my favorite has to be the bottom photo of Lia. What a beautiful girl.

Steffie B. said...

what great the group shot.....looks like a wonderful day....

Doug and Terrye said...

What a wonderful gift to have all your friends so close like that! Lia has a beauty that is far deeper than skin just shimmers in her eyes

Terrye in FL

Jen and Jeff said...

Hi, Kate! Just found you on Mireille's site. Looking at your pics and was like, wait a minute...that looks like Philly! We live in Bucks County. Not far at all. Been hoping to find other adoptive moms around here. Shoot me over an email if you'd like and I'll invite you to our private blog. Lia is just beautiful! We are adopting a girl from Thailand...Ruby Kate. She is almost 2 and we are dying to go get her!
All the best,

Laura said...

We had a great time. I love all the pictures. Can't wait for PTM on the 28th. See you soon.


Lucy said...

Beautiful photographs, you really captured the day! Looked like a really fun celebration. Lia looks so pretty in her blue dress, esp. that last photograph, stunning!
Happy CNY!

Kellyann said...

What a fun day! Lia looked adorable as the rest of the kids did in there Chinese outfits.

Jennifer said...

You captured our day perfectly!!!

Love your pictures!!!

It was a great day!!!


Sharon said...

Lovely shots! Really tells the story!

paige said...

what fun!!
she looks so gorgeous
glad you all had such a wonderful time

Rebecca of "China, Baby!" said...

Oh my goodness, how much fun did you guys have!!! The closest Chinatown to us is in Chicago (kind of a hike, wish it wasn't!) And that last picture of Lia is just BREATHTAKINGLY gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!


PS The settings on that bathtime picture you asked about - f1.4, ISO 800, 1/80. That 1.4 lens is so nice for indoor!! There was a window behind the boys, so the wide open aperture blew out the background and made it white.

Amie@HeartSmiles said...

Just beautiful!!! What a way to spend CNY!!!


Casey said...

All those girls are dolls!! So cute! Great shoots too...

Happy Chinese New Year... a bit late :)

Colleen said...

These pictures are awesome!!! I love the group shot!!!!