Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Mia by the light of the moon!
I tried so hard to get a good photo,
but my girl would NOT stand still!
Honestly, as we were outside viewing this very bright moon, all the kids wanted to do was go inside and eat the mooncakes! I warned them that the "cakes" do not really taste like our American version of a cake!
Can you see the anticipation?!
Mia really enjoyed them!
We bought black bean and lotus seed filled mooncakes. They are very heavy (to hold and once in your stomach!) and the boys were not too impressed. The black bean mooncakes had a more "familiar" taste to them than the lotus seed. We each had a few bites and then I shared mine with a "hungry" golden retriever:
Yes, she gobbled it up!
"I'll have the rest!"
This is our first year celebrating under the moon ~ even though we were home from China with Mia last year. You see, we were still adjusting as a family and then my big boy fell and broke his arm! It was a crazy time and the last thing I thought to do was order some mooncakes. I'm glad we could gather as a family under this cloudy, yet bright moon. We are all together :)
HAPPY AUTUMN MOON!
"Autumn Moon Festival, literally ‘Mid-Autumn Festival’, or the Birthday of the Moon is a time to have the family together, eat a festive meal including moon cakes, and enjoy the moonlight. Children & adults carry paper lanterns and climb hills to get a good view of the full moon. They give thanks to the bright, silvery moon of the eighth lunar month. Some call it a “Chinese Thanksgiving”.
Mooncakes are round like the moon. The round shape is a symbol for togetherness and harmony. Made of flaked pastry, they often have egg yolks in the center, to represent the moon, and sweet fillings of red bean paste, lotus seed paste, coconut or nuts. The sweetness of them represents good fortune or good harvest.
On the evening of the Autumn Moon Festival, people carrying paper lanterns climb hills and mountains to get a good view of the full moon. They give thanks to the bright, silvery moon of the eighth lunar month."
Sunday, September 14, 2008
HAPPY AUTUMN MOON EVERYONE! We are (sort of ) excited to try out our moon cakes tonight ~ I say sort of because I hear they are . . . interesting! Wish us luck!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
We were at our local wholesale food "club" and while the husband checked out I brought the kids over to get a drink. While waiting on a line, a woman standing across from us (selling roofing) walked over while Mia was "dancing" and spinning and jumping around. She said she just had to come over and say how lovely Mia is and how she really seems to have talent. Awww, I was beaming and soooo proud. Then, she said she had been a dancer and a performer and traveled all over for shows ~ she knew talent when she saw it. I told her how Mia would be starting dance class in a few days and she was thrilled. She said so many parents didn't recognize talent in their children and it was wonderful that I did!
So, after getting drinks and meeting up with the husband and packing everything into the car, we drove off. As we were driving I told Ed about our encounter with this woman and all the encouraging comments she made ~ what does he say? "And this is what she's doing now?!!" Well, he did have a point, totally busted my bubble and brought me out of my "fantasyland". Thanks honey!
I do think she has talent though - like any good mommy would :)
On to our first dance class - not a mommy and me dance class - I was skeptical; however she did really well....
This was her expression for
the entire class :)
but perfect subject!
Sunday, September 07, 2008
"Where do I start?" Alittle help from daddy.
Anthony climbs for the high ones!Mia fits right in with our "monkeys",