Friday, October 3, 2008

Our Special Day was That and More!

Our special celebration was complete with presents, food, and fun! At home, I laid out two trails of paper ladybugs that lead Kayli to her gifts. She loved this fun game. At the end of one trail she found her special gift from China, a tiny beaded ladybug purse with 4 quarters inside. (We love to save quarters for the small merry-go-round at the grocery store) At the end of the other trail Kayli found her “All American gift” which was a Dora the Explorer DVD. Woohoo! I decided that each year on this day I am going to give Kayli one gift from her birth homeland, China, and one “All American” gift representing her forever home, America. I am also going to buy one book that offers some insight into Kayli’s Chinese cultural heritage. This year, that book was called A SINGLE RED THREAD. This is a very cute book about a baby and her “baby friends” leaving behind the Nannies and orphanage life in China to start a new life in America with their very own Mommies and Daddies and Grandparents and Cousins.
Kayli’s Aunt Suzanne, who went to China with me and recorded the momentous occasion of Kayli meeting her new mama by simultaneously running a camcorder in one hand and a digital camera in the other, joined us for dinner. We went to our favorite place, Chen’s Chinese Super Buffet. Kayli and I just LOVE that place! Kayli loves the noodles and the Ice Cream. I love the crab rangoon and the duck with peanut sauce, Mmmm! We always love “cracking open” our fortune cookies and reading our fortunes at the end of dinner. AND, don’t forget throwing coins in the magic fountain, in the lobby on our way in and out. After some coaching, Kayli throws the coin and says “ Wish my Mom win the lottery!” Yes, that took a little training.
Aunt Suzanne was also the “Hero that saved the day”, with not only one, but two new rubber frogs for Kayli! I picked up one of the frogs and was showing Kayli “a trick” I could make the frog perform, by holding each leg and spinning him. Kayli said “Mom, don’t do that. You pull his leg off!” Oh, yeah, your right, like the frog that was dismembered a few nights ago, while “someone” should have been sleeping. Glad to know we can count that as a learning experience.
So, with frogs, fun, food, and a totally festive night behind us, we can't wait until the next big celebration!

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