Saturday, February 14, 2009

Feb. 14

We had a wonderful day today. Earlier in the day, we went with Jill, Adam, and Micah to see Fresno's Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown. I have no idea why the parade was held today since New Year's was on Jan. 26. Anyhow, for those of you who don't live in Fresno (actually, many who do live Fresno don't even know there's a Chinatown), it's not anything remotely close to what you'd expect. While Fresno's Chinatown is in the early stages of revitalization, they have a looooong ways to go. There are only a handful of businesses and they pretty much only take up about a block. Anyway, it was something new and different to try, and we were happy to spend time together and with the Lees. We thought it was a perfect occasion for Grace to wear an ao dai (traditional Vietnamese outfit) and for Jeremy to wear his. Adam got Grace the ao dai during his travels years ago, and Jeremy got his from Di Dao (my sister). Micah also celebrated with his own outfit! The kids got many compliments. There wasn't much to the parade (it wasn't very long, either), but the highlight was definitely seeing the lion dancers. Afterwards, we walked around and found a carnival ride for Grace to go on. We decided to eat lunch at the Central Fish Company, and since there was no room to eat inside, sat ourselves down and made ourselves comfortable right on the sidewalk!
Both kids enjoyed long naps when we got home. Jason's mom volunteered to watch the kids for us this evening so we could enjoy a Valentine's Day date. We couldn't have asked for a better day!
Happy Valentine's Day!
These pictures were taken a few weeks ago in celebration of the New Year (forgot to post them). Here is Grace in another ao dai (from Di Dao).


kc said...

Your Valentine's Day looks fun too! I didn't even know there was a Chinese parade downtown...will have to take our little guy one of these years!

Lomeliclan said...

I knew there was a Chinatown because I saw it on a ride-a-long many years ago. I haven't ever seen it in daylight. How great was your day? That sounds like the perfect day!

Jamie said...

I so wish I'd know about the New Year celebration downtown. Audrey would have LOVED seeing it since her class learned a lion dance for New Year. Maybe next year! And you kitchen pictures look so exciting! It's gonna be so nice and open!

Lisa said...

Adorable outfits! The kids look sooo cute!