and Chinese New Year begins….

Warning….lots of photos in this post. Too many good ones to share.  ðŸ˜ƒðŸ˜ƒ

I love this time of year with Chinese lanterns hanging everywhere. It is so beautiful and festive and we get to add it to our list of family celebrations. How lucky are we?! The girls get 1.5 weeks off school and work is slow for Glenn because the country really shuts down and almost everyone goes home to their family. We’re having another staycaytion in Shanghai and are so looking forward to it.
Our weekend started out with a CNY celebration at the girls school – YCIS Hongqiao. I just LOVE this school and the education and experiences our girls are getting there. It truly is incredible. And this event was so well put together and a perfect way to kick off CNY. 
Here are some pictures of our day. 

Then we went to another one of my favourite places, the Hongqiao bird and flower market, to buy more CNY decorations. I love how everything has meaning and that J & G are teaching us what they are learning in school. Their Chinese study classes are always so interesting. I’m going to do a series of videos of the girls explaing all the meanings this coming week. On Tuesday, I am attending an event for YCIS parents to learn about the different traditions of CNY. I can’t wait for that! 
Here are some photos from the flower market. 

The flower market is another place that brings me peace in this crazy busy city. I love puttering around there. The people are lovely and are so tolerant and warm when I speak my “Caveman Chinese” to them. 😂😂 

Tonight we are hosting Glenn’s staff for supper at our house for a CNY celebration. We have ordered hot pot. My first time to try it. 

I’ll post about that tomorrow. 

Have a beautiful weekend. 

Only joy, only love,



4 thoughts on “and Chinese New Year begins….

  1. What a fun time of the year for a staycation in China. Can’t wait to hear about the hot pot, yumm. We are planning a feast in honour of all y’all and sriracha 🐔 Enjoy the festivities!


    1. The hot pot was awesome!!! Such a cool way to spend an evening. We had a beautiful night. xo

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  2. Can’t wait to have y’all here with us sometime in the near future. 😃😘

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  3. Love all the photos! And your two cuties are adorable xoxo.


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