Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year and Happy 2nd Birthday Mia Lin!

Mia turned 2 years old on Friday, January 28.  Phillip and the boys had planned to go to Hot Springs to see his dad that weekend.  On their way out of town, we took Mia out to dinner in Jonesboro.  We tried a new Italian restaurant that Phillip has insured. It was pretty good!  If we would have had more time, we wanted to take her to a Chinese restaurant...don't you know they would have given her a big birthday celebration?!  We sang her Happy Birthday, gave her a few presents and had some cupcakes and cookies straight from Wal-Mart bakery!  It was a fun family time! 

Something that I said I wanted to do once we got home with Mia was to celebrate Chinese New Year each year.  I'm not sure how we will do it or if it will be the same every year, but this is one way that I feel we can help her understand her culture and remind her of where she came from. 

 This year though we combined it with her birthday, seeing everything has happened so fast and we are all still adjusting to our new life!  We had a few friends and family over to the house for dinner, cake and presents.  Mia was a little overwhelmed by it all, so Blakely and some of the other kids didn't mind giving her a helping hand!

 I would love to someday cook my own Chinese feast, but it just wasn't going to happen this year.  My goal is to find a good Chinese cookbook!  One thing I did want to do for her birthday is let her dive into her own cake.  That is such precious memories we have with our other three children on their first birthdays and I didn't want to miss out on it with Mia.  Who says it has to be their first was her first with her new family! 

She wasn't sure about diving into the cake, which surprised me because she has grown to love sweets...gets that from her Mom and Fordy!  Her sister decided she would show her how it is done! 


  1. You have such a beautiful family, Gretchen! Happy Birthday to your sweet girl!
    Jamie (Hopper) from OBU

  2. Hi Gretchen! It's Donna - Dylan's mom! I was going through some papers and found your blog written's great to see that things with little Mia are going so well :) We're doing well, too, check us out at
    Donna :)