Sunday, February 1, 2009

New Year Celebration

Warning: Lots of pics! : )

On Saturday, we went to Atlantic City for a celebration of the Chinese New Year. It was about a 2 hour drive for us, but SO worth the ride! They had the ballrooms at Caesar's and Balley's converted into mini China towns with decorations, music, vendors and performances filling the rooms...it was truly spectacular. We have to find out if this is something they do annually, because we will definitely go back next year, but will probably spend the night there next time.


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They started the celebrations with the Dragon Dance and Lion Dancers! They moved quickly with their dancing, so it was hard to catch pictures.
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The afternoon was filled with performances of every type of traditional Chinese performances/arts that you could imagine...and then some! These are just a few of what we saw. We had to leave by 6, but there were supposed to be even more amazing shows coming at 6 and 9 p.m. I would have loved to stay for those, but Sophie's limit was well reached by that time. All of the performances we did see...and it was a lot...were just spectacular!
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Cute little dragon puppet that we bought for the girls!
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This cute little guy loved Ella and kept wanting to play dragon with her!
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This is a paper cutting that they made for Ella....no charge! Actually...the whole day was free. No admission charge and no charges for the performances...how cool is that?!
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Thanks Peeps, for indulging my Mommy and looking at all our pictures!!!
Happy New Year! : )
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38 comments:

my3 kids said...

Michelle..what a beautiful evening it looks like you all had. The girls look so cute. Love all the pictures. Happy New Year again my friend. Hugs. Love Janice

Suzy said...

Wow! I hope it will be an annual event as I'd love to attend some day.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

OMW... HOW BEAUTIFUL...
That is really amazing..
Glad you got to go.. hope they have it every year..the girls are toooo cute..
Have a great Sunday..
Love ya girly..
Hugs..

Sherri said...

That is fantastic! We had a small FCC event here in our town, and there's a traveling Chinese acrobat troupe coming here next weekend. Tickets are horribly expensive, so we can't go. How lucky that your event was free!

The girls look beautiful as always. I have to laugh now when I see a picture of Sophie after you described teaching her to smile for pictures. I really need to do that with Mia.

I hope today's a good day at your house!

sherri

Heather said...

What an awesome celebration - & free! Wow! Looks like you all had a great time. Glad you could enjoy the day.

Love all of the pictures. Your girls are just darling!

Waiting for Mia Hope! said...

Wow!! How did you find this place? What an amazing way to celebrate the CNY!!! Great pics!!!
The girls looks beautiful as always!

Love,
Robin

Michelle said...

What a blast! We hope to attend something like this next year!

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

Beautiful photos!!

Kristin said...

What a wonderful experience! So glad you were able to enjoy the festivities together. :-)

sara said...

I loved ALL of the pictures!! What a great celebration :) happy Chinese New Year!

GGAdventures said...

The pictures are AMAZING! Looks like so much fun. And of course the girls are adorable!

Happy CNY!

mommy24treasures said...

wow Michelle what an awesome trip!

a Tonggu Momma said...

I had no idea they did this! What a great event.

a Tonggu Momma said...

I had no idea they did this! What a great event.

Missy said...

What an AWESOME CNY! WOW! I can't believe it was all free. I would do that year after year if I were you guys. I love the people on stilts. The girls looked just beautiful! : )

Jo in Aust said...

WOW - What a terrific event! Our Chinatown was running an event but it was TOO HOT to think about going, but if it was something like this one I would go regardless!

Mom To Six said...

Michelle,

What an AMAZING CNY!!! WOW! I am so impressed. I loved the pictures. The girls look beautiful, as always.

Thank you for sharing. I so wish we could trade places to live, even for just a month in the winter! :)

Hugs,

Ohilda

Meredith Teagarden said...

FABULOUS!!! Visual feat for the eyes. I never knew how lovely that would be!

delucchi family said...

Wow,your photos really capture the lovely day!!The photos of your kids are fantastic, they look adorable in their Chinese clothes.
England has 2inches of snow today and everything comes to a stop!! I have all my kids home today and we are inder the duvet watching movies.
Love Jules
xxx

The Byrd's Nest said...

Wow! These are great...I don't think I have ever seen one so beautiful. AND FREE?? Awesome!

The girls look adorable.

Lottie would have been scared to death of the dragons and all of the people:(

Steffie B. said...

my goodness.....that was quite a celebration.....great pictures.... ;)

OH MY #6 said...

it looks fabulous. And the girls looks so cute.

Lea
xo

Colleen said...

How wonderful!!!! The photos are beautiful. Looks like a perfect celebration and you can't beat free!!! Our town is having a CNY celebration and we had to pay $25 a ticket!
The girls look very relaxed and like they are having lots of fun. Just precious in their outfits.

The Princess's Mommy said...

Wow! That looks like an amazing celebration! I wish we had something like that around here!

Glad you went and had a good time! The pictures are great!

Love,
Monica

Nancy Lee said...

Really cool photos!!! We still haven't connected with any groups here in FL yet, hopfully soon, but I still don't want to take your son in law out in public. Bekah asked if we could have Sophie and you can have Jake. Crazy girl! Nancy

jennifer said...

That is amazing! What a great way to spend the day! I love all the pictures.

Jennifer said...

WOW! I am disappointed that we missed this. I wonder if they have it every year? We will have to go next year. Free~you can't beat that!

Love all your pictures.

Jen

Anonymous said...

HI, Michelle!!!! How beautiful your daughters are!!!!! What bright and colorful pictures you took of the C.N.Y. Celebration! Wow!!!!! How amazing!!!!! Can't wait to be there someday, too! Maria would just love it, too! From the photos it looks like you were back in China again, but at Holiday Time!!!
Love, Maria XO

Colleen said...

These pictures are fantastic!!!! How beautiful!!! The girls look adorable!!!

Jewels of My Heart said...

WOW! What a wonderful celebration. It looks like so much fun. thank you for sharing the pics so we could be there too. lol
The first pic of Sophie and Ella just about made me cry.... Sophie looks radient! She is blossoming before our eyes.... THANK YOU JESUS!
Love,
Daleea

Heather said...

Oh my, Michelle - we are only about an hour and a half from AC, maybe this is something we will do moving forward as well!! Your family is gorgeous!!

Heather

Ivy said...

HI Michelle,
Just trying to catch up with blogging!

I can't believe WE DIDN'T GO TO AC WITH YOU!
This show is incredible and so beautiful with the costumes, dancing and other performances.

Ella and Sophia are darling in their traditional Chinese outfits! Those smiles get me:))

Sure looks like a good time. Hope you have a great Year of the OX 2009

Hugs,

Ivy

Michelle said...

WOW!! What an amazing CNY celebration. I think we need to have a bloggy "union" (no re- yet) there next year! You had me at the vendors. I would have been happy with that, but it looks like there were some spectacular performances.

I just love the pictures of Sophie and Ella together. What beautiful sisters!!

bbmomof2boys said...

wow!! What a great time you had and how wonderful that there was no charge! We celebrated CNY by going out to diner and having the waitress keep exclaiming how lucky Little T was...

Hugs,
Carla

Tiffany said...

That looks like a GREAT celebration!
Love all the photos as well! Fabulous!

Shawnstribe said...

WOW Michelle, what a fantastic party!!!!!
i wish we could have joined you
xxx
s

AZMom said...

LOVE all the pictures!!! That looks like soo much fun!

Andrea Nielsen said...

Oh how I wish we lived closer! Lillie would have enjoyed the day, mommy would have LOVED it. If it is an every year thing, maybe it can be a goal for us to do someday. thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. The girls look precious!
Andrea

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