Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Dragons, Dragons, Dragons

Well, Emma's dragon cake led us to some other dragons this year. We celebrated the Chinese New Year with a friend's daughter's birthday, it was a warm day outside in the country. The kids made her kids money envelopes. They live about an hour away, so the kids and I had lunch at a Chinese restaurant on the way there and on the way home! Since we have been sick, we missed the other nearby Chinese New Year celebrations, and I really wanted to take the kids to see the traditional Lion Dance, if we couldn't find a dragon parade to see. We found this awesome group to go see in Murphreesboro, TN. If you have a chance, watch this link Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville Lion Dance Team. This is the team that we saw perform at an amazing Chinese restaurant on Sunday February 10, 2008. They were great and the kids followed then all around the restaurant. They were honored that we had driven all that way to see them. It was a fun adventure. My parents rode up there with us, we had a wonderful lunch, watched the performance and then spent some time at Murfreesboro Children's Musuem, neat place! They have invited to come next year to Nashville where they have a dinner and a special performance, hope we get to go! I forgot the camera the whole day, so i have no photos, but we have wonderful memories. Later in the week we went to the Chinese Students Performance at UAH, which is where these photos are from. There were interesting traditional instruments as well as more modern performances by Chinese Students at the university. May you enjoy the Year of the Rat!
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