Xin Nian Kuai Le

by Ted-

Xin Nian Kuai Le!!  Happy New Year!!

We might live in a little town, but our town goes all out for Chinese New Year.    Well…at least we like to think so.  Actually, it is their winter Sleigh and Cutter Festival, but for us it was perfectly timed to land on Chinese New Year’s Eve.

We started off the day by heading downtown to watch the parade of horses and sleighs.  Quinn and Jenna loved it.  It was cold outside in the wind today, so we parked along the side of the parade route like many others.  With the heat blasting in the van, the girls hung out the window to wave at all the passing horses.  A couple of horses even came up close to the van to let the girls pet them.  But when the girls saw them coming they got scared and would quickly climb back inside where it was safe.

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Later in the afternoon while the girls napped, Luke, Ryan and I headed over to Clear Lake to watch snowmobile racing and curling.  I honestly can’t say either of the boys were terribly impressed with the curling.  Oh well…maybe next year…

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But the snowmobiles were another matter.  They were fast!  And anything that goes fast has got to be good, right?  I think I spent most of the afternoon, explaining to Luke and Ryan that these were snowmobiles and not jet skies.  Perhaps, I need to get us all out a little more often.  We do live in Minnesota after all.

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The snowmobiles were very…very…very loud.  But surprisingly, that didn’t bother Ryan today.  He was still begging to stay and watch more, even after I was cold and ready to go home.

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When the girls woke up, we made one more stop for the day over at the ice sculptures.   My two little darlings had quite the time walking through the tunnel, posing as Eskimos, hugging the bear, and sitting on the ice throne.

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But before we knew it, it was time to head home for the real event of the evening.  Our Chinese new year eve’s feast.  Michele cooked up some amazing Chinese dishes complete with a snake cake.  It will be the year of the Snake in China after all.

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Unfortunately, there was frosting left over when the cake was completed.  Thankfully, Luke has learned the best way to dispose of left over frosting.

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Our neighbors (the Sorenson’s, Grandma Gerry, and Grandpa Joe) along with Grandma Janett all stopped by to enjoy Michele’s feast and try out some chops sticks.  I think everyone went home very full – at least I know I was.

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Overall, it turned out to be a very successful first Chinese New Year’s eve.  Xin Nian Kuai Le!!

To hear how “Xin Nian Kuai Le” is pronounced go to


About tochinaandbackagain

I am a stay at home mom to two very active boys and soon we will bring home two Chinese twin girls with cleft lip and palate issues. I spend my day trying to be the best parent and wife I can be with God leading the way.
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One Response to Xin Nian Kuai Le

  1. Sue Coy says:

    It is so neat to see how you all work together as a team with these little ones. I know God is the head of your home. Thank you for sharing with all of us the joy you are feeling raising these four precious children. May God Bless you all. Love, Sue

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