Whether it was a good year or a bad year, 2012 is almost over. Here are some highlights of my year.
The year started off on high note, that’s for sure. In the span of four days in mid-January, I booked a ticket to Hong Kong (first time to return since I left my expat life there 14 years earlier) and signed with an amazing literary agent after a four-year search. Cathay Pacific sent me this cute stuffed animal to celebrate their special Year of the Dragon airfares.
My mother started her year traveling to Africa. In February, the kids received postcards from her. Here’s a stamp from Senegal, one of the countries she visited.
My daughter Rachel celebrated her 5th birthday in early March. For her actual birthday, she asked to go out for dim sum. Here she is, crown and all.
My oldest son Jake finished middle school. In May, after months of hard work, he also finished this Chinese-style quilt. He also did well in his academic subjects, but they won’t keep me warm during our Chicago winters. Ha ha.
Jake graduated from middle school at the local high school, where he started in August. Here I am with my youngest, Martin, after the graduation.
My age–or disorganization–showed one Sunday afternoon when I took the family to Chinatown for the dragon boat races. The only problem was that we had missed it by a day. The park was empty, so the kids played for a while before we headed back home.
We headed back to Chinatown for dim sum and to buy mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival in September. The kids ate all the mooncakes before the end of August.
For the first time ever, all three kids are in school. To celebrate, I bought them a dragon fruit, something I ate in Hong Kong on my trip in April.
Time for another vacation! You’d think I did this often. My husband’s two sisters and I headed north to Montreal for five days. As luck would have it, the botanical gardens had a Chinese lantern fest in October. Year of the Dragon!
I took my son Jake to the opening night of the Hong Kong Film Fest in Chicago. It was so much fun and what a treat! I returned with a good friend the following month for the closing night. Another fabulous night out.
My sisters-in-law (the same ones I went to Montreal with) and I and my two youngest kids went to the Peninsula for lunch in early December. Here I am with Rachel after a trip to their posh bathroom (and the gift shop).
A happy and healthy 2013! May the new year bring joy and peace to us all.