Happy Chinese New Year! Natalie and I celebrated with friends at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. Over 99% of the people there were of Chinese ethnicity and were speaking Chinese. It was a very special event with lots of yummy food and great entertainment. Natalie enjoyed spending time with 2 girls who are in her kindergarten class at school and making a new friend. The new friend is the little girl in the white sweater below. We ran into her the following weekend during Natalie’s first ice skating session. That sweet girl spent over an hour and a half assisting Natalie (who was very wobbly on her ice skates) around the rink.
On the 100th day of school students were asked to dress like they were 100 years old. This was Natalie’s interpretation.
Also in February, Katie and I accompanied Natalie on her first visit to a nursing home. It was a place Katie and I had visited probably over 50 times in the past, and I finally felt like Natalie was old enough to go with us. I’m so used to Katie and Louie getting tons of attention during these therapy dog visits. This visit was especially interesting and fun since I had not one but two gorgeous girls with me. The residents seemed to split their attention pretty equally between my precious daughter, Natalie and my gentle giant Newfoundland, Katie. Both girls were on their best behavior and brightened up so many people’s day during our 2 hour visit. Natalie acted as my little ambassador knocking on doors and checking to see who might be interested in visiting with her large dog friend. The lady below was so happy to meet Natalie and asked if she could give her a hug. It was one of the sweetest moments I have ever witnessed. I love seeing Natalie’s little arm around the lady’s neck in the second picture and the lady’s hands on Nat’s back.
Valentine’s Party at Natalie’s school
Wildwood Lantern Festival
It was our first time to attend the annual lantern festival at Wildwood. It was a beautiful celebration of cultures from all over the world. Natalie put a floating lantern into the pond near the Greek exhibit. We ate lots of delicious food and played traditional games from several different countries.