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  1. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    February 11, 2013

    I’m the same way. Growing up all of our extended family was around. We only saw each other maybe 8 times a year but we were close. My brothers and I are all over so we never see each other. It’s sad but none of us are moving any time soon to change it.

    Enjoy the rest of your time together!
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  2. maria @ lift love life
    February 11, 2013

    We didn’t grow up with a big family since we were raised overseas. But when we got to Korea we got to see our cousins and extended family a lot so it was so much fun celebrating the lunar new year together with them! And seriously Christine, what an adorable freaking family you have! Happy new year!
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    • admin
      February 21, 2013

      aww, thanks Maria! It’s really fun and cute to see all the little people gathered together and playing together.

  3. Mama Melch
    February 11, 2013

    We have just moved closer to our families, and it is soo nice that our kids get to hang out often now finally. I didn’t grow up near extended family, so this is a whole new experience for me. Thanks for sharing your beautiful memories.
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    • admin
      February 21, 2013

      Thank you for sharing yours! It is a special experience to grow up near family I think and I am extremely grateful that I was able to and my kids can too (while we’re far from family in California, we do live near other family).

  4. Pavement Runner
    February 11, 2013

    Perfect. I loved getting the red envelopes from my mom. I understand it more now. I’m glad you are sharing tradition with the fam. Hope you are enjoying the time here. Are you still going to be in town for the parade? (2/23)
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    • admin
      February 13, 2013

      We’re not – we leave that morning. I’m kind of bummed because we missed the parade in NYC too. Everybody loves the red envelopes!

  5. Michelle
    February 11, 2013

    I have no real cousins (only the fake kind), but boy did we make memories. I still laugh thinking about some our antics. And, we all still get together anytime we are in town. It is so much fun to watch our little ones play and have fun together. We may not have the blood bond, but we’re bonded like blood.

    I’m glad you had a great trip!
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    • admin
      February 21, 2013

      Love that – may not have the blood bond but we’re bonded like blood << the best kind of bond.

  6. Heather (Where’s the Beach)
    February 11, 2013

    I don’t have a big family, but did grow up with my cousins. We’re really close. They did live about 4 hrs away, but visited often. So glad you had a wonderful, family-filled weekend!
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  7. misszippy
    February 11, 2013

    What a great weekend for you all! Great for the kids to spend time with cousins and be immersed in tradition. So glad you got out and got to enjoy it all.

    I live a few states away from family and do wish my kids had more time with their cousins/aunts/uncles/grandparents. However, we’re not moving there (Ohio) and I don’t suppose they’re coming here, so it will remain the occasional get together.
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  8. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    February 11, 2013

    What great memories for your kids! I sometimes have that same guilt about being so far from cousins and grandparents, and wonder if L is missing out. But that seems to be the norm these days, with everyone going where the jobs are and moving around. Makes the times when you do get together extra special!
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    • admin
      February 21, 2013

      It’s true – it does make those times together feel more special.

  9. Danielle @ I Eat Therefore I Run
    February 11, 2013

    Cousins are your first friends, and my sister and I have always been close to our cousins.

    I love that your son was reading a book instead of playing on an electronic device, and that food looks amazing!
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  10. heidi @bananabuzzbomb
    February 11, 2013

    Love that you traveled to california for the Chinese New Year to visit family. I have a pretty large family (close to 30 first cousins on one side) and love that I was brought up with such a large family that I consider close. I’m a very lucky girl. Happy new year!

    • admin
      February 21, 2013

      Definitely know what you mean about feeling lucky to have a big family. It’s a gift for sure. And watching the little ones together and seeing them bond is pretty incredible

  11. Sara @ fitcupcaker
    February 11, 2013

    so cute :) I dont come from a big family, but that is ok with me…we all are pretty close because of this I think :)
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  12. Kristen
    February 11, 2013

    Mine wasn’t a big family but I was really close with one of my cousins. She and I had so much fun together. She was the closest thing I had to a sister. Then we moved and yadda, yadda…we lost that closeness.

    I love that you are doing your best to give your boys that closeness even being on opposite coasts! Also, how darn cute are your boys?! I can’t stand it!
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    • admin
      February 21, 2013

      I do remember my relationship with my cousins as being super special when I was growing up. But like you, people moved and things changed and we lost touch. It’s funny but after all these years I’m reconnecting with some cousins through FB and it’s been great to get to know each other again.

  13. katie
    February 11, 2013

    Love this! Hopefully the kids will all grow up to be close. I am the second oldest cousin of 15 on my mom’s side and while we are all older now, we still connect with each other and got to spend Christmas together which was a blessing.

    How about the timing of your trip too? No Nemo for you! ;)
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    • admin
      February 21, 2013

      OMG I am SO thankful about the timing of our trip!

  14. Kim@Co-Pilot Mom
    February 11, 2013

    Sounds like such a wonderful weekend! Celebrating traditions and creating new memories together with family are always the best of times.
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  15. Alison
    February 12, 2013

    Chinese New Year when I was a kid? I loved it. I have many cousins and we would all gather at my grandmother’s house for the reunion dinner, then the next day where red packets would be exchanged, and the highlight of our day would be the lion dance.

    Sadly, CNY is not the same anymore. My dad tries to uphold some tradition – but reunion dinners are held at packed restaurants. The first day, my parents host a lunch at their house, and it’s chaos. I didn’t go back this year, the stress of driving with 2 kids on what would be jam packed roads put me off. Instead, we enjoyed the rare quiet of KL city!

    Kong Hei Fatt Choy!
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    • admin
      February 21, 2013

      When we come out to California for Chinese New Year, I feel like it’s the same or similar in terms of celebration and family gatherings as when I grew up. But if we’re home in NYC, it’s definitely different and not as special for some reason. Maybe it’s the packed restaurants but I’m not sure why. A quiet day sounds MUCH better than being stuck in a car with 2 kids!

      Gung Hay Fat Choi to you too Alison!

  16. lindsay
    February 12, 2013

    i think it’s so important to grow up around extended family. We did! i have about 40 cousins, no joke! and I adore getting together with all them! Love that you got away.
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    • admin
      February 21, 2013

      That’s a lot of cousins!!

  17. Natalie
    February 12, 2013

    We were a military family so I didn’t grow up near my extended family. Now that I am older and have children of my own, we are a lot closer and visit more often.

    Great pics and all that food looks delicious!!
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  18. Danica Martin
    February 12, 2013

    I too have such fond memories of playing with my large group of cousins while growing up. I am glad my daughter lives near her cousins so she gets similar experiences, at times she even calls them her sisters. :) Danica
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  19. Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail)
    February 12, 2013

    UMMM You have the most beautiful family EVER!! Love all of these pics! SO ADORABLE!
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    • admin
      February 21, 2013

      Awww, thanks Krysten!

  20. Lisa @ RunWiki
    February 12, 2013

    It looks like you had an amazing time! The only bad thing must have been leaving :( . I love Chinese New Year! I know, I know, stupid white chick knows nothing, but I love the traditions, the symbols, these are the things that get me through my life, small tokens to remind me to stay centered, you know what I mean? I love family gatherings and celebrating new beginnings. Plus, my ex-husband (did I just say that out loud? ehh) anyway, he is still one of my best friends and happens to be Vietnamese, he and his family always would say, still do, that I am more Asian than some of the Asian/American girls, I’m not sure exactly what they mean, but I am so very flattered that they think that. :) In what Chinese year were you born (animal) ?
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    • admin
      February 21, 2013

      ohmygoodness love you and this comment! You are absolutely right that the traditions and the symbols help us to stay centered (even in my family drives me crazy sometimes!).

  21. Jess
    February 12, 2013

    We didn’t grow up with our cousins close, but I always wished we had because I always loved to see them! Your family is so adorable! It is nice you all got together for Chinese New Years.
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  22. Sarah @RunFarGirl
    February 12, 2013

    I only had two cousins growing up and the lived in CO. We rarely saw them, so at holiday gatherings it was just my brother, sisters and I. Now we are all married and starting to have kids: my son and daughter have two cousins (making four all under the age of three) and more to follow I’m sure. I love that they will get to have the experience of a big family that I never had.
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  23. ilene
    February 13, 2013

    Yay! So happy you made it out there despite the snow! And while I do not have a big family, I love it when my kids get together with their cousin/my niece. It’s such an important part of their extended family.
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  24. Greta @gfunkified
    February 13, 2013

    I LOVE these pictures! That food looks amazing. YUM. I did grow up with a lot of cousins, and my kids are, too. I’m lucky enough to live within 20 minutes of all of my nieces and nephews. It looks like you had a great trip!
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    • admin
      February 21, 2013

      That’s so great that you live close to your nieces and nephews! It’s been fun hanging around the kids and watching their relationship develop with each other.

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