This weekend, we had a baby shower for Teresa! Before we got to the official celebrations, we hung out at my brother's house to enjoy company of RJ and Tiff who came up from OC. RJ hadn't been up for awhile, so I think he went a little over board with the libations! But it was so fun to see them both. We had some very deep (and impassioned) talks about Game of Thrones. Hope they can make it up more often!
The next day, we set up the baby shower. I went to pick up some extra decorations and all the balloons that my brother and Teresa pre-ordered (Teresa's friends were supposed to help throw the party, but they bailed at the last minute so my brother stepped in! Very sweet of him.). After I grabbed those items with the help of my dad, we set them up all over the house. We put out a bunch of great food and sweets for everyone, too.
As you can tell, it was pretty much a smorgasbord. Luckily there was a sea of people and babies to eat it! My dad was just crazy about Karisa's twins and Trinh's slightly older baby. 2015 seems like a good year for boys, because Mike Li brought baby Kai as well! And of course Gabe's son, who is already toddling around, came too. At the baby shower, Teresa and my brother had a great idea for everyone to write a little note to Marcus!
I wrote "Marcus, welcome to the world! We can't wait to meet you! <3 Your Favorite Auntie, Jing-Lan. My dad wrote "Marcus, I will be coming from Shanghai for your arrival. - Grand dad" and my mom wrote "Hello Dear Marcus, You're my first xunzi (nephew). I love you dearly. Wish you healthy, intelligent, and successfully! I am excitedly waiting for you to be born! Nai-nai (Granny)" This idea was especially sweet because the Grandparents and elderly relatives also got to write a sweet note to him. I made sure to send these off to Marcus via email (to his own email address provided by his parents!), given that none of these venerable ones have email / know how to use it. I made sure to add a translation, and a little summary (ex: Marcus: Your great-grandpa Hing was so excited when he heard you were conceived that he started shouting with joy and clapping his hands ecstatically. He is so full of love for you and has the best wishes for you. He always keeps you in his thoughts and prayers! Great-grandpa Hing so wants to meet you and hold you, just like he held your daddy when he was a little boy. He thinks you'll grow up to be just as handsome, kind, and accomplished as your dad. Roughly, the Chinese translates to: 'Wishing the Lee's first prince Marcus has a long good life, intelligence and happiness!' Best wishes, Great-grandpa Hing (As transcribed by Auntie Jing-Lan)". From Aunt Shiuh-Hwa, the translation goes something like "Arrival of little Marcus in the year of lamb. Brings the happiest laughter, joy and pride!! Great aunt 序华 Feb. 20， 2015." And from Grandma Lee, "Marcus, Greatest pleasure and joy in the arrival of one-in-million and our family's mist precious child!! Great grandma in happiest moment. February 20, 2015."
And part of the celebration of life was a celebration of Chinese New Year with grandpa Hing. Based on his diagnosis, we aren't sure how long he has, but we are all determined to make it a joyful time full of love from his family. We love you, grandpa! So we all went to a Chinese restaurant (no place to host because our house was full of baby blue decorations), and hung out with my mom's side of the family.
(But what new years is complete without ... more babies?! It seems like everyone is having them, recently.) Happy Chinese New Year! The next time we have one of these, Marcus will be with us! Cheers!