Year of the Ram

We went looking for noodles and inadvertently ran into dragons instead. Well, they looked like dragons anyway, but once I looked it up, I found out they were lions. As part of the ongoing Chinese New Year celebrations, lion dance troupes perform in the streets of Chinatown. The colorful lions visit businesses and they are greeted with money offerings in red envelopes as a symbol of good luck in the upcoming year.

Henry was a bit frightened of the lions up close, but from the window of the restaurant, he found them intriguing. We had never been to the Nom Wah Tea Parlor, but it is a Chinatown staple and the dim sum really hit the spot since it is still pretty cold here.

Henry’s New Year’s Eve

Mark, Henry and I traveled uptown to Central Park for New Year’s Eve. I have always wanted to run the Annual Emerald Nuts Midnight Run that takes place on New Year’s Eve. This year seemed like a good time to add to the new adventures list: have a baby, run at midnight!

We met our friends, Cara, Aaron and their daughter, Sierra (plus a few of their friends) on the Upper West Side before the race and headed down to the start line a little before 12 a.m. Mark carried Henry in the Ergo carrier while I ran the race. There were fireworks which Henry took in stride and he mostly slept through the cold and loud music at the park.