Happy Chinese New Year to every one who celebrates this holiday! We are at the end of day 2 of this 15 day celebration, and it's definitely hectic but so wonderful as we meet up with friends and relatives some of whom we meet only once a year.
Dh is from a large family (he is the youngest of seven siblings) and everyone gathers at our place so it's one big party! On my side of the family, we spend time with my mom's family (my grandma turns 100 this year!) and my dad's family (although my dad has passed nearly thirty years now) which has about eighty of us meeting together every year!
This year one of my cousins who lives in HK brought back from the village my dad's family was from in China, a two volume book with records of his family's ancestors and family tree, starting almost five hundred years ago! I had heard that there was a record but never saw it before! Apparently our ancestor was an official in an imperial court, and the record continues from there! He gave the naming conventions for 23 generations of his sons and grandsons, and it has been faithfully followed, and my dad was the 16th generation, and my brother the 17th generation! I found my dad and mom's names in it, but my brother's name has yet to be updated, whereas mine will never be added because it only records sons. Totally awesome and amazing!
Well, I can't spend too long, so want to show you the boys' birthday layout which I will add to my Project 365 book, which I've decided will just be my 2009 book, so everything goes in it, but I have to be mindful that Shutterfly only makes 100 page books!
Credits: Background paper from Weeds & Wildflowers, and ribbons from Studio MGL
And this is another layout of another outing we had in 2008 -I'm still playing catch up! Credits: Background paper and floral print both from Weeds & Wildflowers
I've put the templates in the store here!
And here's my 365 layout for the next 14 days after the boys' birthday celebrations. I'm liking the graphic style! Don't you? It's just a little hard to find graphic embelishments, I found this beautiful circle set by Tracy Ann Designs but I can't share it with you so have replaced with some similar shapes.
HERE is the template link. Oh and thank you for all your wonderful comments!