We had a great Moon Festival weekend. Lots of family fun, a great party which culminated in an epic pillow fight, many homemade mooncakes and as the perfect ending, taking our lanterns to the beach to watch the super moon/blood moon lunar eclipse Sunday night. Both girls loved dressing up in their ao dais, but Vivian was mad and didn't want her picture taken as we were leaving for the party because she wanted to jump on the trampoline. I did manage to get a few shots though, despite Vivi's non-cooperation. Adeline knows she looks beautiful in an ao dai and she really wanted her picture taken and she wanted it to be a nice picture of sisters hugging or holding hands and Viv would have NONE OF IT and started to cry the second Adeline got too close. She wanted everyone to know she wasn't happy about the no-trampoline thing.
The party was a lot of fun and our homemade mooncakes were very appreciated! Adeline will tell you that absolutely the best part of moon festival this year was the pillow fight! Once it got dark we all walked down to a lantern festival taking place in a nearby park. Adeline had the best view of the lion dance from up on her Daddy's shoulders.
That night Vivian was up until 10:15 and Adeline until after midnight, so the next day we were all feeling kind of low and slow. Even though it meant another later night, we wanted to keep our tradition of going to the beach to make our wishes to the harvest moon. Of course, this being not only the harvest moon, but a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event, the beach was packed which made it less of a quiet, reflective family time and more of a party. The blood moon was less impressive to the littles, but I thought it was a very cool thing to see. I guess when you're young so many things in the world are new to you that it's just one more new thing, but to us, we've never seen the moon look like that before, so it's fascinating.