Meeting Up With Ngoai

In Vietnamese, “Ngoai” means maternal grandparent. It could be used for both grandpa and grandma. It was one of the words Lily learned to say while we were in California. My parents are absolutely in love with Lily. Unfortunately, she is still a bit hesitant around them since she doesn’t get to spend too much time with them (seeing as how they live in North Carolina and all).

My daddy and Lily

As you can see, Lily gets her big cheeks from me, who got them from my dad. Heh.

My mommy and Lily

Lily wasn’t too sure about my sleeping brother, her Uncle Eddie, and the massive black stuff on his head called hair. She kept staring at him. She even tried poking him to see if he was real!

Lily specifically loves my sister, who resembles me most, and who she’s met most. She was more familiar with my sister and let her hold her from the very beginning.

She also got used to my cousin Linda very quickly as well. I think Lily prefers females over males, at least when it comes to strangers. She seems to warm up towards females more quickly.

Lily was very generous with her kisses. She stole hearts all over the place with her giggles, squeals, laughs, and yelps.

This is Lily giving my cousin Tony (Linda’s big brother) a wet, wet, slobbery kiss:

And of course, wet kisses for her Auntie Sophie:

On July 5, we had a birthday celebration with my side of the family — extended and all. It was a huuuge celebration. Vegetarian food galore, Asians talking over each other, yelling over each other, kids running amok, and Lily had a great time playing with everyone.

In my culture, for a first birthday, the baby gets to pick out from a tray of items her favorite thing (or two). The superstition is that whatever she chooses dictates her personality and her future.

So Lily was given full reign of all the objects…

And she chose…

A red envelope of money, and a camera lens! That means.. what? She’s going to be a rich photographer? A successful artist of some sort? Heh. Well, the traditional practice was fun to watch, anyway.

Then, it was cake time! We sang happy birthday, and my dad had ordered a special eggless ice cream cake for her. She was a bit wired by that time (being that it was waaay past her bedtime and she was overtired), so she couldn’t keep still long enough to blow out the candles and stuff. And she barely had a bite of the cake and then she was off again!

We were very overwhelmed by all the support and love from my side of the family. Lily was also very happy to have gotten all this extra, undivided attention.

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How cute!!! Miss Lily looked like she had a great time with your family. Happy Birthday Lily!!

Yup. She looks so happy! Belated Happy Birthday Lily! :-)

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