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Friday, August 28, 2015

Travel: Hiking in Big Sur

Tuan and I recently went on our first overnight trip without Parker. It was hard to leave our little man behind but we had such a great time visiting friends and hanging out sans baby. Here are a few pictures from our one night of glamping in Big Sur. 


[This is what it looks like when your husband is annoyed that you keep wanting to stop to take pictures.]




[Buzzard's Roost Trail was a fun hike but the pay off was not worth it. We saw some people struggling through the climb in flip flops which was totally insane.]


[The view from the top of Buzzard's Roost. Whomp whomp.]


[Quite possibly the greatest picture I've ever taken of Tuan. My instructions were to be creepy. He nailed it.]




[After a day of hiking, we started a fire in front of our glamping site and made smores. Glamping under red woods was amazing. I hope we can do it again soon.]


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

DIY: Lego Travel Boxes

Forgive me for this super late post. In preparation for our Cabo trip, I made portable LEGO kits for Parker and Elijah so they would have something fun to play with on the plane. This is an easy project and you can find a full tutorial over on the Mama. Papa. Bubba. blog. Jen's instructions are easy to follow so I'll just share my buy list with you. 

Materials
Metal lunchbox (I found these in the dollar section at target)
Mounting tape
Scissors

Instructions


These kits were a big hit with the boys on the plane and throughout the trip. I'm so glad I made them!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Travel: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 2015

Our recent trip to Cabo was 10 years in the making. TEN YEARS. I have known Susan, Liz, Giao and Thuy since high school and though we are all close, we are terrible at planning get-togethers. To make up for lost time, we planned a 5 day, 4 night trip to Cabo San Lucas to celebrate all of our 30th birthdays and had the time of our lives hanging out, eating tacos and spending too much time on boats. Happy 30th birthday to everyone in the gang! Cheers to many more years of friendship.

Quick reviews

Hotel
Club Tesoro - Amazing location, inconsistent service/quality, stop trying to sell me a timeshare.

Recommended Good Eats
Taco Guss - Delicious tacos, this is all I needed to eat.
Soloman's Landing Restaurant - Great breakfast spot if you don't mind looking at pics of Guy Fieri.
Maro's Shrimp House - Total tourist spot but food was good. Dip everything in the butter.
Salvatore's - Great italian food in Mexico. Who would have thought?


[Parker's first time having his very own seat. Tuan and I were dreading having to haul his big carseat around but it was a breeze with the Traveling Toddler Car Seat Travel Accessory. Genius invention! Everyone should have one.]


[The flight to Cabo was about 2 hours from San Diego. Once we got into the city and checked in our room, we were greeted by this amazing view of the marina.]


[Parker literally spent hours hanging out in the swimming pool. He was able to show off his mad swimming skills to all his uncles and aunts.]


[Giao and Phillip.]


[Liz, Elijah and Huy.]


[This pic of Parker splashing in the pool is one of my favorites from the trip. Rash guard from J Crew, board shorts from Cotton On Kids.]


[Matching in our Ray Bans.]


[The hotel's proximity to the marina was a bonus. Many evenings were spent strolling around in the crazy heat looking for crabs, puffers and other marine life swimming in the water.]


[My itty bitty tourist checking out the carved turtles.]


[We ate a lot of delicious food on our trip but the one place we kept going back to was Tacos Guss. I cannot say enough about this place. All of the tacos were on point especially the al pastor and lengua.]


[We roll deep.]



[Steven having the time of his life while Susan helps prepare a Bulldog, Maro's signature drink, for him.]



[One of the highlights of Parker's trip was opening Kinder Surprise Eggs everyday. It's so lame that they are not available (legally) in the U.S.]

And then we decided to get drunk and take couple photos...

[Thuy & David]


[These two crazies. Susan and Steven.]


[Huy, Baby E and Liz]


[Giao & Phillip]


[Us.]


[Love that we are still crazy and silly.]




[Chilaquiles from Soloman's. Bomb.]


[As we were pulling out of the marina for our snorkeling trip, this boat pulled in. Yes!]


[Parker had a ton of fun playing with Uncle Phillip on this trip. Here they are playing with the wooden Lightening McQueen and Towmater I bought for him in the giftshop.] 





[We could not find a paleteria for the life of us so we settled for soft serve at Burger King. Check out Parker's toe in this pic.]


[Swimming with the dolphins did not go well. We lasted about 20 minutes in the water before Parker screamed to get out. Thanks Susan for being a trooper and joining us for this experience. The "professional" pictures are timeless. I hope you make that your Christmas card photo this year.]

We could have been in any city and I would have been a happy camper just for the opportunity to spend time with my BFFs.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Happy Birthday, Tuan!


Wishing my husband the happiest of birthdays!
I'm so happy that [despite all the guilt] we decided to go on this road trip together. 
Thanks for being my faithful partner in this adventure through life.
You deserve it all and then some. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Tuan!!

p.s. When this post goes live we will be glamping in Big Sur.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Travel: California Road Trip

Tomorrow we leave for our first adults only trip since Parker's arrival. We will be driving from San Diego to San Francisco with stops in San Mateo, Sunol, Big Sur and Cambria. Follow me on instagram @parkerproject to follow our adventure! I guarantee there will be lots of food pics.


[Image from 3 Fish Studios]

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Vacation: Cabo San Lucas

The Nguyens are on vacation! Follow me on IG @parkerproject to see updates from our trip to Cabo. I'm so excited to be able to take this 30th birthday celebration trip with my closest girlfriends. Tacos, beaches, and relaxation here we come!


[Cabo San Lucas travel poster by Andres Garcia Pena]

Friday, July 17, 2015

DIY: Birthday Party in a Box

My girlfriends and I have a tradition of shipping each other things for our birthdays since we usually only see each other 3 times a year. Flowers, cans of quail eggs, balloons; whatever the current inside joke is, it gets packed into a box and delivered.


It was my turn to put a box together for Susan and I basically went to Target and went ape shit in the party supply section to send her a birthday party in a box. This is not an original idea by any means but it sure was fun to put together and she loved it! Items included were: a mini pinata filled with "adult fun", noise makers, balloons, Funfetti cake mix, frosting, bubbles, candles, colorful straws and a birthday card.


Happy birthday, Susan! I love you BFF!!


I'm so excited about the 30th birthday trip we have planned in Cabo next week. It's going to be crazy.


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