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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Harrison's 1/2 Birthday

Harrison has transformed from a blob baby to a real baby. He sits! He grabs! He eats snacks! He "talks"! It's insane. Sometimes I still can't believe that we opted to do this whole baby thing all over again but I am soooo glad we did. Happy half birthday, baby boy. You make all the sleepless nights, sore boobs, and crazy postpartum hair worth it. We love you so much! 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Baby on Board: Parker's First Time Snowboarding

We just returned from our annual Friends Big Bear trip. The weekend was filled with snow play, laughter, video games and big shared meals. On this trip, Parker went snowboarding for the first time with Tuan while I stayed back at the cabin with baby Harrison. Since I wasn't there first hand, the rest of this post is what was relayed to me by Tuan.

Outfit/gear details

Snow clothes: Cat & Jack from last year
Goggles: Smith
Snowboard and boots: rented from Big Bear Boards

At first little man was hyped to go up the mountain and board with his tiny friends. Look how cute they are with their boards!

He had a little spill and "almost fell off the mountain" after getting off the lift. After crying and asking for mommy, he got back up on his board and did fantastic. Isn't is crazy how fast kids can pick things up? Check out the video below. The guy falling all over the place in the background? That would have been me. 

I absolutely suck at snowboarding so I'm glad I had a reason to stay back at the cabin to hang with baby H and take selfies with the cute snowman the kids made. After a couple of hours of boarding, the kids returned to the cabin to an epic snowball fight and then hours and hours of video games.

Monday, December 31, 2018

2019 New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year!! I know some people say, "Don't make resolutions! You don't need that kind of pressure." But I have always been a goal oriented person and I find that setting resolutions at the beginning of the year helps me stay focused and on-course. I don't beat myself up if I don't meet my goals. Remember that one from two years ago about being able to do 5 pull ups? HAHAHAHA. That's never going to happen but I don't feel bad about it. Be happy with where you are and celebrate if you make improvements! 

2018 Resolutions Recap

1. Read 25 books. After last year's NYE drunk reading saga, I was determined not to wait until the last minute to hit my reading goal. At the time of this post, I have read 37 books. Here are some of my faves.

Made me laugh: Born a Crime, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Made me think:  Just Mercy, Where the Crawdads Sing

Made me cry: The Hate U Give

Made me inspired: The Boys in the Boat, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

2. Get rid of my cystic acne and acne scars. This is a tough one but I am a woman on a mission!This year I invested in myself and my face and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. I've been seeing Amy at Eco Chateau for bi-weekly facials and my skin is better than it was but we had to be careful about what products/treatments we were using due to the pregnancy.

3. Lose 25 pounds and overall be healthier. Welp, this did not happen. Instead of losing weight I became pregnant and gained 30 pounds. I may not be thinner but I have the world's cutest baby!

4. 10,000 steps a day. I was really good about this until the end of my pregnancy when my feet started swelling like crazy and the only footwear that I could wear comfortably were Sanuk sandals.

5. Work on professional growth. I really worked hard on this one and it paid off! I won an Excellence in Marketing award this year at our annual marketing conference. Reading Great at Work changed the way approached my work and inspired me to rethink the processes I used to accomplish projects and work with different teams. I also embraced mentoring some of my younger colleagues which has been fulfilling. **Patting myself on the back**

Alright, now let's get to it. What am I going to do to improve myself in 2019?

2019 Resolutions

1. Read 25 books.

2. Get rid of acne scars with aggressive face peels.

3. Finish 12 weeks of BBG.

4. Go on hot dates with Tuan at least once a month.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Holiday Family Photo Shoot at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

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This magic moment. Me, 3 weeks postpartum trying to be as glamorous as I could muster, my three handsome dudes looking their finest in dapper duds. I love the new us. I love the newness that is baby Harrison and how he completes our family in a way that I didn't even realize we needed. We have a lot to be grateful for this holiday season. Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you have a joyful holiday season filled with love, peace and many many mugs of hot chocolate with extra marshmallows.

Special thanks to my sister Karen for snapping these photos. I owe you one!

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Outfit details

On Mary:

On Tuan:

On Parker:

On Harrison:

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[My #1]

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[Tuan is slowly turning into a silver fox.]

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Harrison's 1 Month Celebration at Wee Gather

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This past weekend we celebrated Harrison's Day Thang (1 month celebration)/Thanksgiving at Wee Gather. Day thang means full month in Vietnamese and it celebrates a newborn completing his/her first lunar month in the world. Since Harrison's one month was so close to Thanksgiving, we decided to serve both traditional Thanksgiving food (turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, etc) and day thang food (roasted pork, xoi, Vietnamese desserts). Friends and family showered Harrison with gifts and red envelopes.

I have been stalking Wee Gather's IG page since they opened over a year ago and just waiting for the opportunity to host a party here. The space is light, bright, open, extremely kid-friendly, reasonably priced, and flexible (booze and outside catering allowed). The week before the party, I multitasked while breastfeeding and created a mood board for Elizabeth, owner of Wee Gather. Elizabeth and her husband Albin were so accommodating and worked with us from booking to clean up to pull off the perfect event. If you are looking for a party venue, I would recommend you check this space out and support a local small business!

We started hunting for Thanksgiving decor as soon as Halloween was over but in our new baby haze we didn't realized all the stores had already moved on to Christmas. The only things I could find were some unfinished wooden sign on clearance at Michael's which I painted gold and a handful of faux pumpkins at Vons. My sisters incorporated the wooden signs into Wee Gather's existing wreaths and Elizabeth worked the pumpkins into the table decor. 

I purchased two beautiful pumpkins before Halloween that never got carved since Harrison decided to arrive early. Instead of letting them go to waste, I asked my cousin Tuyen to work her magic and write on them for me and we worked them into the decor. I LOVE how they turned out. 

I craved and ate so much pie throughout my pregnancy it was only appropriate to serve it at the party. Guests enjoyed strawberry rhubarb, pumpkin, apple lattice and pecan pies from Betty's Pie Whole. If you have never had Betty's pie, you need to drive to Encinitas ASAP and get yourself a slice.

Harrison is grandbaby #10 for my parents!

A whole roasted pig is served at most important Vietnamese gatherings. It's hard to resist that crispy skin. Yum!

The party was loud and Harrison was passed from one person to the next. He slept through the whole thing.

I can't wait for Harrison to be old enough to play with his cousins.

Kids tables were set up outside with coloring pages and crayons. 

Parker is currently addicted to Roblox and cannot be bothered.

Hosting a gathering for our closest family and friends is always a huge undertaking. If you have read any of my previous party posts, you know the head count is always around 80-100. A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered or was voluntold to help out with the party. Even as an experienced event planner, I could not have pulled this off without you! 

Venue: Wee Gather
Invitations: Tania
Pumpkin Calligraphy: Letterie Post
Catering: Sieu Sieu BBQ (roasted pork), Betty's Pie Whole, all other food made with love by us and family & friends
Lawn games: Sassy Little Bee
Table rentals: Raphael's Party Rentals