This past weekend was filled with celebrations. On Saturday, Jacob officially became a teenager (gasp) and to celebrate this milestone, he had an escape room party with his friends (and brothers... because you can't not invite them). On Sunday we were part of Lynn's uncle's surprise 50th birthday party. His wife went all out and it had the ambience of a nice wedding reception. Happy tears were shed. Well deserved. Afterwards we went for my family's (cousins) Tet celebration. Takeaway: Andrew is lucky... and quite the gambler. It's his year though, the year of the pig.
Ten years. It's been a decade since we each said, "I do." Like the song says, "First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes baby in a baby carriage." And plenty of babies we had (four kids, if you didn't already know) so it wasn't possible to do anything "big" to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. We decided on a quick weekend getaway to Waco to do all things Magnolia (Magnolia Table, Magnolia Market, Silos Baking Company). But even a short trip without the kids was difficult because we are forever busy. We had to call in the reinforcements... but I'll get to that later.
My long time friend (John) who I've known since the second grade (30+ years) was getting promoted to Lieutenant Colonel at The Pentagon so I wanted to be there when that happened. The initial plan was to take everyone and make it into a family vacation. But airfare to DC was pricey... multiply that by six... ouch. Plan B, road trip to DC. But during the planning phase, there were reports of snow storms across that region and I thought, I don't want to get stranded in the middle of nowhere, let alone drive through that. Plan C, I'll fly but only take the boys. But ticket prices never decreased and actually went up. Plan D, I'll go solo.
Christmas time was pretty busy this year. We essentially had something back to back to back with birthday parties sprinkled in between the holiday festivities. On top of that, Andrew's birthday is the day after Christmas so the celebrations kept going. It was nonstop fun for the kids but tiring for the parents. Hopefully the kiddos appreciate the things we do for them.
We made a 3+ hour drive to San Antonio to watch a 5 minute BJJ match... and it was totally worth it. It was all to support my cousin Anh Vien (who I kept pushing to try BJJ) on his first competition. But it was also an opportunity for Lynn and I to take a quick getaway without the kids... well, with only one kid instead of all four. Elliot was the third wheel.
After nearly 14 years living in this house, it was time to update the kitchen (again) and it's been a long time coming. We started the process three years ago but were burned by our first contractor (I fired him) so we ended up changing only the kitchen floor and back splash (with another contractor). Then Hurricane Harvey hit and quality contractors were hard to find. Fast forward to present day, I found out that one of the guys I train Jiu-Jitsu with runs a home remodeling business so I decided to go with him. It was an easy decision. If I didn't like his work, I could always strangle him a bit harder during "training." 😝