Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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We made a weekend trip to The Hill Country (west of Austin and north of San Antonio) to explore a couple of state parks in the area, Garner State Park and Lost Maples State Natural Area. And for this trip, I told them not to pack any electronic devices. I'm sick of seeing them on their phone or computer, especially when they're with others. Go play. Go outside. Talk to each other. Anything!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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Celebrating Grandpa's birthday. (July 2020)

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

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Student of the month for October.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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Do you know who/what we are?

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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Our spooky hallway.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Brothers playing on the same team.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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My dad rented a fishing house for all of us, in what seems to becoming an annual tradition. He liked the idea after I had booked a fishing house for his 70th birthday last year. Overall, it was a good time for the grandparents and the grandkids. As for me, well... I don't really enjoy fishing. But I know, it's not always about me.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

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Trying on his brother's old gi.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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My big girl is now 5 years old.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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The similarity is uncanny.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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Surfside Beach.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

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For the boys, it's back to school... sort of. Back to virtual/remote learning. Will it ever go back to normal?

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

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This is depressing...

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

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I've said it before and I'll say it again, I ❤ Colorado. This was our seventh road trip to Colorado since 2018. We stayed in Silverthorne this time around, which was nearby Frisco and Dillon, and a short drive to Breckenridge... exploring more of Summit County.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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Birthday eats and treats with his cousins, aunt and uncles, and grandparents.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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What did I get myself into?

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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Our pose down after pumping iron.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

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It's been over six years since we took a trip without any kids so we were long overdue for a getaway. And we did so with Getaway. It's camping but instead of sleeping outside in a tent, we had a tiny house with basic amenities... so glamping.

We created Getaway to give people time, space, and permission to be off. Our tiny cabins in nature provide a break from the city, technology, and work, so that you can recharge and reconnect to who and what matters most.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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Happy birthday to my dad.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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July 4, 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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Last week, we took a family beach vacation to Gulf Shores, AL. And when I say family, I mean the entire family... from Lynn's side (my in-laws). For 6 nights, we had 29 people under one roof... And we were still missing a few people!

On paper, it sounds daunting but my aunts and mother-in-law had it under control. There was a lot of planning prior, from who's bring what to setting a daily menu... from breakfast to dinner. Even though one family would be responsible for one day of cooking, it seemed like they were always in the kitchen... helping, prepping, cleaning, etc. Hopefully they were able to enjoy themselves, to relax and make it an actual vacation.

By the second day, I was content. There's only so much you can do on the beach. And I was a bit defeated when I lost two canopies. Our big canopy was broken on the first day when a sudden storm with strong winds blew through. Then a few days later, my aunt's big canopy flew into my personal canopy, destroying both. This beach kicked my ass. 😑

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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Since we have a lot of dads in our lives, we celebrated Father's Day early on various days prior to Sunday.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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Since there's not much going on right now (pandemic yet to be over), I thought I'd reminisce. The Google Photos app has a feature called Memories that shows highlights from the same week, x years ago.

Below are pictures taken in June, starting in 2010 (before this blog started) and beyond.

Let's take a trip down memory lane.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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Andrew's current interest is sport/racing cars and he's been on a streak of drawing cars. To do so, he looks up pictures on the internet and draws with his laptop beside him. His pictures are really good.

Elliot (being the impressionable 4 year old) had to do the same. And her drawing was of her current interest... Disney's Frozen. The resemblance is uncanny!

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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The pandemic is over!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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Oh, Elliot...

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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The current pandemic doesn't allow for any group gatherings so how did we celebrate the April birthdays?

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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Groundhog Day (1993)

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

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This year was the first Easter that we didn't spend with family since... hmmm. I honestly don't remember the last time we weren't together on Easter Sunday because it probably never happened. And it's been tradition to have an annual egg hunt for the younger kids but sadly, COVID-19 came into the world. But I wasn't going to let a virus deny the kids of an egg hunt.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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As mentioned on the previous post, we were out of town for Spring Break and that's when things started to get "crazy". Cases of COVID-19 started to increase and people began to panic buy. Hand sanitizer was already hard to find (understandable) but toilet paper was impossible to come by. For the life of me, I will never understand why. Why would people hoard toilet paper during a pandemic? And it just so happen that our supply was low before we left for our vacation (only 3 rolls left).

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

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It's been only three months since our last trip to Colorado but I just can't get enough. This trip had us back in Leadville, making it the third year in a row we came for Spring Break. This vacation had some hiccups along the way and potential for disaster. On the first day we arrived, we suffered crazy altitude sickness (hiccup #2 - see below for the first one). My head felt like it was going to explode! Weird because I never had this issue before. But we quickly recovered and overall it was a good trip.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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Leadville, CO (10,152 ft) with Mt. Massive (14,429 ft) in the background.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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I'm nearly 40 years old. Before signing up for a marathon, I never ran. I hated running. For exercise I would do other things (strength train, BJJ) so I wasn't a complete slob. But I essentially went from zero running to running a marathon. And here's how I did it...

Disclaimer: I’m not an expert by any means. I’m barely a runner. But I sought advice from experienced runners (books, blogs, friends, YouTube) and tried to put it all together in a concise manner.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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Lunch at Little Matt's.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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It's hard to believe that Jacob is now 14 years old. I'm only about an inch taller than him but it won't be too long until he surpasses me. And his voice is slowly starting to change. Hello, puberty. He's doing well in school, making excellent grades in subjects that are way advanced for the typical 8th grader, e.g. physics and geometry. His favorite sports team is still Liverpool FC (as seen in any picture of him). He's a good big brother to his little sister, who's nearly 10 years younger. He's an overall good kid.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

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Every week Jacob and a few of his classmates stay back after class for the school's rocket club. The kids were recently featured on Houston Life (Channel 2) where they summarized it best:
Rodeo Palms Junior High students are learning how to build rockets with specific objectives. This year, the models must carry an egg 800 feet in the air, stay airborne for 40 seconds and land without cracking the egg. The after-school club meets on Saturdays at NASA to test and launch their rockets.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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Last weekend was full of celebrations. On Friday night, Lynn and I celebrated our 11th anniversary (with food, drinks and cake). Saturday, cousin Chi Thu got married, ceremony in the morning, followed by a reception at night. On that same night, we made a brief stop (on the way home from the reception) to sister-in-law Julie's 40th birthday party. Sunday we celebrated Tết/Chinese New Year at my in-laws, simultaneously doing a baby shower for cousin Denise. Afterwards we went to my parents' house to celebrate (and gamble) with them.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

On January 19, 2020, I completed the Chevron Houston Marathon. Finishing a marathon has always been on my bucket list. Why? Because it sucks. It's a tough challenge. There's a statistic floating around the internet that said <1% of the US population has ever completed a marathon. I want to be in that rare group.

I was glad to have crossed this off my bucket list. It was brutal. It was the hardest thing I've done. But doing it with friends (and uncle) made it more enjoyable and memorable. We start together. We suffer together. We finish together.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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Back in college (when I thought I knew everything), I was pretty sure of what exercise and fitness should look like. I would run an arbitrary number of laps around Gregory Gym. I would do bicep curls with one 10 pound dumbbell (because that's all I had). I would frequently do sessions of 8 minute abs because I wanted six pack abs. 😑


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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During the winter break, we made a trip to Colorado once again, making it the third time in one year (Leadville and Breckenridge being the previous two) and the fifth time since 2018. Yeah... if we're ever going to move, it's going to be to Colorado. This trip was essentially to research our future move to the Centennial State... but which city? On this trip, we stayed in Boulder, a town about 40 minutes northwest of Denver.