Tuesday, June 21, 2022

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For Father's Day, I did some of my favorite things.

Ate my favorite food, pizza.

Ate my favorite sweet treat, donuts.

Ate my second favorite food, burgers.

Ate my second favorite sweet treat, ice cream.

Drank alcohol.

Played arcade games.

Hung out with my family.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

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No kids. Just us. One day. A quick getaway.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

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Celebrating Jax's birthday at the ice skating rink.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

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Elliot graduated from Kindergarten.

Tyson graduated from elementary school.

Andrew graduated from junior high school.

And Lynn's cousin graduated from high school.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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We've finally come to the end of the spring season for soccer. 

Elliot finished her first season playing in the U6 recreational league. She didn't stand out like her two older brothers when they started but that doesn't matter... she really had fun playing.

Andrew ended the season with a hat trick (3 goals) on his final game. He finished his junior high career undefeated... well, only the games he played in. He got injured (probably due to overtraining) and sat out for a couple of games (which the team lost). I really enjoyed watching him play for school since he was so dominant.

Jacob's club team had an end of the season party... which is probably the last time he's together with his team. After playing with the club for several years, he chose not to continue with club soccer.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

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Ugh, forgot to take my mask off.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

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Happy Mother's Day to the mother of my children.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

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Everything must go!

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

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International Festival. Friday night at their elementary school.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

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My vampire bunny.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

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We attended the 9th Annual Houston Barbecue Festival, where the best BBQ joints from the Houston area (and beyond) were in one spot. Each booth provided samples... which was unlimited

It was essentially all-you-can-eat BBQ!

Many of the BBQ places got creative with their BBQ from making brisket tacos to egg rolls. My favorite was the brisket boudin from Roegels Barbecue.

Sadly, my body couldn't handle all the food I stuffed in my face. I felt sick afterwards... nauseous... just ugh... 

But I would do it all again... it was delicious.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

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The Mendes brothers 😍

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

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Let's go, Elliot!

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

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We've been coming to Leadville every year during Spring Break since 2018 (with a break in 2021 due to COVID). This trip also made it our ninth road trip to Colorado... and counting. And now that I'm a little more experienced, I took my Nissan Pathfinder since it had 4WD. It was a nightmare driving the minivan in snow and ice. The major drawback was the loss of space but we made it work.

Anh Vien and his family also met up with us in the two mile high town. Good times.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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Friday night lights. Jacob's varsity soccer games are so late.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

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Valentine's Day with my love.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

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My eldest son is now 16 years old. Oh how he's grown since the first birthday post about him (my second ever blog post 11 years ago). Jacob is currently in the 10th grade, taking the most ridiculously hard classes. He's currently on the high school varsity soccer team. No, he doesn't have his driver's license yet. In fact, I'm the one pushing him to drive (so much would be taken off of our plates if we added another chauffer to the family) but it doesn't seem like he even cares to get one. Maybe he knows... he is the brains of the family.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

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Our family with grandma.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

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Our anniversary was on a Monday. The kids would all be at school and we could have the day to ourselves. I made sure I didn't have to go in for work. I would skip my usual lunchtime jiu jitsu training. And we purposely didn't go out to eat the prior weekend just so we could splurge a little more than usual. 

But no, the kids put a halt on that. The two little ones were "sick" and stayed home from school. Instead of going on a lunch date, I went to the local emergency center to get Tyson tested for COVID.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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Last weekend we ran the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. It was Lynn's first half marathon, which was why I signed up too. She actually signed up to do it in 2021 (pushing her to pursue it after doing my own marathon in 2020) but COVID canceled everything so this was nearly two years in the making.

To be honest, I barely trained for this race. The most mileage I put in for a week was only 12 miles, with the longest run being 6 miles. A half marathon is 13.1 miles. As a result, my right knee was wrecked afterwards.

Lynn's training tapered off with our week long winter break vacation and then the holidays... but she fared much better than me. In fact, she did really well. Proud of her.

It was fun but I think I'm done with endurance races. ✌

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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This picture pretty much sums it up... school is killing Jacob. He's so exhausted that he fell asleep while still holding onto his notes. That's incredible. 

He works really hard. He's already up by 5:30 am everyday for high school soccer practice. And the minute he gets home, he's already doing homework. He'll work all through the day until it's time for bed. He has no time to play video games or waste time on YouTube like his siblings. Oh, and he still has his house chores to do too.

Hard work pays off.

I'm looking forward to see where this takes him.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

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For this year, Disney World was having their 50th anniversary celebration. And since Elliot is at that prime age of 6 years old, we figured it was a good time to go. So for the kids' winter break, we headed out to Orlando to check out Disney World (3 days) and Universal Studios (1 day). 

It would be everyone's first time to visit The Most Magical Place on Earth.

But flying six people to Orlando was not really an option. I'm already paying for four days of Disney World and Universal tickets (times six each day 😬) on top of lodging, food, souvenirs... it would add up fast. So yeah, driving it was.