Grandma’s Back In Town!

Ever since my mom moved back to Hong Kong last year to care for my grandma, Bridgette has been having a hard time understanding why her ‘Por Por’ is not around anymore. She use to see Por Por at least 2-3 times a week, and now, Por Por only comes back once every 6 months. Some days, Bridgette would come to me, all teared up, because she misses Por Por so much. 🙁

I’ve been telling her since April that Por Por will visit again in July, so Bridgette has been eagerly anticipating. A few days before my mom was due to arrive, Bridgette and Brianne worked hard to make a beautiful, sparkly banner to welcome her home. It was a fun project for them, but one that also turned our carpets into a glittery mess!

When it came time to greet Por Por at the airport, the girls insisted on getting dressed up for the occasion. They looked so pretty and cute in their matching dresses, holding the glittery fabric banner by the gate, eagerly waiting for Por Por to come out.

That didn’t last more than one minute though, before they decided that mommy should hold the banner while they twirled around in their peach tulle dresses.

When grandma finally came out, there were lots and lots of hugs and kisses all around. It was heartwarming to witness how much the girls love their grandma!

The girls eagerly showing Por Por the artwork they drew

My mom is here for a precious 3 weeks, and currently, we’re all fighting to get a little bit more of her. I love seeing the girls fall head over heel in love when I merely hint that we may get to see Por Por. They are so lucky, both of them, to have grandmas that they adore. Ofcourse, the grandmas are known to spoil them rotten, but that’s what grandparents are for, I suppose. 🙂

At the end of an awesome day at Raging Waters
Playing Kinect's Dance Central

Earlier this year, when my mom visited in January, I treated her to a much needed retreat in the wine country. I never got around to posting photos of that trip, so I thought I’d share a few here to reminisce a bit. It was a lovely trip bonding 3 generations together!

Lunch at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen

Our nice little patio at Solage in Calistoga
The weather was surprisingly warm for January, so Bridgette was able to swim!

 The two days that we spent up there were incredibly relaxing and fun, but the best part for my mom was the wine and dine! She is a big foodie, like me, so we always have a good time finding great restaurants to try out.

A wonderful dinner at Solage's Solbar Restaurant

A little revitalizing mask after being in the sun all day


Wine and cheese at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

Another delicious dinner, this time at Sante Restaurant
Making s'mores after dinner--yum!

 It’s so easy to take things for granted. I’ve lived with or near my parents my whole life, until last year, when my mom moved back to Hong Kong. After she left, there was an emptiness inside me for a long time. I missed her tremendously. I didn’t realize how much I needed her company, her advice, and her presence around me until she left. I missed our lunches where we talked about anything and everything. I even missed our arguments from time to time! Most of all, I miss raising Bridgette with her by my side. We will cherish all the time that we get to spend with her now, but we sure hope she will move back soon!






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