Our Year in Review 2012

Happy New Year! I love the beginning of the year, for it is filled with hope, positive spirit, and the “I can do it” mentality. People try to erase the bad from the previous year, and have a new determination to make the coming year the best one yet. One of my friends shared this photo on Facebook, which I found to be hilarious:

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It’s hilarious because it’s true for so many people, including myself. The excitement and anticipation for a new, and better year gets built all throughout the holidays, and certainly peaks at midnight on January 1st. But how many of us are truly able to maintain those resolutions and spirit beyond that? After the hype is over, many of us go back to old habits rather quickly. Change is always hard, and I’ve learned to keep my resolutions realistic in order not to disappoint myself by February. This year, I only have three resolutions for myself:

1. Be mindful and conscious about the food that I eat

2. Keep an active lifestyle

3. Avoid double standard parenting (I’ll have another blog post on this topic…)

Here’s our annual Year in Review post in pictures! 🙂

January:

Celebrating Chinese New Year
Celebrating Chinese New Year

February:

My birthday dinner at Cooking Papa
My birthday dinner at Cooking Papa
Father/daughter Valentine Dance
Father/daughter Valentine Dance
Bridgette's birthday party at Snip It
Bridgette’s birthday party at Snip It
The birthday girl getting her first red carpet moment
The birthday girl getting her first red carpet moment
Cutting the Mulan cake with her friends
Cutting the Mulan cake with her friends
Made her own birthday cake with Por Por for her Chinese birthday
Made her own birthday cake with Por Por for her Chinese birthday

March:

Celebrating Alan's birthday with a lovely day in S.F. and Sausalito
Celebrating Alan’s birthday with a lovely day in S.F. and Sausalito
Trip to Hawaii for Kit and Tony's Wedding
Trip to Hawaii for Kit and Tony’s Wedding
Lots of water time in Hawaii!
Lots of water time in Hawaii!
Trip to Lanai
Trip to Lanai
Horseback riding in Lanai
Horseback riding in Lanai
The two girls reunite in Hong Kong
The two girls reunite in Hong Kong
Quick trip to Korea with my girlfriends
Short trip to Korea with my girlfriends

May:

Strawberry picking
Strawberry picking
Happy Mother's Day!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Bridgette got to meet her Aunt Winnie and soon-to-be Uncle Garry from Australia
Bridgette got to meet her Aunt Winnie and soon-to-be Uncle Garry from Australia

June:

Pre-school graduation ceremony
Pre-school graduation ceremony
Happy Father's Day!
Happy Father’s Day!
We both got new bikes!
We both got new bikes!
Parasailing in Lake Tahoe  with our cousins
Parasailing in Lake Tahoe with our cousins
BBQ at our cabin in Lake Tahoe
BBQ at our cabin in Lake Tahoe with our cousins

July:

The cousins being goofy
The cousins being goofy
We welcomed Brianne into our home for the year!
We welcomed Brianne into our home for the year!
The girls Uncle Steven came to visit us from Puerto Rico
The girls Uncle Steven came to visit us from Puerto Rico
The girls enrolled in Drama Camp and had their first drama performance
The girls enrolled in Drama Camp and had their first drama performance
Adult-only day in the wine country with my cousins :)
Adult-only day in the wine country with my cousins 🙂

August:

Kindergarten Orientation
Kindergarten Orientation
The two pretty flower girls at Uncle Ben and Aunty Daphne's Wedding
The two pretty flower girls at Uncle Ben and Aunty Daphne’s Wedding
At the Happiest Place on Earth! :)
At the Happiest Place on Earth! 🙂
Newport Beach
Newport Beach
First day of kindergarten!
First day of kindergarten!

September:

Giant's Game
Giant’s Game
Love their walks to and from school every day during the Fall
Love their walks to and from school every day during the Fall

October:

Awesome photoshoot with Lisa Lefkowitz and Andrew Hsu
Awesome photoshoot with Lisa Lefkowitz and Andrew Hsu
Jasmines for Halloween!
Jasmines for Halloween!
Trip to Apple Hill
Trip to Apple Hill
Boat rowing with their new friend Grace at Eden Vale Inn
Boat rowing with their new friend Grace at Eden Vale Inn

November:

Flower Girls at Connie and Symon's Wedding
Flower Girls at Connie and Symon’s Wedding
Mexican Riviera cruise on the Disney Wonder
Mexican Riviera cruise on the Disney Wonder
Ziplining in Puerto Vallarta
Ziplining in Puerto Vallarta
Swimming with the dolphins in Cabo San Lucas
Swimming with the dolphins in Cabo San Lucas

December:

Decorating their Christmas tree together
Decorating their Christmas tree together
Our 10th year wedding anniversary
Our 10th year wedding anniversary
Las Vegas trip
Las Vegas trip
Christmas in Vancouver
Christmas in Vancouver
Whistler trip
Whistler trip

This year, we were in Whistler for New Years Eve, where they had a 0% alcohol policy for the various celebrations going on in the village that night. Super family-oriented and kids friendly! At the kids’ countdown, which was at 9pm, there was a balloon drop as the kids danced to Gangnam Style while bubble wrap stomping. The ambiance was fantastic!

Happy 2013, and let’s try to keep that positive spirit alive throughout the entire year!

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