Happy New Year! Although 2014 wrapped up on a sad note for us as we had to send Mimi, Brian, and Brianne back to Hong Kong just shortly before midnight, we have not forgotten to express our gratitude for a remarkable year. Writing this Year in Review post always helps me to reflect upon the year that just passed, and I feel really blessed to have gone through the roller coaster ride of joy + bliss, tears + heartaches, fun + adventures, and the many learnings along the way…
January–came home from our month long trip to Hong Kong/Japan, and settled right back into “home sweet home”, catching up with friends and families. I finally got prescription glasses (though I still need to work on actually wearing them), attended MJ and Peter’s wedding banquet at Cooking Papa, and celebrated Chinese New Year.
February–celebrated my birthday with homemade prime rib, mash potatoes, and brussel sprouts at MJ and Peter’s home. For Bridgette’s birthday, she opted for a trip to Disneyland instead of a birthday party, so off we went with her, her friend Karina, and my mother in law for 2 days of fun and sunshine in Anaheim. On Valentine’s morning, I surprised Bridge and Alan with a lovely breakfast filled with hearts, which Bridge asked to have on a recurring basis, haha. 🙂 On one of the weekends, we left Bridgette behind with her grandparents and drove up to Reno with our cousins for the concert of HK Pop Star Leo Ku, stopping en route for our favorite Top Dog in Berkeley.
April–We soaked in all the sunshine of Spring with lots of times spent outdoors. Bridgette began taking an interest in being the sous chef at home and together, we made a lot of easy, but delicious meals.
May–Celebrated Mother’s Day with a special tea in Bridgette’s class, took a weekend trip to Napa with Alan and another weekend trip down to L.A. with MJ and Peter. End the month with a fun annual Memorial Day picnic with our friends!
June–Bridgette finished up first grade and we welcomed Mimi, Brianne and Brian with great excitement. Spent a few days in Orlando, and embarked on our second Disney cruise, this time, to the Bahamas.
July–Lots of BBQs, baby showers, and birthday parties with friends and families. Mimi and I took an unexpected trip to Hong Kong for grandma’s funeral, and then took the girls to visit our extended family in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
August–Sadly, we bid farewell to Mimi and Brianne after 2 months of fun together. Bridgette and I spent another two weeks together hanging out before she started second grade. Weekends were spent with friends and families ofcourse!
September–My parents came back for a month, and we laid grandma’s ashes to rest in Colma. Bridgette was thrilled to spend time with her Por Por and Gung Gung! We were also incredibly happy to welcome my niece, Maddison Ng, to our loud, rowdy family!
October–A nice, low-key month spent volunteering, hanging out with friends, and constantly visiting my new niece Mochi!
November–The first part of the month was spent here, hiking, hanging out with friends, and enjoying the fall season. For the last two weeks, Bridgette and I packed our bags and headed to Hong Kong to visit our family. Thanksgiving was spent in Okinawa with my mom, Mimi, and Brianne!
Excited for what’s in store for 2015!!!