Saturday, September 19, 2020

Bracing Myself

Brace yourself and get a look at my girl's new smile. 😁😍 After 19 months, Katie's braces are off.  She's finally free! Yay!

As I captured that photo above showing her new bright smile, it dawned on me how fast time went by. How could that little girl just 19 months ago look so much like a real teen now? She is thirTEEN, after all. But deep down in my heart, I miss having a spunky and chunky, perfectly-sized to hug little five-year-old Katie. Now, she's still fun to embrace, except she doesn't want to languish on my arms long enough to sing, tickle, and cuddle to get my fill of her laughter. 

Lately, I have to go to her room and vie for her time to even look at me. It's me against the wifi/cellphone/computer again. I suppose I created that monster. Oh, well. All good. My only wish is that she keeps hugging me still every time she passes by me and that she keeps rockin' those smiles forever. 

Look at this picture of hers when she first got her metals on. Don't you agree that she's grown so much within 19 months?

Friday, July 10, 2020

Good Luck, Nancy!

I’m super sad, but beyond excited about my BFF's next move. Today we had our last Chicago Chinatown hurrah before she leaves for California in a few days. We’re taking Social Distancing to a whole new level! πŸ€ͺ 

 Nancy will be taking over the world as the West Coast correspondent for the soon-to-launch @newsnationnow on @wgnamerica. So exciting! Nancy - I’m so proud of you and as soon as we’re all free to travel, you know I’ll be there to meet you at the beach! In the meanwhile, get that guest room ready for me. I miss you already. πŸ˜”πŸ˜’

Saturday, February 08, 2020

My February Babe

It’s my ever so patient and loving husband’s birthday today! Our lives are so blessed because of him. Even more amazing, he bought our girl (another February baby) tickets to BTS! Hold me! I’m chaperoning kpop obsessed teen girls!😱 I love you, babe! You’re stuck with me forever!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Missing This Little Girl

Memories from 6 years ago. I wish she’s still this little. I miss our fun holiday adventures of mailing her letters to Santa.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving Day 2019

Jjust one of the thousands of reasons I'm grateful to have today. A chance to have 3 generations of love. A pic of me with my mom and my daughter, Katie.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Sweetness All Around

Sweets after our usual dim sum Chicago Chinatown lunch with BFF, Nancy Loo. So fun catching-up with our busy summer with our families.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

2014 & 2019 First Day of School

Matthew now a High School Junior and Katie a 7th Grader! Way too fast for my liking and I can’t believe the 2019 Summer is over already. 

Sunday, August 25, 2019

2009 & 2019!

2009 & 2019! Both pictures below were taken on my dad’s birthday. My baby girl is has grown up. Happy 78th bday, Pa!

Friday, August 02, 2019

Busy Summer For All!

I had plans of writing about our family Summer craziness, but like as usual, events flew by, and there wasn't enough to stop and breathe to write about it. First off, I underestimated how busy we were going to be. I had major plans of lounging around the house with the kids and maybe run around shopping, movies and eating out before we leave for our planned Hawaiian get-a-way.

Fast forward to August - we are no longer leaving for Hawaii. Sad, but honestly, we were all too busy to feel sad. I forget that my kids are not so little anymore where my husband and I can plan our family summer the way we want. No. Not anymore. 

Christian, our College boy, took a Summer internship job at Northwestern University. Matthew left for New Hampshire for an educational Summer program at Phillips Exeter Academy, and we decided to enroll Katie to Summer school, William canceled his vacation time off at work, and so I ended up focusing on my writing projects.

In just a few weeks Fall classes will be starting for all three kids, and we're back to the routine. All three kids are still immersed with their Summer ongoings, and they're having so much fun. In a general scheme of things, we're accomplishing a FUN summer for all. Just not altogether the entire time, but hey, ALL GOOD.

Here are some of our milestone moments in pics this Summer.

Last Day of School pics:
Last day of 6th Grade for Katie

Last Day of HS Sophomore Year for Matthew

Last Day of College Freshman Year for Christian

Here are more of Christian's Dorm Move-Out Day pics:

And he even made a fun video recap of his Freshman Year at Northwestern University:

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

This Is 50

To say that "age is just a number" sounds like it's wrong to feel our age.

🎈🎈🎈Today I turn FIFTY. 🎈🎈🎈I think and feel like a 50-year-old ( it's all relative ), and there's nothing wrong with that. Turning 50 is a meaningful milestone for me, and I am choosing to embrace what I have become today.

This 50-year-old body endured severe asthma at a young age, gym rat days in the 80s, various diets and weight changes in the 90s, five pregnancies, four easy & and one arduous labor, three very happy baby deliveries, and two incredibly heartbreaking miscarriages.

This 50-year-old body also endured six needle biopsies, a thyroidectomy, and painfully inflamed lymph nodes called Lymphadenopathy. This lead to what my doctors first believed was Lymphoma that turned out to be a Kikuchi Fujimoto Disease diagnosis after more careful pathology testings. A rare disease that took my spirit and body almost over a year to regain some normalcy. Adding on the numerous infections resulted from my weakened immune system after going through months of drug treatments.

I physically and mentally survived them all, and there's not a day I don't feel grateful to be alive and kicking. My biggest gratitude goes to my greatest love and solid rock - my husband ♥️and three children♥️♥️♥️.

To all of you, my friends and families, thank you for sticking with me through it all. I look forward to many years with you. Here's to my next 20-30-40+ years to come! 🍾 πŸŽ‰πŸ₯³ #ThisIs50
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