The Summer I stop blogging

Friday, September 4, 2015

Hi!!! It's been a while I know, sorry. We are still here but life has been full (in a good way). I tell you all about it if you stick around to read this post. :)

Before summer, Chris and I decided it's time to renovate our 1000 square feet home to make it more livable. You remember the heater was broken and our one and only bathroom was leaking a few days after we move in. We fixed the bath room but the heater was still broken. After some planning, calculating, and discussing, we decided it's better to renovate now than going through another winter without heater.

So we packed our stuffs and move them to the garage while we moved in to our friends' house for 10 days then moved in to another friends' apartment the next month.

So grateful for kind and generous friends. We got to play with their lovely pet while they were on vacation

and play with their things:

Max finished first year of Chinese School last June.

Can't thank God enough for this school, sweet friends, and loving teachers.

Didi started biking two wheels last summer too, just a few months after he turned four.

So we are now can bike on our own. Yayyy!!!

We had been biking a few times with group of friends.

The renovation start with getting rid of the popcorn ceiling, carpet, and dividing wall between the kitchen and living room.

We are blessed with friends and relatives visit too during the summer:

The kids started swimming lesson at the end of June and loving it.

while I sit at the side, learning from the instructor, and going through my Summer Reading List

We've been swimming with friends

and visiting the library often

while still doing some learning

in summer style of course.

This challenge was to build Magna Tiles {we saved and waited a long time to get this toy and loving it!} that's higher than mama:

It's been good to have the big boy back in the kitchen. He is usually in Chinese School when I cook dinner.

The boys joined a few weeks of Chinese summer camp and Vacation Bible School

Chris' sister and his family were visiting for a few days so we brought them to Tahoe.

We were here when started off our relationship. So grateful to have this wonderful man to journey this life together these past 15 years.

We stayed at this cool hotel called Basecamp

Max lost four of his baby teeth so far.

I never taught I would be brave enough to pull my baby's teeth but so far the score is mama: 2, dentist: 2, and papa: 0

He turned 7 this year. I wrote on the balloon our wishes and prayers and have him read them in the morning. He loves it so much that we still keep the balloon until now. He never like cake so we opted for Beard Papa puffs instead.

He passed his belt test and moved on to yellow belt. Well done, buddy! The theory test wasn't easy. He had to memorize a long description word by word, which took him two days, tears and frustration, countless words of encouragement, prayers, and inspiration stories of his grandpa who never say the word, "can't" and his God Grandma/ Bobo whose "can do" attitude made her decide to go to another mission trip at 76 years young. Before the test I was about to offer but he asked me first, "Ma, could you pray for me?" We did pray and he passed the test. Thank God!

So that's the summary of our summer. After moving 3 times, our house is finally done and we are back home. Fiuhhhh. The boys are back to (home)school and Chinese School in afternoon. I look forward to be able to blog regularly again. I promise the next post won't be 3 months later. :)

Have a blessed weekend!


  1. aawww so great to read all the updateS!!1 what is with 'magna tiles"...why so pricey??????!!!!! better than lego?

    1. Thank you for encouraging me to be back. Yep, magna tiles so expensive that's why we waited 1 year. It is as good as lego just different. Comparing them would be like comparing boba to tiramisu :)