Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Birthday Party

Last year, Aaron had his first sleepover birthday party, with four friends. It was...a handful.  But we kept an open mind at the moment about whether we would do it again. Fast forward to this year.  Aaron wanted one, but we weren't sure.  We compromised by keeping it to two friends. 

It was still touch and go, but much more manageable.  In the midst of all the guns and noise, it was nice to see Aaron happy and in his element.  And we all survived, as did the house.  So...next year?

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Huang Family Newsletter, December 2017

End of year rush for the Huangs.  Aaron had a swim meet, Jada had a choir concert, and Lee had a business trip to Vegas and finished the class he teaches.  Asher is still #KingBaby.  Amy tolerates us all.  We had a good trip to California.



Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Xmas in Cali, Day 8

 A smooth travel day turned chaotic at the end.  We all got up bright and early and did a good job packing up and heading to the airport.  Returning the rental car and getting through security were a breeze.  Asher was even more well behaved this time than the way out.  (It helped that the flight was an hour shorter due to the jet stream, that we  packed ample snacks, and that he fell asleep an hour before we landed rather than right at impact.)  It was even smooth sailing getting off the plane, getting Amy and the older kids to baggage claim, and getting me and Asher on the shuttle to the economy parking lot where he had stashed the family car.  Alas, when we got to the car, one of the tires looked a little flat, and by the time I had driven it the 5 minutes back to the terminal, it was all the way flat.  Due to the very cold temps and it being a holiday, AAA was clogged up big time and took forever to get to us.  Luckily, Amy's family sprung into action.  Amy's brother came and helped me get the spare on, and Amy's dad also made it out to make sure we all got home safe.  I'm skipping over some details, but suffice to say that all in all, it was about four extra hours of stress but we eventually all got home and now have a few extra errands to do over the next couple of days but it could've been worse.



Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year from the Huangs

Let's make it a great year!

Xmas in Cali, Day 7

 Our last full day in California.  Usual morning, and then in the early afternoon my sister and her family stopped by our hotel to see us one more time.  Afterwards, we went to my parents' house one more time, and then it was back to the hotel to pack up and call it a trip.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Xmas in Cali, Day 6

 Usual morning, and today's afternoon activity was hiking with an old friend of mine and his family.  The kids enjoyed puttering along the trail, playing in an old tree stump, and petting the farm animals at the end of the hike.  It was nice for the kids to be occupied enough for the grown-ups to catch up.  Between adult conversation and beautiful scenery, it was a very relaxing way to spend a day.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Xmas in Cali, Day 5

 A typical morning: Asher waking us up early, breakfast, Y, naps.  Actually, not much of a nap: Asher fell asleep on the way home from the Y and didn't go back to sleep once we got back to the hotel.  Of course, he fell asleep in the car on our way to my brother-in-law's parents' house, where we caught up some more with him and my sister.  Eventually, Asher woke up, and it was fun to see all the cousins playing together.  From there, we drove further north to see an old high school friend of mine who lives in Orinda.  What a nice treat it was to meet her husband, kids, and parents, and we were greatly refreshed by everyone's warmth and hospitality.  It was a longer car ride home but we made it back for game shows and dinner.