Thursday, July 28, 2011
AAAAGGGGH! I have plenty to blog about and yet I haven't been able to because my laptop got a virus! To make a long story short, it has been devastating- it wiped out all my picture files, my school files, my computer programs, my internet links, etc. We took the laptop to the Geek Squad at Best Buy and they told us it'd cost close to $400 to backup the files that are recovered and to remove the virus. My sister's friend kindly agreed to look at it for us and we just found out earlier today that there's not a whole lot he can do unless we had an external hard drive for him to back up the files... Ours is, of course in Fresno. So... nothing can be done to it until we return to Fresno. That means I won't be able to blog or do any school work until next week. AAAAGGGHHHHH! I'm so upset! :(
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
We had the chance to visit my childhood church this past Sunday: the Edmonton Vietnamese Alliance Church. It was great to see so many familiar faces and quickly get a catch up. Afterwards, we went for Vietnamese food at Pho Hoa. It is actually a Vietnamese restaurant chain that started in San Jose! There are locations all over North America- we went to the one in West Edmonton Mall. Of course I loved it- I had my usual bowl of pho and Jason had his usual vermicelli bowl with spring rolls. After lunch, we spent the afternoon at the mall; THE Mall: West Edmonton Mall! I've blogged about this place every year it seems, but that's because it's one of Edmonton's biggest tourist attractions. It still claims to be North America's largest mall (based on square footage, I think). There's so much packed into one space- after all these years, I still think it's pretty neat. After leaving the restaurant, we strolled down a few aisles of T&T SuperMarket... It's this HUGE Asian market that has every possible Asian thing you can imagine! There is just no way for me to put into words or even take enough pictures to give you a good sense of what I'm talking about! If Fresno had a store like this, I'd have no excuses as to why I don't cook Vietnamese food more often! The store leads into the "Chinatown" section of the Mall. We stopped to pick up some bubble teas. Jason tried a new flavor today- blueberry- he really liked it.
We got the chance to wander around and do a little shopping. In all our years of visiting THE Mall, we've never seen this: the Sea Lions' Show! We just happened to be walking by and saw the crowds forming. It was a pretty cute and decent show (if you don't think too much about the fact that they're animals being kept for entertainment- Jason and I are strangely beginning to have some opinions about that).
|Grace & Jeremy sharing their mango slush bubble tea. They love it!|
|The kiddos with Di Dao (pronounced, "yee dow," ow as in ouch)|
Friday, July 15, 2011
|Waiting at the airport with a really goofy kid!|
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
We had been planning to head to Sacramento for Jason's big track meet on Friday this past weekend. Unfortunately, Jason hurt himself during a practice track meet the week before. As the race approached, he agonized over what to do- should he drive up and race even though his body was clearly not at the top of its game? Or should he drop out and give himself as much time as possible to recover? Added to this dilemma was the fact that his whole family and the Wiens family had planned to drive up to watch the race and support him. Sadly (but wisely), he made the decision to drop out of his first race to increase his odds of running faster for his second race and limiting the chances for reinjury. We felt so bad about having to change everyone's plans! Thank goodness everyone had a Plan B for their weekend! The Wiens family ended up going camping with some other families from our church. Jen & Dan and their family, along with Jason's mom were able to spend the weekend at our family's cabin at Shaver Lake. We decided to join them for one day and since it was so nice, we spent quite a bit of time at the lake.
We decided not to stay at the lake over the weekend so that we could rest up, pack, and get our house ready for our departure.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Yesterday, we treated Jeremy to his first movie experience at a theater. He's watched plenty of movies, just never in a theater. In fact, one of his all-time favorite movies is Cars, and since Cars 2 was just released last week, we thought it'd be the perfect movie for his first theater experience. We decided to invite other families who have kids around Jeremy's age to join us. The kids wanted to sit together (or was it that the adults wanted to sit together?), so the kids sat one row in front of us. Jeremy did great during the 2 hr. movie (plus the previews)- he was completely focused, turning back once to give me his empty popcorn bag, and the second time to ask for some water. He loved it... and since our kids did so great, that means we will definitely have more family movie dates throughout this summer!
Saturday, July 2, 2011
So much has gone on that Canada Day was actually the first night that the whole family was able to get together to celebrate my birthday (which was 2 weeks ago). I had insisted that it wasn't necessary to celebrate my birthday, but in the end, it ended up being a good excuse to get together. It was such a hot day that the kids (and grandma, Jason, and Uncle Dan) spent much of their time in our pool. Jennifer and I were able to sit and chat, catching up about what's been going on, talking about their wedding, and of course, their recent family honeymoon. For dinner, Jason's sister made an incredible Chicken Carbonara and then for dessert, Jason's mom made a delicious tiramisu cake. It was a fun, relaxing day- thank you to the whole family for making this particular Canada Day so special!