sunny tropical Honolulu

We went back to Honolulu again for spring break !  It's the closest warmest place we can travel to from here.  We can barely handle 6 hrs in the air last time so we knew not to go pass that.  It doesn't surprise me if Hawaii will be our usual spot every spring break.  Our kids love to swim in the ocean and while California is just down the coast, the sea water isn't warm enough to jump into in March.

school's out for summer 2018

School's out for weeks now !  I am home full time with 3 kids !  It's play play and play all day everyday for us.  I didn't want to sign them up for anything at first but then gave in and signed them up for swimming.  It will give me and the girls some time together without disruptions from the Terrible 2 :-)

weekend on Sunshine Coast

We spent Canada Day long weekend on Sunshine Coast with my best friend's family.  The weather was perfect and the airbnb we stayed at was a lovely place.  The house sat on a huge land with lots of green space for the kids to run around.  One afternoon we saw deer and fawns wandering through.  The kids were filled with excitement seeing the "visitors" strolling pass our garden.  Lovebug even followed one up the hill to the next house.

family updates

It's been a while since my last post !  Life kinda gets in the way :-)  things are going well.  I am now home full time, lots of things lead to this decision, but work politics surely motivated me to make the bold move.  I was going to down 2 days a week to be home more with the kids, but decided to leave before the new schedule kicked in.  As you know I love my job but I can't keep up with the constant changes at work in management and uncleared directions.  I made through the restructuring but the aftermath of it, even 2 years after, still lingers on with all those who stayed.  Morale was low, I couldn't pull them up no matter how hard I tried.  I cannot go on being happy when people around me aren't.  In the past 10 years, never once a day I woke up dreading work.  The one day it happened and then again, I knew something is up.  I think the start of me wanting to leave happened on the day one of our higher up manager gave her notice. I look up to her a lot and admire her creativity and how she is so passionate about what our organization is about. What she shared with me stuck with me.  She said our organization isn't staying true to it's purpose.  That made me sad because I love my work because I love what we do for the community.  Then a bunch of little things happened, more people left and more changes took place.  I saw it coming, my end date, it's inevitable.  I really thought I would retire here.  One thing I learned is that we can never be so sure of things in life.  Never ever be sure of things because we cannot predict even the next min. in our life.  We might not change, but people and situations around us do, and that changes the dynamic of things.  That's life friends !

Honolulu Hawaii family vacation

Our first plane trip out of country as a family of 5.  C and I were quite nervous about the flight. Our kids are super active and rarely sit in one place for long.  First we were thinking of going to San Diego, Anaheim, or LA, mainly for the short flight.  However after reviewing hotels and distance between hotels and attractions and the beach, we would need a car to zip around all those places. C doesn’t feel comfortable driving in unfamiliar places so after going back and forth on it, California is off our list. I then looked around for other warm places and Hawaii came to mind. Flight is longer than we would like but it’s the only way if we want warm summer-like weather.  This trip is meant for spring break and for Bee's birthday.  She told us months in advance she would rather we go some where, like previous year, than have a party at home.  Although this time, while opening her presents from us, she came to the realization that without a party, she doesn't get many gifts :-D

keeping pace with our kids

Our kids are growing and changing so much this year.  Peanut can identify all body parts (in vietnamese), and say Ba Oi, Me Oi, Daddy, Down, Bad, No.  He loves to dance to Charlie Puth and Baby Shark.  They are the only songs that can put him to sleep.  I was hoping for quiet times and rocking him to sleep with vietnamese lullaby (like the girls) but nope, he likes to sleep to dance music, and no rocking.

vancouver island getaways

We headed to the island for a week and a bit celebrating our anniversary.  There's something about the island that makes me want to come back every year.  I like the vibe here.  We walked aimlessly most days, with 3 kids in tow, and most always find some interesting things !  a small alley, a hidden garden, a used book store, a tasty bakery, a heritage house with hundred of roses in bloom, etc !  There're so many nooks and crannies here to explore.  The only complaint I have about Victoria is the crazy expensive hotel prices.  Food and admission costs around here are fair.