Sunday, November 26, 2017

十 & 十一月;

two blog posts in a few days - i'm on a roll haha.
or rather, i'm super behind and am afraid that if i don't blog about october and november now i will get too far behind and before i know it it'll be the new year.
end of november and soon it'll be christmas and then new year's!
terrifying thought.
but it also puts us closer to chinese new year and that means home time!
chinese new year is not till mid-feb next year though so we have to wait a little longer to go home haha. and then the first quarter of the year will come and go by so quickly and will be a blur again haha.

so, october.
we actually didn't do much in october because i was so tired from traveling basically the whole of september haha.
so that's why i decided to combine my october and november update into one :)
we started october with a mid-autumn festival celebration with the usuals -  we did a potluck this time followed by lanterns after.
my mom bought me panda lanterns this year so i was super excited to use them haha. 
potluck for a change so people don't always have to eat our food and can try other people's cooking too haha 
this photo looks too proper haha 
this photo suits us more hahaha 
celebrated BJ's birthday late with homemade fruit tarts 
lantern time
panda lanterns versus traditional lanterns
blowing out our candles on our lanterns
us making fun of bryan's uncle pose. bryan, we love you!

tate and ian had their birthdays in october.
even though we were far away, i got to video chat them for a bit at their birthday party and that was so fun! 
miss our family gatherings!
baby boy is one! 
and then we found that LINE chat has filters so we went crazy playing with them haha 
the cute birthday boy!

the only other exciting thing that happened in october was halloween - the one time in the year i actually sew/try to be creative haha.
this year's costume was so much work and i don't want to sew again for another year haha.
sam and i were pool floats this year - unicorn and flamingo pool floats haha.
and i actually won in one of the halloween costume categories at work this year so i guess all that sewing was worth it haha.
achievement unlocked haha.
cutting the felt into the different pieces took forever and then there was sewing and stuffing, etc. so much work hahahaha
the final product 
the P2 crew 
my coworkers' kids are seriously the cutest 

other october happenings/dinners:
finally had dinner with kristy since she moved up to salt lake 
dinner with this cute pregnant lady :) forever my favorite ex co-worker

november...
the traveling started again in november haha.
this time it was our annual NYC trip and this time, we had jina, christine and jennifer with us!
NYC girls' trip!
and it's funny cause all of us have served or are serving in the Relief Society Presidency so bryan made a comment that that was a requirement to qualify for the girls' trip haha.
it was the first time for the other three so we did a lot of touristy things but it was still good cause lots of food as always haha. and good food at that.
breakfast bright and early at doughnut plant
walking off breakfast at the High Line 
i want some artichoke pizza now 
walking around chelsea market and i wanted this stuffed toy so bad haha 
brooklyn bridge park + brooklyn ice cream factory = two of my favorite things each NYC trip 
this skyline never gets old 
 brooklyn bridge at sunset is my favorite
that night view 
i love hanging out with all my different groups of friends in the city - left: my friends from secondary school; it's amazing how we all ended up halfway around the world, right: some of my favorite people from Asian Ward; it's always so so so hanging out with them/2 hours wasn't enough for us for sure. 
you can't go to NYC and not watch a broadway show

in november we also celebrated sammie's birthday!
i was seriously so busy and out of it this year that i let slip about the surprise birthday party myself.
but that was after Bryan slipped up first so it just all went downhill from there and i blame him haha. 
it was still fun though! and i think that's what counts haha.
birthday meals on her actual birthday
birthday cake #1 plus presents
saturday high tea - so two years ago i told sam we were going to high tea and ended up surprising her with a birthday lunch with friends and so this time she thought the high tea was fake again since she knew a surprise was coming but she was super glad when it was real cause she really wanted to go to high tea hahaha.  
birthday cake #2 - gelato cake from sweetaly 
grateful to have this amazing group of friends - they did an amazing job decorating with what little stuff and direction i provide them with 
our resident birthday cake cutter - keith, please be our cake cutter for life <3 
she's obsessed with giraffes haha 
and now i'm off the hook for another year haha

other november happenings:
working the blogger VIP preview party for the harry potter event at south town with my BFF
annual meet up with this one at UDOT Conference 
presenting at UDOT Conference 
tea bar with becka before her wedding! 
finally getting together to cook with the amazing Lau twins! 
thanksgiving watercolor 
jason & becka's sealing 
the reception - i had to stand by jason for this photo because he was sad i chose to stand by becka in the above photo hahaha 
so proud of the both of you for picking pailletin cake for your wedding cake :) 
power couple - they're both going to be amazing doctors! we'll come visit you both in st george soon!
someone decided to copy my outfit hahaha 
the first time i've seen a wedding car decorated so classy. love it! 
haha this cracked me up 
水煮魚 thanksgiving 2017 - missing the couple that just got married and bryan who studied the wrong chapters for his math test and thus had to stay home hahahaha

and here we are, with one more month left to the year.
where did 2017 go?
time to start reflecting on what i did this year and set some new goals for next year :)
in the meantime, i need to finish my holiday cards and hope the snow doesn't come too soon (although it is already very late this year and i should be thankful).

xoxo,
C