casa bonita

my loving fiance asked me to post a video of something magical that we recently experienced together... so here is the video of the cliff diver at casa bonita. it wasn't until this video was uploaded that eric decided that he wanted to share my blog with his friends (hehe, love you eric!) enjoy!


colorado was colo-RAD-o

while still in iraq, eric had planned a trip in colorado for us. we were in the winter wonderland for a little over a week and it was as beautiful as it was cold! the second night that we were there was the coldest it had been in colorado since 1901! but that didn't stop us from having an amazing time. we stayed in a town called granby, and while there went to a resort nearby called winter park. 

here we are at winter park with brent and apryl:

eric, his cool guy sunglasses, and me at the top of winter park:

who's this snowbunny??

we were fortunate enough to visit breckenridge (snowbunny picture above) and the view in the photo does not do it justice. it was simply gorgeous up there. i fell pretty hard shortly after that photo above was taken, and the end of that day was our final day of snowboarding, but our fun in colorado certainly did not stop there. 

for you south park fans, this is a picture of the casa bonita:
we visited the denver zoo while they had christmas lights up:

they had my favorite zoo animals...

as well as eric's favorite zoo animal statue:

the following day we had time to visit the downtown aquarium: 

here i am gearing up for a shark feeding (ok, not really):

after the aquarium, we went to golden and toured the coors brewery:

coors salutes the defenders of freedom and likewise, eric supports beer:

it was an extremely fun-filled vacation and it definitely will not be the last time we'll be visiting colorado.


o christmas tree

all week long since he's returned, eric's been working so hard on fixing up the house while i spent a few hours catching up on work. over the weekend, we dedicated time to prepare the house for the welcoming of the christmas tree (and by "we", i mean eric...). he fixed all the walls that indy chewed up (true story), and swept and swiffered, and this afternoon we brought home our very first christmas tree together.

here is a picture of the good ol' rav4 with her very first christmas tree too:
and here is a photo of our little family in front of our unfinished christmas tree:


save the date!

while eric was still in iraq, i went to visit several wedding reception venues and it really got rather overwhelming. i was about ready to throw in the towel when eric emailed me and asked me to check out fort belvoir's officer's club. i went and absolutely loved what i saw. i reported to eric and he told me to go ahead and put the deposit down and we would settle the details when we got back. 

eric went with me today to see the officer's club at fort belvoir, and he liked what he saw so it is now official! we are getting married on october 3, 2009! if you haven't already, please send me your addresses and expect save-the-dates soon! 

here's a little teaser photo of the place:

now that we have a date and place, planning is becoming a lot more fun! 


too precious for words

it is with pure love and joy that i introduce you to the newest additions to the family... my nephew and my niece, aidan and brooke, who's proud parents are my sister, thi ngo, and my brother in law, michael lam:
aidan michael lam - 4 lbs 6 oz
brooke hong lam - 4lbs

i don't think i have ever in my life seen anything so beautiful-- i can't help but tear up when looking at these photos of my perfect little niece and nephew. i cannot put into words how badly i wish i was home to be with my family at this happy time. i am so proud of my sister and my brother-in-law and am so happy for them. there is no doubt in my mind that they will be amazing parents.
congratulations anh chi hai! please give the babies a kiss and a hug from their di ba and tell them i think about them every day and i can't wait to give them those hugs and kisses myself! i love you all!