7.30.2010

Nothing comes close to the Golden Coast!

.. and thank you, Katy Perry! Last Thursday through Tuesday, I got to go to just about my favorite place ever-- Orange County, California. My family is there, my family that is now so different with the addition of my niece and nephew, who I have completely fallen for after spending my entire visit with them.


Since I've come home, I've sang excerpts of "baby signing time" with a little bit of sadness that Aidan and Brooke aren't around to finish the last line for me. [insert Brooke's "me.. me... meeeee"]

This was one of the most eventful visits home. Started the weekend dancing the night away with my parents. For those of you who don't know, my parents love to dance! On Thursday night, we met them at Nhu Y in Fountain Valley for some 8 entrees of fish and some singing and dancing.

Here is a photo of my twinkle-toed parents:

The next day was full out girls day with my mom and sisters. We met at Jim and Grace's home in Riverside to meet my new niece, Abigail Grace Stefanovic:

Then the Ngo women headed to Ontario Mills mall where we did two things we enjoy: shopping and eating. That evening, I came home and got to spend time with Aidan and Brooke at the park. These kids love being "ah ah" (outside).

The next day we mosied on down to San Marcos to celebrate my grandma's 90th birthday! I cannot stress how much I love my Ba Noi. She played a huge part in raising me and my sisters. I thank God that she is here to celebrate our 90th birthday, and continues to be full of good health and spirit to hopefully celebrate a handful of more birthdays to come.

This is me with our birthday girl, the oldest member of the Ngo family and Brooke, the youngest member of the Ngo famly

Here is a photo of Ba Noi with all her grandbabies/nieces/nephews

Ngo family parties are the best! We have amazing food, and great conversation. We just sit around and laugh and be our goofy selves, and I missed this so much.

The next morning I had dim sum with some of my friends. It gets so hard to visit friends because I do so much with my family in the short time of my visits, but I could not be happier to have had time to see my buddies. I love these people and every time I get with them, its all laughs.

Me with the ladies:

Me with the fellas:

And then it was off to the Orange County fair with the Lamily and Bao. I have to say, I've always enjoyed pigging out at the fair, but this was without a doubt my favorite fair experience. Namely because Aidan and Brooke were so excited to be there! They pointed at farm animals, got excited when seeing stuffed animals, and were just over stimulated with their surroundings. It was one of the most precious things I've ever seen and I am so glad I was around to experience this with them.

A & B loving the "moooo"

My final day in California was spent at the happiest place on earth. Bao and I had this crazy idea to take Aidan and Brooke to Disneyland along with the Abris trio. When Shanielle showed up, we were finally 5 adults with 5 children. It was a lot of chaos, but totally worth it. I was too busy to take photos, but here are some photos taken by Chi Hai. I also got to meet up with Deejay, who is a friend I grew up with and she is now 8 mos pregnant, and just about the cutest pregnant woman ever.

It was very hard to sum up a trip that was packed with so much fun. Here are the rest of the photos taken during my trip. I'd like to close with a thank you to my husband, who sacrificed his trip to stay home and take care of our sick beagle (who by the way is doing a lot better). I came home to a house that was cleaner that I've ever seen it. Eric, youre the best. And to my family, what a wonderful visit I had in California. That was one of my favorite visits, and I feel so blessed to have such an awesome family.