CA Baby Shower

Within the span of 2 years, my siblings have managed to throw me the best bachelorette party, a chic surprise bridal shower, an amazing surprise 30th birthday, and just when I thought it couldn't possibly get better, they outdo themslves by putting together a breathtaking baby shower for our little girl.

I cannot express in words how much time and energy (and money) it took to put together this baby shower-- but what was so touching about it was how happy my entire family was to do it. We stayed up until 3am the night before, doing crafts, cooking, last minute details, and everyone was all smiles and energy. The following day, as we were tying up odds and ends before the arrival of the guests, my family let me take some time to get ready, and as I was doing my hair, I could hear the sound of my mom, Aidan and Brooke just laughing and then the rest of the family following in laughter and it just brought a smile to my face. You can't find this sort of love anywhere else.

beautiful setup in my parents back yard

drinks table with the diaper cake K2 made

cake pops, gourmet marshmallows and chocolates

French macarons <3

Sprinkles cupcakes and fruit tarts

food, glorious food!

classy hor dourves

mini sandwiches

cheese and crackers
There were so many details of the party that I didn't take pictures of that took a lot of time and effort. The banner, the games, the favors were all handmade. All the food was prepared by my siblings, the decorations were put up my the family-- it was simply amazing, for lack of a better word. I try to never take for granted how awesome my family is, but they sure know how to remind me time and time again. I am so thankful for a loving family, and I am thankful my baby girl will be born with that same fortune.

And thank you to all who attended and completely spoiled us with gifts and words of advice, support and encouragement. I am so touched by it all. I can't wait to introduce our daughter to each and every one of you! 

Cousin Time

Anyone who knows me knows that my cousins are like siblings to me. I love them very much, and I am so happy I got to spend time with them while I was in town. On Thursday, we met at Shik Do Rak and did some serious damage at an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ restaurant. If you know the Ngo family cousins, you know that we excel in the sport of eating-- and if it isn't considered a sport, we make it one. You snooze, you leave hungry!

Linda & An
In typical Ngo cousin fashion, we ate and laughed all night-- and I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you for making time to see me while I was in town, cousins. Love you!

Next Generation

I'm really beyond excited to enter the journey into parenthood, but one thing I have already gotten to experience and enjoy is being an Aunt. There are few things that can make me as happy as spending time with my nieces and nephews, and I got to do just that on my most recent California visit. I cannot stress enough how fast the kids grow up-- I am actually having conversations with Aidan and Brooke now, and it is nothing shy of amazing.

I landed at LAX around noon, and Bao and I hung out until 3 and picked up the kiddos to do some spoiling. We took them to Build-A-Bear at Downtown Disney. It was so fun seeing them actually having opinions on the animals that they wanted and liked.

This was Aidan's original choice...
He eventually changed his mind.
Hello Kitty comes in pink!
Life could not be better for Brooke
(until the Belle princess dress became an option)
The kids cleaning their new furry friends.
It was really fun watching them figure out the whole process and totally enjoying it. We walked out of Downtown Disney, and our princess, Brooke, couldn't resist completing her royal status with princess makeup. 

Doing whatever it takes to become a princess.

Somebody changed his mind about face painting
when he saw a stranger applying it to his sister.
We then headed to Mom and Dad's house to wait for Chi Hai and have our traditional family dinner at Big Mama's. We used to do this every week when I was still living in California, and it was nice to bring back an old tradition (and getting to eat some home cooking wasn't too shabby either!). 

"YY" is so much fun!
I was beyond happy that the kids totally remembered me and embraced me right away. I spent every following day with them for the rest of my Cali visit, and each time I have to leave it gets harder and harder. These are two of the most charming and lovable toddlers ever, and I really am not just saying that because I'm their Aunt. They are just super fun and sweet, you're doing a wonderful job with them, Anh Chi Hai. Love you all!


Parents' Reaction

I totally forgot about this! I wanted to blog about this for a long time, but this happened before news of our pregnancy became completely public, and I just remembered it now.

I wanted to tell my parents that I was pregnant in a fun way, but it is hard to do while being separated by 3,000 miles. I recruited the help of Chi Hai and technology, and the result couldn't have been much better.

The following video is mostly in Vietnamese (and my broken-Vietnamese) but the reactions are great nonetheless. Me and Chi Hai are explaining to my parents that I gave them a webcam too, just like the one Chi Hai has that we are using to Skype with. I continue to tell them that I specifically bought it for them so that they'll be able to talk to me and all their grandchildren, and thats when I flash the ultrasound photo. See their reaction here:

Shout out to the videographer with the cute laugh!


DC Baby Party

The entire Kane family, along with the help of some of my gal pals in the DC area, got together to throw Eric and me a barbecue to celebrate our baby girl. It was beautiful afternoon filled with great people and delicious food.

Mr. Kane was kind enough to open up his home to us for the party location. He seriously has one of the most beautiful back yards we'd ever seen. Here's the family dog, Boscoe, enjoying the yard:

Friends that came out to celebrate, eat delicious food, and enjoy a beautiful Virginia day:

I took this photo before all the food was out-- there was so much food at this party! The baby was very happy about that! And please note the duck-- it was a project that Henley made in middle school.

It was a lot of fun, it felt wonderful to be around friends who are so genuinely excited to welcome our baby girl. You can view the rest of the photos here. Thank SO MUCH to you all who helped make it possible!