Christmas 2016 in FL

With the kids' school closing between Christmas and New Years, we decided to again spend the holidays in Fort Lauderdale. You have to know that this is one of my favorite vacation spots. The kids spent every day in the pool and/or at the beach. By the end of the trip, they were excellent swimmers, we were super relaxed and it was an overall awesome vacation

Christmas day on the beach

With my beach babes

Told the kids Santa didn't bring mommy and daddy
gifts because we stayed up to take his photo

ringing in 2017


Pier hugs


Connor-san turns 4

This year, the baby of our family turned 4. Since Riley's birthday, Connor figured out that themed birthday parties are a thing. So, he insisted on having a Ninja party. 

Unleash the veggie dragon

went a little overboard on decorating

some ninja food

cheesy ninjas

our intense celebrant with his friends

Riley rolling some sunbutter and jelly sushi

punching for prizes

Swinging for candy
What can I say about Connor? He is as silly as he is loving. He loves to make everyone laugh. He continues to be a social butterfly-- I can't go anywhere in town without being stopped by a little girl pointing at me and saying "Connor's mommy!" He is obsessed with superheroes, TMNT, building with legos and magnets. He is still a momma's boy (I will take that for as long as I can). He loves to dance. He still enjoys soccer and basketball. He loves the snow.

Connor is very open about his feelings. All feelings. He will tell us when he's sad. There is no need to tell us when he's angry-- he makes it known. But above all, I love how much he vocalizes his love for his parents and his sister. His prayer at dinner time is always appreciation for mommy, daddy and Riley. He is very gracious about sharing everything with Riley. He loves to play with and wrestle Daddy. And he loves to kiss every inch of mommy's face. He is truly something special and I will always be thankful that God knew we needed him in our family.


Ahoy, Oberlys!

We have frequently spoke about possibly taking a Disney cruise vacation, but we were afraid of dropping a ton of money only to find out the kids would fall victim to seasickness. So while we had some downtime in California, we decided to take a little "tester" cruise out of Long Beach. We spent 4 nights at sea, with stops in Catalina Island and Ensenada. Not only did the kids not get seasick, they absolutely loved cruising! They really enjoyed the onboard activities, exploring the ports, and every now and then they'll still tell us they miss all the food available to them.
So happy to be in a cabin

Watching the shop take off with YY and Nana

Smiles in Catalina

A little family sightseeing 

In Mexico with my babies

Fun times in kids club

A knight and a queen

Professional cruisers


Thanksgiving 2016

Last year, Eric could really sense how much I missed my family during the holidays, so he planned for us to celebrate Thanksgiving in California this year. Not pictured was the scrumptious Thanksgiving spread my siblings laid out (never have I been so happy about leftovers!) But there are plenty of precious pictures of the kiddos hanging out with their cousins. They had such a wonderful visit and I am so happy they got to share so many memories with their family. 

Cousins getting ready to head to Chuck E Cheese

Packed car!

They waited so patiently for this moment

Hands on fun at Adventure Playground

Time for some modeling

Sweet cousins


Riley's Bee Day

Ever since she won her class spelling bee, Riley has been obsessed with bees. So when I asked her how she wanted to celebrate her 5th birthday, it was a no-brainer for her. We were going to have a bee party.

turned the kitchen into a bee hive

can't believe she's 5

had the kids decorate their own bee shirts

pinata time

bee cupcakes

with her best gal pals
Riley continues to be my sweet girl. She is very caring and values her friends and family (even if sometimes we have to remind her to be nicer to Connor). She soaks up knowledge like nothing I've ever seen. And while I always pegged her as my intellectual child, it turns out she is also really athletic. I don't know if her talent is natural, but even if it isn't, Riley has shown that she is dedicated to reaching a goal, be it learning how to climb monkey bars or learning to spell her toughest words. She still loves to sing and dance, even if she is still on the shy side. She is my rule follower. She loves to color and all sorts of arts and crafts. She is silly, loves to laugh and make those around her laugh. I love her innocence and her big heart for Jesus. She is truly something special, and I will never know how I got so lucky to be her mom.


St Mary's Glacier

One of my favorite Colorado hikes to date! Our Aunt Sue came out to spend a few days with us. We drove her out to St Mary's Glacier, and words and photos cannot do it justice. We hiked rocks, we saw a lake, we sled on snow at the top. We got just about every element possible, and it was simply breath taking.

serious hikers

Oberlys at the glacier

sweet family photo


3 Oberlys in California

This summer I hit a personal milestone as a parent. This was my first time traveling solo with the kids. Luckily, my two are champion travelers, so it was overall pretty easy (until "car seat gate"… don't ask.)

The kids got to spend so much time with their aunts and uncles and cousins. Di Tu and Nana took the day off to go to Disneyland with us. The Lams met us after school and fun was had by all.

The cutest cousins at Disneyland
We also spent some time meeting my friends' sweet baby boy, Maddox. My heart is so full seeing my friends' growing family (who I knew would make amazing parents). Dox is a charming and smiley baby and I am so happy we got to spend some time with him:
R & C being sweet with the baby

Dusting off some old skills
Chi Hai planned a full weekend for us, including a beach day with YY and Nana and also an intense bounce house. Lily and Leo came to join in on the cousin time.
Beach day with Ong Ba Ngoai

Cousin fun
It was a jam packed visit. The kids fell asleep so quickly and easily. They were sad to go, but I am thankful for the memories they are able to make with family.


Roughing It

We kept the Colorado exploration rolling by taking the kids on our first overnight camping trip. We intended to include camping on our road trip, but storms and cold weather were in the forecast and Eric and I decided we didn't want the kids' first camping experience to be a bad one.

With only so many summer weekends left, Eric looked up a nearby campsite which lead us to Columbine Campgrounds. He also threw in a little fishing expedition for the kids. We went to Mt. Evans Lake, where they fish were practically begging to be caught, which made for a great time for the kids.

Connor caught a 14-incher

Can you see the pure joy on her face?

Riley helped gather fire wood

Proud of their dinner

Sleeping cozy in the tent

Somebody slept in

A successful first camping trip
The kids did great! Riley was so intrigued by everything (no surprise there-- she's always been our nature girl). I'll be the first to admit that I am not a camping enthusiast, but I can say with all honesty that I loved this trip. Getting to see how much the kids enjoyed every moment of this made it pretty awesome for me too.


CO Road Trip

We wanted to spend this summer exploring Colorado. We've lived here for two years now and there is still so much for us to see and experience.

Eric carefully planned and plotted out a road trip for us. Weather cut the entire trip short, but you wouldn't know it, seeing how much we did get to do.

Went rafting in Canon City

Drove through the continental divide

spent quality time with Aunt Sue

hiked to the top of Mt Crested Butte

Riley got to visit JoJo

Crossed the Royal Gorge Bridge