Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Skiing :: Schweitzer

Hello everyone!

Did you know that Idaho is beautiful?  Idaho isn't the most talked-about state in the world, and thanks to one of those United States picture puzzle thing I had when I was younger, Idaho will forever be linked to potatoes in my mind.  Did anyone else have that?  Every state had a picture on it to 'represent' it, and it was one of those supposedly educational geographical things from my childhood... Anyway, 'potatoes' doesn't really scream 'beauty' in my head, but gosh dang it, it IS beautiful here!

To be fair, it was beautiful all the way from Seattle to here (because we drove through the snow and the ice and the whole nine yards to get here)...

but I've already mentioned in every Seattle blog post just how beautiful it is there, so I'll just skip right to Idaho haha.

The reason for our Idaho visit was to try the slopes at Schweitzer!

We used to go skiing every year, but in the past couple of years, I couldn't go because of auditions and whatnot... you know, musician problems.. haha  I thought it would take awhile for me to get the swing of things again since it had been a few years since I strapped on some skis, but surprisingly, it only took 3 trips down the green slope, and we were back hitting the blue/diamond slopes!

with the crew  ;)

and really, you want to be hitting the higher slopes because that's where the view is!

I mean, isn't that just incredible?

On the second day, the weather wasn't as clear, but the view was still breathtaking!  it was breathtaking in more ways than one because even though the last picture above looks like it's a gentle slope, there is an actual ridge right where the person disappears, and that drop is almost vertical!  We all survived though  ;)  haha

baby bro and Chang decided to snowboard, and dad and I strapped on some skis.  It was pretty amazing how quickly Chang picked up the snowboard!  In 1 day, he was riding with us!

a little video of the 4 of us riding down one of the slopes, if you would like to see ;)

towards the end of both of the days, it started to snow, and all of us came home looking quite frozen (including my panda.  look at his icicled nose!) haha

Chang also developed a bunny tail  ;)   He says he isn't sure how such a perfectly round ice ball formed on his sweater, but we had a good long laugh over it  haha

Once we got home, all we wanted to do was... thaw. so we all hopped into the hot tub until we all became prunes!

Then we had dinner, and played boardgames before we fell asleep!

I can't think of a more perfect way to spend a couple of days with the peeps I love the most!  The only thing that would have made it better would have been if David could have joined us, but hopefully next year he can come!  =)

I hope you all had a wonderful end of the year spending time with your family!  Can you believe  that 2016 is almost here?  D=   I'm going back to Boston to spend NYE and New Years day with David before jetting out again, and I can't wait to see him soon =)

Happy New Year to all of you, and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Home sweet Seattle!

Hello everyone!

Being home is one of the most therapeutic things ever.  I mean, I had a few days 'off' in Boston after the semester ended, but I didn't feel so relaxed and at peace like I do here!  It even made me want to blog again!  =)

This little halo of rainbow followed us all the way to Seattle!  I wonder what part of the plane was causing it?

It was just like any other trip home, but for some reason, it was so much more exciting this time, and when I started seeing this view under the airplane, I could hardly wait to get home!  I guess this semester was more traumatic(?) than I thought haha  Of course, it was the best kind of busy I could have asked for, but it was incredibly busy, and I kept getting sick...

Anyway, I'm so excited to be home, eating a lot of Korean food,

enjoying this scenery, 

and hanging out with my family, including my favorite little fur ball!

haha look at him so excited!

He's so incredibly NOT trained...  He is very spoiled, we never really properly trained him, he's a big, strong pup, and he's very smart.  These ingredients put together make for a kind of an unruly firecracker, but whenever we go out for walks, he always runs away only to return looking for me to make sure I'm not lost  ;)   

Here he is panicking because he came running back, only to find we were on different trails, separated by a gigantic bush  haha  He proceeded to whine, then jump over the bush to come be with me.

such a good boy  =)

I wonder if he'll ever realize that if he just stays beside me the whole time, he won't always have to run back to make sure that I'm still here  haha

I love getting to walk around our neighborhood with my favorite fur baby.  A nice, long walk through this backyard was just what I needed after such a hectic semester  =)

and my soon-to-be-14-year-old furbaby was uber happy about the walk as well  ;)

Happy Holidays everyone, and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Friendsgiving 2015

Hello everyone!

I've completely fallen off of the blogging wagon... there's just no time to blog anymore because whenever I have some semblance of free time, I end up sleeping  haha

However,  I wanted to try to have some documentation of our lives, so here we go!  A documentation of our Friendsgiving, a few weeks later  =)

The first year David and I became friends, we threw a huge friendsgiving and made our first Turduecken-hen to feed about 25 people.  For our first Thanksgiving together in Boston, we decided to try our hand at Turducken once more!  It was a smaller party, so we picked smaller birds, which made the process much more manageable. We even had enough room for everyone to sit around the table!

Our Thanksgiving spread!

so excited!!

Surprisingly, we did some damage to the Turducken!  we were a small, but a mighty force of eaters! haha

then, we played some board games to give our tummies some time to digest before we dug into the desserts!

Trivia is always a fun choice with a large group!  and so was Dixit!

I'm so thankful to have such stellar group of people around me  =)  My parents have always commented on how blessed I am to have the type of mentors and friends that I have wherever I go, and I could not agree more!   I am surrounded by some amazing folks.

I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving with your loved ones, whether it was with your family, or with your 'chosen family'!  ;)