morning we got up and got ready to meet Aric's family for Thanksgiving
lunch. The drive down to El Monte was pretty nice...not many cars
on the road. For lunch, Aric, Ashlyn, Patrick, my father-in-law, Netty,
and my father-in-law's friends went to the Focus/Ranch 99 Plaza in
San Gabriel. What looked like the rest of the Asian population was
also there. That place was pretty packed!
Thanksgiving, to me, is just an excuse to get together with loved
ones and stuff yourself to the gills. It doesn't really matter to
me what we eat or where...although Aric says that it wouldn't be Thanksgiving
without the traditional Turkey dinner with all the trimmings. *shrug*
I suppose. =T
We ate at a little Taiwanese restaurant for lunch, then walked around
the plaza, bought snacks and li-hing slushies at Champion, and briefly
watched the outdoor fashion show being held at the plaza. We went
back to my father-in-law's place for a bit, then headed home.
got back with just enough time to change Ashlyn, load the car with
desserts, a cheese platter, and a fruit platter and went over to Yvonne's
parents' place. Luckily for us, they only live ten minutes away. =)
at Yvonne's parents' house was wonderful! Yvonne and her mom spent
the day cooking up a storm. We started off with crudites, appetizers,
and wine. I didn't think I would have room for dinner until we sat
down and I saw the generous spread...after that, I decided to "make"
room. =D Everything tasted GREAT!...AND I even had room for dessert!!!
HAHAHA! We spent a nice warm and cozy evening talking, playing with
Ashlyn, Pepper, and Mocha, and having fun.
Around 9pm, food coma started kickin' in so Aric, Ashlyn, and I went
home. It had started raining tonight, and the outside air smelled
of Christmas. The peacefully abandoned streets had a glossy shine.
I sat mesmerized by the different lights reflecting off of it. My
tummy was full and I was feeling happy and content inside.
we got back, we put Ashlyn down to bed (she was really tired), and
Aric and I spent the evening hanging out, talking, and downloading
music from the internet. hehehe =P
have so much to be thankful for....I don't even know where to begin.
So here's a list (and not in any particular order). I AM THANKFUL
my husband- whose love, strength, friendship, encouragement, and support
keeps me real.
my precious babygirl- who brings me so much joy and makes me strive
to be a better person.
my parents- who continues to love and watch over me.
my sisters- whom are two of the most amazing gals I know.
my brother-in-laws- because they ROCK!!!
my in-laws- whom have embraced me as one of their own from the very
my girlfriends- whom are more than just friends...they're like family.
my friends- whom are all good peoples and contribute to shaping the
person I have become.
my health, a cozy home, food, clothes on my back, a warm bed, a car
that doesn't need a running push to get started, and for all the luxuries
that we could easily do without. =)
Aric, Patrick, and my father-in-law
friends, Ashlyn, and Netty
me and Aric
Ashlyn's 2nd Thanksgiving
Mike, Tony, and Aric
me and Wil
What is wrong with this picture? hehehe
Aric, Ashlyn, and our Thanksgiving feast!
delicate art of turkey-carving
Mike and Yvonne with their parents
Wil, Mike, Yvonne, me, Aric, Ashlyn, and Tony
Mocha, Yvonne, Pepper, Mike, and Ashlyn