Sunday I celebrated my 35th birthday. I originally wanted to go for a run in the morning but decided to just eat some pancakes instead at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House in Manhattan Beach.
The month of January has been a deluge of kid events. We celebrated Harrison’s 1st birthday at Brodard Chateau and picked the golf club for his Dol. We even got to do our first family portrait via caricature .
We spent another weekend watching Joy’s nieces and nephew play in their basketball league in burbank. Everyone was ready for Alice to his the court next season.Last weekend we celebrated May and Tony’s future child coming into the world at the Park in Temple City. Alice was such a good girl and social butterfly talking away with everyone who held her. We’re sure in trouble when she gets older.
The Holidays are now over, and i never could find anytime to update my blog. Honestly i just never got into the Holiday spirit this year, and i don’t know because i lost a mental month because of Alice, or because its been 75° in Los Angeles all of December. Here’a quick recap of all the things I did with all my friends.
December 21 – Han Party
Thao and Dinh threw their annal holiday party, and it was CRAZY. The food was awesome as usual, but there were a good 30 people that we didn’t know, and a good 10 more kids running around at knee level. We were pretty much bunkered up in one of the dens where we barely moved from. At least our kids had just enough room to kind of interact which one another.
December 22 – Le Party
The next day we went over to Tony and May’s new house for a house warming lunch with a smaller group of friends. It was a lot easier to catch up with the same friends from the night before with a little more room to stretch out.
Joy made my mom’s secret recipe cheesecake and got a lesson from her on how to decorate it.
December 26 – Pat’s Christmas Party
The day after Christmas Joy and I went over to her cousin Anne’s house where cousin Pat wanted to have all the kids over for a present opening party. All the kids had plenty of presents to open up and Alice got a few things too.
Joy is heading into full term tomorrow and basically all things are looking normal. Joy’s last week of work is going to be next week, and she’s looking forward to having a little time off before giving birth. Alice has been shiving Joy from the inside which is making it difficult for her to sleep some nights, but other than that she seems to be handling the pregnancy pretty well in my opinion.
We’ve hit the midway point of our childbirth preparation class that we’ve been taking at Kaiser Permanente in Anaheim every Wednesday night which while driving i want to take a turn to head to Disneyland, but once in class i find everything i’m learning is fascinating. I don’t know if i just never paid attention in class or actually never took an anatomy class but everything is new to me. Last night i watched my first child birth video which of course made me feel nervous, but now i have and i know what to expect.
Thankfully most of the people in class are pretty relaxed and while everyone is taking it serious everyone is a little sarcastic which lightens up the mood of the class. The other benefit is that one of the fathers owns a couple Cinnabons and so he brings in treats for us to snack on.
Back at home we’ve put away all our baby shower gifts, setup our stroller and installed our carseat base. We’re on a 20 day countdown until the due date so i’m going to pause my Sunday night basketball games and begin stretching daily for the work i’ll have to put in on dday.
Having Alice’s Baby Shower on September 28th wasn’t so much to ignore my own birthday, but actually give my sister two reasons to come back down to Los Angeles for the weekend. What better way to celebrate both our birthdays than dinner at Lawry’s once again. Looking back this is the third time we celebrated our birthdays at Lawry’s but the party will continue to get bigger with Kaylee joining the festivities this year.
(I’ve just been really busy at work and home to get to writing any blog postings but i’m going to catch up this week, i swear)
I signed up for the Disneyland 5k back in the winter time and knew it was a long ways away but kept up all summer going for 2 and 3 mile runs even during the weekdays. I couldn’t seem to get past running a 9:30 mile, and really tried to get it closer to a nine minute mile to beat my personal record (PR). Going into race day i was faced with a dilemma of racing by myself or walking with Joy since she’s pregnant, and my sister still sore from her minor surgery the week before. I planned on walking part of the race with them and running the last two miles.
Race morning I woke up at 3:30am to get ready and drive to Cerritos to pick up my sister, and get to Disneyland by 5:00am for our lineup. While waiting for our corral to be released i was still figuring out what to do, but once we were off, i said screw it and decided to walk the course too. I didn’t want to be left out of all the pictures i knew were going to be taken, but it was really hard not to just start jogging with so many other people really running. The other thing that made me feel better was that we weren’t given a timing chip so everything was basically off the record since it was just a “fun run.”
The course layout was entirely inside the ground of Disneyland, California Adventures, and Downtown Disney, and the first time we ran through, Joy was going as fast as possible, but this year we took our time and even back tracked a few times to get another picture. The course started off by going down Disney way that led to the back of DCA and we entered right next to Cars Land.
We stopped along with a bunch of other people to snap a shot in front of Radiator Springs Racers.
Then a stop in front of the the World of Color fountains. Where we almost didn’t get this shot because we had a cast member try 4 times and didn’t even take one picture. Thankfully we checked and got another runner to take an actual picture.
Then it was off to Disneyland where we circled the castle through Fantasyland, and Frontierland where we found Chip and Dale. Finally the home stretch had us run through Critter Country and out the back to head back towards Downtown Disney.
I had plenty of energy so i did a lot of slow motion running next to Joy, and some running forward and circling back to Joy to get my kicks in, but when we finally crossed the finish line my overall time for the 3.1 miles was slower than what it took me to run my 10k (6.2 miles) back in February with a time of 1:04:11.
Here we are with our Alice and Wonderland medals.
Six years ago when i first met Joy, i somehow convinced her to run a half marathon with me even though neither one of us had run more than a 5k before. It was early on in our dating timeline and i had some reservation about asking a girl i basically had just met to a date seven months into the future, but something inside told me just go for it. Looking back I think training together for the half-marathon was something that we really bonded over time with and got us to where we are now.
This year knowing that we were trying to get pregnant we only signed up to do the 5k instead of the halfathon, and it worked out well since of course Joy did get knocked up and wouldn’t have been able to do it. My sister joined us as well as she missed out on our half marathon for reasons i forget now.
Friday we went to the Health & Fitness Expo to pick up our bibs and t-shirts. I was disappointed that the 5k only got a hanes t-shirt, while all the other ones got an annual tech shirt, because this weekend ended up being so humid even in the morning. The cool thing about this year’s race was that it was Alice and Wonderland themed so it seemed so appropriate since we’re naming our daughter Alice as well.
I was hoping to pick up a new hat but unfortunately i’m not a fan of most running caps because they’re always so flimsy and thats all they had. After we picked up everything we headed out to Downtown Disney to have dinner with the cousins who drove up to meet up with us.
Today is my dad’s 69th birthday and this weekend he celebrated with all his friends. At this point I think he has more friends than i do, and they all showed up to wish him a happy birthday. I got to partake in all the tasty Thai food, a slice of a Porto’s cake, and finally got to witness the parents rocking out to their karaoke.
The morning before Joy and I got back on a plane from Portland to Long Beach I booked a photographer to take some maternity photos for us. Originally I thought I would just do them, but after thinking about it I figured it was probably best that somebody else take care of it, and went with Colleen Sparks. It also helped that the she’s also was Aziz’s neighbor.
It was beneficial since she was able to pick us up and bring us to Cathedral Park which sits underneath St. John’s Bridge which gives plenty of things to take pictures by. We spent about an hour shooting around the parks in various places and I think they came out pretty well.
The 4th of July seemed to creep on me this year, and thankfully i don’t really need to plan any activities since we seem to have a new tradition with Joy’s family. Thursday morning Joy and I packed up our beach gear and headed to Manhattan Beach to reserve a volleyball court. By 9am the beach was getting busy and we were lucky to get a really close parking spot. Soon later the entire 20 person clan arrived with lots of snacks and chair. My legs have been really hurting lately so i didn’t partake in the volleyball action but did get some good reading time in.
For dinner we all headed to Road to Seoul for some yummy Korean BBQ. Its still the only place that we can think of that can fit that many people and a pretty good deal per person.
It was a good day, and we got home before it got dark. We didn’t have to go very far to watch fireworks because we live in a slightly ghetto area so we just had to look out our windows for a good showing of illegal fireworks that went on from dusk to 11pm.
The rest of the Weekend
Friday morning Joy had to work and I had to bring the car in for an oil change, so Roland joined me for a round of golf at Iron-Wood 9. It was fun to play a course i grew up on, and haven’t played at for year. Sadly even though i can hit the ball so much farther i still scored pretty poorly, playing bogey golf the whole way through, but i beat Roland and thats what really counts.
Saturday morning Joy and I went on an easy hike at the Roy Rogers State Historic Park. Its pretty flat and wide 2.1 mile trail that is a circle path, with a slow incline that has a good view of the city at the top. There are lots of mountain bikers that use the trail we had to look around corners to make sure we weren’t going be run over.
Sunday morning we went to the Pasadena City College Flea Market with Joy’s friends and picked up some succulents cacti for the house. For lunch we headed to Kim Ky for some noodle soup.
I realized that i haven’t actually said anything about our impending new addition to our household, but by the end of the year i’ll be a dad. I can hardly still believe it but i guess it was bound to happen sooner or later.
Joy hit 19 weeks and it was time to find out the gender of the future kid and leading up to it people kept asking me if i preferred a boy or a girl and for the most part i didn’t care. But as people kept asking me i started to form an opinion and hoped for a boy and started to think about playing basketball and what not with him.
Friday we headed to the hospital to find out and well it turns out that we’re having a girl. Not that i’m really disappointed but i just need to adjust my thinking path. I still expect to have a second child and i was pretty happy growing up with an older sister too. I’ve also learned that girls are typically easier to handle in the early years since they’re smarter and generally easier to deal with.
We actually already started a blog fattyjr.com once we found out that Joy was with child. We’ll be doing most of the updates there and to keep this blog more kid less friendly.
I can’t believe that my sister’s kid is already 1 year old. Feels like yesterday that Kaylee was still just a fat ball of a human, and now she’s a babbling, walking machine. The whole family came down from SF to celebrate with family this weekend and we had much fun.
We ditched the baby on Friday night and went out to dinner at M.B. Post in Manhattan Beach which i’ve been meaning to go to for over a year, and randomly made RSVP for that night so it was perfect timing. It was a fun and tasty evening of just adults.
Saturday was the big day that was a luau theme, with lots of hawaiian food, and a Nemo themed cake. It was funny how many people were so excited when they learned it was a Paradise Cake from King’s Hawaiian.
Sunday morning Nina met up with Joy and I back at Manhattan Beach to enjoy some ice cream for breakfast, and enjoy the sun on the sand. We also went to the Aquarium at the end of the pier to check out the fishies. After some fun time we went back to Cerritos for some Dim Sum with our parents.