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For years we’ve been talking about taking the kids to the snow, but haven’t gotten around to it. This year it finally happened! With another family joining us, we headed up to the mountains to a little place north of Sonora. This was the first time any of our kids has ever played in the snow, so it was definitely a memorable trip. We brought our sled that we bought for $5 at a garage sale many years ago, and it was definitely worth its value. They kids loved sledding, making snowballs, and playing in the snow. By the end of the day, we were tired, wet, cold, but happy! Now that we know how much fun it can be, we’re looking into investing in some snow gear and heading back to the mountains soon. Here’s a video of our trip:
I’m bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me.
In the annual Hsiao white elephant gift exchange, Timothy won and lost movie tickets, and thanks to Agon, got the tickets back. We went to see Wreck It Ralph – an arcade game character who is a bad guy who wants to be good. In the end, he realizes that being true to himself is the best way to be good, as opposed to trying to be someone else.
Christmas like any other holiday is as meaningful and enjoyable as the people you celebrate it with. And for most of us, Christmas is time with family and extended relatives. The Hsiao Christmas annual gathering is a long tradition, started by my wife’s grandparents many years ago. To be specific, it’s my wife’s mother’s parents. Even though they’ve gone on to be with the LORD, their legacy lives on. They preached and practiced “home sweet home” when they were alive. That tradition is carried on among their grandkids and great-grandkids. We were 39 strong this year. What a rich tradition our kids are inheriting! Highlights of the celebration include seeing some of their cousins, getting red envelops, and meeting the newest cousin. My prayer is our kids will learn to appreciate and hopefully carry-on the tradition.
Last year the kids saw a magician perform with a Chinese yo-yo (or diabolo), and since then, they’ve been asking for one. Their grandparents live in Asia and visit the States often, and recently, their grandpa brought back three diabolos – one for each of the kids. Yesterday they got their first crack at playing with them. Like any new toys, it takes some practice and experience to get the full enjoyment if it. Getting the diabolos to start spinning is the first challenge, and after an hour, they were minimally successful. We’ll see how long their interests last and how far they can go with their new toy.
Here’s a video of what you can do with a diabolo: Diabolo Tricks
Timothy and I love riding. We would be riding together all the time, but the problem is I don’t own a bike. On the first day of my winter break, I borrowed my neighbor’s bike, and went on an hour ride around town. We visited friends, explored new routes, and just enjoyed each other’s company. It’s a father-son bonding opportunity. I can’t wait until my other kids start riding and we all ride together.
About twice a year, we visit LA, and without fail, we make it a point to get “duck bread” or better known as Peking Duck. The kids talk about it all the time, but because where we live, there is none to be found. As a result, for the past few years the first meal in LA is at China Tea House in Torrance, where they serve duck bread. The kids loved it, and so did we!
Today Theo reached an important milestone. He “gave up” his bib. He’s going to eat like an adult. While he did it with pride when I was taking this picture, that evening he cried, as well as the morning after – asking if he can have his bib back. After some consolation, he was able to move forward in life without eating with a bib. So proud of him!