Centenarian Longevity Celebration

My cousin posted this on FB already, but for those of you who aren’t on there, here’s a pic from the On Lok centenarian longevity celebration. My grandma, who will be 108 this year, is the eldest of this group (the 3rd from the left). She is still as sharp as ever, so we better visit her soon. She’s probably keeping track in her head how many times each of us have visited. :p


Here’s an interview for the local Chinese news station. Both her and the other lady that was interviewed shared that they read the Bible every day. My granny also said she eats a lot of fruits, but if you ask me, her secret to long life is eating chicken skin and Chinese bacon. I was going to do a translation for you, but it’s a little late for that sort of thing for my brain. :p My dad was also interviewed. Check it out!

Who is the oldest person you know?

Our Week in Photos (Week 16)

What Happened?
*Joyful Children’s Choir Performance
*BBQ with Friends
*Frozen at the library
*Last stitches-related appt
*Car Maintenance
*Park time at Manor Park, Sports Park, Marina Park, pocket park at the library
*Visit to the SPCA
*Sulphur Creek Nature Center Workshop at the library
*Spring Break Fun!
*SD’s 7th Birthday Party

What’s Happening?
*MOPS Spring Tea

What We Blogged This Week
*Moy Garden 2014
*Sushi-Making Party
*Wind and Bunnies

I made sure we got caught up with school work last Friday, and I did a deep(er) cleaning on Saturday. We were ready to play this week. And play, we did! I did not have a single plan for our week, and just played it by ear, which is super unlike me. We headed to a fun BBQ gathering across the Bay on Sunday. On Monday, my MIL took the girls to watch Frozen at the library. After hanging out with my nephew and parents on Tuesday, we had a little bike-riding, speed-walking time at Manor. On Wednesday, we hit up Sports Park with some friends. There was a Sulphur Creek Nature Center workshop at the library on Thursday, so Emily and I walked there. We were at the library’s pocket park for a bit for the workshop started. Norm took Melody for some car maintenance and ended up going for a Daddy Daughter date visiting car dealerships and even for a test drive, and seeing bunnies at the SPCA. On Friday, we met up with friends at Marina Park for lots of biking down the hill. :) And we ended the week with a bang, celebrating SD’s 7th birthday at Sheffield Park for a water gun fight. And so ends our spring break. It is always a good week when family, friends, and food are involved. What are/were your plans for spring break?

- Joyce

Click here or on the image(s) below, and then click on slideshow on the upper right hand side. My creative captions are a must-read. :p

*Note: If when you click on the slideshow, it brings you to the photo album, just close it and continue to watch the slideshow on our blog.

Wind and Bunnies

Last time, Emily got a chance to take a test drive with me in a MINI Cooper S Convertible while our Acura RDX was being serviced.  This time it was Melody’s turn.  She liked the wind flowing through her hair like her sister.  Who doesn’t?


Emily back in late September 2013…


Melody also had a chance to go to the East Bay SPCA in Dublin to donate some old towels.  She also wanted to spend some time petting her favorite animal while she was there: bunnies (or rabbits).  The SPCA usually only has cats and dogs, but lucky for Melody they had two bunnies in the classroom: Peach (lighter peach colored one that is an American Fuzzy Lop cross) and Ham (the darker brown colored one that is a Holland Lop cross).  Melody said, “they’re cute and soft.”  Thanks for the wonderful opportunity and experience East Bay SPCA!


- Norm

Sushi-Making Party

This is what happens when Norm’s in a festive mood. He plans a sushi-making party for his birthday. :p

For a sushi-making party, you need rice. Lots and lots of rice.

Spam is also involved.


The spread…we need to learn to make some baked rolls. We had chow mein, potstickers (aka gyoza), inari, assorted rolls, spam musubi, miso soup, and edamame.

Another year wiser ;) There was ice cream cake and lots and lots of mochi. Noticing a theme here? :p


And I guess our new tradition is to take a group pic followed by a silly group pic. :) Missing is my older sis and her fam since they left a little early.

A few more photos can be seen AT THIS LINK.

Moy Garden 2014

We have spring break this week, so I figured we finish all the “work” so we can “play” all week. :)

On Saturday, I spent all day cleaning stuff inside the house…as in laundry, Swiffering, vacuuming, cleaning mirrors and windows, scrubbing the sinks, etc. Norm gave the lawn a much needed mow. Melody picked weeds. Emily? I’m not sure what she was doing. I think she was probably crafting or making sure to move our to-do Post-its to the completed side once we were done. :p

And since spring is indeed here, it was time to take a trip Evergreen Nursery.

None of us have a green thumb, so some plants don’t make it, but tomatoes have never failed us. :)

Even if you aren’t picking any plants up from the nursery, it is a fun place to visit. I think they have workshops from time to time. I think maybe we need to attend some of those workshops. :p


Taking a break?

Taking another break? :p

To be continued… come back to see what other plants the girls chose to plant in our garden this year. :)

Are you growing anything in your garden? What will you be growing?

Related posts:
*How Does Our Garden Grow
*Gardening Workshop

Our Week in Photos (Week 15)

What Happened?
*Stitch Fix shopping with friends
*Norm’s Birthday!
*Evergreen Nursery

What’s Happening?
*Car Maintenance…woohoo! :p
*SD’s 7th Birthday Party

What We Blogged This Week
*Parents’ Night Out

We finished off a busy weekend with shopping on Sunday at Stitch Fix…well, I did anyway. It was the Family and Friends sale. And we celebrated Norm’s birthday with both our families by making sushi together. (If anyone has tried any baked recipes, we’d love to try them.) We ended our week with a little bit of deep cleaning before we have some fun during spring break. Did you have spring break already, or will you be on spring break soon? What did you do, or what will you be doing? (Also, photo captions are by Melody this week, so watch the slideshow and enjoy her captions. She cracks me up! And also, I guess it’s our new tradition to take a silly pic during family gatherings.)

- Joyce

Click here or on the image(s) below, and then click on slideshow on the upper right hand side. My creative captions are a must-read. :p

*Note: If when you click on the slideshow, it brings you to the photo album, just close it and continue to watch the slideshow on our blog.

Parents’ Night Out {April Date Night}

Being more intentional about getting time together as a couple sans kiddos meant we had to put it on the calendar. At the end of 2013, I added a monthly date night onto our Google calendar for the 3rd Monday of the month. (I wrote more about Marriage Goals in Action at Next Level Mama.) We haven’t planned the dates much beyond that point. Most of our date nights have been having dinner out (because we’re wannabe foodies), but we have stretched ourselves to be creative before, so hopefully we can vary things through the year. Any date night ideas?

April Date Night
Our church’s children’s ministry had a Parents’ Night Out last Friday. After Melody’s choir rehearsal, I went to get Norm who just arrived home from work. We headed to church, and got the kids settled in. They were going to have a pizza dinner, crafts, and movie night. All the couples gathered to get some ground rules. We were not allowed to talk about our kids, our in-laws, work, or money. Then, we all headed off to our dates. The only other parameter was that we would be back by 9:30PM to get our kiddos.

The Place
During our February Date Night, we wanted to try iSushi, but they were closed on Mondays. You are probably noticing a theme with our date nights. Food is usually involved…although there are going to be more of these Parents’ Night Out, and I think it is long enough for us to catch a movie next time. We haven’t been to the theater since before we were married…2004, I think. iSushi is a small restaurant in Castro Village. Norm made reservations, so we were sure to get a seat.

The Food
They had the usual rolls there, but we decided to try some of their specialty items. Norm will probably do a review of the place soon.

Eric & Lori ~ Club K9: Tempura scallop & asparagus w/ 3 special  sauces

Here is the owner showing the jumbo prawns!

Norm was lucky there was botan ebi this particular day. Usually there is only the amaebi. I tried botan ebi for the first time.

Danielle: Hand torch Kobe beef with tuna & fresh wasabi
Rene & Spring, which I can’t remember what was in it, but it is something with chocolate, strawberry, and salmon…

Green tea ice cream on the house

The Activity
It actually really took us the whole time to have dinner. The place was super packed since it was a Friday night, and it is a popular restaurant. The dishes we ordered also had a wait time on the menu. We didn’t mind since we were kids-free! Since there were the few things we couldn’t talk about, we ended up chatting away about our upcoming vacation and future vacations. I think we might also talked about sports, because that’s obviously what you do on a date, right? We were also wondering what some of the other couples were up to. I think another couple also went out for sushi, and another went out for BBQ.

We failed at getting an “us” photo again, but here we are on our date night. I still think this is an interesting pic of me because it looks like I have bangs and layered hair. I don’t have bangs or layered hair. :p

A huge thanks to our children’s ministry director and some of the college students at our church who hung out with our kids for the evening while we went out. :)