So many wonderful things have happened to our family in the past month! I had such an amazing end to 2013. My schedule was so jam packed with activities I didn't even have time to breathe! I got to go home for 2 weeks and reunite with my family and friends. It was short with every minute well spent. With my jet-lag, it was very difficult to find the energy to stay awake but I wanted to make the most of it, so I would drink lots of coffee, power through the day with the family, then take a 10 minute nap after dinner and meet up with my friends at night.
There was so much laughter and happiness shared, many fruitful conversations, and always over great food! I often get a little homesick after I leave, but this time was special, and it's taking me awhile to adjust back to LA life. So.. without further delay, I'll let my sisters announce the great news :D
I couldn't agree more with what Court said, it was indeed an amazing and special holiday. I originally expected it to be like all our other great Christmases – the same fun parties, delicious family dinners, opening presents, but this year’s was definitely unique. While the parties and celebrations remained the same, the dynamics have completely changed. On Christmas day, we had the entire family in our living room opening presents - from our 90 year-old grandparents to Trish and Ed's new babies. If you can't picture it, check out our little montage below for a glimpse into our day. I think the highlight was watching Maddie spend at least half an hour opening and playing with each gift. It was a nice change to have little ones around the tree.
I was spoiled and received one too many great gifts, but nothing prepared me for the biggest of all – a proposal from my now fiance (still getting used to saying that word) Tim, my best friend of 14 years who has been there for me through most everything… even after I broke his heart in high school. It was a "Yes" of course.
I am so grateful to have had such a lovely holiday surrounded by loved ones. Hope ya'll had a good one too, and wishing you a fantastic 2014.
Lastly... WELCOME Avery and WELCOME Tim!
It's been a busy December at the Tsui household. We welcomed our newest member, Avery, to the family on December 4. She's proving to be quite the feisty one, which I should have seen coming considering how active she was in the womb! We also celebrated Ed's birthday with over 20 of our friends at our annual white elephant gift exchange/Christmas dinner (a rather competitive/intense affair), followed by a busy Christmas/new year season with family and friends. Last week, Ed and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary - he treated me to a relaxing spa treatment at Bliss and a decadent 8-course dinner at Gaddi's, probably one of the nicest restaurants I've been to in Hong Kong! What a huge blessing this season has been - thankful for what God has been doing in our lives, and wonderful family and friends. Looking forward to what 2014 holds!
Maddie eating/attacking her own apple for the first time
The "Better than Sex" cake from Ms. B's Cakery (top left) for Ed's birthday - delicious chocolate truffle cake but not sure if it really lives up to its name. Maybe "Better-than-other-chocolate cakes" cake? Haha
1st course at Gaddi's: Sea bass tartar with cauliflower and caviar
4th course at Gaddi's: Poached egg with black truffle toast