My cousin, Jiyong, often comes to the US near Thanksgiving. This year, he brought his daughter, Kiwon for the first time. The spent the holiday in Michigan with my family and his brother's family before coming to LA for a couple days in Disneyland We were able to meet up for lunch on Saturday in at The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica before we started our drive home.
It was a short visit, but were were very glad to be able to see them. We all enjoyed our time on the beach. For a beautiful Saturday afternoon, I'm not sure why there weren't more people out there.
This year, Grace's mom and dad hosted Thanksgiving at their new home in Los Angeles. When I say Los Angeles, I mean in the heart of K-Town, just like they like it. Mom and dad both added their flair, which has resulted in a beautiful house in the style of post-modern Korean dramas.
Addy and Charles's family spent the week in SoCal (at his parents house) and they all joined us for Thanksgiving. Dave came in from NYC. Ann and Jeremy brought the whole family, including baby Elsen, Emme and Murphy. The first holiday Murphy spent with us was Christmas 2004, when he was just a puppy.
On Friday, we went to Hillstones for lunch with Ann and Jeremy and then blended in with the tourists on 3rd St in Santa Monica. Friday dinner was with Grace's uncle's family and some other Park friends.
Saturday, we got up to watch the Michigan game and we left when things were all tied in the 4th quarter. That was the last time I remember feeling thankful. Just kidding. We have so much for which to be thankful and spending time with family was a great reminder.
Thanks, mom and dad Park for a great Thanksgiving weekend.
On Saturday, November 23rd, Clara and Mike invited us to stay over at their house in Tirubon. Our kids used to go to school together and play weekly, but since they moved, we all have been missing them.
I'm not sure I've ever seen Mike cook (nor has he seen me), but he had his Thomas Keller cookbook out and was preparing a very serious meal for us with Clara. It was delicious. After dinner, Mike made a fire and the kids enjoyed smores.
After a great night's rest, the kids were at it again, running around their "backyard," which is either the deck, the beach, or both. The Binzers came down the hill and we all had brunch together.
We had a great time with the families together again. Hope we do it again soon. Thanks, Moons!
On Saturday, November 23rd, Lucas had his final promotion test for Mighty Monkees. He did great and earned his white-black belt. I think he'll continue on to the big kids class as he seems to really enjoy it.
Proud of the little guy.
On Friday, November 22nd, Grace's new company, Stripe, hosted Thanksgiving dinner for the company and their families. Their chef prepared an amazing traditional Thanksgiving feast, which was delicious. The kids and I had a great time hanging out at mommy's office.
I'm thankful for Grace's new job and the wonderful people with whom she works.
On Thursday, November 21st, Lisa and Brian hosted a beautiful dinner at the Everlane Offices to celebrate the company's 2nd birthday. Both the dinner and the company were wonderful. It only matters how the kareoke finishes, and I'm sure it was strong.
Thanks for a memorable evening, Sugars!
Grace LOVES Adam Levine. Thanks to Melissa who picked up an extra copy of People's SMA issue. Check out one of our beautiful ShopStyle print ads inside!
On Saturday, November 16th, we hosted all Michigan fans from near and far. Dr. Jin Park was in town, so many of our friends, including all our local buddies came over for the game. By hosted, I mean we ordered in and put beer on ice.
One major issue is that Comcast only offers the Big Ten channel in SD, which actually looks like trying to receive SD using rabbit ears from a ship at sea. Thankfully, my buddy, Eddie, has Big Ten channel in HD (thanks Verizion FIOS), and he allowed me to use his slingbox from his home in Virginia. It looked great!
What was even better was the outcome. Finally, a W. My poor Wildcats just can't win a game, but in this case, I'm thankful. Go Blue all the way!