Ski Week in Tahoe with Moons and Uncle Dave

The last couple of ski weeks, we went to Colorado in search of snow. However, this year’s wet weather gave us more confidence that Tahoe would work out and we got even more than we bargained for. We rented a house with the Moons in Martis Camp. Their brother, Ed, joined us and then Dave came up for the second half of the week. We ran into friends from home and school, including Mrs. Zirelli, who was both kids’ first grade teacher, and Mrs. Lawson, Olivia’s teacher this year.

We arrived on Saturday just as a storm was coming in. It started snowing and basically didn’t stop for the week we were there. The first couple days it was dumping heavy, wet snow. It cooled down after that and the snow turned light and powdery. It was the most powder I’ve skied just about anywhere. The first day was a little tough for Olivia and Lucas, but when the snow lightened up, they got the hang of it.

We skied six days straight, which is a record for us. By the end of the week, Olivia was crushing some legit black diamonds and skiing the glades. On the last couple days, Lucas also opted for some real black diamonds. He struggled a bit with a full steep mogul run, but got back on his fast groomer and skied about a third of his last run through the glades.

Grace cooked a lot during the week, so we only made it into the village on the last night. Everyone was pretty tired, but Lucas got hooked on Settlers of Catan and really wanted to play. He stayed up until 12:15am to crush me and was quite pleased with his domination (with Grace). We had a great time together with our friends and look forward to our next adventure together.

My First Prime Rib

Grace went down to San Diego for a girls weekend with Ann. My parents and Jen were in town and both of our ovens were out of order. I decided to try a prime rib on the Big Green Egg. I had no idea what I was doing, but figured it out along the way. The nice folks at Pape’s helped me choose the right size and seasoned it for me as I was in a hurry. Jen and my mom helped with the sides and all came together beautifully. Dave ended up joining us for dinner and Grace made it home in time to enjoy some, too.

I learned a few things that I’ll remember for next time. That said, it turned out great and I’m happy I tried it.

Olivia’s 9th Birthday Dinner with Family

We had all of our families together at our house for Olivia’s 9th birthday. It was a relaxing day at home with the kids’s cousins, aunts and uncles and all their grandparents. Hopefully she’ll remember these special family times together.

Happy Birthday, Olivia! You’re still the sweetest and we love you so much. Here’s to your last single-digit birthday (sniff).

Addy and Charles’s Going Away BBQ

Addy, Charles, Delaney and Cameron are heading east in just about a month. We’ve been lucky to have them back in the bay area all these years, but NY is calling them. Grace’s parents were in town for the week to help out with the kids and Dave was in town, too. All of us joined neighbors and friends at Addy and Charles’s house for a going away BBQ.

We’re all going to miss having them nearby, especially Olivia and Lucas, who are already missing their cousins.

Spring Break in NYC – Day 6 – Cousins!

Sunday was our final full day in NYC. After a late night, we had to wake up early for breakfast. Ana, Bobby and the kids came into Manhattan to meet us at Ai Fiori. Colin and Caden are growing up fast and all the kids had fun together.

We were just a couple blocks away from Dave’s place, so we stopped by. He moved into a two-bedroom in the same building with Charles while he has been commuting from the Bay Area. The 270-degree views were amazing, but I have to admit the windows at the floor gave me a bit of vertigo. I had to retreat to the interior of the apartment.

Ellie and Sandor graciously hosted all the families, including Dave and Grace’s parents for lunch. Sunday was Dave’s actual birthday, so we got to celebrate 4-0 again. This was our first chance to meet baby Lily and baby Max. Both are super cute. Each of us, including Olivia, took our turns with the babies. We spent all afternoon together, including a marathon session in the play room and basement. In the small world department, I ran into a high school friend, who happens to live in the same building.

Afterwards, we headed straight to Jen’s, who hosted everyone for dinner. Liz and Clarence joined us there as they had sports all day. I tried to turn down the magenta on Clarence, but it turned out it was just his sunburn. All of these cousins wore each other out some more. It was a great family reunion.

We went home to pack and get in a few hours of sleep before our 7:30am flight. The kids weren’t too compliant for their 5am wake-up, especially because we stayed on West coast time all week. We bid farewell to our hotel. Ironically, we had the amazing Central Park view, but didn’t enter the park once. Until next time, NYC!

Spring Break in NYC – Days 4 and 5 – K-Town, Brooklyn, Statue of Liberty, Dave’s 40th

On April 10th, we slept in a bit and headed to Koreatown for lunch with the families. Grace’s parents also came to town, so we all met up at BCD Tofu. Coincidentally, we ran into Sandor and Xavier, who were having a boys day out. Afterwards, Grace went to meet Sueann, so I took the opportunity to take the kids to Brooklyn to see Jeffrey. We didn’t pick a spot to meet, so Google just told me to take the M to Williamsburg and get off at the first stop. I admit to being a bit turned around and there wasn’t a cab in sight. I got pointed in the right direction and started to walk. Lucas, of course, wasn’t up for a big walk and Olivia had to potty, so we popped into the first civilized establishment, which was some hipster café. Jeffrey came to meet us there.

We got a ride to the L and took that too 8th to transfer uptown. Lucas was so sleepy, he just sat down on the floor of the train and Olivia joined him. When we got back, Jeanah came over to visit and eventually Grace came back, too. We ordered room service and had dinner together.

On Saturday morning, everyone met up at Battery Park for a trip out to the Statue of Liberty. The kids were excited and this was was my first trip, too (that I can remember). We stopped briefly at Ellis Island before coming back to Manhattan for lunch (K-town again).

That evening, we all gathered again at Del Frisco’s for the main purpose of the trip, which was to celebrate Dave turning 40. Minwha and Jae came in from Connecticut. We all had a great meal together.

Happy 40th, Dave!

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