Eemoh’s 80th Birthday Party

My aunt celebrated her 80th birthday Saturday, August 18th, in New Jersey with many family and friends. I took the red-eye solo to represent our family for this important milestone. She is the rock of the entire Hau clan.

I arrived very early in the morning and stopped by Bobby’s house to see the family. We had breakfast together in Ridgewood, which is a super cute town. Afterwards I made my way to the party, which was on the Hudson River. My parents had come from Michigan and were staying with Jen.

There were many toasts and speeches by the children and grandchildren. There was entertainment from live action, live music and music videos. The Haus are incredibly theatrical!

Afterwards, we went to Ellie and Sandor’s beautiful new home in Rye, not far from Addy and Charles. There, I finally got to meet #4, Spencer. They were kind enough to put me up for the night. On Sunday, I drove into Manhattan with  Eemoh and met up with my parents and Jen for my first viewing of “Crazy Rich Asians” and lunch at Quality Italian. It was a super short trip, but important and memorable family time.

Happy 80th Birthday, Eemoh!

NYC For The Holidays – Day 7: Visiting the Milano-Sessines in CT and Meeting Colin Kim

December 27, 2013

  • We drove out to Guilford, CT, to visit Jen, Mike, Zoe and Owen at their home
  • We had an amazing lunch of spaghetti and (local) clams – thanks for hosting us!
  • The kids played so well together while the adults caught up on the last year and a half since we last saw each other
  • On the way back into Manhattan, we stopped in West New York to visit Ana, Bobby, Caden and baby Colin. It was great to meet the little guy (3 weeks old!)
  • I dropped the family off at Dave’s place. Jen let us borrow her car for our little road trips, which was super helpful and generous. This was the best time to return it, so I dropped it off at her garage and took the subway downtown from 125th St. I had no idea what I was doing, but took the “S” shuttle from Grand Central to Times Square. It’s always amazing to take photos at night in Times Square.
  • I asked Grace if she needed anything and a six-pack of Stella and Vitamin Water were her only requests

NYC For The Holidays – Day 5: Brunch at Jen’s and Christmas at Haus

December 25, 2013

  • Jen hosted Christmas brunch at her place with my parents
  • Sam (the elf) mysteriously found his way to East Harlem to make sure Santa delivered all the presents to Jen’s
  • The kids received too many presents from Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Jen, and Santa
  • We went over to Liz and Clarence’s house to spend Christmas with all the cousins
  • The kids received even more presents from all of our generous cousins and eemoh
  • Grace won the speed poker tournament
  • Dinner was amazing and all my favorite holiday foods were represented
  • Our white elephant gift exchange was as dynamic as ever with a big group and a three-steal maximum
  • Sandor had the last laugh with his hodgepodge of crap (DVDs, books, crap) – there should have been a $100 bill in that bag of crap. But, there was at least a wrapped Kindle in there. Ha!

Thanks again, Haus, for hosting all of us. Merry Christmas!

Cousins

On Saturday, June 5, after the wedding, we went back to Liz and Clarence’s house to pick up the kids. We enjoyed one final feast with the family before we went back to Manhattan.

Bianca and Joon’s Wedding

The primary purpose of our trip to the East Coast was to attend Bianca and Joon’s wedding. Although the kids were invited, we opted to leave them in the good care of their family in NJ. The wedding was like a Michigan reunion, bringing together so many people with whom I grew up and went to college. There was much to report from the wedding, but here’s the play-by-play in chronological order: