June 23, 2016

Who do you love more...mom or dad?


Since Father's Day was last weekend and Mother's Day was yesterday, I mean last month, I'm doing a side by side comparison on which parent's day outshined the other.  Just kidding.  You can't put a monetary value on love but retail trends do prove more money is forked over on Mother's Day than Father's Day.  What does that tell you? Moms rule...and Dads are o.k. with it.

The pictures on the left or top side are from Mother's Day and the right or bottom side are from Father's Day.  It's not a contest but clearly, I'm the kid's favorite.

We had artisan paper bags crafted for us.


Her lox/bagels vs. his coffee/Legos.


Flowers to go around.


Super store sprees on the eve.

Frys vs. Target

Taking turns with these three.

South Coast Botanical Garden

From a botanical garden to a cultural institution...

Japanese American Museum

We explored vast terrains.


Spotted flying insects.


Nourished a few birds.


Stared at koi fish.


And David and I sat across both dads during Korean BBQ - delish!!

Manna Little Toyko

I miss my Mom in silence not just on Mother's Day but everyday.  She believed most women did better and knew better.  If she were around I'd still be hearing, "Yo fatha know na-ding laaa!" Translation: "Your father knows nothing." HA!

Luckily my kids have a father who knows quite a lot.

June 20, 2016

Luxury on Lake San Marcos (you would think)

The Lakehouse resort and spa on the beautiful Lake San Marcos. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

We fled the valley and headed to the lake.  We had a short yet blissful time in San Marcos.  

The Lakehouse resort and spa on the beautiful Lake San Marcos. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

Though what seemed like a tranquil escape really was a tense vacation.  Stomach virus's consumed two.  Late nights induced cranky, tired kids.  Constant whining from them and yelling from us.  We even had a designated time-out corner in our lake side room.  Sunshine and sun tans evoked more warfare.  And Legoland couldn't solve all our family drama.

The Lakehouse resort and spa on the beautiful Lake San Marcos. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

Could it be because we stayed in building 4? Bad luck number in Chinese.

On the other hand...in between all the hysteria we did have moments of good cheer. 

The Lakehouse resort and spa on the beautiful Lake San Marcos. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

We found ourselves living poolside.

The Lakehouse resort and spa on the beautiful Lake San Marcos. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

I realized the kids relaxation style is without doubt by the pool.

The Lakehouse resort and spa on the beautiful Lake San Marcos. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

They weren't interested in kayaking or paddle boarding.  

The Lakehouse resort and spa on the beautiful Lake San Marcos. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

Prior to checking in...

The Lakehouse resort and spa on the beautiful Lake San Marcos. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

We dropped Pickles off at the BnB.  This was his first time away from home.

West Pack BnB in Van Nuys for cage free boarding

We communicated with lots of pictures via text during his stay there.  I heard he was very sociable.

West Pack BnB in Van Nuys for cage free boarding

Back to our trip, one night we drove to Escondido to Stone Brewing.  David's favorite excursion of the trip.

Stone Brewing in Escondido, CA.

Balmy and breezy after hours.

The Lakehouse resort and spa on the beautiful Lake San Marcos. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

Game nights.

The Lakehouse resort and spa on the beautiful Lake San Marcos. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

S'more fun.

The Lakehouse resort and spa on the beautiful Lake San Marcos. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

Room service is such a treat!!

The Lakehouse resort and spa on the beautiful Lake San Marcos. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

Not sure how many more years I can take of Legoland.  But the new Ninjago World was pretty cool.

Ninjago World at Legoland. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

Only five minute wait times.  We went on a good day!

Ninjago World. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

Cut to brownie making...

Brownie making. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

Resume to the Ninjago ride.

Ninjago World. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

The things I make them pose in.  Truman driving a purple car makes me laugh.

Lego Friends at Legoland. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

We voyaged to the Sea Life Aquarium for the first time.

Sea Life Aquarium at Legoland. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

It's just the right size to settle down after an extensive trek around Legoland.

Sea Life Aquarium at Legoland. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

The kids liked the scavenger hunt.

Sea Life Aquarium at Legoland. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

Done-for-the-day vibes.

Sea Life Aquarium. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

Night swimming to unwind...

The Lakehouse resort and spa on the beautiful Lake San Marcos. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

With a nightcap by the fire pit.

The Lakehouse resort and spa on the beautiful Lake San Marcos. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

Overall, we happily indulged.

Big Apple Bagels in San Marcos, CA. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

Gained new insight into one another.

The Lakehouse resort and spa on the beautiful Lake San Marcos. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

David still loves me and hasn't run out on us...yet.

Stone Brewing in Escondido, CA. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

Thank you for the memories San Diego county.  You've gone down in Hui history as another exhausting family trip.

San Diego County road trip. The Lakehouse resort and spa on the beautiful Lake San Marcos. See more photos at www.growinguphui.com

Pickles was all played out when he got home too.  He slept for two days!!!

West Pack BnB in Van Nuys for cage free boarding sends goody bag home.

June 12, 2016

This week in pictures | June 6-12, 2016

Oh hi there! Here are a few snaps of our last week before summer vacation!!


A house divided.


A heart divided.


Spring's harvest produced only one homegrown cherry tomato.  We celebrated by splitting it five ways!!


Transporting precious cargo for the 5th grade graduation.


On lei duty.


Truman has to wait one more year for his.


Oh BOY!!


Take one.


Take two.  Much better.


Origami sale.


Little girl sushi.


Big girl sushi.  Girls night out was so fun!


Anna and I made a beauty mask run before dinner.


One the best things about summer vacation is the kids feed themselves so I can sleep in.


It's going to be a fancy summer!


Have a great week! XO!!