Monday, September 29, 2014

My Husband, the Gardener

We have a small patio in our apartment but that doesn't stop Russell from growing a whole bunch of fun things.

Here's a few plants growing in our balcony:

Peppers





Herbs
Mint
Basil
Thyme

Green Onions and Tomatoes 

No tomatoes pictured

Papaya
Grown from seed from my dad's papaya tree

Cantaloupe
Don't ask.

And...Tea plants

Lemongrass, chamomile, catnip, a bunch of other ones with names I forgot

We actually just had our first cup of tea harvested from our own tea plants! Mmm. I've asked Russell to grow me some lettuce but so far those seeds haven't sprouted. Also, he's planted me some flowers upon my request and they've grown, blossomed...and died. So looks like we will stick to planting edible plants which is a-ok by me.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Oroville, CA

Russ and I went up to Oroville a weekend ago. It was his grandma's 80th birthday and the whole family came out to Aunt Linda's house. [Side note, Aunt Linda kind of has the party house. We got married on her ranch because it's such a fun place. She makes her own wine, makes homemade ice cream, has a pond, great wrap-around porch, and not to mention the beautiful scenery] Many of these people we haven't seen since our wedding so it was a treat to be able to catch up with everyone again.

Time to sing Happy Birthday to Grandma!
While we were there, there were lots of activities to do. Aunt Linda had set up a 2-player basketball game similar to what you find in arcades, there were water guns, bubbles, a beach ball...there was a lot going on and what can I say except party house.

Also, we did a lot of things I normally don't do (or have ever done, actually), such as...

Fishing:
Trying.

Russell's family has a lot of professional fishers in it. His cousins win fishing tournaments. It's that serious. So of course, fishing poles were brought out and Russell tried teaching me. During my brief time trying, his cousins would shout suggestions from across the pond. "Reel it in faster!", "Try to cast it parallel to the where you're standing." I knew right then that fishing is never going to be my thing. When I handed Russ the fishing pole, he caught a pretty big bass (see picture above) almost instantly. I mean, the skill must run in his family, right??

We also went sailing (Wait, what? Yup, sailing. In Aunt Linda's pond which is deeper than it looks):

Mini sailboat, during sunset. I was lucky enough to experience this.

When the little cousins went, they just rowed the boat. But later on Russ wanted to try the sail. Little Addy (who was also one of my flower girls!) was brave enough to join us. I have to admit, she was braver than I. I kept fearing that the boat would topple over and her reasoning would pierce through my fears when she calmly explained, "...but there isn't even any wind."

Our dog Lewis had a fun time too. He amazed many of the guests with his "Bang!" trick which is when you yell bang! and he comes to your feet and lays down on his back to play dead. Sweet dog.

Doggy dog world.
Even though it was only a weekend, it's always nice to be back in Oroville. The scenery never ceases to amaze me.




Thursday, September 11, 2014

New York, New York

I didn't realize how many pictures I took in New York. It took me awhile to go through all of them. So here you go...

The Henrys Take New York City:



Times Square 

NY Skyline

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Reflection

Whew, the whirlwind that was July and the first half of August has finally gone and past. It's bittersweet watching family and friends fly back to their own homes while being left here to drive them to airports and watch them leave.

The past couple of months have been tiring but joyous. It was the good kind of tired. The kind that leaves you in a good sleep and a smile for days. I love seeing my extended family since it's not often that we're all in the same country let alone the same state. I have witnessed 3 weddings this past summer alone and it has left my heart dreamy and full. I love these people. I love the people they married. It gives me hope knowing that in this broken world where people say there's a 50% chance of divorce in America, I know there are good marriages out there who make up the other happy half of the 50%. My cup is half full, folks!

I can't believe it's almost September which means it's almost fall! My summer zoomed by. Russ and I finally get a weekend where we get to stay at home, in Carlsbad. Since mid-June, we've been gone every weekend. For a home-body like Russell, this is tiring and wearisome. For someone like me who likes to get out of the house often, it was also tiring and wearisome. Our schedule was jam-packed...this is what happens when your love language is quality time--you end up deciding that every weekend invitation to spend with friends is worth it. Now, I am learning the value of rest. It's good to see friends and to keep in touch but it's also good to spend time at home and let your body rest. These are the things my husband helps me learn.

Last weekend, husband and I were away for the weekend again but this time, it was just the two of us. Remember when Russell bought me tickets to New York for our one year anniversary? Yeah, well we finally went on that trip. It was memorable and so awesome that it deserves its own post. Keep an eye out for my next blog entry ;)


Friday, August 22, 2014

Surfing | July 26, 2014

While the Canadian cousins were here, one of the things they wanted to try out was surfing. Good thing my brother-in-law loves all activities that involve the ocean so we were able to borrow his surfboards, paddleboards, and wetsuits.

Here are some pictures of my family looking all California:

Facing the waters
From left: James, Jacob, Russell, and Abby
Jacob with a long board
California babes
Husband and little brother