into the wild

First day of First Grade at a brand new school, brand new town, and a brand new state. Many things are “new” today but he handled it very well. Even with a walking limb, he enjoyed the school playground. He even found a new friend right away. Way to go, my boy!

I made a bento box for his lunch, and he ate everything, including two pieces of lettuce I placed at the bottom for decorative purposes. Okayyy, that’s a good sign. I hope he will keep up with the good effort.

On the way home he saw my Mom standing at the front door waiting, he immediately walk-limbed over to hug her. That was sweet.😀

*me praying*

Please please no more behavioral notes and reminders from the teacher this year…please please!

And yes, my Mom is here in SF Bay area for the first time; she just arrived yesterday.

from Marin to Sonoma

the serenity of life

Guess where we went yesterday?

One of Mr. O’s colleagues invited us to come up to their cabin in Sonoma County for lunch. It’s about two-hour drive from where we lived, but the colleague suggested taking a scenic drive, which took us more than four hours.

But I am not complaining…it was just beautiful and exciting and amazing and natural and…I was lost for words at one point or another because I just could not come up with proper adjectives to describe the experience.

I was born in a coastal town, so I love the ocean. Although I am not a beach girl per se, I think the ocean is my kind of landscape. Driving through the northern part of Pacific Coast Highway just brought me back to this particular experience — half deja vu, half euphoric, with some delirium adding on top — I was mesmerized at how this beautiful place could exist like that…and I was lucky to be there.

No wonder the word “breathtaking” exists…the scenery took my breath away. 

tóc gió tung bay. I had a nice hair-day yesterday.

While driving through thick groves of tall and mature eucalyptus trees we breathed in its sensational scent and aroma filling in the air. It was like a natural session of aromatherapy. I was healed from whatever ailment I had had. 

Then the fog…making parts of the drive so dreamy.

the fog covered mountain tops, and some descended down onto the valleys and pastures. 

Very tall redwood trees at the cabin.

Small but cozy and homey cabin in the woods, surrounded by redwood trees

I think Marin and Sonoma are two beautiful names for girls.😀 Maybe I should keep them on my list for the next child. Just kidding. No more no more…we are done with that!

Hàng xóm xa gần

Không biết gia đình nào trong xóm mở tiệc mà đi cả ngày về thấy mấy chục chiếc xe đủ loại lớn nhỏ đậu đầy hai ba quảng đường.  Lúc quẹo vô ngõ đường C thấy hai ba chú sồn sồn ăn mặc chỉnh chu bước ta khỏi xe tiến về mé bên kia đường sau nhà mình. 

Bây giờ mình đang đứng trong phòng mà vẫn nghe tiếng nhạc xập   xình vang lên một âm điệu vui tươi. 

Người ta chắc đang tiệc tùng vui lắm đây. 

The first cut is the deepest

Like this…

Well, there are two cuts on this one. And he cried his heart out as blood dripped profusely onto my hands at the park. I had to wrap a clean towel around the foot and tied with a rubber band before driving seven miles to the nearest hospital. 

After four hours in the ER, and two stitches for the deepest cut, he knows that from now on he should put his shoes on while running wild at the park. I told him so many times today. 

Lesson learned the painful way. Literally, it was a really painful lesson for him. 


For a little guy whose hobby is running and jumping around, this experience is going to be a challenge for him. Let’s see how well can he handle being partially immobile for ten days. 

And school starts on Monday!

*the title is taken from a Cat Steven’s song.