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As I get older, I think my appreciation for my culture and heritage grows. Watching Korean historical dramas (yes, fictional) helps me realize why my peeps are the way they are and why traditions (some… not all) are so important to uphold.  While I was watching a historical drama, I just noticed how pretty Koreans did things in the past.  The foods were colorful and the Hanboks (Korean dresses) were so beautiful.  The dynasties and their customs… hierarchy… not so much. Haha.  I, often, wonder where I would fit into the hierarchy.  Peasant?  Slave? Noblewoman?  More and more I want to go to my motherland and immerse myself in the culture.  It saddens me a bit too to know that O will probably never fully understand what it means to be Korean.  I am a 1.5 generationer and I am stuck in the middle of two cultures.  For her, I’m sure more than not, she is American.  Yes, she looks yellow… but she will probably grow up adopting this lifestyle more.  Of course unless I shove her culture down her throat which is something I am not prone to do.

But I love seeing the prowess of Koreans. I mean, call it ethnocentrism, but I am proud. We have come such a long way from being considered a third world country to now being a leading enterprise in business and media.  It’s great.

To see people driving Korean cars in the US, using Korean brand electronics and telephones. People from all over watching Korean dramas and singing Korean songs.  Way to go, Psy. Amazing.  I’d never have guessed as a child that I would see this day. Learning to accept who and where you come from takes awhile.  As a kid, I always felt embarrassed that my middle name wasn’t American enough, I felt embarrassed when my mom sacked Kimbab… now, I am so glad that people are so diverse and learning to accept one another’s differences.

World, we have come a long way.  I just pray that life continues to evolve in a positive direction.

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"Holiday Cup:

I love it when these cups come out!!! It’s Official… the Holidays are here!!! Now just waiting for KOST 103.5 to turn on holiday music 24/7!!

Look at this picture!!! What a sight!!!  Ahahahahaha.  I know, I’m such a loser.  But I can’t help it.  Who can deny a cute Snowman, right?  My husb sent this to me.  He said it reminded him of me.  Sweet, unusual gesture from him… hehe. It could possibly be reminding him how crazy I am. 🙂

I love it.  It’s official.  The holidays are upon us.  Yahoo.  I know some people do not look forward to the holidays… bad memories maybe?  I don’t know.  But change that.  Make it yours.  Don’t let the past weigh you down.  Build fun memories for yourself.  That’s what I am trying to do for myself.  Who knows… maybe because I drown family and myself in it… O will not enjoy it later on… but that’s something for her to decide.  But while I’m still in charge… I want my memories with her to be festive, fun, and bright.

Last night, we went “Trick-or-Treating.”  (Yep, I write these way in advance!!!).  It was fun.  Hard to coordinate with 6.5 kids and 10 adults, but it was fun.  Hancock Park area goes all out.  I wish the streets were blocked off for better safety, but nonetheless, it was fun.  No hills makes it even better. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get a nice group photo of everyone, but trust and believe… all the kids looked amazeballs.

My gf daughter had thee best costume on.  It was Snow White… and she was dressed perfectly to the tee.  Snow White wig and everything.  Perfection.  I loved it.  My other gf, Jenn, made her kids Batman and Robbin costumes.  They looked store bought.  I swear, some of these moms are crazy crafty.  Me… I will let the manufacturers do the work.  Haha.

My daughter made a last minute decision to change her costume from Princess Jasmine to being a Pink Power Ranger Samurai (but I stood my ground and said no… because I knew there was no way to find a costume in a day!!!  Good job, mom!! Patting myself on the back) to being Strawberry Shortcake.  This was the initial costume fitting.  Hilarious.  She was good about wearing the wig for about a minute.  Then started complaining about it being itchy.  Thankfully, she wore it during her school parade.

"Strawberry Shortcake"

Loved that she was a good sport about the wig for the first 10 mins. Haha

These were the costumes from the morning:

"Costume Party"

Bestie and another friend from class…

The girls had a costume parade (a walk around the block), then fun crafts and games afterwards.  It was fun.  Nice and cold too.  I helped at the “Decorate a Pumpkin Scone” table.  I ate a few… I will admit it.  Charmed Scones, you are too yummy. Love Momma Val.  She makes the best scones ever.

"Strawberry Costume!!!"

The Dwarf Costume was handmade and hand drawn by my gf, Crissy

O’s counterpart C… couldn’t stand to wear the same costume twice (ahahahahaha… jk)… so she changed from a Doctor and became the most perfect little Snow White ever.  I wanted O to wear her Princess Jasmine costume so the girls could have a theme… but my stubborn little O said “no.”

The Perfect Snow White

O’s Bestie… as thee most PERFECT SNOW WHITE!!! I love this picture of her little finger in the air and her expression. These two are so cute together.

That’s C.  Isn’t she a doll?  I swear, her costume just made my night.  The best part… I asked her mom, “dude, how’d you get her to keep on the wig?  O refused.”

C’s Momma: “I told her I’d give her $20 bucks!!!”  Ruahahahahahahaha. Later while eating on Larchmont… her dad said, “I’ll buy you a puppy if you sit down.”  Ahahahahaha, they kill me. The things a parent has to do.

How was your Halloween?  Fill me in.  Post pictures.  I don’t have FB anymore, so you can post it onto my O’s Momma FB page or leave a comment here.


Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

It has been a tumultuous few weeks… maybe even months.  But watching my daughter have fun is the highlight in the reel of film that has been glum and sad to say the least.  This was taken during O’s first field trip for this year.  I hated the hay… and we all suffered afterwards… but being able to spend time with her an her friends was exactly what I needed.  My sister was in pure hell.  It was comedy watching the both of us hold tissues up to our runny noses.  She even hid in the car for a bit.

Perfect for the NON-CRAFTY people!!!

This was O’s and my attempt at a pumpkin.  My girlfriend, Jo, got one for her daughter while we were at the pumpkin patch and posted hers on Instagram and I thought… “omg, perfect for the mom/dad/adult who aren’t very crafty.”  Jo’s turned out way better.  Her daughter even had a mini version.  Super cute idea.

Such a great Hello Kitty Pumpkin… courtesy of my gf Crissy.

My gf texted this picture to me because she knows my obsession with Hello Kitty.  It’s the little things and gestures from your friends that remind you people think about you and care about you.  Simple pleasures.

Holiday Arts & Craft with O for the mommy/adult that does not know how to be crafty!!! Michael’s, you rock. This is on my sister’s door.

O and I made this one morning at my sister’s house.  We made it as a surprise for my family.  It’s just stickers, but looks good right?  And I didn’t have to kill a pine tree or whatever wreaths are made of.  I love spending time at my mom’s.  I don’t want to come back to my reality sometimes after being there for prolonged periods.  But I guess running away from your pain and emotions will at some point always come looking for you to fix.  I feel good these days though.  I feel like I am owning my womanhood, learning that I actually have a thing called “boundaries,” and being able to stand up for what I want and need in my life.

It’s beginning to Look a lot like Christmas… but the weather certainly doesn’t feel like it.

I love the holidays.  And I want my daughter to look forward to building great memories for herself as well.  My cousin will be put to rest today (Friday)… I still haven’t worked out why I have no tears.  I think subconsciously her death is a reminder for me that my sister is a survivor.  This is my first real experience with someone succumbing to the disease and it is a bit terrifying so I keep the reality of it at a distance.  Like I’ve said before, my sister survived.  My dad survived.  She was supposed to survive.  So her death conjures a great deal of fear in me because I know it could’ve been my sister.  It’s truly frightening.  I just hope her family can heal and be in a better place than they are now, because I am positive she is in a better place, free from pain.

Her death has made me really want to enjoy my life.  The way I want it.  So, I thank her immensely for touching my life in the way you have and helping me become stronger for myself.



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