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Alone with Grandma

Someone had to pick Grandma up so I volunteered. I agreed to pick her up not only because I wanted her company, but to experience the conversation we were about to have in the car. If there is one thing you should know about me, it’s that my 5 year old cousin Logan can have a longer Vietnamese conversation with my Grandma then I can. I know, so sad.

So once in the car, her questions and comments start rolling in. As she’s asking me questions, I’m quickly trying to figure out how I’ll answer in Vietnamese. Out comes a poorly pronounced Vietnamese word, mixed with English words. Poor Grandma probably thinks all those times she babysat me were pointless!

I thought I understood Vietnamese pretty well but I guess not! There was a point in our quick car ride where she mentioned my Grandpa. She was reminiscing on old but happy memories and told me she missed him. After that, I heard her ask me if I had recently visited his grave. I responded with a “No.” All of a sudden she turned to me with shock! It was weird she responded like that because I thought it was a given that everyone knows I don’t visit him as much as I should, so I sincerely apologized. Then she goes, in Vietnamese, “You don’t love me?!”

OMG. My Grandma asked me if I loved her and NOT if I visited my Grandpa!

Because I couldn’t understand her, I accidentally told my Grandma I didn’t love her. :( Time to go back to learning the basics of my Vietnamese culture! I think I’ve been living out in Silverdale for way too long. Time to get back to my roots!

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Take 3, 4, 5 or 6?!

No it didn’t take me 6 tries to order the actual dish I wanted from the Korean store. It took 6 family members to make sure I got it right!

My last post got one of my aunts, Aunt Phi craving for Korean food!

As Aunt Phi and I were going over our game plan for when and where to meet, we asked ourselves a very importantquestion, who’s placing the order?!

Solution! We decided to invite the “smart and intelligent” one in the family, Aunt Be. For some crazy reason this lady knows how to speak a whole bunch of different languages! So now we have Aunt Phi, Aunt Be who brought cousin Logan because they were already together and then me!

But that wasn’t enough. If all of us go, Grandma has to go! (Grandma is a packaged deal when inviting the bunch above.) I volunteer to pick her up.

Now, it’s Aunt Phi, Aunt Be, Logan ( and his 6 Lego people), Grandma and me. I felt bad I didn’t invite my mom so I sent her a quick text. She responded by telling me Aunt Phi already called her and that she’d see me soon. News travels fast in our family!

Okay now it’s both my aunts, cousin, Grandma, my mother and me. We sit down and as we look around at each other, we know we are missing one more person! Five minutes later, the eldest sister (another aunt) comes and joins us! It’s a packed table now. We eat, we make fun of each other and share stories. It was great hanging out with my family! I think my family felt bad for me for not knowing how to order and wanted to make sure I was fed so they all agreed to come. Haha.

After all that, I didn’t even touch the Bim Bap Bap thingy I originally wanted. I was having too much fun being with my family.



Picture Courtesy of Wogan Whea

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I said, Yes.

December 26, 2011

Tonight I’m going to bed as the future Mrs. Matt Hedrick. (wow that was a little intense to write … I like the sound of it though) Vi had to fly back to California today, so I wanted to spend as much time with her as possible. I asked her and my mom to come along with us as we walk Bentley along Ruston Way’s waterfront.

As we started our journey down the waterfront, I knew it was going to be exciting, not because I had any idea of what was going to happen, but because it was our first time walking Bentley around people, fast cars, loud trains and barking dogs. It’s amazing how such a tiny dog can bark so loud…and so much! It’s embarrassing really!

When we reached the end of the walk, Bentley was pretty much barked out. I think it was because that was the most walking this 4lbs overweight dog as ever experienced. Poor dog. But right when I thought Matt was done testing Bentley, Matt suggested taking him out on the dock. I was thinking “oh boy, he’s going to bolt toward a seagull and fall off the dock into the water…”

Vi and my mom stayed back because they didn’t want to walk anymore. As Matt and I were walking down the dock, he reminded me that this was the first place we had our first date, 6 years ago. Back then it was sunny and beautiful, whereas today was cold and gray. But I was having a great time. I was surrounded by my mom, sister, Matt aka my best friend and our baby, Bentley. My dad is in Vietnam having fun with his father and siblings so just knowing that made my heart happy. I was content. Little did I know, it was going to get even better.

When we got to the end of the dock, I figured we were done and could turn around. Instead, Matt again brought up how many years it’s been since we first started dating. I again agreed that it has been a long time. Matt starts hugging me, but I’m thinking to myself, it’s cold, let’s go back to the car! i let him hug me for a moment longer because honestly there was no rushing today! Our afternoon stroll had been a success. Bentley wasn’t doing too bad AND no one yelled at mom; it’s a good day!

This hug was different. I thought he was just getting all emotional and wanted to talk about how much he loves me…like he does often so that was no surprise. Well turns out the surprise was that he DIDN’T say those things! Instead, we started walking back! :(

As we were walking back towards my mom and sister, he stops in the middle of the dock and randomly hugs me…again. Now it’s getting a little weird. This time, I felt a box in his coat pocket. He later said he put the camera in his pocket just incase I asked him what the “box” was…sneaky sneaky! With his arms wrapped around me, he tells me he has a question to ask me. He steps back, reaches in his pocket for the box, gets down on one knee, opens the box and asks, “Will you marry me?”

OMG. I know right?! It happened all so quick! For years I pictured how I wanted this moment to be. Tears falling down my cheeks, jumping up and down with excitement, on a warm sunny day! Hmmm….yeah, none of that!

This moment was better!

Just him and I and oh…Bentley! Poor Bentley! When Matt was getting down on one knee, I had stepped back and poor baby, I stepped on his paw! He’s okay though, I am pretty sure he was excited for us.

Just Matt and I, back where we first got to know each other. I knew Matt was going to be someone I could trust, someone I could run to when I needed help. I knew I could tell him anything and he would understand. Six years ago, I was standing on a dock with the man I was going to marry.

On the same dock where we first held hands, I said yes.

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