Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Santa Monica

After eating at Buca di Beppo, we went walking around Santa Monica since we were all so full. There were a lot of people there.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Buca di Beppo

We had a delicious Italian dinner at the famous Buca di Beppo in Santa Monica. We had Angelo Pizza, seafood pasta, parmesan chicken, a scrumptious pork dish, yummy salad, and I had a Lemon Basil Mojito to drink. This was one of the best Italian dishes I've had in a very long time.

Grace, Jenny, Pearl, Whoony, Laura Kim and her husband, Tony, Soojin, HyeJin, James, Sarah, and I were there. It's pretty loud and fun there.

This is where Sarah and I had our first date. The boisterous atmosphere led to some fortunate miscommunication for us on our date. When Sarah said, "I like this salad. Do you like this?", I thought she asked if I liked her. I smiled and told her, "Yes. I like you." She laughed at my mistake. Also, a waiter kept putting stuff on a shelf over my head. Sarah noticed this and said that I should move one seat over to my right. I confused her hand signals and thought she wanted me to sit next to her, so I got up and sat beside her. Needless to say, these little faux pas worked out to be quite beneficial. It got us closer together since we were able to laugh about it. Now, we ended up married. Who knows if this would have happened had we gone to a quiet restaurant. Anyway, I know that I've told this story before in one of my first posts of this blog, but I like telling it anyway.

You can read more in my post entitled "First Date".


Ministry Fair

Here's our children's department booth at our church's ministry fair. There were over 30 different ministries at our church. I didn't even know we had that many. Also, pictured is Laura Kim showing off her AWANA booth.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Sarah's Birthday August 21

Sarah and I went shopping at Ikea in Burbank, and then we went to the Americana outdoor shopping mall in Glendale. We ate at The Cheesecake Factory for her birthday. It's good, but their portions are huge. I would like it if their plates were half the size and half the price. That probably won't be happening anytime soon though.

We celebrated her birthday by having a strawberry cake at home.

Post-VBS BBQ Party

The VBS teachers and leaders had a BBQ party to celebrate our successful VBS. Laura Kim made a lot of good food for us to eat. There was a lot of smoke, however, due to the fact that there was an awning that trapped most of the smoke. It was good smokey fun.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

South Coast Winery Part 1

A video tour of our room at the South Coast Winery in Temecula Wine Country.

South Coast Winery Part 2

A video tour of our room at the South Coast Winery.

It needs a lot of editing, but we weren't trying to make a movie.

My Exercise Regime

A very short clip of me exercising on a machine. I tend to overdo things a little bit.

Friday, August 15, 2008

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Thanks to Christina KangMi Yoon, we went to South Coast Winery Resort & Spa in Temecula Wine Country. We had a blast there. It was one of the best hotels we've stayed in. It was definitely the best room we've had. We loved the bathrooms with the jacuzzi bathtubs.

We tried to do everything there was to do there despite being exhausted from the week before when we had VBS. I'm still tired and am now suffering from a cold. I don't think I've ever had a cold during the summer. I'm heavily medicated thanks to my pharmacist wife.

We went to workout at the gym twice. We went wine tasting too. Even though we're both not wine drinkers, the wines there tasted pretty good. There were a lot of people there tasting the wines also. I liked the sweeter wines when just drinking. The heavier wines would be better with a meal. Afterward, we went to eat sushi. We also ate some sushi for lunch. We also went swimming and hung out at the hot tub.

Temecula is quickly becoming a world class wine country. There are a lot of good wineries there and they have won many awards.

Even though I was super tired and was in a lavish room, I hardly slept. It's probably because it wasn't my room and my bed. I'm a very light sleeper and have a hard timing falling asleep. I wake up at the slightest sound. It may not be good for resting, but I would probably have made a good guard if I lived during the cavemen times.

We also stopped by my old office and said hi to my previous co-workers. Then, we stopped by the Lake Elsinore Outlet and bought some stuff.

During the evening, we went out to have dinner at BJ's for my mom's birthday. They have good food and have lots of tv's.

On Wednesday, my dad had his second back surgery. Hopefully, his back will be okay now. He's recovering at home.

I've been watching the Olympics in amazement. I can't believe how every world record is being broken, especially in swimming.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Huntington Gardens

You've gotta love rich tycoons and their homes. Henry Huntington was a railroad mogul, and this is his home in San Marino. His property stretches 120 acres in posh San Marino. He also has a huge collection of rare art and a vast library.


Seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of all the kids made all the hard work and long hours preparing for VBS worth it.

Unfortunately, most of my pictures came out to blurry to post. I need a better camera.

Next year, we joked that the theme for VBS will be "Invisible Island". That will be a lot easier to decorate and prepare for.

VBS is like the Superbowl of Sunday School events. It was fun, but I'm glad it's over. It was a lot of work and I'm tired. Actually, I'm sick now. I got a cold because I was so tired and had the fan on me all night when I was sleeping.