It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post. I’m still here friends, and I have a few upcoming collaborative posts to share with you, but before I share those, I thought I would give you a life update.
At the end of January, our house sold. If you’re familiar with the Vancouver housing market then you know it’s a bit of a slower market for sellers. When our house finally sold (took about 6 months) we were super happy. I’ve had a lot of people asking why we decided to sell our home in the first place. In short, we purchased the home about six years ago with my parents, and everyone decided it was best to live in separate homes again. It wasn’t an easy decision, but I know it was the best decision for everyone’s happiness.
Nevertheless, moving kept us veryyy busy. We spent most of February decluttering, packing up our home, and… looking for a place to rent. The new owners took possession of the home we sold mid-March. In other words, we were in a bit of a panic when we couldn’t find a place. Again, if you’re familiar with the renting market in Vancouver, it’s a bit of challenge to find a family home to rent for a decent price.
In the midst of moving we also celebrated some special milestone birthdays. My grandma turned 80, our oldest daughter turned 16, our nephew celebrated his 100 days, and we celebrated Chinese New Year.
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And just like that our first love turned 16!! It seems like it was just yesterday Charles and I were driving her home from the hospital in silence scared out of our minds about taking care of our newborn baby girl. I remember that drive in silence so vividly. After a few minutes, Charles and I turned to look at one another with the same frightened look on our face. The speechless look said: Oh my god, we don't have nurses to help us anymore. What are we going to do? And then a few minutes later we broke the silence and fully admitted we were nervous. In other words, we were extremely self-conscious about being parents. Here we are, sixteen years later and our first love is now a full grown social butterfly (with a part time job) and in her words, wants to somehow help others when she’s older. I must say, we’re pretty damn proud. ❤️. . In all honesty, raising a teenager has its challenges. However, I like to look at things in a positive light, (so I don't go insane). Therefore, the pros totally weigh out the cons! For example, I can leave my teenager with her younger sisters alone ( this is the best thing ever), she can take the bus, we can watch shows together with adult content, & we can share clothes ( although I want to kill her sometimes when she wears something of mine without asking. Oops, I forgot, I'm talking about the pros😆) She teaches me slang (but if I repeat it, I get made fun of because I'm apparently old and it sounds weird.) But whatever, sometimes things are just “fire” and I can't help myself, I have to say it. 😂 . . In other words, raising a teenage girl isn't one big horror story. It's a rollercoaster that's for sure, but so is every phase of parenting. We don't always have the answers, or know how to handle every situation, but we continue to stay on the ride in hopes that one day, when they're grown, they become responsible, kind, confident, and successful ( whatever success means to you and most importantly, your child) citizens of humanity. Cheers to parenting 🥂! And Happiest 16th birthday to our first love, thank you for being you and for teaching your dad and I things we never would have learned on our own.❤️🙏🏻 #stylingtheinside
In all honesty, it was a bit of a stressful month but thankfully we found a place right on March 1st!
We’re all settled into our rental home now and it feels so good. It’s in the same neighborhood which made the transition smooth for our daughters. The house isn’t as updated as our previous home so I’ve spent some time giving it some love and cozy rental- friendly updates.
I’ve been loving “styling the inside” of our new place because it’s really important to me. I believe our environment makes a huge impact on our mental well-being, and let’s just say, our space makes me feel really good within. Although the home is older, and two of our daughters have to share a room, it doesn’t matter. I’m so grateful we found something we like until we buy another home.
The home evokes feelings of coziness, calm, and inspiration. In other words, I’m loving it and I don’t want to think about moving again for at least a year! hehe
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I’ve been wanting us to capture a family photo with the SOLD sign in front of our house since January but moving was a bit chaotic, therefore, this is a total latergram. We want to give @adildinani and team Dinani a special shout-out. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have this sign to take a photo with. In this slower market for sellers- they delivered! 👏🏻 Needless to say last weekend (the weekend we officially moved out) we finally captured a shot. It isn’t the ideal photo I had in mind, but it’s us, and it depicts how we feel about the new season in our lives that’s unfolding. And speaking of seasons, I’m so happy this snow has finally melted. Anyone else? 😆🙌🏻#newbeginnings #stylingtheinsidepartner #askadil #seasonsofsimplicity . . . . . . . . . .#vancouverrealty #dailyhivevancouver #igersvancouver #sold #vancouverblogger #vancouverbc #realty #realtorsofinstagram #realtorlife #realtormemes #sellyourhome #sellyourhomefast #thisisus #familyfirstalways #familygoals #khauklan
After we moved into our rental home, we had to say goodbye to the car we drove for thirteen years. I was the only person in the family who cried! I think saying goodbye to the car triggered so much emotion because we were going through a big transition in our lives. We made so many memories in that car and it was truly sentimental to me.
For this reason, we had to buy a new car. The family is loving having upgrades like heated seats, Bluetooth, and more. I’m still trying to get used to having a backup camera. But, I have to admit, I’m loving all the upgrades as well, and I no longer worry that my car is going to breakdown. I think it broke down on me twice last year. Thank goodness for BCAA!
After we settled into our new place and bought a car, we went on a last-minute family vacation to Las Vegas. The girls were off for Spring Break for two weeks so we spent the last week in Viva Las Vegas. Traveling to Las Vegas is something I’ve always wanted to do with the family. It was a very different trip from previous trips to Las Vegas but it was my favorite visit yet!
We explored the strip, checked out some pools, shopped a little, went to a show, ate all the things, and walked a lot! I’m going to write a blog post about our trip because I had a bunch of people asking me about family-friendly things to see and do in Las Vegas. Stay tuned!
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The last few times I’ve been in Las Vegas I thought about bringing my family back here. I know it’s known as a party city, (that’s what I was doing the last time I was here for a stagette a few years ago 😝). However, I had this feeling my girls would love the mix of things to do here. And boy did they ever! . They loved taking in all of the action on the Las Vegas Strip, especially at night when everything was lit up. Our first day we got 30,000 steps 👟 in. That’s how much there is to see, and we only covered a quarter of the strip! All of the walking made us so hungry for all of the yummy food we indulged in, like In & Out Burger 😍. The girls also loved the sunshine, pool time, shopping, and entertainment. On our last night we took them to a show. We couldn’t leave without seeing one, and I’m so glad we did. We also left the strip for a bit to see some other things like the Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, and old Las Vegas. I love experiencing new places and creating memories with my girls. I value this time with them so much.❤️ #springbreakvacation
As you can see the past few months have been very full for our family. It was so nice to go away together after our move and spend some quality time together. I value experiences with my loved ones so much.
Lastly, I want to share that I’m still “styling the inside” of my life with my runs ( I just finished the Vancouver Sun Run and I’m running in a half-marathon this Sunday), and hikes because… how the heck would I have survived the move, all the celebrations, mom life and work life without it! Hehe
In fact, I found a trail right behind our new house with a stunning waterfall. Nature has always been my happy place, but this forest in my backyard feels extra special. I’m feeling grateful for this new chapter in our lives.
Needless to say, this is why I haven’t written a blog post in a while. LOL
Thanks for sticking around, friends!
Ps. You can always catch our updates over on Instagram.
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One day I decided to go for a run through the woods in my backyard. Once I was immersed in the forest, I felt super high on life (the forest does this to me). I had no idea where I was running to. This was my first time in this trail. I was just moving with the trees, feeling super present when something in me, led me off the path. This is when I discovered this gem 😍. I have a healing story about this waterfall, but I’ll save it for a blog post. For now, I just want to say, nature is the place to go to clear your mind and find your soul. 🙏🏻 Read that somewhere and it couldn’t be more true. Do you have a happy place? Being in nature is mine. #stylingtheinside