Marriage Life: Hubby and I celebrated our 9 years of being married. Can't believe how fast time flies. I was planning to change my last night for our 10th wedding anniversary, but since my driver's license had to be renewed this year, I thought I might as well change my last name during the process. The question was to hyphenate my name or change it to "Hoang". With all that's been going on with my life this year - I decided to hyphenate it legally "Luu-Hoang" instead, so that I still have the last name "Luu" and not confuse people.
Family Life: My three kids are growing like weeds. JJ is 7 years old now (although he acts like he is 14). He's been busy with karate, soccer, piano and swimming. He's doing well in school and is an altogether good kid. He is respectful, funny and outgoing. He talks A LOT - I mean A LOT... and he's always wanting to try new things. He's wearing size 10 kids clothes, so he's a bit tall for his age. Brody is 4 years old. He's been a latchkey daycare for over a year now and we are seeing great progress in his development skills. He's starting JK this fall, and although we worry about him, the social workers and speech pathologists that are working with him right now are being very optimistic with him. He's so loving, cute and adventurous. Chelsea is 2 years old and she is the DIVA in the family. She's talking A LOT. She's been playing with dolls a lot lately and it's really cute. She's progressing well, and we're happy.
Work Life: This July I got promoted to "Employment Equity and Human Rights Manager" at the University. I am no longer in Human Resources but now working in the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility. This is my 4th week into the job and I'm enjoying it very much. Of course with any new job, there's lots of reading, reviewing and learning, so it's kind of dry at the moment, but I'm sure things will change in the next few months once I get really into my job description. I already have a company trip to Toronto in October for 3 days and another company trip to Montreal in November for 2 days. With the perks of being a manager, I get a company cellphone, company credit card and a company laptop. I'm still trying to get used to being a "Manager" and I have my own personal secretary/receptionist as well. My office is a lot bigger, but it's on a lower level of the building, so I lost my awesome view. But that's ok. The pay is great and the freedom to make my own choices is very nice.
Toys and Things: We just purchased a new car. With the 3 kids, it's not family friendly to have the Toyota Celica anymore. Especially with my new job, I may need to work nights, so I need hubby to pick up the kids from my parents house, and driving the Celica with the 3 kids would be too dangerous. So we gave my car to my dad and we bought a used BMW X5. We were contemplating on purchasing a Toyota Sienna, but with my promotion, we decided to go "stylish" and opted for either a Mercedes Benz or BMW. After weighing our options and seeing what was available at the lots, we got a 2013 BMW X5. It seats 7 and it's roomy. So happy with our purchase.
Trips: In December 2015/January 2016 we went to Vietnam to attend my sister-in-law (Minh Duc) wedding. We went for 3 weeks and it was a great family vacation. WAY better than our trip back in 2009/2010. Then in June we went to Seattle Washington to attend my cousin (Tiffany) wedding. We went for a week and it was a fun trip with a family reunion as well. We just got back from a family trip to Montreal/Ottawa and that was fun and memorable. This September my cousin (Julie) is getting married, but it's home here in Windsor/Tecumseh, but we'll have family flying in, so it'll be another mini family reunion, which I'm looking forward too.
Band: I've been invited to sing with the band Vietmix on a few occasions. We had a concert in December (right before I left for Vietnam) and another one in May. We have another concert this Saturday in August performing at a vietnamese church in Michigan. I have to admit that I'm really enjoying performing on stage. I've been youtubing how to apply my makeup better and how to perform better on stage as well. I've been obsessed with fake lashes. I got 70 boxes in my cupboard right now! hahaha. Each box has 10 pair of lashes. I've been trying my best to diet and lose the baby fat. I'm currently at 117lbs and been stuck at this number for over a year. I'm going to try coolscuplting (a non invasive tummy tuck) and see if that works.
So that's all to date. I'm looking forward to seeing what the future brings. So far it's going good and we're happy, healthy and reaching our goals in life.