Bryan and I are enjoying the warm California sunshine hanging out with his family here in Orange County. Bryan's parents have been cooking up all sorts of phenomenal food for us to enjoy, everything from a classic Chinese hot pot and a traditional Thanksgiving turkey (we missed real Thanksgiving cuz we were in Hawaii!) to crispy duck and the Che family pumpkin cake.
In the short time that we've been here, we also had the opportunity to visit a few local places, like the new Din Tai Fung at South Coast Plaza (post coming soon!), a bunch of Asian supermarkets & shops, and Disneyland!
It's a Small World Ride totally decked out!
During this time it's been priceless to spend deep, enriching times with family, catch up with old friends, and reflect on the multiple blessings from the entire year. I even ran into an old roommate of mine (it's been 10+ years since we'd seen each other) at Disneyland! What are the odds of that? It was a delightful surprise.
At the same time, I'm reminded not everyone gets to enjoy this time of year with their families. Some people have to work; others live too far away to visit home; and even others have lost members of their families. There are people who are struggling a lot during this time. Let's remember to think of them, reach out (if we can), and support them.
I hope you all have an enriching, warm, and blessed Christmas.