Category: Family

A Letter to My Mom

Posted April 13, 2021 by Rowena in Family | 10 Comments

Dear Mom,

Today marks the tenth anniversary of your death. I miss you so much and I think about you a lot, especially lately. We’ve been through a lot in the last ten years but I want you to know that Dad is doing well. He’s still faithfully going to the same dialysis center that you went to. He’s still golfing every Tuesday and Thursday with Eric and Lucky. He’s still eating everything he’s not supposed to be eating and drinking Coke, instead of Diet Coke. He’s still the same happy-go-lucky man that you married and though he’s getting older in age, he’s still a young kid at heart and we love him to pieces (as does everyone that comes into contact with him). He turns 80 this year so that will be a big celebration for the family. I talked to him this morning and he was getting ready for golf and still cracking jokes with me and Ingrid about everything under the sun. I know that he misses you as well and he plans to visit your grave today after golf to spend some time with you.

I won’t make this a sappy post about how much I miss you and can’t live without you but I hope you know that you are missed and you are still loved by everyone left behind. Lots of things have happened in the last ten years. You have 25 grandkids and 3 great-grandchildren. Yeah, your grandkids are adding to your legacy and I know that you would have loved to hug all of the kids close so I’m sad that you’re not here to see all of your babies all grown and some, with their own kids. After the ones you knew and loved, Lillian was born then Caleb came not too long after Lily, then finally Rockne joined the family. After Rocky was born, then came Caiden, Chloe’s oldest, and then Jax, Jarred’s son, and last but not least, Princess Lasi.

In other news, I moved to Vegas so I’m not in California today to sit with you and the rest of the family at your gravesite like we normally do on the anniversary of your death. Pete and Delene talked about going to the cemetery this morning so I’m sure you have loads of flowers to decorate your resting place. We’re in a pandemic right now so the world is a lot different from when you were here with us. Everyone wears masks (or well, they’re supposed to be anyway) when they go out in public, public places can’t have more than 25% capacity though certain places are starting to open up again. It’s been a pretty rough few years for everyone around. We’ve lost so many friends and family that we grew up with to a pretty devastating disease that spread through the entire world. The world got angry and is being mean to our Asian friends because they’re being blamed for the hard times we’re facing right now and it’s been pretty devastating to wake up every day to more unfortunate news from around the world. So it’s been hard and pretty scary too but we’re getting through because what else can we do? We’re a strong bunch though so I’m sure we’ll weather this storm as best as we can.

I miss you, Mom. I miss everything about you. I miss hearing your voice, laughing with you over everything under the sun, and I even miss doing your dialysis stuff for you every single night. Remember the first time that Dad left us alone for the weekend so that he can be the Priesthood representative for the Youth Conference and I forgot to clip one of your dialysis tubes so it flooded your bedroom and you were so mad and I was so scared that I called Dad at midnight, crying because I thought I killed you? It didn’t make a lick of sense since you were healthy enough to yell the house down but I was so scared that night. Do you remember when we laughed and laughed and laughed about it when Dad got home? You’ve left behind a lifetime of memories that I cherish now. You’ve taught me a lot about life, about how to live, and though I’m not perfect, I’m trying to be the kind of daughter that you’d be proud of. I’m strong-minded just like you and stubborn as all get out but I promise I’m working on it. LOL. I love you, Mom and I hope that you’re resting in paradise because you deserve it. Even though you were meaner than all get out, you’re still my favorite and I miss you every day.

Rest in peace, Mom.

Love you always,

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5 Things I Did During Quarantine

Posted July 15, 2020 by Rowena in Family | 6 Comments

Hey guys!

Since it’s been a while since I’ve blogged on the regular, I thought I’d share some of the things that I’ve been up to lately. I’ve had a lot of time on my hands since quarantine first started and because most of my family is high risk, we’ve stuck close to home and tried to keep our exposure to just..each other.

So, here’s what I’ve been up to since March.

1. Had Korean BBQ at home

There’s a small Korean BBQ place near our house that our kids LOVE going to. Every time our Colorado family, or our Utah family come into town, the kids will always make time to hit up Furusato while they’re here. Nobody cares that the servers at Furusato are mean as hell and nobody cares that it’s such a small place that we always have to cram ourselves in because you can eat as much as you want for half the price you’d pay for the same food at big chain KBBQ spots like Gen. With Furusato and all of our other favorite restaurants closed for quarantine, we decided that we were going to have KBBQ at home. We hit up SMart for meats, got everything to make our favorite Korean side dishes and we even got our own little grills and single burners for our dumplings. Haha. Quarantine really made us learn how to cook our favorite restaurant foods. We ate a lot of yakisoba too! It’s been a lot of fun learning to make food from different cultures and I’ve enjoyed the hell out of learning how to make them and eating the hell out of everything we make.

2. Discovered my local Asian Stores

I’ve never been one to grocery shop anywhere but the big chain grocery stores. Sometimes I go to the Mexican grocery store, the next town over to get carne asada but for the most part, all of my grocery shopping is done at Ralphs but during Quarantine, I became a regular shopper at SMart and H Mart, my local Asian grocery stores. I shop there more than I shop at Ralph’s now and they never run out of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, paper towels, or rice. Total score!

3. Several Home Projects

Quarantine brought all of the kids home from school. When their schools started shutting down, all of our college kids came home to quarantine together and we spent almost 10 weeks fixing up the house. We finally got a bigger TV for our living room, we got rid of old stuff that should have been thrown out years ago, we cleaned up our backyard so that we’d actually want to hang out back there and I set up my official home office. Each week, we tackled different things and spent a lot of time working from home, working on our home and in the end, it was all worth it. Our house is finally rid of so much clutter, and it’s open and just the way that we’ve always wanted. I made my home office in my bedroom so that everyone didn’t have to tiptoe around me while I was in zoom meetings and on work calls and I’m very happy with the way that my home office turned out. It’s super pretty. I’ll think about sharing pictures of that soon..maybe. 🙂

4. Made a 40 Years of Friendship Collage for my Best Friend

So my group of friends and I turn 40 this year and it’s pretty crazy how my main core friends group have been friends for 40 years. Our families grew up together so we were all at each other’s first birthday parties, our siblings are all friends and our families are still really close. My best friend Therese was the first to turn 40 and while trying to figure out what to get her for her birthday since our birthday plans were shot because of the Stay at Home orders, I decided to make her a 40 years of friendship collage that she can hang in her home office. We were both setting up our home offices before her birthday so I thought it was the perfect gift and I got her some other little Naruto fangirl things that she can use to decorate her office. I made this photo collage that heavily features ME so that she can look at us over the years while she’s working and laugh at how freaking stupid we look in a lot of these pictures. Haha. But it came out great and I’m actually low key mad that I didn’t make one for myself.

5. Discovered Korean Dramas

As I’ve mentioned quite a few times, I discovered Korean dramas during quarantine and I have not come up for air where they are concerned. I have graduated from binge-watching one show at a time to watching a couple of shows at the same time. One show I binge watch (an older release) and one show is a new release that I have to wait for new episodes to release each week. It’s a good system for now. One of the main questions that I get when I tell people that I’m obsessed with all things Korean drama is, why do you watch them? And well, aside from them being good and the romances being super sweet, I also really love a lot of the Korean actors. Park Seo Joon and Gong Yoo top my man crush list these days. Talk about swoon-worthy.

It’s pretty funny because, before quarantine, my man crushes were these guys…

But now? My man crushes look more like these guys…

So yeah, that’s why I watch a lot of Korean dramas these days…haha.

How did you spend your quarantine time?

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Happy Halloween 2019!

Posted October 31, 2019 by Rowena in Family, Miscellaneous | 6 Comments

Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope everyone has a safe and exciting Halloween tonight. We’ve got a full house for our annual family Halloween party and…CAIDEN IS HERE!!! It’s our first Halloween with Caiden so we’re super excited that he’s finally going to share in the good time that we usually have without him. He’s been going back and forth on what he wants to be for Halloween but I’m hoping he sticks with his Hulk Smash costume because I want to paint his face green and walk the neighborhood with him while he trick-or-treats. Every year, my sister goes all out for Halloween. She loves hosting her Halloween party and dressing up to pass out candy. The last few years, we’ve been watching the Dodgers in the World Series on Halloween or Lakers basketball but this year will be different since we don’t have any games to watch. I guess we’ll actually go trick or treating with the kids. We’ve made the teenagers take the kids the last couple of years but with Caiden here, it’ll be different, I’m sure. Here are some pictures from our previous Halloween parties. Yeah, we really get into the holidays and Halloween isn’t even my favorite holiday. However you guys are celebrating Halloween, I hope you’re doing it safely and that you have the best night. Happy Halloween again everyone and I’ll share more pictures from our Team Wilson Gang Halloween party later. 🙂 Hugs!

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Last Month in Pictures: June 2019

Posted July 9, 2019 by Rowena in Family | 4 Comments

Last month was pretty busy for me. The family came in from Vegas and Colorado to celebrate my niece’s high school graduation. They were all pretty much here for an entire week so you know what that means. Lots and lots of family time. We spent time running around shopping to feed all of our kids, laughing the day and the night away, visiting old family friends that we haven’t seen in much too long and eating cupcakes! Here’s a rundown with pictures of what I got into with my family in the month of June.
Maleah Graduates
Here is our final graduate of the year 2019. My niece Maleah graduated from high school last month and we were all in attendance. There are hella pictures going around from this day but they look pretty much the same as all of the other pictures that I’ve posted of my big ass family so for this post, you guys get a picture of our beautiful graduate. We don’t have to make any more candy lei’s for the rest of the year. Woo freaking hoo!!
Sibling Dinner
June marks probably the last sibling dinner that all of my siblings will be able to make it to until our next big family event but you guys!! It was the first sibling dinner that every single sibling made it to and we had such a great time together. We always have a great time together but there are usually a million kids running around, screaming and driving us crazy so it’s really nice to just get together and enjoy each other’s company without all of the extra noise. Last month, we tried a new to us restaurant in Old Torrance called The Local Kitchen. It got 5 out of 5 stars from every single one of us. The boys enjoyed their beers and the girls enjoyed our desserts. We can’t go wrong with that combo. Haha, beers and desserts and it was all good. I liked it so much that I’m making my boss take our office there for dinner next week. LOL.
Team Wilson Gang Visits Grandma Lili
Grandma Lili isn’t actually my Grandma but she’s my best friend Theresa’s grandma and she was a really good friend of my Mom’s. When my Mom died, she grieved our loss right along with us because our loss was hers too. We used to see Grandma Lili every single Sunday at Church but when our Ward disbanded and our boundaries changed, we all got sent to different Wards and for the first time since I was born, I wasn’t in the same ward as my best friends. When my sister Ingrid came to town, she wanted to visit Grandma Lili and she made it a priority for us. I’m not in this picture because while they were taking this picture, I was in the kitchen eating cupcakes with Theresa. Haha.
Caiden Visits…Again
Caiden came down with his parents for Maleah’s graduation and because we’re persistent, we begged convinced his parents that he should stay for an extra week so that his Mom can get some rest because she’s been sick a lot lately.
Father’s Day
Father’s Day this year we at our house because that’s where my Dad is but we didn’t take pictures or anything so the only picture I have from Father’s Day dinner is this one. It’s a picture of Brenna and Makenna wearing the exact same dress because they’re together so much that they think alike in all things….even in clothes and when to wear those clothes. Haha.
Kenna Turns 20
To end the month, our Kenna turned 20 and we celebrated her special day at The Local Kitchen. Brenna was away, camping with other friends and Meghan spent the entire day with her so it was just the rest of us and Kenna, celebrating her. I love this kid! I can’t find the picture we took at dinner so you guys get a picture of Kenna in her American Samoan uniform with her sister and her cousin.
How was your month outside in the real world? Outside of our reading world? Did you do anything fun and exciting? Feel free to share in the comments!

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Brenna’s Homecoming Pictures!

Posted December 1, 2015 by Rowena in Family | 0 Comments

Halloween night, Brenna went to Homecoming with a bunch of her girlfriends on her basketball team. We went that morning (all last minute) to find her a dress and she picked up a couple choices but ended up wearing something completely different and I thought she looked amazing.

I straightened her hair, Chach did her makeup and Blanche styled her from head to toe (though actually, it was more Ron that picked her outfit out – I’m not lying either, haha) and our efforts really paid off because this is what she looked like.

Please excuse the fact that she was looking at everyone’s camera but not mine. Dumb child.

She’ll smile for Chach, but not for me. I’m so feeling the love.

Silly face picture because she’s a Wilson, of course there’s a silly face picture.

Group shot. I didn’t get in the way of all of the professional photographers that showed up for the group pictures. That’s why I’m in the back.

And here’s the picture of her group at the actual dance.

Brenna Homecoming 2015 I’m just barely getting to posting these pictures because Brenna finally gave me my picture yesterday. Crackhead.

How pretty is my kid though?

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