Charlotte Winter Wonderland

Our very first snow. 

It’s special like a “first kiss”…you’ll always remember it.

And how sweet both experiences have been with Khang.

I didn’t think the snow would ever come. I kept my hopes down, but when work was cancelled that Tuesday morning, I couldn’t contain my excitement.

With the blinds drawn up, I patiently laid in bed. Then found myself dozing off when Khang suddenly texted me, “It’s snowing”. I jumped out of bed and sure enough there it was falling from the sky…SNOW!!

I excitedly ran downstairs, jumping up and down silently with my hands waving in the air as I mouthed “SNOW” to Khang multiple times while he was on a conference call.

He did not know what to do with me. Hah!

My favorite part of the day was running around in circles in our backyard and just giggling to myself as my boots sank into the soft fluffy snow with each step. Such joy. 

This is living. 

As always, Khang, thank you for indulging me in my neverending uncontrollable emotions. You’re the best.

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Home for Christmas

Our first Christmas since moving to Charlotte and it couldn’t have been better! We jam-packed our schedule to see and be with as many family members and friends as possible.

I told myself I was going take photos with Hans to capture all my favorite moments and…it did not happen.

I just get so caught up with all my favorite people and would just rather be “in the moment” with them. Ya’ know?

I’ll do better next time. Maybe with just my camera phone, which is easier to whip out.

But I did convince the Tran Clan to take “dressy photos”. It was a hot mess, but I’m still happy we did it. Photographing 12 people at one time with a self-timer is no easy feat.

We were in our “Christmas Eve mass outfits” (we took these photos on the 22nd) in our parents’ backyard.

I took a few individuals too. Apparently I was having a focus-issue and didn’t know till I got these scans back.

One of the few negatives when shooting film: Not knowing what you did wrong and adjusting right away. But I think I know what I did wrong.

Photo cred: Jill!!
Love my Mommy and Daddy <3
Our best one!! Missing my brother-in-law, Ronald though.
This was our “serious pose” but I think it’s pretty hilarious.
So Jill and I really wanted to take sunset photos and the only day we could make it happen was Christmas Eve right before mass. And well that’s what we did. Ha.

Khang opted to “stay back with Mom so I can drive her to church”.

It was just me, Jill, and the beautiful sunset.

Jill always carrying that “Cali glow” with her. This is probably one of my favorite shots ever. 

And she took beautiful shots of me too!
I planned to take photos of my in-laws too, but Mom was sick and the weather didn’t cooperate with us. Poo. We will try again this year. 

But I did manage to get some sweet shots of our family in New Orleans. 

Side note: St. Roch Market is a must! Not only is the food culturally diverse and delicious, the wonderful atmosphere is high in energy, yet warm in conversations with people from all different paths. 

We were confined to a corner that made everyone face a wall. This made it hard to take photos, so I decided to play paparazzi and took some through the windows. I was trying to get candid shots. 

Missing a bunch of faces. But happy we got to see our cousins!! It’s always a fun time!!

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays with their loved ones. Khang and I sure did!

Thanks for reading and following along 

with me,

Jules.

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Khangology: Second edition

*Walking into church*

Me: Where’s your wedding ring?!

Khang: I get to be your mistress today.


Google, how do you cut men’s hair?

*30 minutes before he cuts his co-worker’s hair*


Do I have RBF (Resting b*tch face)?! *Looks in mirror* Damn, I do.


It has a bad bacteria in there…hmm what is it called again… cauliflower?


Khang: $70 for a yoga mat?!

Me: Well they plant a tree with every purchase.

Khang: What?! Give me $70 and I’ll plant a freaking forest.


You left and ate without me this morning. Eating is the most precious thing we do together!


Back in the glory days when I played football…I was third string running back…


*Singing in the shower*

UNBREAK MY HEART, SAY YOU LOVE ME AGAIN…

You can read the first edition here. Scroll down to the very bottom.

Warmly,

Jules

 

Autumn with a side of apples

Y’all, fall fall FALL IS HEREEE!!!

This is going to sound lame, but I never associated Autumn with apples. 

I always thought pumpkins!

And once I found an apple farm nearby, I saw apple-everything recipes everywhere!

So on the First Day of Fall, Khang and I welcomed my favorite season with farm-made apple cider, apple cinnamon donuts, and apple-picking at Apple Hill Orchard in Morganton, NC.

Just an 1.5 hour drive!

We ate those yummy donuts and downed that cider before I even thought about taking photos. Ha.

But we slowed it down and took photos while wondering around the orchards.

The most beautiful Red delicious, Golden delicious, and Cameo apples I’ve ever laid eyes on.

I have a sweet spot for farms/garden/anything-growing. So imagine my delight during my very first time apple-picking trip.

And oh so delicious!

We might’ve eaten one or two straight from the branch.

Below are Cameos and they have a crisp juicy tartness to them.

Khang liked them a lot.
Hmmm, Golden Deliciousness. This variety has a much sweeter taste to them and are great to bake since they hold their firmness. 

I liked them better than the Cameos.

We picked 13 lbs worth of apples for about $15.

I baked three batches of apple tarlets to welcome our neighbors the next day.

They turned out delicious!

In return, one neighbor made us apple bread with a caramel glaze–so freakin’ good! 

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules. 

Oh and all photos were taken by me and Khang with my Contax645 (Hans!) on Fuji400.

Except for that last one.

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Home sweet home

It’s been awhile, m’friends.

I had every intention to blog the last two months, but life got the best of me.

Khang and I did it.

We freakin’ finally did it.

We move to Charlotte, North Carolina AND purchased our very first house.

After 27 years, another place beside my parents’ house, actually feels like

Home.

Y’all, it’s mind-blowing to me!

I still remember the countless phone calls every night throughout high school, college, our first year apart in different states… talking past the moon, well into dawn planning and dreaming our future together.

Of course some plans have changed over the years, but what remains constant is that the future has and will always include

Us.

I remember wishing I could fast-forward into time so many times.

But our hard work and sacrifices have been beyond worth it.

The journey has been priceless.

But nothing prepared me for the sense of pride in me, Khang, and

Us.

I’ve slowed down certain moments so they’re closely tucked away in my mind…

Khang’s smile in my hands the first time we walked through our house together,

my first nap in the house after cleaning it from top to bottom,

our first time dancing to our wedding song in our house,

just to reminisce a few…

I stand in wonder at all what’s in store for this house and the memories it’ll be filled with for years to come.

For those who don’t know, we were both born and raised in good ole’ Mississippi, where roots are deeply planted.

People don’t usually move far away.

But Khang and I, well we have always known we wanted to live somewhere different from our upbringings.

That’s not to say I’m not proud, I boastfully declare where I’m from each time asked and even when I’m not.

If you haven’t figured already, we’re simply eager to explore different lands with different people.

What better time than now?

Who knows, we might decide later on that it absolutely sucks.

And that’s okay. But we want to discover and figure all that out on our own.

So when Khang applied for a new job position within his company and GOT IT…it just seemed like the right time and place.

Driving 2 to 3 hours in any direction from Charlotte and finding ourselves at the beach, near a lake, or even up in the Smokey Mountains seems pretty crazy wonderful to us.

Never short of a new adventure, I am so excited for this next journey together.

I know it’s going to push us and challenge our marriage in incredible ways we never thought possible.

And I just can’t wait for it all. All of it.

I mean it took us over 30 minutes the other day to install our first set of blinds. Ha.

So hang tight y’all.

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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