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Brooke Turns 2

by Chansoda on October 1, 2018

I absolutely adore my little niece. Here we are wishing her a balloonful birthday at 2 years old. I love her excitement for the little things.

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ChansodaBrooke Turns 2

Melinda’s Bridal Shower

by Chansoda on May 21, 2018

My (not so) little brother is getting married! We threw a bridal shower in honor of bride to be in our new home. We ended up having to do some rearrangements and moved the party inside due to weather. The living room became the dining area, furnished with some low tables I built just for this occasion. The other bridesmaid did a wonderful job with the decorations. It was a great time and looking forward to them tying the knot.

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ChansodaMelinda’s Bridal Shower

We Became Homeowners!

by Chansoda on January 12, 2018

Karla and I closed on our first home. Closing date kept changing but then it ended up falling on my dad’s birthday. Such a bittersweet day, knowing that even though he’s gone, he’s still here with me as we journey towards the American dream he had always hoped for us. I really felt this was the right house, and the closing date confirmed it for me. Happy birthday Pa.

We fell in love with this house the first time we saw it are so excited and relieved that this day finally came. Moving… but cannot wait to start this next chapter.

We went for a short walk after the closing to take in the not so cold foggy day in our new town. (And the house pic is actually from the realtor’s site, winter wasn’t the best time to take the pics!)

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ChansodaWe Became Homeowners!


by Chansoda on February 12, 2017

Escaping winter to check out the Art Deco of Miami and some of that Florida sunshine.

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The Pacific Northwest

by Chansoda on September 12, 2016

We took a trip out to Seattle, visited my family and explored the area. Great hikes, great coffee, fun city, beautiful outdoors. So much to do and see.

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We are Bee Keepers!

by Chansoda on May 9, 2016

Karla and I are official beekeepers now! We are starting off with two honey bee colonies. I built my first two top bar hives from scratch following some plans and learned a lot while trying to advance my woodworking skills. I think the hives I built came out looking alright, the bees are taking to it. It was hard finding the time to build and breathing in all that saw dust in the musty basement was probably not good for my health. At least they got done.

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ChansodaWe are Bee Keepers!