Woodland Park Zoo!

Hi friends! Last Saturday Hub’s workplace had a company picnic held at Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle). We had lots of fun, they had face painting for everybody (we participated:) Mia picked a Lion face, I had the elephant, my Sis In Law picked a dolphin). The weather was just right, not too hot! It would be miserable walking around with the scorching sun on us.

Mia had fun watching the animals. When we got home she was having a blast imitating the penguins and how they walk! She’s such a funny girl:) It’s really special to see how she’s so into the animals and seems to be enjoying the zoo. It was one of our bucket list items this summer and I’m glad Hub’s company did this. Such a family friendly activity to do. It was a fun and tiring Saturday for us but a memorable one for sure!

Weekend Fun!

Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend with your family and friends! We are finally having “summer” like weather here in the PNW! Hubs finally cleaned Mia’s kiddie pool and she’s been enjoying it non stop. They’ve been spending a lot of time together in it (while I document their activities! HA!).

We went to Snoqualmie Pass (30 min drive from our place) and stopped at this candy shop, Mia had fun! The town reminds us of Gilmore Girls “Stars Hollow”. Cute little vibrant town, we plan to visit again! We decided to have dinner at Ohana, a restaurant in our local community, because we’ve been wanting their Chicken Adobo wings in coconut sauce (the dish is the bomb!) . We could have it once a week but the price is ridiculous!

Ohana dinner! She said WOW! when she saw the virgin strawberry pina colada! HA..she’s such a funny girl!

Not a clear picture but this is their adobo chicken wings ($17)

Saturday was all about her Kiddie pool! She loves being in the water:) we had a little picnic and enjoyed the glorious weather.

After a nap, we decided to check out Happy Lemon (it’s a boba tea place) Their location in Bellevue is always busy and not worth the long lines, so I’m glad we have one closer to us and the service was quick too.

Pool time again after Happy Lemon!

Sunday evening we had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate my SIL’s birthday! The servings are HUGE! I had their chicken fettuccine alfredo and Hubs got their lemon-garlic shrimp with angel hair pasta! It was good:) Of course we had cheesecake too! Mia loved their fresh strawberry cheesecake she shared with daddy! Happy Birthday Juju! May this year be the best for you:)

After we got home, she nagged Daddy to get in the pool with her! She won of course!HA
It’s been a busy and fun weekend! I missed spending time with my fave schnauzer, Riley!

It’s gonna be a sunny week here, and I’m sure we’ll be spending a lot of time in her kiddie pool! Stay hydrated friends!


Cooking at home!

Hi Friends! How’s it going? It’s been a rainy Wednesday here, I’m not sure if we’re going to have summer weather here in the PNW! Ugh! I want to go to the beach / lake / ocean but I’m not sure if that’s going to happen with the weather we’ve been having lately. My poor flowers and roses are a total mess this week.

Anyways, I wanted to share what I’ve been cooking lately at home. I really enjoy cooking but I do admit laziness sometimes gets to me and we end up ordering / eating out more than I’d like! But since we are pregnant again, one of our goals is to save money since there will be additional expenses with the new baby. Our daughter was in the NICU for 3 weeks when she was born. We are grateful that we have good insurance but we still paid out of pocket when she was out of the hospital. It’s just nice to prepare for the unexpected. We still have to get a new car seat and upgrade my car next year.

Cooking at home and eating out less surely saves money. It can get so expensive when it becomes a habit. We still do eat out, but it is budgeted for. We are debt free (except for our mortgage) so we can still afford to have the “luxury” of eating out. Budgeting is really important!

Here’s what we’ve been eating at home:

Roast Pork Belly/ Lechon Belly

Chicken wings adobo
Filipino style spaghetti (My hubs doesn’t eat this, he will normally have a sandwich!
Seafood noodles/Pancit
Oxtail in Peanut sauce/kare-kare
Pan fried scallops
steamed crabs
Mixed vegetables in shrimp paste/Pinakbet

Here’s our takeout/eating out food that we’ve enjoyed lately:

Sushi from our local sushi restaurant
mexican lunch
soup and sandwich
our fave Pizza from our local pizzeria
Enchiladas from Cafe Rio

I plan to share my meals in the coming days. I think if I share what we eat here, I’m more encouraged to stick to our meal plans and budgeting! HA!

Have a great day friends!

Little catch-up!

Hi friends! It’s been a while since I posted something here. We’ve been a little busy since my last post from April. We have exciting news to share…we are pregnant (I’m in my 2nd trimester)! This pregnancy is not as smooth sailing as we would have hoped for but we are taking it day by day. We are grateful that the Lord is giving us another opportunity to be pregnant again. We can’t wait to meet baby boy:)

We had a little gender reveal last fathers day! It’s a boy! My DILs reaction is priceless, he was convinced that it’s gonna be another girl!

Last May, we travelled to Charleston for a week and visited our friends. We had so much fun and it’s one of our fave vacation ever!

Our local farmers market has opened and we’ve visited twice already!

No more high chair for boo, she’s so proud to be sitting in a regular chair!

My MIL gifted me this double delight roses, it smell so good! I’ve been enjoying the roses inside the house!

Lots of fun at the park now that summer is here!

Celebrated Riley’s 9th birthday! Our fave furbaby!

Double delight rose from our garden!

Belated Happy Birthday to America! God bless her and the people that protects her!

Disneyland Trip

Hi friends! How are you all doing? We just got back from our Disneyland Trip yesterday (Thursday-Monday morning)! We celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary and we wanted a quick and short weekend get away (we thought California would be a good one). We decided on Disneyland because Mia is really into Mickey and Minnie Mouse (especially Minnie). It’s been a while since Hubs and I were at Disneyland (9 years ago). He doesn’t really care much for theme parks but for Mia and I, he said Yes!

We did 3 park days (2 Disneyland, 1 California Adventure). We stayed at the Hilton (3 blocks from Disney Parks), it was really convenient because they had shuttle buses in front of our hotel (so that was nice, especially if you have a toddler). We went back to our hotel room when it was her nap time. We had low expectations because we have no idea how Mia would react to the characters (no forcing her to take pics or hug the characters), we were pleasantly surprised that she loved meeting them (aside from tinkerbell) HA!

It was so special to see her so happy and excited when she got to hug Mickey and Minnie! She loved Minnie’s house located in Toontown (she would have stayed there the whole day if we let her). She had a meltdown when it was time to go. We had fun with the rides too, she loved the Dumbo and Carousel (she calls it horsey). Hubs did Splash Mountain while Mia and I waited for the Fantasmic show.

On our last day, they had a food and wine event at the California adventure park, Hubs and I got to enjoy some of the food. It was so hot though that to be honest we didn’t get to enjoy the park because the sun/heat was just too much for us, sucked our energy! Before we left we stopped by Ghirardelli for ice cream and drinks.

It was such a fun memory for us. Thank you Lord for the opportunity! Till next time Disney 🙂

Thank the Lord she slept the whole plane ride!
late lunch at the hotel room!
I ordered our twinning shirts at etsy.
waiting for the shuttle bus
It’s a small world!
being cute (lunch at Cafe Orleans)
Shrimps and grits (Cafe Orleans)
fireworks! pics didn’t do justice!
with Mickey!
with Minnie!
I really enjoyed the Frozen show!

March Madness!

Hi Friends! How are you all doing? Our March wasn’t really that crazy, quite the opposite! Not a lot of things going on. Just doing the usual everyday life here. Playdates, attended family birthdays, home cooking, church. Hubs and I cooked one of our favorite Japanese appetizers Takoyaki. We really liked our version. We’ve done it 3 weekends this month!HA! We love takoyaki! One of hubby’s goals this year is to do more cooking and baking, get out of his “comfort zone”!

I thrifted this Lenox teacup,and I’ve been using it this month. So pretty!What a score:)

One weekend my DIL went to Seattle and got some of our favorite sandwiches from Salumi (owned by the Batali family). He got so much that it was like a sandwich party! HA

Spring cleaning is just around the corner, and I got some stuff from Vitacost to help me start the ordeal!

I borrowed this book from my MIL! and I’ve been enjoying this so far!

Our homemade takoyaki!

Playdate in our neighborhood!

Grandma’s gift to her Minnie obsessed granddaughter!

Boo got sick one weekend!

More homecooking!

Birthday parties are fun! She always has a blast!

Our St. Patrick’s Spread!YUM

Signs of spring in our neighborhood!

Have a great day friends!

February Catch Up!

Hi friends! How are you all doing? I haven’t been here for a while because we are having issues with our internet (thus it affects my blog site). Hopefully it’s fixed now and no more issues (our internet company had to send their guys twice). Not a lot of things going on here aside from it still being so cold outside and we mostly spend our time at home. Cooking, baking (Hubs mostly), playdates in our local community, decluttering.

I’m so looking forward to spring already because we are going out of town (in the coming weeks) so I’m excited for that. I will share more when that happens.

Hubs got me a Fried chicken bouquet and Boo got a balloon (she is balloon obsessed)

Our Vday dinner: crab fried rice, duck curry,sweet and sour fish!YUM

Home made Pizza!

Playdate Fun!

Reading time with Daddy!

A little bangs haircut with Grandma!

Weekend Naps are the best!

We went to the Filipino market and got Jollibee!

Have a great weekend friends!

Snow Day!

Hi Friends! We are having a snowy week here in the PNW (#snowmageddon2019) and I’m sort of loving it because it’s pretty outside. We’re still recovering from our colds so we are staying home and being cozy inside. I cannot count the number of coffees and hot chocolate I’ve had this week. HA! Hubs baked cookies and we’ve been watching tv shows (I’m rewatching When Calls the Heart on Netflix, the new season is coming soon this month).

My Dad In law visited us this weekend, and helped Hubs shovel our yard so Riley will have a little space if he needs to go potty. He brought us Coffee too, he’s the best! The yard is covered with snow again as I write this:)

If the forecast is correct, then we will have more snow in the coming days!

Thanks DIL for the coffee, it hits the spot this time of year!

Hubs and DIL!
Boo’s snow suit doesn’t fit her anymore!

Poor Riley!

One of our meals this week! This is one of our fave, clams in white wine!

Look at all that snow!

Hope you stay warm and safe out there friends!

Weekend Fun

Hi Friends! Happy Super bowl weekend! We didn’t really watch the game because Hubs isn’t really into sports, and I personally lost interest with the whole kneeling thing they did 2 years ago. We still wanted the Pats to win because my BIL is a big Pats fan and we are rooting for them for his sake! HA! We stayed home this weekend because Mia is having a cold so we’re taking it easy, lots of cuddle time and tv shows. She is getting better though! Thank God:)

My hubs took care of us this weekend, he prepared breakfast and prepared “party” food for us just because it’s the super bowl weekend (even though we didn’t watch the game!). I heard it was boring…yikes! Hubs made pretzels and cheese dip, poke, crab cakes! YUM! Thanks Hubs for all the yummy treats.

I made pork siningang (filipino soup dish).
This was Oct. 2017 with my BIL! They’re so cute with their Pats Jerseys!

We even got a little snow today! So cozy and nice to have a snow day this winter. So far it’s been a mild winter for us here, so it was a nice surprise this weekend.

Have good week friends! Congrats to the Patriots:)

Weekend Fun!

Hi Friends! Happy Sunday:) These are some of the pics we took this weekend! We had a nice sunset last Friday night (really pretty) we are having a nice winter season. Lots of sunshine despite it still being quite cold lately. It’s also been really foggy recently! We went to the Playtorium in Factoria because Mia really loves the place….so much for her to do! Slides, to trampolines, running and climbing. After that, we stopped at Target to get her some Disney PJs. I’ve introduced her to some Disney shows/movies but so far she’s not super interested! She loves Mickey and Minnie though:)

My In law’s went to Seattle this weekend, they stopped at Salumi restaurant so we got to enjoy their sandwiches (they’re one of the best in Seattle). We had that for Saturday dinner.

Mia is really into cars right now, she loves it when we let her get into the grocery cart where they had that car cart or something (not sure what they call it). She is all smiles when Daddy lets her play with the steering wheel! She’s growing up so fast! She was all excited when Daddy baked her some cookies but wasn’t really into them when it came time to eat them! HA..

Sunset view from our house a couple of nights ago
We had Sweet Potatoes Nachos again for dinner tonight!

Have a great night friends!