Disney On Ice

Hi Friends! Last Sunday My little family watched Disney on Ice and we really enjoyed it. It was a last minute decision we made but I’m glad it went well. Hubs and I were not sure if Mia would stay still the whole 2 hours or if she would be bored, after all she’s still not familiar with Disney characters aside from Minnie and Mickey Mouse. She totally surprised us because she was dancing, clapping and really attentive (it helped that she had a nap before the show). I’m sure it would have been a disaster if she skipped her nap. Hubs and I are trying to be intentional with our family time and desire to give Mia lots of fun experiences over stuff/toys.

We had dinner at RAM before her nap and show. It was delicious:)

Minnie and Superman!

Hi Friends! I hope you had a wonderful Friday. We did a little trick or treating yesterday in our neighborhood and local shopping area here in our city. Mia had fun and got lots of goodies / candies! Originally she wanted to be Peppa pig, so we ordered a costume online, but for whatever reason when the costume arrived she refused to wear it! UGH toddlers:)

We ended up getting her a Minnie Mouse costume and bribed her with some candies to wear it initially! Once she tried it on she begged us to wear it, even after Halloween was over so I assume she likes it now!HA. We visited Matthew too and the hospital staff were kind enough to take a pic of him wearing a superman cape! Too cute:) SUPERMATT!

ENjoying her special drink!
Peppa pig wanna be!HA….we haven’t seen her meltdown like that in quite some time!

Blessings friends!

Pantry Challenge!

Hi Friends! I hope you had a great weekend. This weekend hubs and I decided to have a pantry challenge for the rest of the month (10 more days?) and use what we already have in our pantry (refrigerator, freezer, pantry). We will buy milk and veggies/fruits if we want to. It’s not a total “No spend” like what some people do, for us it’s more of a “low spend” pantry challenge. I just really want to make space for the coming holiday season because we know there will be lots of food leftovers and sales at the grocery store, so we will most likely need the room for that.

We do have a lot of food right now and I’m guilty of wasting left-overs, and allowing food to go bad because we didn’t prioritize them over our ‘cravings!’ That is such a waste of money, we need to stop doing that. I’ll try to find some time to take pantry pictures later this week 🙂

Some of our pantry food I want to use this week!
The avocado was starting to get bad so we ended up eating breakfast for dinner! HA

It’s been a rainy weekend here, and it’s kinda sad that some of the trees are starting to look bare! Next thing we know it’s gonna be winter!

My sweet boo taking a weekend nap!

Have a great day friends! Blessing!

Weekend Fun!

Hi friends! How was your weekend? We spent most of our time being with our little Matthew at the NICU. My In laws visited him and were able to hold him for the first time (they visited before but weren’t able to hold him). He is doing so good and getting cuter 🙂

It’s getting cold here in the PNW, and fall is finally here with what we’re seeing! Pretty fall leaves. So lucky to be living in our neighborhood, lots of pretty trees during this time of year. I’m not doing it justice with just one pic! HA

Fall is here!

Had poke after visiting Matthew!
Nana and Matthew
Costco shopping on a weekend! Do not do it.HA!
Daddy got iced coffee, she wanted one too (she got chocolate milk)
Moms weekend treat! Costco chocolate cake

I cooked two filipino dishes this weekend: pork sinigang (pork ribs in tamarind soup) and chicken adobo!

Pork Ribs in taramind broth
Chicken Adobo
Quick lunch last Friday!

I’m off cleaning the house and doing laundry today, I slacked this weekend but it’s okay because we got lots of cuddle time with Matthew!

Blessings Friends!

Mia is 3!

Hi friends! This past weekend, Mia turned 3 and we had a simple celebration at home. She wanted a Peppa Pig party theme, so I ended up getting Peppa decorations from Amazon and tried to sprinkle Peppa pig stuff all over the house. She was all giddy and that is all that matters! HA!

Thanks to our family and friends who joined us in celebrating her birthday, she had so much fun and until now she still talks about her peppa pig birthday. Especially her friends singing, “Happy Birthday Mia!” She’s so adorable. We can’t believe our feisty, funny, and sweet girl is 3! Time sure flies so fast. Thank You Jesus for blessing us with our Mia Boo!

Mia’s party spread

African Safari Race

Mia practicing on her new scooter!

I think Mia had a good birthday, don’t you?:)

Ocean Shore!

Hi Friends! Happy 1st of October! Our September has been a blur with Matthew’s birth and him still in the NICU. He’s doing good (all in all! Praise the Lord :). This past weekend we did our annual visit to Westport and Ocean Shores, WA (it’s a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle). Lots of family time and yummy seafood. It’s so fun to see Mia enjoying the ocean and having a great time. She sure enjoyed her s’mores and fire on the beach. Can’t wait to be back next year with our little Matthew! Here’s some of the pics we took:)

Later Friends!

Life Update!

Hi Friends! Lots of things have happened since my last post. I had an emergency Cesarean section to deliver our baby boy (we named him Matthew!). I thank God that both Matthew and I are doing well now (born at 27 weeks). He is in a Seattle NICU right now; There are good and bad days but all in all he is doing good! I’m home and recovering well from my CS surgery. We are trying to get back to our normal routine while our little Matthew is in the hospital (visiting him, pumping for breast milk, taking care of Mia and the house; I’m exhausted! Hubs is on leave but it’s coming to an end soon..Boo..

Anyways, hope you’re all doing well friends! Thanks for all your prayers and messages for our Matthew! Thankful that he’s getting the best care in the NICU right now, NICU nurses and doctors are the best! They’re truly heroes in this world!

Snacking at the hospital!
NICU with my Boo!
Been making broth as they say it’s helpful when you’re breastfeeding/pumping
Community playdate
Salumi sandwich (seattle) after visiting Matthew!
Hubs got into a minor accident (other driver took full responsibility)
Our Matthew Boo! Precious gift from God:)

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!