MIA!

Hello friends! How was your June?! I’ve been missing in action here because June was physically and mentally exhausting to me. We’ve had doctors, dental, dermatologist appointments for both Hubs and I, plus Hubs had to go to Texas for work and I had to play single mom with the kids:) Thankful to my In laws because they did help me when Hubs was away.

We had a great Father’s Day celebration at home. Hubs gifted my DIL A5 Hokkaido Wagyu ribeye steak from Japan. It was expensive but Hubs wanted to treat DIL and Fathers day happens once a year! We enjoyed it but majority of the family preferred the normal ribeye steaks!

Hubs convinced me to travel one hour to try the “best fish sauce chicken wings” in our state!HA! Tiktok influencer made us do it. It was great so we are happy it was worth the two hour trip. Spontaneous road trip for some chicken wings is fun:)

My In laws offered to be with the kids a couple of times so we got to have some lunch dates and we got to try restaurants that we’ve always wanted to visit.

We’ve been to the beach a couple of times and the kids had fun playing in the sand! We are 20 minutes away from a state park/beach so we try to go when the weather is nice.

Visited the farmers market two weekends in a row! I love the farmers market but goodness it’s so pricey. A popsicle is like $6 (of course the kids want it every time), a small pastry is $8! Oh boy!

Mia is really into legos, I got her this roller skate this week!

Mia was craving ramen despite the summer weather!HA ..

Play dough morning!

Hubs planted these flowers last year (clearance from Home depot) and they are finally blooming!SO pretty

Another beach day!

That’s mostly our June friends! We plan to go to the beach this July and just enjoy the weather outside.

Have a great rest of your night friends. Happy 4th of July tomorrow!

Take Care and Stay Safe:)

New York Trip!

Hi Friends! Last month we went to New York city to visit my sister and see the city again after our last visit 5 years ago! New York will always have a special place for us because this is where Hubs and I got married 16 years ago. We didn’t have a lot of things planned for this trip except for visiting the American Girl doll store for Mia. She was so excited to be there, we bought her two dolls with us so we could have their hair “fixed” because their hair was a disaster. Thanks to my sister who spoiled Mia so she could have her dolls experience the “Salon” treatment at the store!HA

We did enjoy the usual spots like Central Park, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, etc!

In our last full day, we went back to the American Girl store to have lunch at their cafe! It was closed already when we finished with the salon experience. Mia really wanted to try dining in their cafe, the food was OK! Nothing special, Mia had fun dining with the dolls though:)

Going back home to Seattle, our Delta crew invited the kids to visit the cockpit and Mia was so amazed! That was a special experience for the kids!

Till Next time NYC!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hi Friends! Happy Mother’s day to all the Mothers, especially to my Mama back home in the Philippines! I hope that you are celebrated today and always! We had a simple dinner at home with my family (together with my In laws today. It was nice just to hangout and enjoy good food. We had steaks and seafoods like lobster, crab cakes, and shrimp potstickers. My DIL baked a chocolate cake because we are also celebrating a late birthday for him and my Mom In law!

We attended Church this morning, and had take out for lunch. Restaurants around the area were really busy, but we had to stop at our local Korean market because Hubs was craving green onion kimchi.HA. We had take out like Poke , siomai, japchae for lunch!

A little family/Mothers day selfie!

Mothers day lunch!

Kids making cards for Nana and Papa!

We had Burrata and prosciutto for appetizers, we also had Japaleno stuffed crabmeat! This is our usual order whenever we go to our favorite Italian restaurant.

The biggest lobster I’ve ever prepared! HA

Love steaks! So juicy and tender, melts in your mouth!

Thanks to my Family for all the goodies! I told Hubs I want consumable treats over things. I appreciate your generosity and thoughtfulness. Thank you God for the gift of motherhood:)

Have a wonderful Sunday evening friends! Take Care and Stay Safe:)

Simple Meals and Tj Haul!

Hi Friends! I hope your week is going great:) I’m in my “Simplifying my life Era” HA!, I’ve been decluttering and on a low spend journey (just me not my family) for almost 3 years now and I think there’s improvements (my closet is not overwhelming me anymore!) The kids toys and clothes are somewhat manageable now but there are still areas of my family life that I want to simplify, like our meals at home. I want to prepare simple meals (but healthyISH!). I don’t expect us to go unprocessed and organic, home cook 100% here! That’s not what I see happening. Let’s be real!

I like shopping at Trader Joes. I think they are affordable and have lots of fun treats. The problem is I get carried away and end up buying junky food that my family eats! I plan to share my groceries shopping/meal plans here to help me be intentional with what I get/prepare. I hope you get to join me!

Simple Meals that I’ve prepared so far for the family:

Shrimp Tacos

Eggplant Salad

Oven Baked Chicken Teriyaki

Baked French Toast/ Bacon/Pickle cucumber! I had pork belly and rice!

Fried Fish!

Steak and Black bean noodle

My Trader Joes Haul! Mix of produce and processed treats..I also got pretty flowers ($4),not bad Trader Joes!

Our breakfasts are usually toast/pancakes/eggs/cereals.

Lunches are usually sandwiches/cheese/crackers/snack type food/leftovers

Here’s to simplifying family meals friends! Have a great Evening and Stay Safe:) Take Care!

Great Wolf Lodge!

Hi Friends, this weekend we visited Great Wolf Lodge here in our state. It was part of the kids Christmas gifts. We got a decent price so we decided to take it, especially since Mia has been asking when are we visiting the water park again! So we surprised the kids and they were really excited! We’ve been here before so we kinda knew what to expect, etc. We didn’t like the restaurant food before so for dinner we tried a restaurant near the resort (Burger Claim, food was great!).

Mia enjoyed the big rides so much and Matthew wanted to try it but due to the height limit, we will have to wait until he is taller!HA! We visited the arcade and get to check out some of their games.

We stopped by Dutch Bros before we headed home!We really like their coffees and the super friendly baristas but this time, they messed up Hubs drink! Oh well! We still love Dutch Bros though!

Jollibee (a Filipino fastfood) had a 2nd location 45 minutes from Great Wolf Lodge, so we stopped by for a late lunch! My kids love their spaghetti and chicken joy! The Hubs does not like Jollibee at all! He ordered another dish at the nearby Hawaiian restaurant. HA

Have a great night friends! STay safe and Take Care:)

Anniversary!

Hi Friends! Earlier this month, we celebrated our 16th wedding Anniversary! Hubs and I got married in New York, one spring Saturday afternoon! We thank God for all the blessings and guidance in our relationship! We went out for dinner to celebrate at Prime Steakhouse in Redmond while my In laws watched the kids:) Dinner was great! We indulged a little and got steaks/lobster/Foie gras/steak tartare!

We didn’t give any gifts to each other, as we have travel plans in the coming months!HA.

Have a wonderful rest of your evening friends! Take Care and Stay Safe!

Spring Breaks Over!

Hi Friends! I’ve been off here for a while. The kids had spring break and Hubs was out of town last week (he’s back now). We’ve been sick (.cough/colds/runny noses) and just starting to feeling normal now. During the break, we went to Seattle and visited the Pacific Science Center! Kids had great time, our favorite was the laser show and the dinosaur exhibit:) We really want to take the kids to places like this for experiences. They love to explore and discover things, Washington state has a lot of places like museums, science centers, and exhibits I’ve noticed.

Lots of park time, play dough, games and we even watched the Kung Fu Panda 4 movie! We don’t go to the movies often because it’s really expensive now (smallest popcorn is $9) and kids/matinee is like $8-9! HA. I wanted to surprise the kids while Daddy was away. It was worth it:)

I hope you are having a great week friends! Take Care and stay safe!

Easter 2024

Hi friends! I hope you had a blessed Easter with your family and friends celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus! Thank You Jesus for what you’ve done on the cross for our sake. We attended good Friday service and Easter Sunday service at our church. They also had a Spring Kids festival, lots of fun things going on like bouncy houses, a little petting zoo, and egg hunting! It was a busy weekend for sure!

We had Easter dinner at our house with my In laws! DIL prepared the HAM (we loved it!), We had the usual sides of potato gratin, asparagus, and mac n’ cheese. Before dinner we had a mini egg hunt in the yard for the kids (as if they need more goodies!HA). I decided not to give any Easter baskets for the kids this year. They really don’t need anything (Grandparents gave them chocolate bunnies and stickers).

Spring Kids Festival at Church!

I made this lox dip (it was YUM!)

We have a brand new month Friends! Have a great rest of your evening. Stay Safe and Take Care!

Korean Markets

Hi Friends! Happy Sunday evening:) I hope you had a restful weekend. We visited 2 Korean markets this weekend and tried raw marinated crabs for the first time. I always enjoy watching Korean Mukbangs and Raw marinated crabs is so popular based on the videos I’ve seen. So after church, we stopped by our local Korean market and Hubs got some raw marinated crabs. We both liked it, and we will definitely get it next time. They didn’t have the soy marinated ones.

Yesterday, we visited a new park for us. It’s around Bellevue, nice trails and decent playground! The kids really liked it. After the park, we decided to visit another Korean market called H-mart! We rarely visit this market because the parking is too tight and the store itself is not that big. They do have a decent seafood and meat selections. We got Bulgogi and kimchi Gimbap, we loved the kimchi one.

Our Korean goodies

After church we got Bagels from Blazing Bagels (Issaquah). It’s pricey but worth it to us!

We enjoyed Korean for dinner earlier. I can finally say I’ve tasted raw crabs and relate to some of the Mukbangs I watched!HA

Have a great night Friends! A wonderful and safe week for all of us:) Take Care!

Weekend Fun – Birds & Chipmunks!

Hi Friends! We had a wonderful St. Patricks dinner with family, a visit to the beach park (it was a gorgeous spring day/weekend). Dad In law prepared Corned beef and we had roasted vegetables and cabbage on the side.

It was a glorious Saturday at the Beach Park, traffic was so bad though and parking was full (Thank God we found a spot quickly after making a couple loops in the parking lot). The kids played on the playground and got their feet wet. The water is still quite cold!HA

It’s been a week since a Bird had been knocking on our windows, so we decided to get some bird feeds and Hubs and Mia built a Bird house made of a milk box! But a chipmunk has been visiting and eating most of the food for the last couple of days! The kids have been enjoying watching this whole situation unfold.

We went to Costco last Friday evening, and we got sushi for dinner. The cali-roll was a little dry and kinda disappointing. It was still a good price for what we got though!

We are off to a playdate at the park with friends this afternoon! Talk later friends. Stay safe:)