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!