Life lately – inlaws visit

Inlaws came to visit us last month. They were particularly excited to meet Lizzy. She’s such a cutie and adapted really well to the grandma and grandpa. My parents had to go to shanghai during that time due to an emergency dental issue, so Lizzy was being taken care by new grandparents right away. She did so well.

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Sofia also welcomed grand-parents. She’s such a friendly girl and always get to be friend with visitors from day 1. Both grandparents like her as well… spent time playing with her everyday.

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Last week Tony and I had a special Valentine’s day celebration. The original idea was to go on a solo-date. But due to DC traffic in the evening, I couldn’t take Sofia back home.

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so she was our special guest on V-day.

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our date was “paint night”

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we had a quick dinner at Berducci, the location for the paint nite, and ready to start

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pink was the color of the night

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2 hours later…

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very very proud of ourselves

Friday was another ballet class for Miss S. Her last few classes

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on Saturday we took Tony’s parents to National Harbor first

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It was a gorgeous day to be outside

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Sofia got a marshmallow covered in white chocolate as treat

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soooo yummy

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then we visited the new MGM casino

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next we went to Alexandria…visited the farmer’s market

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then walked toward the harbor

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Sofia had fun feeding the birds

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then we went to Fontaine for lunch… my favorite spot for french crepes

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I had the farmers crepe that had assorted veggies and goat cheese. So so good. I love that their crepe is made with buckwheat, the real deal.

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then we went to Sofia’s first piano class. I got her enrolled for a group class for 4-5 years old. I had to be with her the whole class, not just accompanying, but interacting and participating the class.

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She liked the class so I enrolled her right away. It’s the Yamaha method. Let’s see how she likes it. So far so good because there’s little real playing with the piano, but more on learning musicality with songs and games.

For in-laws last dinner here, we made a BBQ (grilled chicken, pork tenderloin, salmon, and sweet potato), and a salad.

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They loved the meal and even took the leftover sweet potato for the flight back. 🙂

On Sunday, Sofia and I went to watch “Disney Ice show: dream big”.

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she was entertained the entire show. Success!

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Lizzy stayed at home, played with grandma who came back last weekend.

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oh… my cutie turned 10 months few days ago.

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she’s starting with the swing…. hard to tell from her expression whether she likes it or not

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same with slides

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still undecided about this one too

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I did a lot of mea preparation for the week on Monday… and rest. The past few weekends have been hectic, too many activities, too little rest. Finally catching up with my t0-do list. 🙂

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What I Ate 2/12

Last Sunday I didn’t have long run for the first time in months because I had a 5k race later. I had time to prepare a proper breakfast and enjoyed it with the family, all excited about the upcoming race.

My oatmeal had banana, chia seeds, quinoa, topped with frozen berries and crunchy almond butter. Sooooo good and filling.

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then we headed out for our pre-Valentine’s race. Sofia tag along together with my father in-law. After picking up the packet, both of us put the shirt to feel more festival.

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The weather was  uncertain that day. We were afraid that it would start to rain right before the race Fortunately it hold up until after the race. I ran the same course 7 months ago and finished 3rd place in my age group with 26 min. This time I finished at 23’56”, a new PR!!! I ended up placing 25th in overall female runners, 4th on my age group. Tony finished about 30 min and kept complaining how the ups and downs ruined his chance to PR. So not true! The course was fantastic, more downhill than up hill. He’s just out of shape, but I’m glad that we run it together. Running with my loved one is the best way to celebrate Valentines.  I know he’s not naturally inclined to run, but he’s still running twice a week about 3 miles with me. I know he does it to make me happy, I really appreciate it. Just hope one day he get bite by runner’s kick and start running seriously for himself. One can always hope! 🙂

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after the race, we went to Costco and Hmart

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arrived home just before lunch

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I made a stir-fry vermicelli for the family with minced pork and assorted vegetables, paired with a miso soup. They all enjoyed the meal a lot.

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I was craving something spicy, so I heated up last portion of jamalaya. It freezes really well. Will definitely make it again.

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after a nap for the whole family, we went to a friend’s party. Lizzy spent almost the entire 1.5 hrs eating puffs and berries. She didn’t even need us to be by her side as long as there was more food on her plate. People were passing by and found her so amusing.

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and she loved playing with the little boy… kissing, hugging, pulling his hair.. opss…

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the party had assorted appetizers and fruits. I had berries, cocktail shrimp and nuts. I’d rather spend the time chatting with friends than focusing on food.

Once home, I put both girls into sleep and had my evening snack to end a busy but fun day.

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What I Ate – 2/4/17

It was my rest day from running. But I still got up at usual time and did strength training instead. HIIT is so challenging!!!

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then I saw through the monitor that someone was up and playing already

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after changing I went to see the family. They were already starting to have breakfast.

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I joined them. I had toasts with LC, fried egg and goat cheese with blueberries. I think I’m approaching the borderline of getting sick of this combo. 🙂

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looking at these two playing and laughing together put me a great mood for the day

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Sofia and I went to indoor climbing, meeting with our friend Ruweri, climbing partner for few years already.

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Sofia was not officially allowed to climb yet since kids need to weight close to 40lbs to be able to start, but Sofia was eager to test the water

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and then it was my turn. Despite of not coming often, I was surprised that my body still remembers the movements and kept the fitness quite well. I managed to do several 5.8-5.9 routes without much problem.

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then we went to bouldering area

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and that was definitely challenging!!! It needed much more power than going up

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after climbing, I took Sofia to her ballet class and did groceries. When returned home, we were starving. We had spaghetti with homemade Bolognese sauce made with grounded turkey. Simple but always tasty.

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then it was nap time for the girls. Tony took his parents to the mall, and I did some work

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snacked on plain roasted almonds

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when girls were up.. it was all playing with them. Lizzy loves standing up these days… and it is so funny to see a tiny person trying to move around

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then we had a delicious dinner. I made baked lobster, salmon with onion, and my mother in law prepared some veggies to go along

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after I put the girls to sleep. I enjoyed a cup of the chia pudding I made in the afternoon. It was amazing! Rich, decadent, and couldn’t tell that it was a healthy dessert.

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Snuggled in bed before 10pm… excited for my long run the next day. 🙂


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