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Happy mother’s day 2017

It was a perfect mother’s day celebration week. It started with this note that daycare sent us. Teachers asked kids why you love your mom. Sofia said: ” Because my mom always read me books at night”.

I was about to cry when I read it. I know Sofia loves me reading her books and we do that for 10-15 min 9 out of 10 days. But I didn’t know how much she loves it until that day. I know some days I really just want to say goodnight and go to sleep myself, but I try to make extra effort to spend those 10-20 min with her by reading her the book she chooses. I think more than the reading itself, what she loves more about it is my 100% attention with her.

This note inspired me to read her even more… and create more regular one-to-one moment with her to cultivate our bounding.

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She also made some wonderful wall décor for me and a lovely card

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I love her sooooo much!

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on Saturday we didn’t have anything planned and she asked me to bake with her.. so we made vegan chocolate together with tofu frosting.

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Sofia put some pink sprinkles on hers

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it turned out great! Soft, moisture and no one complained about lack of cream and sugar for the frosting.

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Tony was the second tester and gave it a big thumb up

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Sunday started with my hardest run during this marathon training cycle. I run 8 miles with 6 steady miles run on Saturday, followed by 18 miles run on Sunday, which 3 miles warm up, 4 miles at 8:50 ish pace, 8 miles at 8:30 and last 3 at as fast as I could. Here’s my log

“I started struggling… due to not great sleep. I thought I wouldn’t be able to hit the pace at all today. My plan was to finish the run. Then surprisingly for 7-8 miles I was hitting the pace, but then the humidity, the sun, and just lack of confidence my pace slowed down. I really started to struggle from mile 12 onward. I wanted to stop. Nothing was hurting but I felt struggling. I had to stop few times to try to find out where to continue as I was running in a new route to keep it interesting. But overall it went better than I expected during the first few miles.

Fueling: I had coffee and 1 packet of oatmeal with 1/2 banana and protein powder 45 min before leaving the house. No GI issue. Had two GU and 1/2 packet of beans. I carried the camelback and had about 1.6 gallon of water. I really like to be able to drink when thirsty instead of every mile or two as it would be during the race.

the weather was gorgeous but too sunny. I kept telling myself that I was lucky to be able to run in this beautiful city (below crossing Georgetown, last mile)

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I forgot to restart garmin few times so I run 18.5 miles or so.

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So glad Tony was waiting for me at Georgetown with cold chocolate milk. He’s best!

Then after I got home, ice bath for 10 min, shower, we went to Season52 for lunch with the family. Lizzy was super excited and kept looking around.

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so happy to have two adorable girls in my life

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they are my biggest loves

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Sofia is my first love and she will always be special to me… for many reasons, I’ll always save some extra love for her

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I’m also so thankful of my mom… for being a caring, loving, wise mom to me, and a wonderful grandma to my daughters. I can’t imagine what it would have been for Sofia without grandma all these years.

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Food was okay but as all fellow moms know… dining out with two kids are challenging. And the restaurant was super crowded and noisy. We didn’t stay for dessert but got froyo afterwards. My legs were crying for some rest.

Last but not least, flowers from my dear husband, and a lovely card. I “demanded” it to him. Not as romantic as I wish.. but at least I got them. 🙂

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Lizzy: first birthday party

Our baby angel turned 1 today! We had a birthday party with friends on Sunday. Everyone had a lot of fun, especially the birthday day.

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Party started at 11am, just few minutes after she woke up from morning. She was ready for the party. 🙂

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I ordered a birthday hat for her and I love how cute she looks with it. She was in great mood that day. Smiling to every guests and doing all the fun things grandma props her to do (clapping her hands, waving bye, saying papa, mama and grandpa).

I was such a proud and happy mama.

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She’s such an adorable, easy going, happy baby… she only “complains” when daddy is going… otherwise she’s zero-complaint baby

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although she’s not into toys yet, she spent some time exploring the gifts.

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trying to “play together” with other babies.

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but mostly simply smiling to everyone and enjoying the party

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I enjoyed catching up with friends as well

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particularly with miss Sofia who was excited the whole week for the party because she got to wear her new Elsa dress

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we ordered the cake from Harris Teeters this year. I simply showed them the picture of how I’d like the cake and they made it perfectly.

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can’t believe Sofia is already a big girl, like a real princess

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what a happy day. It amazes us how time flies, a year before I was in labor, not sure who is this girl. And now, I can’t imagine a life without her. Her silly smiles melt my heart, EVERYDAY.

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I had prepared a spread of food for our guests including egg curd tart

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sauteed vermicelli with chicken and vegetables. It doesn’t look nice but it was one of the most popular dish of the day, many friends went for second and third servings

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classic empanadas

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chinese radish cake

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salad with cilantro cashew dressing. It wasn’t as good as I expected but at least it was colorful

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Sofia and I made pink cupcake with natural food color (dry raspberries)

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cheese board

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and the most popular dish that I forgot to take a pic before they were all gone, korean baby ribs.

Although I was exhausted by the end of the day due to a stressful week at work, 8+18 miles run, and all the party preparation, I was happy! Happy to be the mama of two lovely girls in my life. 🙂


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Celebration: Christmas & Birthday 2016

This year we celebrated Christmas as a family of 6. No guests, no pressure, just enjoy some down time with ourselves.

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We spent most of the day relaxing at home, playing, reading, napping, until it was about dinner time. I dressed up, made me presentable, put the Christmas hat, had Pandora on Christmas station, and immediately felt festival.

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Sofia helped me to set up the table

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Tony and I prepared dinner

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I made a green salad

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homemade smoke salmon with toasts with olive oil. This salmon recipe is from a colleague of mine, very easy to make and turned out fancy and tasty. To make it, combine 1 lb of sugar with 1 lb of salt (assuming salmon fillet is about 2 lbs), let salmon soak in the mixture in 24 hrs in the fridge, and voila, homemade smoked salmon ready to serve.

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for the main dish, I made a porcini risotto. Like the salmon, it was so easy to make and turned out better than I expected. I kept adding it more to my plate 😉

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and for the star of the night I made baked live lobster with garlic green onion butter. So good!

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while we enjoyed our feast, Lizzy was quietly exploring a piece of toast. So funny how she managed to eat 2 bites during the whole dinner.

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then it was time for gifts.

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Sofia was excited to see what Santa brought her

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dolls are like shoes for girls, the more the merrier

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legos would come second

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yes, I know.. it’s for 12 years old… but Tony also likes to play, so why not? 😉

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Santa brought a watch rewinder for Tony

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and I got a scarf and a runners recovery set

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We all went to bed happy with full belly and new favorite gifts. 🙂

On Christmas day which was also my birthday. I started it with a very long run, actually the longest run EVER! 13.6 to celebrate first day for 36 years old. The best part? Tony run 3 miles with me.

I really enjoy Sunday long runs. It’s such a peaceful time to get lost, to reflect, to be sync with my physical body, and to connect with my mind.

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after a long shower and breakfast, we started the Lego Christmas City project.

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2 hrs later, part 1 was done, thanks to Tony. I simply chill out on the side.

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after nap, we started the gingerbread house project.

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Again, Tony was in charge. He’s so much better than me in term of manual work and has patience for it. Sofia was happy putting on the chocolates and gummy bears. 🙂

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it turned out so beautiful.

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I didn’t cook a special dinner for my birthday because I just wanted to do nothing and relax on my birthday. But to celebrate it, Sofia and Tony got me a cake. It was a hard-to-find cake since most of the stores were closed, so it was extra special to have a cake to blow the candle.

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Last year was full of ups and downs but I’m glad that I found two new loves, Lizzy and running. I don’t feel older, but do feel I have more responsibilities to my family and became wiser in how to be a wife. 🙂

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