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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: 1/19/17

It was a day to be remembered since it was first time I was at home with two girls all by myself from 8am to 7:30pm. And I have to say, although it was totally manageable, I gained more respect to stay at home moms. 🙂

My day started off in total darkness. I didn’t sleep well the night before, waking up around 2:40am and couldn’t sleep until almost 4am. Nonetheless, I head out at 6:35am for my run.

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I came across few souls on the trail. Every time I come across a runner, I’d say good morning and give my respect for the diligent runner/cyclist. I am sure they feel the same way toward me. It feels noble to be out there.

The last 0.25 mile of the run is the hilliest but I always feel huge fulfillment when I reach to the top.

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Once home, I prepared breakfast for Sofia and Tony. Homemade sour cream pancakes with PB for Miss Sofia, and homemade bread with assorted spreads for Tony.

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while they had breakfast, I fed Lizzy. Sweet potato/zucchini/pear puree was on the menu for her.

Just before 8am, we got ready to drive Tony to the metro.

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Once home, I nursed Lizzy while Sofia played by herself, and Lizzy went to take her nap without fuss.

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8:45 AM – Breakfast

Fluffy coconut pancake with peanut and chocolate sauce

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It has been a long time I made pancake for breakfast and oddly I craved sweet that morning so I obliged and made a big batch.

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It was like eating dessert for breakfast, so decadent and filling

Fluffy coconut pancake with peanut and chocolate sauce

Serves 1

2 eggs
1 egg white
4 Tbsp coconut flour
2 Tbsp flax meal
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of stevia
1/3 cup water
cooking oil/spray
2 Tbsp PB2
1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder

  1. Heat pan
  2. Separate egg yolk from egg whites
  3. Beat egg whites with an electric beater until foam
  4. Mix coconut flour with flax meal, salt, baking powder, stevia
  5. Add egg yolks to the flour mixture and add water until a thick bater consistency
  6. Fold egg whites to the flour-egg mixture
  7. Drop 1/4 cup of batter to the pan and cook for 3-4 mins, flip, and cook another 1-2 min
  8. Mix water with PB flour to make peanut butter sauce
  9. Mix water with protein powder to make chocolate sauce

Sofia and I spent the morning organizing her toys

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assorted her books by language (english, spanish and chinese)

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11:30 AM – Snack

We shared a navel orange for snack

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then I started to prepare dinner while Sofia did some coloring

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I had a big butternut squash that was sitting in the fridge for days and some leftover corn tortilla. Enchiladas sounded perfect.

I first roasted some sweet potato with coconut oil

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then prepared the sauce and the sweet potato & grounded beef mixture. Sofia joined me for the assembly.

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ready for the oven

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she snacked on tortilla while I did some cleaning

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Lizzy woke up from her nap at 12:15pm, that was solid 3 hours nap! 😀

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Then we went to Trader Joe’s for some groceries. We all need to get out of the house for some fresh air once a day, and doing groceries seemed to be the easiest task with two kids. Somehow they’re “trapped” in the cart.

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Once home, I prepared lunch for the girls. Eggs, broccoli, and pita bread for Miss Sofia. Broccoli, pancake, and yogurt for Lizzy. After lunch, they both went for a nap.

2:00 P.M. – Lunch

Sautéed cabbage, kale, and tofu in olive preserve sauce + steamed corn

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I was starving by the time lunch was ready, but I prefer to eat it late alone than juggling two girls at the same time.

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A coffee while I catch up with some work emails.

3:45 P.M. – Snack

pistachios

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Pistachio is my favorite nut for the moment so whenever I’m not too hungry for a snack, I’d have some for healthy fats.

At 4pm, my friend Sarah and her daughter Tara came to visit us. While Sofia and Tara played, later joined by Lizzy, Sarah and I chatted. Sarah is moving to Kenya soon so it was really nice to see her.

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They left around 6pm. Tony texted me that he was running late so I had dinner with the girls by myself.

6:45 P.M. – Dinner

Sweet potato & beef enchilada served with avocado

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It was my first time making and eating enchilada. I was happily surprised by how easy it was to make for something truly delicious.

After dinner, I gave a bath to Lizzy. Love seeing her chewing bath toys.

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By 7:20 pm, she was in bed with Pj and full belly of milk. 🙂

Tony arrived home almost 8 pm. Heated up enchiladas for him which he loved as well. Then I asked him to read a book to Sofia while I had my ME time with my kabocha.

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By 9pm, I was in bed with a cup of chocolate almond milk and a book. Perfect way to unwind my day full of silly words, diapers, and home errands.

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First time of “stay at home mom of two” went well. It gave me confidence for the time I’ll have to do more of these in a couple of months. It is so true that with kids days are long but years are short. Always remember this to cherish every long day. 🙂

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New year 2017

Our new year was low key, just how I wanted. To be with the family and relax. We Tony first finished building Christmas City Lego

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so proud of the duo 😀 (basically Tony tries to build it, Sofia tries to destroy it, and repeat! :D)

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I took Sofia and my parents for brunch one day

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had the most beautiful avocado toast! It’s really easy to make but so good. Toast + smashed avocado + feta cheese + tomato + green onion + poached egg. If I’d make at home, I’ll omit the feta cheese and replace poached egg by fried egg.

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On a cold Sunday, I started my day with a run, with my lovely husband. As you can see from the pics, it was a dreading run for him, but glad he finished the 3 miles. I then run another 8. 11 miles on 1/1. 🙂

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usual breakfast tastes even better after a long run

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then we did groceries and prepared a Chinese meal for the family

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and an international meal for dinner. Poached salmon with mushroom in sherry sauce. First time trying sherry… I like the taste but didn’t dare to put too much at first, so the final product lacked the distinct sherry flavor. I’ll do better next time.

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Monday was still holiday so we had friends over for lunch… The girls got to play dolls…

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the grow ups got to make dumplings

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Sofia loves playing with Tiantian, once again because Tiantian basically follows Sofia’s lead. Sofia is a natural leader… or want to be 🙂

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and when Lizzy is up, she joined the big girls… Sofia always so sweet with her little sister

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while chinese dumpling was being made, I made the beef taco station

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the final food table, a mix of chinese and international food

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it was my first time making taco, so easy and so tasty! It’s definitely a crowd pleasing meal. and it’s fun to assemble it too, a competition of who gets more filling in!

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our new year started with the tone for the year… good run, good time with family and friends, and good food. 🙂

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