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Life: June happening

June has been a busy month. It started with my first marathon and trip to SD but then more fun happened.

Sofia had her last piano class

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performed two of her favorite songs on the recital (going on a picnic and see you tomorrow). She did great! Not nervous, not rushing, just right! 🙂

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Lizzy had fun witnessing her sister’s performance

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then we celebrated Father’s day… Sofia spent a week at class preparing the gift

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our celebration started with Run with Dad 5k race

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Tony made the last sprint to cross the finishing line

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then we had friends’ over for BBQ to celebrate together

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it was my mom’s birthday and Lizzy’s 14 months birthday, so triple celebration!

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we made the usual: corn, sweet potato, marinated chicken thigh, sausage, and beef

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we had a lot of fun chatting and eating

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then my little girl graduated from CCLC where she spent 4 years!

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some of her friends started with her… they formed a strong bound, but it was time to say bye nonethless

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Lizzy always curious to check around

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her best friends

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one day I took both girls to the doctor for check up

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they sure know how to entertain themselves

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this picture melts my heart

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I love these two to the moon! 🙂

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Life: May happening

Summer has finally arrived. Loving dressing the girls during summer time.

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When I stay at home on Fridays, I take Lizzy to playground as often as possible. She’s starting to getting it

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My poor husband had to take out wisdom teeth and had bad swelling for almost a week. I couldn’t hold laughing at him

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During weekends, Sofia likes to cook with me. We made sushi one day

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We did drawing

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and we went to Vienna Day together

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It was Sofia’s third year to go there

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still enjoying the rides

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Lizzy couldn’t go to most of rides but she was happily watching around and eating her lunch

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her first experience in the caroussel

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Sofia loves it too

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every time I see Tony with the girls, my heart moves and I love him a bit more

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My latest breakfast combo

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Life is good. 🙂

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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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