Life: happening, eating and more

Playing catch up again. I really hope I can blog more from now on… maybe 3 times a week just as I did when I was on maternity leave last time. I really enjoy reading those. Good memories. Now.. we are living another special time.. and I want to record it too.

Happening

First let’s see how we celebrated grandma’s birthday this year. It was a surprise celebration. I didn’t tell her when was her birthday this year but secretly planned it with Sofia and Tony. Sofia came back with a cake and my mom was happily surprised! 🙂

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following tradition, we had noodle for dinner.

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Sofia helped blowing the candle while Lizzy continued staring at her sister

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Everyone enjoyed the cake and the ocassion

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including Lizzy… she had a “taste” of the cake

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I love my mom so much. She’s the wisest woman I know. She is also caring, generous and always there when I need her. I notice that she’s getting older, not as energetic as few years ago. Her time with us here in the US will be limited. She will probably go back to  China next year. We will all miss her so much.

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As present for grandma, I took her and Sofia to see Riverdance. I saw the show 7 or 8 years ago and at that time I knew she would love it. So when I was thinking about what to give for her birthday, Riverdance happened to be in town that weekend.

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Three generations of women went on a date… it was a lovely day

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it was Sofia’s first show experience and she behaved really well

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It was the perfect present for grandma. She really liked it. Now that she’s getting older, I think she enjoys experience over material goods. I will definitely share more memorable experiences with her. These are invaluable.

We’ve been exploring farmer’s market on Saturdays. The last time I went with Miss Sofia alone and treated her with a popsicle. She was so happy.

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Sofia started her swimming lessons. Now she’s in Peddle II.

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We went to a pool party at Brian’s, one of Sofia’s classmate

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she had such a blast! I wish we had a pool at home too. She could spend the whole afternoon in the water.

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Lizzy started to smile and “talk” to us. She’s such a happy baby, so easy to be content! 🙂

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On July 4th weekend, Sofia and I prepared a icebox cake to take to a friend’s BBQ party

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she had so much fun putting those fillings.

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We will definitely make it again next year.

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We took Lizzy to the mall one day… one of few outings with her other than to restaurants. As long as I keep moving around with the stroller, she’s content.

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I love seeing Tony interacting with Sofia. I know I say it repeatedly, but I still feel moved when I see them together.

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Four days weekend at home drives me crazy… Sofia has so much energy to release. I was out of ideas… so I took her to ride bike for a while, teaching her how to turn without falling

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I encourage Tony to exercise, Sofia likes to join.

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We invited friends over to play with Sofia, so we make egg tarts

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Sofia loves cooking with me and I love having her as company. I wish she enjoys cooking as much as I do in the future.

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They played for few hours and they got tired too. Some downtime with the iPhone.

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by the end of the long weekend, I was so exhausted. I didn’t want to move out of the couch.

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This Monday the teacher called me. I was in panic. Fortunately it was nothing major but we  still took Sofia to get checked. Apparently little girls can have yeast infection too. Who knew? But it’s nothing to worry about. Just keep her private area clean and dry, apply the cream twice a day for two weeks.

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Eating

I’ve been eating really clean lately because I can prepare meals myself. I love it! I enjoy cooking and I feel the greatest when I eat clean with tons of veggies, lean meat, limited fat and fruit, and almost no grains.

For breakfasts I’m addicted to is this protein cake. Made with 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree, 3 egg whites, 2 TB corn flour, 1 TB cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder, pinch of salt and stevia. Mix, microwave for 3’50”, top with PB2 sauce. It’s like eating dessert for breakfast. So so good. I think I had it for 3 weeks straight and each day still looking forward to it.

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for savory option, I’d have a grilled wrap filled with 1 egg, 1/2 C egg white, 1 oz. mozzarella cheese and 1 slice of smoked ham.

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or this savory pancake made with 1/4 C of chickpea flour and the same feelings as the wrap.

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For my mom and Tony, I prepared egg muffins

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bread with ham, bacon and hash browns

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waffles with PB2 sauce and homemade berries jam

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I don’t often have morning snacks, if I do, it has been mainly pistachios, my fav nuts!

I usually eat lunch pretty late… around 1:30pm. Some random combos:

a soupy mixture of shrimp head, tofu, napa cabbage and shiitake noodles.

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taco bowl made with grounded turkey, sautéed kale, chipotle salsa and cauliflower rice. Such a filling and tasty meal.

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when it’s hot, I’d have a salad. This one has lettuce, tomato, cucumber, asian blend veggies and grilled shrimp. I made an asian dressing with sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar and honey.

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similar salad with grilled tofu

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Quick stir fry with whatever I had: kale, palm heart, red onion and tempeh.

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Asian blend sautéed with onion, kale and homemade turkey meatballs, with tons of spicy korean sauce.

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asian blend sautéed with shrimp, paired with cauliflower rice

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asian blend sauteed with onion and turkey meatball, paired with cauliflower rice

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sauteed purple cabbage with kale, grounded turkey and shiitake noodles.

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Tony’s (he gained 10 lbs recently, so I’m trying to get him to eat cleaner too).

seaweed tofu soup, homemade chickpea and bean burger, and sweet potato fries

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pasta with carrot and turkey meatball. I added carrots so he doesn’t feel it was too small a portion of pasta.

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milanese with tomato and roasted sweet potato

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We eat a veggie loaded chinese dinner. We typically have 1 or 2 veggie dishes, 1 protein (mainly fish or chicken, occasionally beef or pork or tofu)

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We’ve been doing a lot of BBQ too. As simple as salad with sausage

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and grilled vegetables

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Misc:

I finished Grit. I was very excited when I first hear about it. However, the message is simple and I don’t think it needs such a long book to deliver it.

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I’m running again! I started at 6 weeks postpartum. Now I’m addicted to it. I’m following Nike’s 5k coaching program so I don’t have to decide how long I should run everyday. I just follow the plan and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!

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Well… that’s a long recap. Hopefully I’ll start posting more from now on. Good news coming up.

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