Mother’s day and first BBQ of 2015

Mother’s day gift from my beloved Sofia. She’s getting better with gift making!

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I love you so much Sofia, I feel so lucky to be your mom because you bring the biggest joy in life!

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To celebrate that day we invited some friends over for the first BBQ of the year.

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the weather was perfect to eat outdoor

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Look how chubby has became Sofia, exactly how I was when I was at her age

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more and more she’s playing with other kids, even it involves fighting over toys every 5 min

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I made a salad, grilled corns, sweet potato and marinated chicken. My friend brought shrimp bruchetta and beef

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after nap time, we went to visit a new friend, Teri, second daughter of my friend Sarah. Just 8 days old. so tiny and so fragile. I miss those early days of Sofia.

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while they had the naming ceremony, Sofia focused on eating the fried dough

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she’s really into pricess outfit these days.. even going to the mall she wanted to put her dress and make this silly face

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A friend from chicago just moved to the area and we had dinner at True Kitchen, a restaurant following Dr. Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet principles. We shared 2 appetizers: kale-guacamole

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dumplings

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as entree I had salad with salmon, nothing too special. IMG_6660

for the first time (ever?) I had a glass of white wine.. which was quite tasty

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for dessert I had frozen yogurt and bloody orange sorbet.. very refreshing

I also did some baking: a spongy cake which both Sofia and my mom loved. It’s like the base of the fruit cake that whole food sells. Once it was finished in 3 days, my mom asked me to bake a new one.

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I also made a granola bar with almond butter, oatmeal and dry fruits. Sofia loves it!

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I usually go to Chopt’ Salad if I go out for lunch, but last week I went to Sweet Salad and was happilly surprised with their new selection. I had the Pad Thai made with shrimp which was delicious. And my colleague had the green guacamole and also enjoyed it a lot, even thanking me to take him to try it. He’s a senior colleague who’s much older than me, but for some reason we have this special chemistry and we get along very well. It’s amazing how much more fun is to work with someone that you like. Not only it’s more fun but it makes working together easier because you trust each other, and when there’s disagreement you are sure that both of you are trying to make the work better, and not some work politics.

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As I publish this belated recap.. I’m in Lima for a mission until tomorrow and then heading to Cancun for a mini vacation! 🙂

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2015 Valentines and Chinese new year

Tony’s first visit was in February and we got to spend together the Valentine’s for the first time.

I prepared a special gift for him. 14 gifts to be open one each hour. They were love letters, memorable gifts and pictures of us. It was a lovely experience for both of us.

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Tony got to bake his first cornbread as contribution to dinner.

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table setting for the ocassion

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we picked the flower together… really like it

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cornbread was good for a first time baker, but plenty of room for improvement 😉

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side dish was a salad made with greens, cucumber, tomato and beets with fig balsamic and olive oil.
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main dish was lamb stew with veggies and cauliflower/potato mash. Tony loved it! 🙂

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Few days later it was chinese new year so we invited some friends over for dinner. We prepared 8 dishes and 1 dessert. This is the first of new year celebrations we will have together… a new beginning! 🙂

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lovely ladies who are so supportive during this period of my life.. truly appreciate it.

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and my love… so grateful to re-find you.

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other random food we had. Breakfast setting

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dinner: lobster, kabocha and broccoli

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lunch: baked salmon, salad and potato salad

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the most touching moments were when Sofia played with Tony so closely… both of us couldn’t contain our tears

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they are the love of my life… and living with them everyday is the best gift I can ask for.

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