Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Now I am inspired to cook well again! Maybe I should get the Julia Child cook book but not sure if I am really a French cook. I will look through my other cook books to find some good recipes.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Santa was very generous with us, again. Thank you and we can't wait for next year! ;)
We love to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium and check on the penguins, the otters and sharks. And play with the water, watch out on the ocean and just hang out. Lovely day.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
So last night Patrick said let's go out. We packed up Matilda (Lukas was with his cousin for the afternoon) and we went to King Crab, a Chinese restaurant here in Milpitas.
After we found parking while crossing the street I said to Patrick that I feel guilty to go to the restaurant without Lukas because he usually likes their food so much. But since he was with Kyle and was supposed to have pizza, I thought it's all good.
When we walked to the restaurant, I was still oblivious. After we walked in, I saw Britta, my friend, sitting in the back of the restaurant. My first thought was "hm, what a coincidence that she is here tonight too!". And then I saw them all! The whole family and my friends Britta and Evelyn were gathered at two tables to celebrate my 40th birthday with me! What a surprise! Tears came to my eyes and I felt so overwhelmed but so happy.
Then we had delicious dinner. I will never forget that evening, the surprise and my heartbeat.
Thank you all for loving me. I love you all back!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Of course I couldn't resist to give Lukas and Matilda their own calendar this year. Now we added opening one door from the calendar to the morning's routine.
Lukas is even opening his calendar every other day so that he has two chocolates at once.
So do you have a calendar like that?! :)
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Here is Matilda all bundled up while going shopping with me.
Monday, December 7, 2009
So late Saturday afternoon the kids and us started to go through the Christmas boxes, took out all the ornaments and hang them on the tree. Lukas was a great decorater, he hang most of the decorations on the bottom of the tree.
The damage was minimal. Only two glass balls broke due to unsensitive care by Lukas and Matilda but that's ok.
Here is our pride and joy for this holiday season:
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Lukas going to school in his PJ's.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
From my family to yours:
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The team celebration will be at ChuckECheese's in Fremont.
Here is Lukas with his trophy.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
After years of waiting and searching and searching and waiting, I finally found the perfect buffet for my kitchen! And it came just from across the street, from our neighbor, who is moving out and had a garage sale few weeks ago.
Patrick helped sanding it down and staining it so that it goes color wise well with my kitchen table that I love. We worked two days on it but it was worth every hour.
The buffet is made out of real wood and was not painted or stained before. This is how it looked before we started working on it.
I had not one helper, but two! Lukas in action.
And here is the final result. Doesn't it look awesome and perfect for our kitchen?!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The first book I read from Lisa See was "Shanghai Girls". I am intrigued by the Chinese and Asian culture for many years. Maybe it is because I love and am married to a Chinese-American man or maybe it is because I love the Asian art, fragile and beautiful, delicate and minimalistic, full of well handcrafted items, with its attention to detail even in smallest items.
I will not give away the plot but I highly recommend this book if you look for a well written and fascinating story that describes the lives of women in the beginning of this century in a country that seems to live in the century before ours.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
My all time favorite wine is from the winery Chateau Julien in Carmel Valley. When I was working with the Plaza Hotel in Monterey, we ordered this wine for all our functions and it became my favorite since then. That's like 7 years ago. I was able to keep few bottles because of the pregnancies but now the time has come.
So last night, we enjoyed this smooth, fruity, sweet-but-not-sweet wine to the last drip. Can't wait for tonight to finish the bottle.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Those chewy balls filled with a sesame paste and rolled in peanuts are so delicious, I can't even explain. Whenever we go the Mayflower restaurant in Milpitas to eat dimsum, I already wait for the dessert before all other dishes arrive. That's how good they are.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Anyway, how about those cute Mary Jane's that I found for Matilda? I wear those soft socky thingis for years already and now Matilda has a pair too.
She is still no keen on the idea to wear them in the house but I know that she soon will appreciate them.
Monday, November 9, 2009
He loves to strap himself in and unstrap and enjoys the freedom around his body. I only hope that the booster seat is safe.
Matilda has already tried out the booster seat but she has few more years to go.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Kyle and Lukas.
Lukas trying out the lightsaber on sister.
Nice pose Darth Vader.
Baby Claire - ladybug, Lukas - Darth Vader, Matilda - Bumblebee, Kyle - Scream, Diane - vampire, Baby Lawrence - lion (from left to right).
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Matilda right after she woke up.
Matilda learned how to pose now.
At Lukas' school, she loves to sit in the mini chairs. Only for that reason, I will send her to preschool next January. :)
So last Saturday Patrick and Lukas went to the driving range to finally practice with the driver that we got Lukas a long time ago.
It looks like he is ready for it now and he had lots of fun using it.
I still wonder how Tiger Woods could do it all when he was 2 1/2 years old. Mind blowing.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Here the three of us, having fun on the wooden horse.
Lukas would make a handsome cowboy, I think.
Spiders, spiders everywhere!
Matilda pretty in orange.
The goats were quite interesting to watch from far away.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Right after our arrival on Oahu, Matilda is playing in sand.
Lukas and Matilda playing in the suitcase.
Lukas wanted to try out to be covered all in sand.
Kayaking with daddy.
What else to do then playing in sand.