Thursday, July 31, 2014

TBT: Carrie Underwood - Temporary Home

Mummy and I love country music! Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson are the only American Idol winners I ever truly liked. The former never seems to surprise and woo me!




Monday, July 28, 2014

My Family, Your Family, Our Family

This past week was a whirlwind of a week. Let's recap (it's totally gonna be boring, but sorry!).

On Sunday, Cristhian and I were in Lowell visiting relatives and doing the Lowell thing. ... And then we had to scurry back to Connecticut in order to meet up with Leeda and Rethanak who were driving from Beavercreek. After a restful night (HA!), we bummed around the house for a good part of the morning. Sadly, Crissy had to work- it's a regular work week after all. Then, L, R and I made our way over to Blue Plate Kitchen for a yummy brunch. Then they were OFF!

That same Monday, Cristhian's sisters, nieces and nephews came over. Not knowing where I should bring them, I took them to the local park where the kids were able to swim in the public pool. The kids had sooo much fun drifting through the three pools- a small wading pool, a typical four lane pool with buoys removed and a twirly, whirly slide. Instead of meeting us at the park, Cristhian started on Taco Night. Nom!


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The next morning, W, B and I rallied off the five kids in the cars and made our way over to the theatre. Why? Thanks to Out and About Mom, I found out that Bow Tie Cinemas offers free movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Winning! This week, the theatre showed Ice Age: Continental Drift. Luckily, it was a hit for everyone in the party! Woo hoo! After lunch, we made the 1/4 mile trek to the local public pool we visited the day before. Thankfully, with the afternoon sunshine (I think it was like 91*F with 60% humidity!) the adults found refuge in the huge canopy. Also, in the late evening, B and W wanted to meander about downtown... So Cristhian and I took the clan to West Hartford Center. It was Music Night, so we heard a drummer going insane by the square. It was awesome! After a bit of time, Cris and I took four of the kids into the library. There, they were able to play in the children's area and experience the fun that a true library possesses. Following the library, we just made our way around center square. There wasn't much we could do with so many kids in tow, but it was a great idea for the family to peruse about.


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Wednesday, was a low-key day and the family's last day in Hartford County since B needed to head back to work. After breakfast, we made our way through to Stratton Brook, a small pond in Simsbury, and had a modest BBQ. It was just very, very relaxing. No messing, no bothering... that is, until the bees and bug things kept buzzing around our area due to all the sweets we had erupting from our belongings- haha! We had a good run while it lasted. Before leaving, B and W wanted to make a bubble tea run. It was no problem, of course, because the bubble tea shop is on the way home. On our drive back, adventures ensued. B forgot she was following me home and drove deep into Simsbury! To make matters worse, both B and W's phones were dead. I spent almost twenty minutes looking for them to no avail. Once B charged her phone a bit, she called and explained what happened- silly goose! In the end, B and W continued to get lost and after a full hour, made their way back home and Cristhian bought bubble teas for everyone. Hahaha! That night, we watched a few movies until Cristhian's family left in torrential downpour.


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Friday night, my family in Massachusetts returned to Connecticut. We had late-night sushi annnnnnd the boggarts stayed up well into the night. S needed to bring back Artie-kun from her maintenance upkeep in Enfield and spent his morning doing so. When S, L and R came back, we walked to Hearty Kitchen for brunch. S and R each ordered the chicken and waffles. L and I ordered our own variation of an egg and toast dish. The boys had the better meal... by far. Once Cristhian got out of work (Thank God his long work weeks are over!), the five of us made our way over to West Hartford Center. S wanted to meander about the local music store... and did so nearly the entire duration of our hour stay. Keke. R and I walked over to a local French bakery and bought some macarons... yummmmmy! That night, we spent the evening watching movies and making dinner. L makes the most delish chili bread. SO GOOD! Annnnnd S left late into the evening in order to head back to Massachusetts.


Organic and Local Buttermilk Chicken and Organic Belgian Waffles with Locally Sourced Raw Honey... NOMMM!

On Sunday, R woke up late (per usual) and the party ended up getting into Lowell so incredibly late... So late we caught the last half hour of our cousin's baby shower and missed absolutely everyone. Boo! S'ok. We'll have more quality family time with baby when she comes! Back at grandma's, the family ate comforting hot pot... yummmmmmmmmy! Around eight, Cristhian and I needed to head back to Connecticut, so we bid our farewells to my sibbies and aunties and uncle. Then we went over to my elder cousin, S's house to drop off something for my niece, N... and then made our way to S's (Baby Shower S) to catch up and to drop off our gift (because I'm ridiculous and forgot it).

And here I am on Monday morning writing this recap of what happened over the past week. Seriously. I love summers. It's the only time of the year I can see so much family in such a short period of time! I'm so incredibly thankful for a close knit family. ... And I'll do a better job of taking pictures... Promise!


I hope your week was as eventful as mine!

Monday, July 14, 2014

From Maine to Connecticut to Massachusetts

Warning: There are lots pictures of me. More selfies were taken in these past two weeks than in the past two years.

Cristhian hasn't had a proper vacation in forever. We were seriously considering going away for the two weeks he decided to take off from work, but went against it. Because we're moving back to the Greater Boston area, and because Cris' sister and children recently moved up from abroad, we wanted to spend as much time with his siblings and their children. Just to recap, we spent Friday and Saturday in Norwich and Sunday and Monday in Boston (as evidenced in the last post).


Om is so dang happy to be a grandmother! Look at how cute she and S are! Melts my heart!

D gave birth to baby S in June. Luckily on Tuesday, Cristhian and I were able to drive up to Portland and gave a proper "Hello!" She was seriously the cutest little thing. ... Plus, I love that she looks so much like D, but might possibly have blue eyes! I know, I know. It's too early to tell. Aunty can hope though, right? I swoon. OH, D took Cristhian and I to DiMillo's- can I say YUM? There's something about freshly caught seafood, amazing company and a great view that can really set the moment. (There are no pictures because we were enjoying our time together!) I can't wait to go back north! Scarborough, here we come!


Selfie at Charlton Rest Area~

On Saturday, Shawn made his way down to Connecticut to maintain Artie-kun. From Enfield, we went up the pike to head back to Lowell. It was so friggin' busy. I couldn't believe how packed the pike and the rest area were!


Much to my dismay, I ended up going to V's wedding. Gosh. This is the first really Asian wedding I've been to in ages. Add the fact that I'm related to at least half of the guests... OH NOES. I felt very... overwhelmed. I love my family, but that's a lot of people and a lot of personalities all at once.


J and M are two girls I played with as a young child in the 'hood.

Regardless, it was great to see everyone and also old faces I haven't seen since I was a wee lass!

It's been a wicked, wicked busy week. Cristhian and I wanted to do as much/little as possible on his last week of vacation. Trust me, it makes total sense! We spent the weekends going from town to town, then spent the middle of the week lounging about at home. Now that Crissy and I are back to work, reality is setting in... Vacation Weight es no bueno!



Monday, July 7, 2014

Fourth of July Weekend 2014

On a typical day, Cristhian and I are so incredibly pressed for time. We don't have the luxury to meander, or even eat breakfast with one another. Occasionally, we meet up for lunch and/or dinner, then catch up around midnight. Luckily, Cristhian was able to get two full weeks off of work- SCORE! It felt incredible to take the time to do what we wanted, when we wanted. I think that in and of itself proved to be most valuable. That said, the early half of the week was spent lounging about and cleaning the house in preparation for the week ahead.



Gardner Lake in Salem, CT


Cris' nephew, E, turned seven. Therefore, the immediate family got together and had a little shindig at BIL's house. It was so, so, so nice. Everyone kept mentioning how wonderful it was for the four siblings to finally reunite. The family would be complete if A and A II weren't in Chelsea! (As I write this, the boys' dad is bringing them south to Connecticut tomorrow! Woo hoo!)



Kuro in 2012.


To our dismay, fireworks in Hartford were postponed due to the Arthur... Damnit, Arthur! So Cristhian and I will have to wait until next week to enjoy the splendor that is Hartford fireworks. I guess that makes things better for Kuro... He still reeeeally hates fireworks! Poor thing.



Cochituate State Park in Wayland/Framingham, MA


After spending a few days with Cris' family, we decided to make our way north to see my family in the Greater Boston area. Seriously, it's been weeeeeeks! Sunday was spent doing menial things, but today, Crissy and I were able to chill with my cousins, nieces and nephews. My cousins brought sooo much food... It's amazing. I forgot how awesome Asian picnics were! I've been away in Connecticut for far too long.

On the bright/dark side, there was an area where one is able to rent kayaks, boats, etc. Cristhian and I were excited to get our mitts on a little vehicle.. but we were rudely interrupted by some random tornado warning in the Inner City Boston area. Dangnabbit! Having frequented two lakes over a period of three weeks, I can honestly say I'm sick and tired. I am DONE with lakes for the rest of the season! Take me to the beeeeach! Hahaha!


Do you prefer beaches or lakes?

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