Thursday, January 27, 2011

Skye Army Crawling


My little 5 month old has really taken off...she was doing the inch worm thing until yesterday morning...now this morning she has the full on Army Crawl thing down! She is such as sweet baby!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tangled

Last night I took Asia to her very first movie @ the theater. We saw "Tangled". Which I think teaches something about it being ok and normal to rebel against your parents...but that's a completely different blog post I think. :) It was cute and Asia LOVED it.
Here's Asia...Wanted!
Here's Asia with her good friend Alaena. Alaena and her mom came with us. It was also Alaena's first time @ the theater.
Asia & Alaena in the huge seats! They both ended up in our laps.
Asia couldn't take her eyes off the screen. She kept saying things like, "It's as big as the wall." And, "That's the biggest tv that I've ever seen." We don't have a tv...only a tiny little portable dvd player...so, it doesn't take much to beat a 5 or 6 inch screen. HA!
Asia was thrilled! She loved the movie. And afterwards said, "Mommy, that was a cool movie!" Have I mentioned how much I love this age. Still excited over the little things...
Anyway, it was a cute movie, a great time with friends, and an awesome time with my daughter! Can't beat a night like that!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Back to Work

We started back into Tagalog language study on Monday. I'm happy to report that we're still alive. :) Of course, Brian started getting sick on Sunday...and by Monday, was quite miserable. On top of that...Slater had something weird going on with his eye...which the doctor thinks is just a virus. Slater also started running a fever on Monday...and by Tuesday, Leif also had one. They both seem fine now...and Slater's eye seems to be getting better. Brian's still not feeling well...but it's just a cold...so, he should continue to improve.
Here we are celebrating our last night of freedom. I made one of our faves...Creme Brulee...and Brian made yummy lattes. Love having a stove top espresso maker and aerolatte!
This pretty much sums up Monday morning. Mommy had to be @ class by 8 AM. I felt bad for Brian as he had to stay home with some VERY grouchy kiddos! It's always hard for them to adjust back to Mommy being gone for part of the morning.
My two little princesses!
Had to share this picture of my littlest pumpkin! Just had her bath and was ready for bed!
And finally today...it's a great day...because my two little men decided to take a nap without too much of a fight! They still insist on sleeping together...now all we need is a bigger bed. :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Cassoulet with Lots of Vegetables


http://content.markbittman.com/recipes/cassoulet-with-lots-of-vegetables

Ok...Seriously, you have to try out this recipe.

I take no credit for finding it. Brian found it in one of his Runner's World magazines...and asked me to make it. He knows I really like Mark Bittman...so it didn't take much arm twisting. :)

I made my own Italian Sausage (not in casings) and used that. It was delicious and actually, tasted better the next day.


We ate it over rice...but it's definitely a stand alone recipe too.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Greenbelty Day

Well, our staycation is almost over...we go back to school on Monday. We've mostly hung around the house...once we went to Mall of Asia on the other side of the city and another day we went to a little zoo. So, we decided to go to have one last hurrah.
We live in a city of 20 million people...with really only one park to speak of...and it's around an hour away from us. Which may not seem like a big deal to you...but for us that means sitting in a super hot taxi, in crazy traffic, with kids NOT in carseats...oh, and did I mention that the kids also get car sick very easily?!?
So, the thing to do here is go to the mall. There are more malls in Manila than I can count. But we have a favorite. It's called Greenbelt. It's kind of a weird mall. With the buildings all around and in the middle of them...some Koi ponds and fountains, etc. Anyway...we like it and the kiddos like it.
By the way...our house is ALWAYS crazy. But we really have been enjoying the kiddos lately. I mean...they're loud and often naughty...but they have been saying the funniest things.
For example...one of the first things Asia said to me this AM was..."I had the craziest dream." She didn't tell me what is was....but it was crazy. :)
Anyway...here are some pics of our day...Apparently, we missed taking pictures of feeding the fish!
Walking around...having a snack...huge carabao sculptures...in front of a Catholic Church right in the middle of the mall.
Now...it's Skye's turn for a snack...
Then, we had lunch... They have a Chili's at this mall...and they have the best service of any restuarant we've been to here in the Philippines. They brought Asia a tiara and the boys little cars to play with. Unfortunately, they were "out of stock" of chips...so, we couldn't have bottomless chips and salsa. So, we decided to try their calamari instead.
Which brings me to my next favorite thing Asia said today..."I LOVE calamari." BTW...the boys loved it too. What can I say...my kiddos are quite the gourmets!
Here we are...Skye is having a little nap! We had a wonderful time and really yummy burgers! Which is a big deal here...because beef is really expensive....and normally, doesn't reallly taste like beef...if that makes any sense. We hadn't been to an American restuarant in 6 months!!!
Sometimes the kiddos ride like this...
And sometimes they walk like this...
They have fountains there...this is one of them....and YES, the kids got SOAKED! :) But they had a blast.
The boys love them some iced Americano! haha The kiddos played in the fountain...while Brian and I (and the boys) enjoyed some iced Americanos.
This is another one of the fountains.
When Leif saw this mannequin....he started yelling..."PRINCESS! PRINCESS!" No joke!
Another Leifism of the day..."GRASS! GRASS! GRASS!"
My poor boys have been living in the concrete jungle of Manila for the last 15 months...grass is really rare...and if they have it...as you can see...you're not allowed to walk on it. They are typical boys...they crave rocks, dirt, grass, trees, mud, etc!
Anyway...When we finally got home after a really crazy taxi ride...on which Brian who never gets carsick...started feeling queasy...(so, imagine how the rest of us felt)...we went swimming...and played outside for a bit.
The kiddos were EXHAUSTED! Hopefully, they sleep well tonight!