Monday, January 31, 2011

Jet's Phan-Style Bday Party

Tonight we celebrated Jet's 1st birthday with my side of the family. We ate, talked, took lots of pictures, and had a good time being altogether. I am thankful for my loud and rowdy family and Jet is very blessed to have so many people in his life who love him.

 My parents surprised us with a Chinese outfit they bought for the Monkey - too cute!

 The proud grandparents

 I have been craving my mom's noodle soup like crazy since being pregnant (I had 2 bowls today!) - it is soooo good!

 With Great-Grandma. 
My dad is the oldest of 11 and my Grandma told me tonight that I needed to match that number; 2 down, 9 more to go!

 Funny boy

 My mom made this little tiger cake for Jet since he was born the year of the Tiger

 This is a little traditional game the Chinese play at a 1 year old's birthday; you place various items that represent different interests in front of the child and whichever one they pick indicates what they'll do in the future. Jet had two go's at it and according to the game, it looks like he'll end up being a farmer (he picked the fruit first) and a teacher (he went for a book the second time around).

Our little man. I can't believe that he's almost 1.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Back to Bellingham

 Well, we ended up making it safe and sound to Bellingham late last night after a long wait at customs and after a somewhat chaotic airplane ride with Jet. But we're here now and were blessed to experience a gloriously beautiful sunny day today. Matt and I were able to get out for a bit while my parents watched Jet. We walked around our favorite part of Bellingham called Fairhaven. We love this area, it's close to the water and is filled with local shops and restaurants that make it unique and special. We started off with a visit to Tony's Coffee to pick up some local brew, then took a stroll down the street to visit our most favorite used bookstore, Eclipse Bookstore. I scored a book I've been wanting to read for awhile called,  "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan and then we were able to make a stop at my beloved Target. You don't know what you got until it's gone and boy do I miss that place. But, good news for Canada, Target is set to arrive in 2013 - woo hoo!!! Tomorrow is Jet's birthday party with my family so we are looking forward to that, until then...

 Testing out the seats

 The squirrely-ness begins


 My most favorite chicken Caesar salad can be found at the Colophon Cafe

The Greens at Fairhaven. A Farmer's Market is held here weekly and during the summer they project movies on the side of a building for public viewing, how cool is that?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Baby Dedication

Yesterday was Harvest Durham's very 1st Baby Dedication. Our church has a lot of young families with wave after wave of baby booms happening, I think 9 were born last year and there are already 5 due this year already! There were 13 little ones dedicated yesterday - so encouraging to see parents who are committed to bringing up their children in the knowledge and admonition of the Lord. What a blessing these children are; we are having so much fun watching each of these little ones grow and hope they will form strong and meaningful friendships with one another, praying that the Lord will save each of them at an early age.

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward." - Psalm 127:3

 See the little one in the middle with a headband on? That's Evie Hales; I think Jet might have a crush on her; he's been climbing all over her the last 2 Sundays in nursery:)

 Listening intently to Pastor Ian's exhortation

Gotta work on getting him to close to his eyes during prayer time:)

Welcome to Canada

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

Listening To...

Dave Barnes.

If you like singer-songwriter types, then you've got to check this guy's music out:

He writes some of the best love songs out there, let alone just good songs period, and I've been listening to him practically non-stop lately. I went to a concert years ago where Dave opened for the headlining act, immediately loved his music and have recently been reminded of why he's one of my favorites. If you haven't discovered Grooveshark yet then you are missing out. This site will allow you to basically hear almost any artist/album you can think of so go check out Dave Barnes there and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Longings of a Foodie

When people ask me what I miss about living in California, my immediate response after 1. The people, is 2. The food! We live about 25 minutes outside Toronto so it's pretty bare bones in terms of eating out options around here. It's mostly typical suburban restaurant chains and quite depressing for someone who likes a variety of unique foods. Teamed up with the fact that I just discovered "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on the Food Network, it's got me thinking about some of the best things I've ever eaten in LA, so to all my Cali friends out there, please go check out these places and take a big, yummy bite for me:)

(in no particular order):

- Tito's Tacos: Culver City: The tacos! Served up with a side of thick and crunchy tortilla chips and delicious housemade salsa, Tito's Tacos with cheese are simple yet oh so tasty. There is always typically a line up no matter what time of day you go but they move fast and the wait is worth it.

- Kouraku: Little Tokyo (downtown): I always order one of two things at this little modest hole in the wall, 1. The nikudango (sweet and sour meatballs, I know, sounds weird to have at a Japanese restaurant but they are SO good!) or 2. The kimchi ramen. The ramen is always piping hot and the kimchi adds a nice kick of flavor, I am almost always craving this when it rains.

- Versailles: various locations: The Famoso Pollo Versailles! Served with a side of rice, black beans, and fried plantains, this garlic chicken dish is absolutely delicious.

- The Oinkster: Eagle Rock: The belgian fries! These are the best french fries ever; I like to dip mine in regular Heinz ketchup (even though they have a house version) and/or their garlic aioli sauce, the best!

- Damon and Pythias: Westwood: The cheesesteak sandwich and onion rings! This winning combo is so good and the onion rings are the best I ever had.

- Pho 999: Van Nuys: The pho with rare beef or the vermicelli noodle salad with grilled beef and egg rolls. Inexpensive, quickly served, and super tasty, this kitschy Vietnamese restaurant was always a go-to for Matt and me.

Bon appetit!