Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Berries, Birthday, Beach

It has been a busy last two weeks and we are so thankful for all the blessings we've experienced during that time. First, we celebrated Roxy's 1st birthday and kicked off the summer by visiting Watson's Farms in Bowmanville for some strawberry picking. Strawberries are my most favorite fruit and we picked a ton and were able to enjoy their yumminess in a variety of ways.

Jet loved it

So great how they let you sample as much as you want

Birthday Girl checking it...

And it's good! 

So fun! Love that there are farms like this around for us to enjoy

Then we had a little birthday party for Roxy Girl:

I am loving burlap banners right now and they are so easy to make

The Menu:

My Dad's famous Asian ribs - they are sooooooo good, I could honestly eat a huge bucket of these.

An almost panzanella salad without the bread. I love making this during the summer, so light, healthy, and tasty.

Fresh fruit of course

Grilled corn on the cob

I love making pico de gallo and guacamole with chips for parties

Potato salad

I can't believe how fast they're growing!

My sweet Snugglebug

One of the ways we used the fresh-picked strawberries, it was SO good!

a.k.a. Jackie Chan

Representin' the Asian heritage!

So close to walking

Hanging with Pop Pop

The traditional "What they choose indicates what they might become" game

She touched the book first (scholar) but then pulled back when we all made a ruckus

Then she touched the money bag (rich). So it looks like our daughter will be an intelligent millionaire?:)

So thankful for our friend Lui who took our camera and snapped some pictures for us.

Love this pic of our sweet girl

Brother is here to help...

And blows out all the candles. 
Roxy: "Thanks a lot pal."

Can you tell that our family likes this cake?

Love her!

Aaaand someone sticks his foot in the cake

This pic cracks me up

with Uncle Adam

She ate her birthday cake very delicately. No cake face here.

Pure lady

Vintage-looking bathing suit courtesy of Uncle Adam and Auntie Ive

The day right after Roxy's birthday party, Matt and I took off for Turks and Caicos! We had been wanting to go away for awhile so we were so thankful for my parents who watched the kids for us and we were blessed to find some very affordable flights and lodging.

*A little tip if you're flying Air Canada, if you can't find the tickets you're looking for on Air Canada, go to Air Canada Vacations and do a search there. We found available, cheaper tickets on that website that we couldn't get on the regular Air Canada site. Apparently they reserve half their tickets for their vacation division.

Ready to go

Starting out strong.
Love that it's only a 3 1/2 hour non-stop flight from Toronto.

Is it breathtaking or what?! 
This has been rated the #1 beach in the entire world and I believe it!

Looking at this, made me think of this:

God is amazing

It's everything the pictures make it out to be

Since we were located further away from the major resorts, it was as if we had our own private beach; we were almost always alone, it was awesome!

Happy Feet

The water was the clearest and warmest I've ever been in

This was on our way to dinner one night. It ended up pouring like crazy while we were still at the restaurant and our server ended up giving us a ride home.

To make this incredible getaway as budget-friendly as possible we stayed at a place that was a beach rental that had it's own kitchen. Aquamarine Beach Houses was rated #1 on TripAdvisor for it's accommodations and prices and we are thankful that it worked out well for us. We stayed in the bottom unit to the far left.

To save some money, we would eat breakfast and lunch in and then go out for dinner at night. 
A typical breakfast of eggs and toast.

A typical lunch of grilled meat, veggies, and brown rice.

Another lunch: grilled jerk chicken and Mediterranean cous cous

This is how we spent most of our days

Gettin' my tan on

Was able to read this book, it was good and I learned a lot of new things about historical figures I wasn't familiar with before. David McCullough is one of my most favorite authors.

Beachfront dining at Mango Reef - everything was SO good!

This was all over the island - yeeessss!

Had a great lunch here.
Conch (pronounced "konk," is huge here since it's locally caught (along with red snapper and grouper).
It's similar to squid.

I got the conch combo and it was really good.

My hot conch date

Our view at Da Conch Shack

Found some J Mac at the local bookstore!

We had a great time and are thankful for the opportunity to have gotten away, spend time together as a couple, and reconnect and recharge. I highly recommend going to Turks and Caicos!!

Then we came home to this crazy, bursting garden! I cannot believe how much everything grew in just one week!

Here's the only video we took in T&C at Da Conch Shack after Matt saw a lady videotaping, he said we should too so here's the result (and yes, we're goofballs, I know):