Saturday #25 – Lake Gregory!

Having fun at Lake Gregory!!!

Last weekend, my family had a mini-reunion at Lake Gregory Regional Park!  My parents, my sisters and I are all scattered around Southern California, so once a year we like to meet up somewhere fun and spend some time together!

We rented a big cabin and cooked instead of eating out – both of which saved everyone money.  Each family was in charge of making two meals, and for our contribution, we made a steak salad and a fruit salad for lunch on Sunday, and bacon, sausage, and pancakes for breakfast on Monday! 

On Saturday, we enjoyed swimming in the lake, and the kids loved the zero-depth water play park!  Later, while my parents watched Troy, Chris and I rented an aqua cycle and paddled on the water for awhile, which was both relaxing and a nice workout!  🙂

On Sunday evening, we took my niece and nephew to the park and played some kickball, and Chris and I got a preview of what life will be like when Troy is a toddler.  I’ll just say that it’s a good thing we’re getting in shape!!  😀

We had a terrific weekend, and Troy had a blast spending time with his cousins!  My niece was especially fascinated with him, and wanted to play with him as much as she could!

Getting them to sit still for this photo wasn’t easy!!

The one thing we absolutely needed to make our vacation a success was an infant travel crib.  Troy needed a comfortable and safe bed if my husband and I wanted to get a good night’s sleep.  We ended up choosing the Graco Travel Lite Crib, and we couldn’t have been happier with it!

What places are you planning on visiting this summer?

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Saturday #22 – Grandparents Come to Visit!

Troy’s eating green beans!!

The nice thing about living close to our in-laws is that they can come by to watch the baby when we need some couple-bonding time.  So this Saturday, Troy got to spend some time with his grandparents!!

It was a pretty big day, because Troy got to try green beans for the first time.  He seemed to enjoy it too – although not immediately.  His first reaction was shock and disgust (it’s a lot different from rice cereal, after all) but the taste gradually grew on him, and he finished most of the jar!

While Troy and his grandparents were enjoying their visit together, Chris and I attended an LA meet-up group for board game players (hooray for meetup.com!)!  The board games people bring to play are always interesting, and we usually learn a new game each time we attend.  Some of the more interesting games we’ve learned at these meet-ups are “Ticket to Ride” (discussed previously here); “Aquire,” where players found companies and stage hostile takeovers of each others businesses until only a few companies remain; and “Power Grid,” where players must power cities by bidding against each other for various types of power plants.  We had a lot of fun, and met some great people!!

Aquire – an awesome (and competitive) board game!!

Before heading home, we stopped at Hurry Curry for dinner.  Chris introduced me to Japanese curry a few years ago at “Curry House” in Little Tokyo, and it immediately became my favorite Japanese dish, usurping sushi’s place in my heart.  The curry with chicken cutlet at Hurry Curry, however, managed to surpass that experience!  Delicious isn’t a strong enough word to describe it – it was incredible!!

When we got home, we found Suzie rocking Troy to sleep.  It was a very sweet moment, and it reminded me of why it is so important to take advantage of the help others offer you as a parent, and how it benefited not only Chris and I, but Troy as well.

Troy and Suzie  🙂

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Mother’s Day Weekend!!

My mom, with Troy and my niece Marissa!

Today is my first Mother’s Day, and this whole weekend has been just wonderful! Chris, Troy and I spent the day yesterday with my big ol’ family: my mom, dad, older sister Melissa, brother-in-law Dan, their kids Cristian and Marissa, my little sister Kim and my other brother-in-law Eli.  We celebrated by enjoying hot links and various salads, and by playing my parents’ favorite board game, Ticket to Ride.  The object of the game is to build tracks along the United States from various destinations, while not getting blocked by other players.  It can get very competitive, especially when more than one player needs a certain track.  🙂

“Ticket To Ride” – a unique and awesome board game!!

Then today, I woke up to breakfast in bed and my present from Chris and Troy, a book on fashion called “Parisian Chic,” which was exactly what I was hoping for!  You see, ever since I began my “French Women Don’t Get Fat” eating plan, I’ve developed an interest in French culture (mostly fashion, food, and wine), and I LOVE the idea behind a lot of french fashion: namely, that less is more. I’ve never been interested in fashion before – in high school and college, my usual ensemble consisted of jeans, t-shirts and sneakers – but as I get older, I’m not as worried that I won’t live up to some silly standard that our culture puts on women, and I’m not afraid of trying to look fashionable (even the sentence sounds silly to me now). One of the pictures from the book is of a haircut that I really want to get.  My hair is currently down to my waist, which would be terrific if I had any time to style it, but since I don’t, I always put it up, and it just looks boring.

Chris’s mom and Troy  🙂

So after church, we had brunch with Chris’s mom, dad, and Aunt Linda in San Pedro at Rex’s Cafe, where I enjoyed a mimosa and green eggs cabrillo – basically, an eggs benedict with spinach and without hollandaise sauce.  It was delicious and light, and the French Woman would have definitely approved.

Affogato… mmm….

Then, Chris, Troy and I drove to Hermosa Beach, where I had an affogato – espresso and gelato – that warmed my heart and melted my face into a ridiculous smile.  We walked along the beach, and found a cute shop where Chris talked me into buying a beach hat with a black bow on the brim. 🙂  We finished our day with dinner at Umami Burger, where I ordered a delicious ahi tuna burger.

Me, Troy, and my awesome hat!

All in all, it was an amazing weekend, and I feel lucky to have such a wonderful family!

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Visit from grandparents, new weight loss strategy

Troy and Grandpa. Sleeping is their favorite!

Troy’s grandparents came up for a visit this weekend!  They had a lot of fun with him, and he loves spending time with family.  Heck, he loves any opportunity to be in the spotlight.  🙂

On the weight loss front, I’ve been watching my calories for a little more than a month now, and have lost…. zero pounds.  So, I am going to try a new strategy.  Instead of just counting the calories I eat, I’ll be limiting my carbohydrates.  I will eat less than 100 carbs a day, while eating about the same amount of food I’ve been eating the last few weeks.  I just watched the movie “Fat Head” on Netflicks, and it makes a compelling argument for eating a low carb diet for the purposes of weight loss. So, I’ll give it a shot and see what happens 🙂