Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Winter is Here for Tuan's 34th Birthday

For Tuan's 34th birthday, I planned a low-key Game of Thrones inspired bowling birthday party. We are big GoT fans and it was fun to publicly declare our fandom at Fountain Bowl. We bowled boys vs girls and, since the guys are waaaaay better than us, we gave them two toddlers and a 200 point handicap. Like the Lannisters in the Battle of Goldroad, we didn't have a chance and were slaughtered.

Introducing the Lords of Pinterfell!

Versus the Mothers of Dragons! We're not regular moms, we're cool moms.

We bowled for team bragging rights but I also made individual awards to encourage ridiculous behavior. 

Here's Giao shaking her booty as she gets ready to bowl. She tried the hardest to win the "best warm up award".

I'm so happy with how the shirts turned out! Thanks to my little sister Tania for designing them and a huge thanks to InkPress for printing them. The other bowlers at the alley were definitely talking about how good they are! 

After bowling, we cut into this delicious cake. Everyone had a slice and then Giao and I sat there and ate the rest straight off the sheet while watching the leaked season 7 episode 6. There's no shame in our game. 

[Happy birthday, @deejaytuan! We love you to the moon and back.]

Related but unrelated. Before we bowled, we had an amazingly decadent lunch at Trade Food Hall in Irvine. Here are some of the highlights. 

[Bacon chedder fries Pig Pen Delicacy]

[Bird in Hand from Two Birds]

[Lobster fries from Dos Chinos]

[Our favorite people to pig out with!]

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

1st Day of Preschool x2

Update: San Diego Family Magazine selected Parker's picture for their back-to-school photo contest! He won a big boy backpack and matching lunch bag from Lands End. I'm looking forward to seeing P's photo in the October 2017 edition of the magazine.

Here we go again! The new school year has started and Parker is excited to be one of the big kids in class. His observations so far: the "babies" cry a lot and they are not good at taking naps, he is really tall and a great class helper, he's going to get to play on the play structure this year. Good luck to my little man on his second year of preschool. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Preserve & Organize Kids Art with Shutterfly's Mini Masterpieces Photobook

kids art, shutterfly, photobook

On Parker's last day of school, I took the last of his art projects home, added them to the mountain of art we had accrued throughout the year and immediately realized that I needed a way to organize it all. I had been keeping everything in a huge box hidden away in P's closet and wanted to find a way to 1. get rid of all the paper and 2. display the artwork in an accessible place so we could easily look back at it. I turned to Pinterest to look for ideas because I knew there had to be a mommy blogger out there who has been in the same predicament with a brilliant solution. Not too long into my search I found a blog post from Liz Tamahana at Paislee Press and my brain was like, "DING DING DING! We have a winner!" Back in 2012, Liz designed a photobook for Shutterfly to organize her daughter's artwork. The photobook is simple with clean lines, lots of white space and there are a variety of photo layouts to choose from. The most time intensive part of this project was taking photos of all the artwork but the process was made easier with these tips from Snap Happy Mom.

I ended up putting together a 12x12 book with 20 pages and included not just pictures of artwork but also pictures of Parker's adventures throughout the year. Little man was so excited to see his art and photos in a book and I was so excited that I happened to put this book together during Shutterfly's 4th of July sale. Shutterfly is not promoting this post. I just love the product and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a simple way to get last year's artwork organized before the new school year starts in a few weeks!

Do you have any mom hacks that make transitioning into a new school year easier? I'd love to hear them!

kids art, shutterfly, photobook

kids art, shutterfly, photobook

kids art, shutterfly, photobook

kids art, shutterfly, photobook

kids art, shutterfly, photobook

kids art, shutterfly, photobook

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Snapshots from the Weekend 7/22

[Insect & Ladybug Festival at the San Diego Botanic Garden]

[Celebrating Tuyen & Andy's baby shower. Can't wait to meet baby Avery!]

[Parker gave himself a haircut.]

Me: Parker, did you cut your hair?
Parker: I messed up.
Me: Why did you cut your hair??
Parker: I didn't plan it. I just did it.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Snapshots from the weekend 7/15

[Bang burger from Stuffed. SO GOOD!]

[La Jolla Shores]

[Hubba hubba]

[Sand pit at The Crack Shack in Encinitas.]

[He wants to be just like his dad.]

[Buttons from our visit to Wonderspaces.]

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