Friday, December 31, 2010

tokki watch: 30w

30 weeks
~10.8 in.

I'm ready for 2011 and the greatest joy it will bring to our lives. Praises to the most loving God who has blessed my family with so much. Cheers to another new year!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Year in Review 2010

1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
I became an owner of a house, an owner of a DSLR-like camera, and an owner of an etsy shop. I took care of crawlers in the children's ministry, the youngest I've been around yet. I attended two concerts I've always wanted to go to & I won a lot of giveaways which is a first. Most importantly, I am pregnant!

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yes - I challenged myself physically and saw great results (30 day shred & P90X).
I kept up with my personal monthly photo challenges for half of the year.

I plan on making resolutions relating to character more than anything else for the new year.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, but I will have a great answer for this one next year. ;)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
Stayed in the USA! We visited Seattle and various cities within California. We visited Colorado for Thanksgiving.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
More time spent reading and studying the Word of God. I did not make it a priority this past year and I regret that I spent more time on less important things in my life.

7. What date(s) from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
March . . . We really trusted God with the purchase of our house and He came through with the timing and financial provisions and everything we needed. It was amazing.
June . . . Seeing that plus sign show up brought me so much joy, I will never forget what it sparked in me.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Growing a baby.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Growing my relationship with God.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No, I was very healthy this year!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My camera which is so much a part of my daily life now.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Tare: He gets award for Best Husband in the World every year! He always stays true to the way he treated me when we first started dating. He is a gentleman through and through and takes care of me and tokki so well.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
skip.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Traveling for special occasions and for baby.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting ready to be a mom!

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
I don't make this connection easily anymore.. My time alone is mostly spent in "silence" unless I get in the mood to sing again or we're on a long drive. So, I can't think of any song.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Wiser? Yes.
Healthier? Yes.
Richer? Yes.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Refer to no.9

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Nothing!

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent it at home :)

22. Did you fall in love in 2010?
Yes, with my little tokki. It's a new kind of love I've never known before.

23. How many one-night stands?
zero.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
I really enjoyed The Mentalist & White Collar this year.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Not hate, but distaste, yes.

26. What was the best book you read?
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin - preparing for childbirth.
The Hidden Beauty of Everyday Life by Kent Nerburn.
"For she is one of the quiet believers --- those who live a life of service, trying to shape their small corner of the world into a place of warmth and love by making each ordinary act of life a prayerful offering to the great mystery we know as 'God.'"
There are many thoughts or moments that he has captured so eloquently into words that I find resonates deeply with me.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
IU. She is so talented and has such a unique voice for her age.

28. What did you want and get?
A baby, he will be here soon!

29. What did you want and not get?
A lot of new clothes & bags I didn't need so good for me!

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Inception.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
It was a Sunday so I went to church & had a sushi dinner. 23! Oh, and I was also gifted the most beautiful & biggest bouquet of roses I've ever seen by my sweet husband.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
I loved scarves and skirts (maxi dresses!) in the first half of the year. The second half was based around leggings LOL. Although I am struggling to find anything long enough to cover me in the front and back these days to wear with them...

34. What kept you sane?
Blogging. It was my first year going beyond the Xanga community and participating/interacting in the creative blogging world & with bloggers and it's been great. It's a source of inspiration and happiness for me and it's something more purposeful for me now. I enjoy it a lot and I appreciate every reader. Thanks for taking the time to get to know me. :)

35. Who did you miss?
Family always.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
Prayer is meaningful, effective, and powerful.
I've known it well for several years now, but this year my prayers were answered by God so clearly that I will remember them for a very long time.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like You have loved me
Break my heart from what breaks Yours
Everything I am for your kingdom's cause
As I go from nothing to eternity
~Hosanna, by Hillsong United

 Best of luck to you in 2011!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Beautiful LA Day

Yesterday we made a special trip down to LA to see Tare's aunt and uncle from the Philippines. He hadn't seen them in over ten years and I had never met them before. We also visited with his grandmother as well, taking them out to lunch and a few places in Hollywood.

Hollywood
Hollywood

The skies were clear, the weather was beautiful, and it was such a nice day to be out and about. (There were so many tourists!)
It was my first time driving up to see the sign and my oh my it was a steep and curvy drive. I can't believe people actually live up there! We parked our car across from a personal residence that had an open patio or garage area with interesting photo opportunities.

A rocking lamb
Door to Another World
Hello Blue

We also stopped by the Farmers Market and the Grove before dropping them off and heading towards Mitsuwa Marketplace.

Curry with Pork Cutlet
{SOOC deliciousness}
Curry Club
Santouka
{Long line for ramen. Weirdly, I love noodles but I don't like Japanese ramen noodles! Udon > ramen.}


{Picture from Google Images}
This is melon bread. It is my favorite bakery bread! I haven't had any that actually tastes like melon (I hear there is some melon extract included) but it's the tastiest bread in the world. It makes me think of Shana (anyone know who I'm referring to? ;)). I actually prefer the ones made by the Korean bakery because it's a little softer and chewier with the perfect outer crust than the Japanese ones I've tried. But it tastes like a sweet, buttery, sugary crust hugging a soft and fluffy inside and it is usually more white in color than in the picture. I highly recommend you go find this and try it!
(We bought six of these and there are only two left this morning hehehe.)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cozy Christmas

Christmas felt like a really long day, not the kind that drags on but the kind that gives you time to do so many different things!

My husband did not grow up in the U.S., so he hasn't experienced the commercial side of Christmas. He hasn't had the tree, the decorations, the songs, etc. so he wanted to do all of these things and more. Some of the things he wanted to do he must have seen from the movies or heard from somewhere, I've never done them myself either so it's been interesting for me too. It was the same for Halloween and I think it's the most adorable thing because he gets excited about it like a child.

So we had our little real Christmas tree decorated and lit up, we watched a Christmas movie, we sang along to Christmas songs he didn't know (he chose several he wanted to learn), we had a "Christmas dinner" on Christmas Eve (I convinced him to eat out instead of cooking it ourselves--he really wanted ham or prime rib roast but for just us two? To the restaurant we go!), we read the story of Jesus' birth from the Bible, and we baked and decorated cookies.

Christmas Cookies

And after all of that we still had time to ourselves so he played games on his new PS3 and I took a nap and sewed.

Burp Cloths

Aren't these burp cloths so cute? I followed this tutorial and they were very easy to make. I would recommend making a set of these for an expectant mother as a baby shower gift!

I hope your last weekend of 2010 was warm & cozy... ready for 2011 yet?

Friday, December 24, 2010

tokki watch: 29w

29 weeks
~10.4 in.

Just sneaking in another bump update before Christmas ;) I'm sure you're all off the computer enjoying time with loved ones, yes? I'm doing the same although it's just the two (or three if you count Aji and four if you count tokki) of us and we're next to each other but doing our own things tonight. Tomorrow we'll bake some cookies and watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas because Tare has never seen it before. And of course, reflect on the story of Jesus' birth and give thanks for the greatest gift we were ever given by God. Merry Christmas again dear friends and family!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Babymoon

I'm back home after a delightful weekend in Monterey. It was a very slow-paced, restful getaway with beautiful sights and delicious food. Ready for some many pictures?

Babymoon in Monterey
Babymoon in Monterey
Babymoon in Monterey
Babymoon in Monterey
Babymoon in Monterey
{Can you believe this is the same time as the first picture? Very different colors and mood!}

Babymoon in Monterey
{We walked along Carmel Plaza before checking into the hotel and saw very charming little shops and restaurants like this one.}

Babymoon in Monterey
Babymoon in Monterey
{The view from our balcony; we were right over the water and could hear the waves the whole time we were there! It was beautiful.}

Babymoon in Monterey
{My new pretty bags my husband bought for me against my will. My weakly resistant will ;)}

Babymoon in Monterey
{We ate Japanese food twice during our stay! Dinner the first night (see takoyaki roll lower right + a lot more sushi) and lunch the day we left. I would not be exaggerating to say it was one of the best parts of the trip because I adore sushi and haven't had it in six months.}

Babymoon in Monterey
{Did I mention we went on a rainy weekend? Luckily we avoided the storm and there were only light drizzles when we weren't actually out and about.}

Babymoon in Monterey
Babymoon in Monterey
Babymoon in Monterey
{The service was excellent here! I would recommend staying at this hotel if you ever visit the area.}

Babymoon in Monterey
Babymoon in Monterey
Babymoon in Monterey
Babymoon in Monterey
Babymoon in Monterey
{Walking along Cannery Row}

Babymoon in Monterey
Babymoon in Monterey
{Hula's Hawaiian Grill - Calamari Sandwich (surprisingly good) & Coconut shrimp rolls with salad (surprisingly not so good)}
Babymoon in Monterey

Babymoon in Monterey
{Dessert so sweet it even melts in hearts - mocha cappucino dippin' dots}

Babymoon in Monterey
{Heading out to dinner!}

Babymoon in Monterey
{Favaloro's Big Night Out Bistro - Sitting in the cozy window seat area, such a romantic little restaurant}
Babymoon in Monterey
Babymoon in Monterey
{Gnocchi, oysters on half shell, salad, Fettucine Frutto di Mare, Crab salad on Fried Avocado}
Babymoon in Monterey
Babymoon in Monterey
{I can't believe we ate so much here... the tiramisu was so delicious!}

Babymoon in Monterey
Babymoon in Monterey

Babymoon in Monterey
{Breakfast in our room - steak & eggs for Tare, Belgian waffle with strawberries for me}

Babymoon in Monterey
Babymoon in Monterey
{Seals playing outside our balcony in the morning! I can't believe we saw them, we had heard them the night before and wondered..}

Babymoon in Monterey
{It was a very rainy drive back home down Hwy 1.}
Babymoon in Monterey
{But we saw so many elephant seals! I felt like a little kid being so excited over seeing them but it's always amazing to see animals you've only seen in a zoo in their natural habitats.}

We also stopped by Pismo Beach to eat at Cracked Crab again. You just can't beat Alaskan King Crab! I think I've had my fill of seafood until baby arrives now. :)

I'm so glad Tare and I had this time to spend together exploring a new place. We've traveled more often in our two years of marriage together than I have most of my life! It has made me more excited to travel and really enjoy new experiences, and while people say that will completely change when we have our baby, I'm even more excited to travel with our baby and go back to places we've been and go to fun places for kids and keep doing what we've been doing. I really hope we will.

I think I'm ready to nest now and really prepare for tokki's arrival!