Christmas 2010

January 11, 2011

We spent Christmas at our place this year and had a great time opening presents and spending the day together :) These are the last pictures of 2010! Happy new year everybody~

Jamaica 2010

January 10, 2011

For Thanksgiving this year, we went to Jamaica and these are the pictures from our trip :)

Memorial Day 2010

June 12, 2010

Here are some pictures that L took when we went over to her apartment in LIC over Memorial Day weekend. Her and C live in a building with a great outdoor area on the 6th floor that has communal grills with picnic tables and bench. There’s also a large astro turf covered area with lawn chairs and plenty of space to put down blankets so people feel like they are lying on real grass in a real park. We had a really good time grilling up meat that C won from a raffle that a burger truck held last year and drinking cold beer on a hot day.

And yes, those are pictures of a vodka watermelon in progress. Because we’re classy like that.

Christmas 2009

March 29, 2010

Yes, I realize that it is officially Spring. But seeing as how it is cold and wet out today in NYC, I figure it wouldn’t be that inappropriate to put up the pictures from our trip to Hong Kong and then Florida for Christmas 2009. It was a trip of epic proportions. We went to Hong Kong for 8 days, where incidentally, I don’t think Jasmine slept for more than 3 hours at a time. Then flew back to NYC, had a 3 hour layover, and then flew directly to Florida.

I look at these pictures and think back to Christmas, which was a short 3 months ago, and realize how much Jasmine has grown. She’s since become a speed walker, sleeps through us picking her up and taking her out of the car seat, and talks non-stop. I would love to be able to take her back to Hong Kong because I feel like the trip would be much more enjoyable and relaxing this time around. Then she could only crawl, was a very light sleeper, and didn’t say much of anything. If only I could convince Jason… :)

Jasmine’s First Halloween

December 29, 2009

This past Halloween was our first with a baby so an otherwise non-momentous day for Jason and I was very exciting. Since Jasmine can’t currently express her own opinion on what she wants to be dressed up as, we had to come up with something on our own. I turned to the Internet for suggestions and even debated putting together a costume myself. I’ve recently started sewing – in the interest of increasing my domesticity – but knew a costume was way out of my league.

While we initially really wanted to dress her up as some kind of food (Jason’s suggestion was a chili pepper, shocker I know), we thought it better to dress her up as something more relevant to HER likes. During my internet searches, I came across a very cute and high quality monkey costume by Paul Alma and since Jasmine has a deep love for her monkey, Mono, whom she sleeps with every night, it worked. Only one problem, it retails for almost $100 after tax and shipping.

Now I fancy myself a person who splurges once in a while, but to spend almost a hundred dollars on a costume my child will only be able to wear once and probably not for long was out of the question. That’s where Ebay and my quick-on-his-feet husband came in to save the day.

I checked if there were any auctions going on and just my luck, there was one ending in 2 minutes and the latest bid was only $25!! I tried logging in quickly but seeing as I haven’t used eBay in at 4+ years, had no idea what my password could be. A frantic call to Jason left me further disappointed when he said he didn’t know his either. I thought all was lost when the auction ended and I still hadn’t managed to uncover my password. That is, until Jason called me, told me he looked for his password in his gmail after hanging up with me on the off chance it would be there, found it, logged in, bid, and won. Yes folks, this was all in about a 45 second span.

So thanks to our (Jasmine and my) hero, here are some pics from Halloween with Jasmine, our little monkey! :)

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Click here to see the video that grandma shot of us putting her into the costume.

Jasmine’s First Halloween

December 28, 2009

Pics from Halloween 2009.

Click here for the video of us putting Jasmine into the costume.

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Christmas 2008

December 31, 2008

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Since my family is in Florida and Jacquie’s is up here, we alternate between going down to Florida and having my family up here. The schedule worked out quite well this year because there was no way I was putting Jacquie on a plane as pregnant as she is. I’ve seen the movies and I’m not having a baby at 35,000 feet. This year, my dad, mom, and brother flew up to visit us in New York.

On Christams Eve I gave notice to my dad that he would be assembling the baby’s crib with me. I’m sure he was thrilled to help, but I didn’t really give him the option of saying no…

And so it begins…

Sortin it out

Still sorting…

Still sortin it out

You can see that my dad is hamming it up (we of course had to then lift the crib off of him because he wasn’t going to jump the railings)…

Ham

And mom-too-be watches the Men at Work…

Lance got creative. I’m sure we can find tons of “implied meanings” here if we wanted…

And here’s where we are so far…

Almost there

The next morning I woke up pretty early, which is standard for me since Christmas is probably my favorite day of the year. Right away Jacquie and I went to work waking up the rest of the family. Or in Lance’s case, stacked pillows on him while others made coffee.

Pillows on Lance

Coffee time

My favorite part of Christmas, hands down, is watching other people open gifts. As we all know, not every gift is one that makes the person who received it “glow.” Sometimes you hit a homerun (like when Jacquie got Coconut Pocky for my dad) and sometimes it’s a miss (not gonna give examples here :) ). However, the excitement of opening a surprise is always visible on the person’s face just before he or she knows what it is, and that’s my favorite part. Maybe the simple fact of getting a gift makes the person happy but I think it’s more of the anticipation of seeing what the gift giver thought to get specifically for him/her. Who knows. Anyway, here are some pics of us opening gifts that don’t have anything to do with my point:

Pocky!

Gong Gong

Thrilled Mama L

Taking his sweet time

It's a Bucs Onesie!

Muahaha

Aww..Happy Mom!

Hugs all around

Look at that belly

Grandpa shoes

So mischievous

Jacq Cool

Finally, to end the night properly, a super indulgent meal was had. We didn’t take tons of pics like we did with Thanksgiving, but here’s a summary:
(1) Salad (Field greens, frisee, peppers, fennel, candied walnuts and a balsamic vinaigrette)
(2) Steamed Haricot Verts
(3) Brussel Sprout Hash
(4) Triple P Potato Skins (but made with bacon)
(5) BBQ Sweet Potato Fries
(6) Mashed potatoes
(7) Garlic and Thyme Lamb Chops with pan jus
(8) Garlic Prime Rib Roast
(9) Paella (one with shellfish, one without)
(10) Creme Brulee
(11) Fruit Tart

These pics aren’t the best but here’s the spread:

Smorgasbord 1

Smorgasbord 2

Smorgasbord 3

and here are a few posed fam shots:

There is a good one of Steph and her dad, but I can’t find it now…Sorry Steph.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :)

Visit to…The Tree

December 28, 2008

Christmas Day 2008

December 28, 2008

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Christmas Baskets 2008

December 16, 2008

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