Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Gone

We're in Chiang Mai with limited internet access. I will be posting a TON of stuff when I get back.

Happy New Year!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!



Sorry about the lack of posts, I've been busy and lazy (and re-reading the Twilight books hehe). Christmas was fun and relaxing (except that both babies were sick, Grandma got food poisioning and I wasn't feeling 100% either). Tira had fun playing with her new toys. At first she didn't really care about her presents just the one that wasn't wrapped. After a few times of unwraping the gifts and figuring out that there was something fun in there she started to get more into it. Tira got a shopping cart with food, a stroller for her baby, a tea trolley from Grandma Joyce, pjs from Aunty Annie and Tai Tai, a christmas ornament from Grandma Sugar, and some other stuff I can't really think of right now. Lanna didn't get as much because she's still so small. We did the traditional Christmas wontons for breakfast. We had a late lunch/early Christmas dinner which was delicious - a pork roast with gravy and veggies, roasted potatoes, rolls, salad, apple sauce, cranberry sauce, and roasted bell peppers. Daddy called and Tira said "hi" then just smiled into the phone and Lanna complained to him about how we dumped her in her bouncy chair and wouldn't pick her up. Here are some pictures for you to enjoy:

Santa's little helper:


"Family" picture - note I was religated to cameraman but the dog got to be in the picture :-(



Grandma Sugar and baby:


Tira insisted on putting on her new pjs:


Tira testing out her new toothbrush:


Lanna enjoying her present from Tai Tai:

Tira playing with her new toys:


The tree:
Me helping Santa by putting together the shopping cart:

Tira playing Santa:










Saturday, December 20, 2008

Tira gets Jiggy Wit It

We went to the park today and they were having a street fair with performers. There was one "stage" with a dj who was pretty good and some break dancers who were pretty bad. Here's some video of Tira showing them up:



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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Lots a Big Lovin'

Enjoy some fatness:




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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas Party


Addicts! It hasn't been that long since I last posted. I guess I have no right to complain though. As so many of you have quickly surmised I managed to get my hands on an electric-not-so-legal copy (which is justified because I have a legally purchased set waiting for me in California) of the Twilight series and have done little else except read for the past week. I'm almost done in the 4 book series, just 143 pages left. However some of you seem to be getting a little impatient so here's a fix.

Yesterday I tore myself away from the books and Grandma and I took naughty face and fat fat (their most common nicknames right now) to the BAMBI Christmas Party. It was at the Rembrant Hotel. We got there early, right around 9:30, so there weren't too many people yet. It was set up very nicely with a buffet at one end, tables in the middle, a stage at the other end and games when you first entered. I was a little surprised at the how they had the tables set up, as if it were a formal dinner with nice plates, glass water goblets, and 10 different utensils for each place setting - all this for toddlers? It was a lot of work keep naughty face from destroying everything.

The games were fun but a little advance for Tira. I helped her and as long as everyone clap and cheered she was happy. Like most of the other toddlers she had the most fun running around on the stage, jumping up and down, and playing with her balloon toys. Speaking of which I must apologize to the guy at the IPC Party who gave naughty face a balloon sword instead of a girly heart or flower. When we first entered the party we were given balloons and of course Tira was looking all girly in the adorable polka dot dress that her Nani sent her
and a cute little pink clippy in her hair, so naturally she got the girly balloon. And what was the first thing she did? Go find a balloon sword and then later a balloon machine gun ::eye roll::
We had a bunch of scrumptious food and hung out with Annie and Tai and some other mommies and babies we knew. Here are the phat girls doing their pope imitation:

Then the big moment the arrival of SANTA! I had my doubts about the quality of Santa but figured these women are all farangs (white) and they know what Santa should look like. It seemed that they had spent a good deal of money of everything else so Santa should be ok. How wrong could I be. 1) his beard was falling off so you could see he was a dark skinned Thai guy, 2) he was SCRAWNY and didn't even bother to put a pillow under his shirt and 3) he wore flip flops and sunglasses. Don't even get me started on his skanky hoochie mama helper. I couldn't get any good pictures of crazy Santa because he wouldn't stop moving.

Over all it was a lot of fun. We got the most adorable pictures of the phat girls and Tira at the very end. Enjoy:


By the way I finished the books ;-)

Friday, December 5, 2008

I'M IN LOVE


Today Yai Yai (grandma) Moo took the babies to ToysRUs (a whole other post) and while we were at the mall I saw the words TWILIGHT out of the corner of my eye. Sure enough the movie Twilight was now showing. I nearly ran off and left my babies right then and there to buy my ticket LOL j/k. But I did go to the movies by myself this evening. It was the first time I've been out by myself since Lanna was born and yah it wasn't fun. I missed her (and Tira) and couldn't get her off my mind - even through out the movie. But that's not the point of this post.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVED the movie. I can't wait to read the books, because honestly the books are always better than the movies. But alas ALL the stores here are sold out! Please someone take pity on me and send me the books! Just Kidding - kinda. It's going to be REALLY hard waiting until I get back state-side where I can borrow the book from a library. ::sigh::

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

My Happy Happy Babies

My grandma (gran gran) has a collection of pictures of us (me, rissa, madelynn) crying. There's just somthing so cute about a baby crying (only of course when you're not the mommy who's been listening to it for hours and hours). So to add to her collection I give you my happy happy babies:


Punk Rock Princess

My daughter is so cool! She loves to rock out to music - classical, country, rap, rock and roll - anything with a good beat. She's got the best sense of style. She loves the skateboarders and roller bladers in the park. She's just my little rock star. So it's a wonder why I never thought to do this to her before:




Her hair is actually just a little too long for the mohawk and tends to flop to either side, but it's still really cute. I plan to do this to Lanna as soon as her hair grows in a little. Hey if my kids are going to be practically bald until they're four like I was then let me at least feel like I get to do their hair with this do.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving

I don't really feel like posting but I promised a post so here are some sprinkles from Thanksgiving. It was a ton of work (mainly on Grandma's part) but completely worth it. We had a ton of fun!!

We hosted the party at our place so cleaning started a week before hand. Here's G-ma scrubbing down one of the cabinets (as if anyone would have noticed the dust):


The guest list kept growing and then dropping so it took a while to figure out the table layout but we finally got it:

Phat girl's before Dinner outfit - how cute is she?


The dessert table which just kept growing - those are two pecan/apple pies (sooo yummy) and the best vanilla cupcakes ever, now add two pumpkin pies, a chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream and whip cream and you have our desserts! LOL.

The beautiful flower arrangement g-ma made. Tira LOVED it. The first time she saw it she said "Ohhhhh" and kept signing for me to put it in her hands LOL. I swear she's a mini-martha stewart. She loves to watch us cook, she loves to clean, and apparently she loves flowers and flower arrangements.


Everyone seated - starting at the far end and going clockwise is Papa holding Lanna, then Tira, then Steve, Kristina, and Annie with Tai, next came Trudy with Husband Walter and daughter Julie, next came Gordan with daughter Summer and wife Tiffany, then finally peaking her head out is gma (I was of course taking the pictures).
Amazingly a picture with me (not that you can really see me I'm at the very end of the table next to Papa and Lanna):


The turkey. We got it from Bourbon Street - a Cajun restaurant. It was a deep fried turkey, unfortunately since we didn't eat it right out of the deep fryer the skin was soggy and not crispy greasy goodness. :-( The meat was nice a juicy though.

Lanna snuggling up to Julie, who apparently was super comfy LOL.


With all the excitement of so many people in the house Tira didn't last very long in her booster seat and didn't eat very much. Only 10 minutes into the dinner and she was fighting to get down. Since it was a holiday I obliged and set her free. A few minutes later I realized that I hadn't heard a peep from her and got suspicious (as anyone with young kids knows no noise is NEVER a good thing unless they're sleeping LOL). I turned around to find the little sneak standing next to the dessert table, sticking her finger into the chocolate cake and licking off frosting!


I guess since I've posted this much I should write a complete post. If you've been following the news you know that there's been a lot of unrest here in Bangkok over the current prime minister. The Yellow Party (not in power) took over and shut down the airport so that the PM (from the Red Party) could not fly back into the country. Then on Thanksgiving day right be the dinner we got news that there was going to be a coup. We kept getting different reports during dinner and joked that if we got stuck here at least we'd have food (there was tons and tons and tons of left overs). But so far nothing has happened. They supposedly got all the protesters out of the airport today but there's still talk of a coup, so we'll see how things progress. None the less Thanksgiving was fun and the food was great.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gobble Gobble

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!

I promise a real post tomorrow but I'm just too exhausted to do one tonight. Be sure to check out my Twitter (see the right hand side of the screen) for some funny Thanksgiving excerpts.

Gobble Gobble

Monday, November 24, 2008

Lets All Conspire

Steal the link and spread the word.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Monkey See Monkey Do

When they say children are like sponges they're not kidding. Every little thing you do gets noticed, remembered and sometimes mimicked. Tira is no exception, in fact she LOVES to copy whatever anyone else is doing be it mommy, papa, yai yai (grandma), gran gran or even Lanna. Sometimes this is bad, like the fact that she's started whining and crying when she wants something because she notices that Lanna immediately gets attention when she cries (this could also be attributed to the early onset of the terrible twos). But most of the time it's down right hilarious, ie. the pumping post.

One of my favorite things she will do is pick up her "baby" (piglet doll), cradle it, bouncy up and down and go "shh shh shh". Just like I do when I'm soothing Lanna. She also loves to carry her dolls in our various slings and has started to nurse her "baby". I've already contacted Santa about bring Tira a real baby doll for Christmas.

Tira also likes to copy her grandma and gran gran. For a while every time Tira sat down and stood up she'd grunt or go "ooph" like her gran gran does. When she wants Kimchi's attention she yell "kit-chy", stomps her foot, and slaps her thigh making her the spitting image of her yai yai. I'm sure I've mentioned her cleaning obsession which she gets not only from watching her papa and yai yai but via her genes from her Nani and gran gran. She even has her own toddler sized broom. One of her adorable yet frustrating habits is to take her sippy cup, shake out whatever liquid is in there on to the floor and use whatever available cloth (usually a nursing towel or my newly washed shirt) to wipe down the floor.

And of course she loves her papa so much she even tries to act like him:


Tupac meet Baby-pac

Everyone knows of Tupac:


Now meet Baby-pac:



She and her big sissy are part of the westside gang:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Why I will never lose those last 9lbs

Because G-ma and I are just too darn good at cooking LOL. Seriously the food we make is just too yummy. Today grandma got a fire under her tushy and decided to make not one delicious treat but two! Check out this amazing apple caramel cake:

And the scrumptious pumpkin bread:


I am the self-proclaimed queen of pizzas! If I may be so humble - I make a killer pizza. Ok I'll admit it G-ma makes the marinara sauce but I could make it if I had to and I always make the dough and assemble it. It's so easy to. Here's what you do.

Pizza Dough:
400g (2 1/3 cups) bread flour
15g (3 teaspoons) instant yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons olive oil
250ml (1 cup) warmer than warm but not hot water

Mix first 3 ingredients in bowl, add next two and stir. Knead dough until smooth (about 8 minutes). Leave it to rise double its size (maybe 15 minutes), punch down, separate into 4 balls and let rise again 5 - 10 minutes.

If you have a pizza stone put it in the oven and let it heat up with the oven during the second rise of the dough. The pizza should sizzle a little when you put it on the stone, that's how you know it's hot enough.

Marinara Sauce:
Grandma didn't want to share her "secret" recipe with everyone, but there's really nothing to it and no real recipe as it's more of a a pinch of this a dash of that.

Blended 1 large can whole tomatoes in blender or food processor with juices. In pot saute chopped onions and garlic in olive oil until clear, add italian seasoning, blended tomatoes and small can of tomato paste. Salt and pepper if you need it. Boil and add water until you get the right consistency. If you're making pasta sauce you'll add more water, but if it's for pizza you want it thicker so add less. Let it simmer for a while. Taste as you go that's how you'll know if your doing it right.

Back to the pizza. Roll out one ball at a time, top with sauce, toppings of your choice, and then cheese. We use fresh mozzarella in water and a little bit of coby jack. I've noticed that when you just use mozzarella it tends the cheese tends to burn and disappear. But with the coby jack its just gets crusty and melty.

Super easy!! Our pizza today was supposed to be Hawaiian but I forgot to get pineapple so we ended up with just Ham and some pepper grandma had roast which were heavenly. The pizzas were sooooo delicious.

Pizza half way cooked:


The finished product: