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:


Saturday, November 15, 2008

My little Artist


Inspired by another March Muffin Mommy's blog I decided to try and do some art with Tira. I thought she was still too young to really do anything (actually I still think that) but decided to try anyway. We started with just some basic coloring and stickering. She thinks coloring is ok for about 3 minutes before she's bored but she LOVES the stickers as long as they don't end up on her. Then I decided to try and be a little creative and cut out a bunch of stuff for her to glue together. Yah that was a P.I.T.A! And she really just wanted to stick the stuff on the glue and pull it off then put it back on, what a mess! Here are pictures of her two coloring projects (one for Daddy and one for Aunty Rissa and Uncle Daniel), and her gluing project:


Our latest project was Christmas finger painting! This was a little more fun. I borrowed some temper paint from Aunty Annie and got a recipe online. We stripped little miss down to her panties, laid out an old sheet, and got to work. At first she was unsure about putting her precious prissy hands into the cold gooey paint but soon was loving it. She liked to put the paint on the paper but LOVED squishing the paint between her fingers. At one point she looked down and realized she had paint all over her and looked at me and said "ka-ka" LOL. It was a lot of fun, but next time I think we'll try it with sponges.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Happy Loy Kratong!!!

Now that I know people check the blog daily I feel guilty when I don't post everyday. Since I missed yesterday I staying up late to post this. Today was Loy Kratong, a Thai holiday when people "loy" (float) their "kratongs" (little flower boats that represent your troubles). The idea is to put your troubles/worries into the boat and float it down the river away from you. At least that's what I've always been told. Apparently Loy Kratong actually started as an offering to the water goddess for a good harvest, how/when it was turned into getting rid of your troubles is a mystery to me.

Last year we were in Chaing Mai and did both the water floating kratongs and the flying kratongs. I swear I posted about this already but I can't seem to find it. Here are some pictures from last year.



This year we went to the park next to Emporium and loyed in the pond. It was packed! We didn't stay long but did get to meet up with Tai and family. Hopefully Aunty Annie got some better pictures.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Live Traffic Feed

I heart the Live Traffic Feed (right hand side of screen, below "About Me") on this blog! If you haven't noticed it yet when someone views the blog it will show where they are viewing from. So everytime I get on it will show Bangkok, Thailand. I honestly thought only Aunty Rissa regularly checked the blog, and really I thought it was only once a week. So you can imagine my surprise to see that some of you are checking everyday! I love it because I know where most of you live so I can guess who's checking when. It's fun! Some of the regulars: HB obviously Daddy and Nani, SB Aunty Lexus, Hawaii Aunty Deja, Nashville Aunty Sarah, Memphis Aunty Mandy, Las Vegas Aunty Tiffy, SLC Aunty Rissa, and some of the BKK ones are Aunty Annie [I hope I didn't forget anyone]. Wow the girls sure do have a lot of aunties! There are a few places that I have no idea who it represents, Pennsilvania (Ab is that you?), Australia, Oakland, Ca (absolutely no idea), LA could be Daddy or Nani at work, or some aunties/uncles, and random places in Utah (which according to Aunty Rissa are her friends ::waves hi to Heidi and Kelli::).

The girls and I thank you for taking the time out of your busy days to see how we're doing. We feel loved and special! Next time you stop by drop us a comment especially if you're one of the mystery readers!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Update on Susie Homemaker

IT WASN'T MY FAULT!! ::happy dance:: My lovely sister re-checked the recipe she had posted on her blog and discovered that she had accidentally messed up the recipe. She forgot to decrease some ingredients and accidentally doubled others. So the terrible bread - not because I'm a bad cook!

I should have known this because my other kitchen creations have, for the most part, turned out wonderful! For example my scrumptious oatmeal cookies. Every couple of months I get a craving for some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Not the dry crispy kind, but the nice soft moist kind. I searched the web and finally found a recipe that claimed to produce the perfect oatmeal cookie AND used Crisco (the price of butter has gone through the roof here and Crisco - even though it's imported - is now the cheaper option). So a couple weeks ago I commandeered the kitchen and went to work making up the yummy cookies. I put my toddler to work - dumping in the flour, stirring the batter, and beating the eggs. It was messy and it took twice as long as it would have if I had done it myself but we both had a blast. And the cookies turned out delicious - Annie said it was because of the love Tira put into them :-D.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thursday

We had a splenderific Thursday! I got to "sleep-in" with Lanna - meaning I didn't get up till after 7:30!! Woot-woot! The we got the girls all dressed up and ready for a day out. I pretended that Tira actually had hair and made g-ma put in pig tails (excuse the blurriness miss thang didn't want to stand still for a picture):



Lanna, Tira and I hitched a ride with Aunty Annie and Tai to Bumps and Babies. Today's topic was extended breastfeeding. The speaker was a nice American mommy of 4. She talked about the benefits of BFing past 6 months, past 1 year, past 2 years, tandem nursing, nursing toddlers, nursing through pregnancy, etc. It was very informative and nice to hear a usually taboo topic. After the presentation I chit chatted with her. Her youngest are twins and almost the same age as Tira so I was thinking play date. However she said she lived out in Bang Na (far) and didn't get out to this area a lot and then mentioned that her husband worked at a Christian International School. I LOL and asked if it happened to be ICS. Low and behold her husband is Mr. Dayton the new (well not new but he wasn't teaching when I was there) History teacher. Small world.

After B&B Annie and I took our sleeping babies to S&P for lunch and mommy time (Grandma picked up Tira halfway through B&B). After that Fat Girl (lanna) and I got dropped off at home and we hung out at home and played. Normally at 5pm Papa takes Tira for a walk but today Papa was sleeping so I strapped FG into the moby and took Tira down stairs. She didn't want to walk and just kept looking and pointing at the moon and babbling to it. Strange. When I finally convinced her to walk with me we only made it to the house with the dalmatians where she stood in front of the gate shushing the dogs :-D After that it was dinner, bath, and then bedtime.

Here are pictures of me and Fat Girl - she's sporting one of Tira's old Raegun outfits.



Attempt at Susie Homemaker

Insipired by awesome Aunty Rissa I tried to make some bread yesterday based on a recipe she posted on her blog. Here's a picture of what Aunty Rissa's bread looked like:


She also said "I just love it. It's kind of got a white bread/ french bread taste to it." Well here's what my bread looked like:




Ummm yah not exactly the same. I did not "just love it" and it did not have a "white bread/french bread taste to it". In fact I thought it was pretty blah. I followed the recipe (although I did accidentally double the butter, apparently the sticks of butter her are twice the size of the ones in the States - opps). I was really disappointed in my bread attempt even though Grandma said she like it (I think she was just trying to be nice). On the flip side my soup R.O.C.K.E.D. Yummy yummy Ham & Potato Soup. Try it! It's so easy to make and delicious.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Fun Internet Stuff

a comic strip!

Election 2008

G-ma, Papa and I faxed in our vote this morning. Since I didn't get the nifty sticker from the polling place I got this instead:


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Sisters

Sisters, Sisters, There were never such devoted sisters...



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Monday, November 3, 2008

Pumping

There really are no words for this:





The Phat Girl Club

So I've been blogging about Lanna's new BFF Tai for a while and thought I'd share some uber cute pictures of the "phat girls". Seriously there's nothing better than a rolly-polly, squishy baby and I get to cuddle with TWO of them!

Tai might be 2 months older but size wise Lanna's catching up fast:


Mommy you're boring:


Ringleader and former "phat" girl Tira, you can just hear Lanna thinking "ohhh she's sooo grown up and cool":


Whatchu lookin' at lady?


Hanging out with Tai and mommy Annie is so much fun for everyone!! Annie's a foodie so Grandma and I are always excited to eat with her. The first time we went out Annie and I went to Sonies - Italian-Japanese fusion, the second time with grandma in tow we went to Becafino's all-you-can-eat antipasto lunch buffet, O.M.G. was that yummy, we've also had delicioso home cooked Cajun food courtesy of hubby Steve and other scrumptious food (I have to stop talking about it because I'm making my tummy growl).

Tira has a blast with Annie because besides getting to love on "her" two babies, Annie used to teach pre-school and so has a ton of fun activities for Tira. She made her playdough one day (Tira played with it for a while then decided it was better to eat it) and busted out Barbies another time (Tira's first time playing with them. I was proud of her for not eating any of the accessories). Annie and G-ma even made Tira the cutest tu-tu one day:



Lanna of course just has fun chillin' with Tai. This involves lots of sleeping, boobie, and watching the mobile in Tai's crib.