Heyy my dolls!
I feel like I haven’t done a life update in a very long time! I meant to do a few in December, but as I keep mentioning, everything fell through. I’m sure you guys are wondering why I’m even talking about the holidays when they’re long long gone, and February is right around the corner.
Well, some of you wanted some sort of life update, because I have been gone, especially over the holidays. I decided to take some time off from blogging and spend it with my family. I did take some photos along the way so I’ll be sharing with you what I’ve been up to ever since.
Soo… the holidays!
I already wrote about Thanksgiving in my WUW in November, if you’re wanting to go that far back (you don’t have to), but that was my last update until now. I covered October and November on that one, so I will be covering December to present here.
We’re gonna go way back to the 9th, which was a day after CL’s fantastic birthday and party! Since it was still his bday weekend, we decided to hop on the Holiday Express Train because he just loves trains..
The ride was literally just back and forth. It was a bit boring to be honest, but a good family experience nonetheless. I think CL prefers seeing them from the outside anyway.
Foodie Outing #1: PHO THAP BA
Pho for the first time! Yasss!!
I had been craving ramen so much that I decided it was time for a change and that was the start of our foodie outings lol. I think I got Pho Ga, which is a chicken noodle soup, and it was amazing and delicious! Better than I thought it would be, it has such a unique flavor.
That weekend was also Alex’s birthday, and I wrapped his gifts the night before. He already knew what he was getting, The Strain TV Show (complete series) and “The Master” Funko POP.
I also got him a lemon cake, made by my wonderful godmother:
IT’S MY CAR! Of course it doesn’t make sense because it’s actually mine, but he’s been driving it far more than I am able to.. Thought it would be cute.
That night I worked on all the postcards I was going to be sending out to some friends, both in the states and internationally to the UK. I decided to send postcards from my state, Oregon, because they can be displayed LOL.
Fast forward, one week later to December 21st.
Foodie Outing #2: Stepping Stone
Ah yes, another place I can officially say I’ve gone to!
We had tried before but the line was much too long, and CL couldn’t bear waiting that long in the cold. This time we waited about 10 mins and thought it was worth a shot. And then we got seated!!
It’s small but this place was amazing! I got french toast and I also tried their coffee. Oh. My. GOSH! It was the BEST coffee and french toast I have ever had! Alex agreed about the coffee too, and that was when we also started looking into coffee..
We don’t drink it everyday but it’s gotten to the point where I’m willing to search for cafes than go to Starbucks. It just doesn’t compare anymore, sorry! LOL.
Right after Stepping Stone we went to Big Al’s for some family fun, and we discovered that we had $150 credits on our play card!! Whaaaaa?!! Last time we went we only had about $70 from all the free cards we got for Alex’s company picnic.
We have no idea where that extra $80 came from but we sure enjoyed our time there! Bowling and arcade with my boys was fun and it is also something I used to do as a kid. #makingmemories
Dog-Sitting & Chicken Carbonara:
My neighbors went away for a week to Cali to visit family, so I dog-sat their doggos.
I also made chicken carbonara for my first time ever but I might have chosen the wrong noodles because they sucked up all the sauce. It was still really good, I’m itching to make it again.
GingerBread Houses with Family:
My cousin invited us to his house and my cousins and their kids were already there. It was a last minute thing and it was really fun! It is always a good time with them and it was nice bringing all the kiddos together.
Xmas & Alex’s Sushi:
Can’t live without it! He made it for both xmas and NYE!
I got bored by the red and gold colors that I just needed to change up the tree this year. I went with a blue and silver palette and the tree looked amazing. I haven’t had this much fun decorating the tree in years!
I unfortunately didn’t get any photos of CL opening his presents, I was filming vids but they don’t even look good, lol. He got loads of things. I got some cookware and a Calvin Klein coat from my dad. Alex got me the JSC Mystery Box and a better phone because mine was crappy. I didn’t really ask for anything this year since I had already spent a fortune in October.
Foodie Outing #3: Yataimura Maru
Surprise, surprise. We eat at Maru all the damn time, lol. Fave Japanese restaurant and their Tokyo Ramen is the best! I had some green tea that time, it was so so good!
On the same day we stopped by Krispy Kreme to get some donuts:
They had some cinnamon ones, which were good but too sweet for me.
Foodie Outing #4: Pielogy Pizza
Yes, we were eating out a lot in December. And I know you’re thinking “that’s a lot of money spent on food”, you just wait, you don’t even know what’s coming next, LOL. I am just getting started!!
Anyway, been here before. Mackenzie actually urged me to go last year and I love it! I get this Margherita pizza all the time and it never fails to amaze me. The taste is just perfect.
NYE, December 31st:
We got a pinata, ate sushi that Alex made (again), I drank so much alcohol, and we made a huge mess! LOL
Hunida sent me this:
She’s so sweet!
Sarah sent me a card too and a little festive collar for Sophie which I thought was adorable! It did come a little bit after xmas but she was still able to wear it for NYE! 🙂
And you know what? This is a good place to stop. I have to split this post into two or three parts, I promise you there’s lots of good
stuff food in my next post!
I know it’s no longer the holidays, but how was everyone’s xmas and NYE?
Did you go somewhere or stay home? What have you been up to ever since?
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