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Sunday, August 25, 2013

A little from August

This year went by fast, I remember just recently Ava had her first birthday party. Now it is already almost time to plan her second. What theme? What kind of food? What will be her milestone at that time? Here are some recent pictures of Ava and Joseph.

She loves playing by the window in the dining room.

Her love of playing outside

She loves reading the books in Joseph's room

Always curious to see what big brother is up to.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Food Snapshots from the iPhone

I just can't stop eating!

Bouchon Bistro - Las Vegas, NV

Georgetown Cupcake - Los Angeles, CA

Snooze AM Eatery - San Diego, CA

Davanti Enoteca - Del Mar, CA

Lappert's Ice Cream - San Diego, CA

Brockton Villa - La Jolla, CA

"Naughty Burrito" Brockton Villa- La Jolla, CA

Monello - "Little Italy
 San Diego, CA

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Joseph's 7th Birthday. Belated Birthday Post

My little boy who is growing up to a be a big boy is now 7! So much has changed since he was a little baby 7 years ago. Now he has grown to be responsible for himself as well as being the perfect protective brother to little Ava.

For his birthday this year, I knew he wanted a Minecraft birthday, so I had a great idea of how I wanted his cake to look like. At first I decided I wanted a cake decorator to make his cake. But as the time got closer and closer, I decided I want to make the cake myself.

Damage after Zombie and Creeper blowing it up

He LOVED the cake, each TNT was a sparkler candle so when lit, it was like the TNT going off! See video below!

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We left our hearts in San Francisco.

Earlier this year we planned a family trip for San Francisco, but then Ava started daycare and got really sick. So we ended up cancelling the trip since winter time+daycare=sick girl. That was back in January. Come July, I was finally able to schedule and get everyone to make this trip up to San Francisco without cancellation!

I knew visiting a city there's always got to be food places to hit up while I am in town. But since this is Ava, Joseph, and Hubby's first trip to San Francisco, I wanted to also include some sightseeing places as well.

We took the BART all the way to Powell Station since we stayed at PARC 55 in Union Square area. It was not only convenient from the BART, but the cable car was right there as well! Everything was a walking distance and we were close to all sightseeing areas as well. Hotel was clean, very friendly, and upgraded us to a room with a view, comped a fridge, AND offered a playpen for Ava.

After dropping off the luggage we decided to head out to Brenda's Soul Food Kitchen to try some crawfish beignets and other southern style breakfast.

Crawfish Beignets. Amazingly delicious and what they are known for.

Chocolate beignet with molten Ghiradelli chocolate, Plain powdered beignet, and Granny Smith apple beignet in the back.

We decided to wait in line to ride the cable car. After more than an hour wait we were on! We got off Lombard Street stop to view what is known as "The most Crooked Street".

We decided to just walk down towards Fisherman's Wharf and hang out. Of course the place is just packed with tourist and lots of seafood!

Gorgeous view before heading to Fisherman's Wharf with Coit Tower in the top right.

Look at all those crabs!

Old streetcars from different eras. Very sleek!

The Rock

Went to the Ferry Building (Pier 1) for some Porchetta Sandwiches

Brother Sister Love!!
 We also did all the other tourisy things like going to Chinatown and of course seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, but we didn't have the time to walk on it since the weather didn't seem to be clearing up.
Joseph being upset at the crazy wind and having to manage Ava hahahaha
On our last day we got to visit the Balmy Street Murals in the Mission District. Lots of culture and beautiful hand painted artwork on walls, garage doors, and fences.
This one was my favorite and I believe was Joseph's favorite too.

Overall it was a great trip with the family. The weather was perfect and not a drop of rain. Hopefully we will get to visit again!

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