Friday, June 15, 2018

Babymoon!

Well, here we are at the last day of our babymoon sadly. It has been a lovely week full of sun, swimming, food, napping and sleeping in. What more could we ask for?!

Baby Obando is now 23 weeks and 1 day and I hope that baby will love the water just like his/her mom. I think my belly gets even larger in the heat! As of week 23, Baby Obando is the size of a Barbie doll, or a bunch of grapes, and weighs about 1.25 pounds.

Here are some highlights of our lovely trip:

1. Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

We saw this bay during the Circle Tour we did earlier in the trip, and had multiple recommendations from people to go snorkeling here. Not only is this place beautiful from above, but it has an amazing amount of beautiful, colourful fish in it to see right away! You literally put your head in the water and start seeing fish right away. We regretted not borrowing my dads underwater GoPro to take photos - next time!



I did some preliminary exploration and Edwin joined me shortly after

2. Dinner at Buho Cocina y Cantina

This was a random restaurant Edwin found and it turned out to be really great - its a funky Mexican rooftop restaurant.

This is my kale wrapped burrito that was delicious! It had rice, beans, mango salsa, guacamole and came with a side of beans. Loved it!

I had a churro for dessert (not pictured) and Edwin had an ice cream burrito. Both were so tasty!! This is Kona coffee flavored ice cream wrapped in a house made flour tortilla.

3. Dinner at Duke's Waikiki

We ate at quite a few well-known chain restaurants (P.F. Changs, Cheesecake Factory), which were delicious of course, but there is something I love about going to a non-well-known restaurant. Duke's turned out to be a chain, but there is not a lot of them and they are mostly in Hawaii and California.  Edwin had a steak and I had an alfredo pasta with shrimp, and they had a salad bar you could add onto your meal for $4. Who even has a salad bar anymore?! Why did these ever leave us? I ate far more than my far share of salad and Edwin helped me finish my pasta. Plus, this restaurant had live music and was right on the beach.

4. Laying on the beach

Need I say more? So relaxing and beautiful! 

Edwin venturing out to cool off (the temperature was around 30 - 35 every day, "feeling like" closer to 40 according to the Weather Network)

5. Iolani Palace

This was cool to learn about some history of Hawaii and see the former royal palace. So beautiful!!


6. Shopping/wandering downtown Waikiki

There is SO much to explore around here. I was absolutely amazed at just how many people (aka tourists) there are around here though. Some evenings were packed walking the main drag! You can definitely tell that downtown Waikiki caters to a very specific demographic though. We did not go into the majority of the stores on the strip as they were the veryyyy expensive ones: Prada, Gucci, Tiffany's, Rolex, etc.

The best store ever - the flip flop store!
7. Knowing my Chucho was with his grandparents having a great ol' time! 

So smiley & happy!
 8. Touring the USS Missouri Battleship

We visited Pearl Harbour and it was very cool to see & learn a bit more about the history (from the non-movie version)! The one in depth tour that we paid to see was the USS Missouri Battleship, which wasn't actually part of Pearl Harbour, but was put into working order a few days later. It was HUGE!


Where the table was placed where papers were signed between Japan & USA to end World War 2

I was having quite the special hair day this day....

We are back to reality as of Monday. Such is life! I am glad that we come home on a weekend and have a few days to catch up on laundry, groceries, etc. before usual work/life happenings again. I am also so glad that Edwin & I had some relaxing time before a busy summer, and before Baby Obando makes their appearance! Happy weekend :) 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Baby Obando

As you may know by now, Edwin, Chucho, & I are expecting a new family member in early October! We are beyond excited about this new addition (well, for sure 2/3 of us are!) and I can't believe I haven't even blogged about it....

Here he/she is! A little gymnast with feet in its face.
Baby Obando is 21 weeks and 4 days at this point. Baby is very healthy as per the recent ultrasound that my mom accompanied me to. I think she is a bit more excited that Edwin & I sometimes - she has bought SO many outfits for the baby, I think it has a full wardrobe already! She will be an excellent grandma, no doubt about it.

The adorable basket Amanda gave me that is full of baby clothes, blankets and toys already. (there have been more added since this photo!)
We are not going to find out the gender, much to a lot of peoples dismay. We just want that amazing surprise when it is born! And if its a boy and wears pink for a few weeks, I am not too concerned. (and vice versa) We will be thrilled regardless of what gender it is, and don't have any plans to paint the baby room any particular color.


So far, we have a crib (pictured above) but need to get sheets for it still. We also have a rocking chair that Heidi gave us. Next up is a dresser to purchase, as well as stroller and carseat. As well as decor for the room! 

There are just SO many cute baby things out there, I have to hold back on buying them all. This has been my favourite so far, but I could not bring myself to spend $80 on it:

How cute would it be as a toy bin, or laundry basket?! (its pretty large)
In terms of pregnancy, I've been feeling pretty good the whole time! I had one solid week of nausea, which was not particularly fun, but I cannot complain compared to others who have nausea throughout the whole pregnancy... I am just tired and some random aches and pains. I've also had to wear maternity pants recently to accommodate this baby bump!

I am sure there will be more updates to come on this little guy/gal of ours, not to worry!

Friday, June 1, 2018

a thing post

I am drafting a blog post that is a bit more exciting as we speak as well... but for now, I have lots of THINGS to share, and hopefully that can keep you entertained in the meantime :) 

Did you know there are wedding party dresses you can rent from a Canadian site? We ordered some samples for Amanda's wedding, and some robes to wear for the day of the wedding. Love the environmental-ness of renting!

This is our new family favourite board game these days 

It's not too late - you can still sign up for the Run, Walk & Roll that is this Sunday, June 13! Me, Chucho, my dad, Jen, Nenad, Mojo, Pants, and a bunch of my coworkers will be there.

Why no one answers the phone anymore. (do you answer calls?) 

We are renting our basement suite if anyone is interested.

The BC Lions crashed a local aquafit class last week - I don't know how I would have kept a straight face if I was that instructor! (fun fact: I taught aquafit for many, many years at the Y)

I went to Stars on Ice recently with my mom, sister and aunt and it was AWESOME. Tessa & Scott really know how to get a crowd going!

This is the hike my family & I did on the long weekend last week - I love it! Relatively flat, water along the side, and a pretty waterfall at the end.

I am borrowing this link from A Cup of Jo: the $2 ingredient that will upgrade any pasta dish. Do you try this? Would you?

"Why this clothing startup really wants your old, worn-out, pit stained shirts" - super cool idea!! I hope it works out for them!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

a thing post

28 rules you should ignore at restaurants (I love etiquette - not sure how I feel about these!)

The best book I read recently: The Year of Less by Cait Flanders. She is a local blogger who paid off a lot of debt in a short period, and then started a shopping ban. Her memoir is entertaining and inspirational.

One of my fave shows these days is coming back soon!

This is fascinating - Kylie Jenner tweets that she doesn't like using SnapChat anymore after an update, and Snapchat's stock is going downhill! The power of media....

Added to my bucket list: this restaurant in New York run by grandmas!

We are headed to Palm Springs soon for a wedding. Any must-sees while we are there that we can squeeze in on a long weekend?! 

Heads up to my Surrey friends - the RCMP said they are seeing an increase in garages being broken into lately! Be careful! 

SUITS IS BACK MARCH 28!!

Last but not least - googling tofu recipes for this evening. Any good ideas you can share?! (leaning towards green curry right now but need to check if i have coconut milk in the pantry...)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Blogging

Hi, friends & family! If you haven't noticed, I haven't blogged in 2 months. It is not intentional, I just really don't have as much interest in blogging as I used to for whatever reason! I'm sorry, I know my blog is just so riveting ;)

I'll update you on life as of late, since I am sick and on the couch all day today. (sore throat, sore ears, cough, runny nose.... the whole shebang) The latest fun things in my life are:

1. My SISTER is moving home!!
2. Two of my friends are getting married this year (Amanda & Nicole) 
3. We are moving in 4 weeks
4. We are going to Palm Springs in 6 weeks for Dylan & Jessica's wedding (here - so beautiful!)
5. Edwins parents are coming to visit in 8 weeks

I am sure there are more too, but those are the most imminent ones.

This is what our house looks like as of last Sunday! We were able to go inside and it just needed countertops, appliances, and a few other things. (oh and landscaping!) 


We have started buying some additional furniture for it, which has been keeping our weekends busy lately. We were going to go to a new furniture store that I heard about but I am not sure if I am feeling up for furniture shopping... maybe next weekend. Furniture shopping is always fun! I am not particularly looking forward to the packing/moving/unpacking whole part of moving though... does anyone ever look forward to that?! Ha!

Our immediate family, including doggies (one more doggy will be joining next week when Jen & Nenad come - Mojo!)

Our extended Spier family (doggys are there too... look closely!)


Christmas dinner with Grandma & Grandpa

New Years Eve

At a wedding show photobooth

The things I do to him! But seriously, how adorable!?
Have a great week ahead!! (well, maybe few great weeks... until I blog again and wish you all well next!)