Wednesday, May 31, 2017

a thing post, summer edition

My mom & I are going to paint nite at the Surrey Animal Resouce Centre in 2 weeks - join us! It's a fundraiser for SARC, which is where we got Mr. Chucho. Happy Mother's Day mom!

I need to sign up for more Spanish classes... but possibly something a wee bit more intense than the ones I've been doing at the City of Surrey. They are great, but I don't think they force me to learn as much as a community college class would, for example. Any ideas?? 

I would reallyyyyy love this lululemon t-shirt but it is old and I can't find it anywhere now :(

We attended a fundraiser for a girl us Spier kids worked with the Y's sister recently, and she died of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. The story is quite sad.  However, they were able to raise awareness and money towards research of the disease which is great!

Speaking of fundraisers, the annual Run, Walk, & Roll in support of the Center for Child Development is coming up on June 4th! I need to register.

We had this dessert in Dubai, and I made made it at home recently. It is soooo good! They call it the Egyptian bread pudding. YUM.

I don't know why this was a summer edition thing post... it just seemed fitting as it has been so nice lately! :)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

happy summer!

Things have escalated quickly around here temperature wise, as you  may already know! Here is what we have been up to lately. Warning: it involves a lot of Chucho photos!

This is our blood donation crew. We've all been going together for the last few donations, and it makes it so much more fun to go as a group! It's almost a social event this way. And you know me, where there is social-ness, I am there! My dad, Edwin, me, Eliza, Justin & their son Kalan (who REALLY enjoys the juice & cookies)

Chucho also donated blood a few weeks ago! My cousin Meryl works at the Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley and she let me know that they have a blood donation program for dogs. Chucho met the 50 pound criteria, so we signed him up. This is him wearing his proud bandana afterwards. He also got an adorable little bandage but I didn't get a great photo of it!

Reading books with some of favorite twins, Julia & Harrison

Edwin & I took Chucho to Cultas Lake over the long weekend as we read that they had a part of the lake sectioned off for dogs to swim in. Turns out, Chucho avoided the water like the plague! We thought he might be a swimming dog... we were wrong. But it was beautiful there!

JC is in town! Yesterday, her, me, Chucho, Edwin & JC's fiancee Cristian went on a hike at Golden Ears Provincial Park. We did the Lower Falls Trail, which was BEAUTIFUL! (and quite flat - my hiking requirement) You hike to the waterfall you see in the above photo, which is much more grandiose in person.

Chucho enjoying the view

There are lots of areas where you can go down to the stream and sit by the rocks. So pretty!!

Chucho has been a great motivator to get out and do things outdoors - it has been so good for us. We will definitely be going back to Golden Ears, and maybe hopping into Alouette Lake. (well, I will.... not Chucho!) Hope you are enjoying these warm days - and don't forget your sunscreen!

Thursday, May 11, 2017


It has been almost 3 weeks since we've been home from Dubai. I've been meaning to blog so much earlier than this, but I feel like I don't even know where to start with this trip! We have so many photos that it takes a while to go through them, plus getting back into the swing of normal life can be a bit hectic after a lovely, long vacation. (#reality)

We had a great time in Dubai! Here are my top 5 favorite things about our trip to the UAE:
- The food: did you see that one coming?! It is a mix of Indian food and mediterannean food. This translates to lots of spice, lentils, and flavor. I loved it all!
- The heat: it was around 35 every day there, which was manageable. Plus, everywhere indoors is majorly air conditioned! This was not even their hot season. I can't imagine what hot season feels like!
- The beaches: they are typical white sand, blue water beaches with awesome little food trucks and beautiful views. Our favorite, Jumireah Beach, had a view of the Burj Al Arab!
- The fanciness/grandiose-ness of everything: hotels are so luxurious, cars are so fancy, the malls are the biggest in the world etc. It is hard to not be fascinated by that!
- The culture: this sounds generic, but it is always so intriguing to see a completely different culture. This was so different than anything I'd ever seen! The mosques and the call to prayer 5 times a day is really interesting to read about.

Here are some photos for you! 

Have you ever flown with Emirates? I hadn't, and it was amazing. The food was pretty good for airplane food!

At the spice market - so colorful! I wanted to buy lots of things, but unfortunately you can't bring dried fruit etc. home.

I bought gold earrings! There was SO much gold. Crazy. Had to restrain myself...

At Jumireah Beach

My fave place to be!

Yup, that is me riding a camel!

I love this photo. Might be a framer!

We took a day trip to Oman, where we went on a boat trip. It has these beautiful rocky mountains on the edge of the blue water. We boated to a bay and swam around, had lunch, went on a banana boat, etc. It was one of my favorite tours we did!

Again, in my fave place, the water! See how blue the water is? Hard to tell in a photo!!

Edwin in front of the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building. (fun fact - burj means tower!)

This had to be one of my favorite places to see as well. The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It is so incredibly white, clean, and grand! As you see, I had to be very covered in loose clothing to be permitted in.

People keep asking "would you go back again?" and my answer is yes! It was a beautiful place with tons of unique culture and lots to do. However, I think I would rather go somewhere new and somewhere I've never been before! Edwin & I have lots of places on the good ol' bucket list... where do you want to go next?! Have I inspired you to check out the middle East at all?

Thursday, April 6, 2017


I looooove making lists. Do you? Here are some random lists I thought I'd share with you!

5 things we are watching on TV/Netflix right now:
1. Suits
2. Better Call Saul (if you are a Breaking Bad fan, you need to watch this)
3. Departures (season 3 just got put on Netflix!!)
4. The Young Pope
5. Designated Survivor

3 of my favorite places you get a decent birthday deal from every year:
1. The Bay: $10 off when you spend $50
2. Forever Your Lingerie: $20 off when you spend $75
3. Sephora: a free birthday gift! (no purchase needed)

3 things that are on my list of things to do:
1. Book massages for Edwin & I
2. Buy a snow shovel (we were stealing my dads this winter...)
3. Get holes fixed in 1 pair of pants & 2 shirts

Lastly, 2 fun things you may not have known!
1. Did you know that dogs can donate blood? Chucho had a consultation yesterday!
2. Did you know that Purdy's has a no sugar added line? Christy-Dawn got me some for my birthday!

Hope you are having a great week!

T minus 3 days....!!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

32 continued

Here are a few photos of things I did for my birthday, and other things as of late. A continued birthday post, if you will!

Last Saturday, I went out for dinner with Edwin, Amanda, Rob, Eliza & Justin. Sadly, this is the only photo I took. After dinner, went to Amanda & Rob's place - this is me and Kesler, their cat!

My birthday morning. Yummy Tim's breakfast, yellow roses, a fancy new watch, and a pickle card. He knows me so well.

My mom made lasagna at my request for dinner last week. She is so good to me! (she made both a veggie & a meat one)

I love this picture! Grandma & Grandpa with the doggies.

My sister & Nenad came home this week! They had a wedding to attend on Friday so they came a few days earlier to hang out with us. They stayed at our house, and Chucho got lots of extra attention with them here! I got sent selfies all day long at work :)

I took one day off work to hang out with the gang. We went to Metrotown, had sushi, and went to see the new house in Aldergrove. This was 5 adults plus Chucho in my tiny Honda Fit. It was super fun!

Last night, we went to Famoso Pizzeria for a birthday dinner. So yummy!! I usually get the funghi pizza. (bottom)

After dinner, we went back to my parents and played Trivial Pursuit. It got quite competitive, but it was super fun! I love our family time :)

This week has been fun with our out of town visitors here. This week, things are back to normal. Then, next week, we are off on an adventure! I am super excited and need to start getting things organized. (And get a pedicure...) I am looking forward to the sun!!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

a birthday thing post

Today I turn 32. It is pretty handy when your birthday falls on a weekend - I got to sleep in, have breakfast in bed, and have not gotten out of my pajamas yet today. (it is 2:30 pm) We are going to my parents for dinner tonight and I got to pick what my mom is making. (thanks mom!) I have been showered with lots of happiness this weekend from everyone!

Before we go, I am laying on the couch doing some laptop-ing, as I like to call it. (aka internet browsing of random things) Alas, here are some fun/cool things for you to check out if you are having a lazy Sunday as well.

Amanda just started using SPUD for her groceries. I am curious to check it out!

This site has the coolest patterns for everything!! (this one is too cute for a kitchen)

My friend Lisa is having a Norwex party this week. I found a few things online I think I will purchase!

How to avoid the "Sunday night blues"

This is so awesome: Sesame Street has a new character

Do you know the Pioneer Woman? She has some super fun new sets of dishes!! (and pitchers, pie dishes, etc)

Lastly, I worked with a lady named Nichole who was recently killed in a car accident, as well as her daughter Brooklyn. The Langley Times wrote a nice article about them. I can't imagine the awful feeling her family is going through.

I'm going to go have a nice long shower, switch the laundry over, and then continue with my laziness before heading to my parents soon. Happy Sunday!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

a thing post (finally!)

It's been a while, so I think a thing post is needed! Here are some fun things around the web these days to check out. Enjoy!

Trying to get more protein in my meals (that is not meat-related...)

Did you know that when you buy bras here, they send you a $20 off coupon in your birthday month?! How exciting! Now...what to buy?! 

I reallyyyyy want these Guatemalan Toms. I just don't know if I can justify $75 for them with shipping; so expensive for a casual shoe.... bummer.

Heidi sent me this rainbow veggie pad thai recipe  - I will have to try it!

I bought a Social Shopper coupon for the next Make It Vancouver fair and I'm pretty excited! Amanda & I have gone to 2 of these events now and love them. They feature local vendors! 

My Spanish teacher told me that there is a new Mexican restaurant in Langley: Quesadillas & Chilaquiles. Has anyone heard of it, or been?!

I want to get Chucho this for his next birthday! (and Odie for his)  

And finally, this is what Edwin & I have been checking out lately... more to come!

Last but not least, I will leave you with a photo of Mr. Chucho :)

He doesn't love the snow...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Things Lately

Hola blog-world! Here are some things we have been up to lately in photos. What have YOU been up to? Do share!

(I apologize in advance that the majority are dog photos...)

We are crazy dog parents and got a dog-cam. The app sends up images when there is movement; this one is by FAR the best image I have seen on it. Chucho might be on to us...

His first bath.

I am not a morning person, but I have been semi-enjoying the sunrises while taking Chucho out before I go to work. My step count has majorly increased since getting him!

Heart shaped pizza from Boston Pizza for Valentines Day. The best tradition. We actually ordered it as take out from the BP near our house and walked (with Chucho!) to pick it up. Then we ate it on the couch in our pj's. It was a great evening!

One of our better selfies

A family selfie in our new spot on the floor. Who needs a couch when you sit on the ground with the dog to watch tv?!

I attended a bridal shower for my coworker, Nazia. Her wedding is in March at the UBC Boathouse - which was a close contender for our wedding! Can't wait!

My sister & Nenad were in town for about 8 hours on Friday evening (overnight!) but we managed to get together for some appy's before they flew home. Edwin & I also had some family over on Saturday night and I made this spinach dip for both evenings. It's so easy and so delicious! Just sour cream, mayo, spinach, and soup mix. Easy peasy.

I haven't been drinking coffee lately (not often, anyways!) but I do love Roll up the Rim season at Timmy's. I won a donut on Friday!

Odie came for a visit to our house recently. The dogs get along well which is great! 

This was our blood donation crew on Friday evening. Unfortunately, my iron was too low to donate, so hopefully I will have better luck next time...

Edwin & I attended a cooking class at Well Seasoned in Langley. It was a pizza demonstration with chef Carl Sawatsky, whom I went to high school with! (I knew this when signing up for the class) He is super talented in his cooking skills, and his pizza dough was amazing. He showed us how to make 2 doughs, 4 pizza sauces, 3 types of pizza, and some focaccia bread with the leftover dough. I am excited to try making the dough with the recipe we got! In this picture, he is throwing the pizza dough up in the air! (look carefully - you can see the dough just barely!)

The margherita pizza. One of my faves, a classic.

Edwin & I with Carl. He is currently the chef at Beatniks Bistro in Fort Langley; we will have to go check it out!

Chucho getting way too much attention from my mom & aunty Coralee :)

We did the 4k loop at Tynehead today! Next weekend we may try the off leash dog park.... it makes me a bit nervous but I really do think Chucho will be fine. (I just worry about him running off or losing him!)

Lastly, a dog funny! I thought this was quite cute ;) 

Sunday, February 5, 2017


As you may know by now, we got a dog! We've named him Chucho and he is an awesome dog so far. Here is some quick history on him and lots of photos:

We have been talking about getting a dog for a while, but just in the new year decided to start actively looking for one from a rescue company. It turns out that the rescue companies are all very hard to get a hold of! I get that they are all run by volunteers and don't have a lot of resources, but we sent (long!) applications to multiple places and didn't get much back from them. It was a bit discouraging! Then, we went in person to the SPCA. Did you know that the one in Surrey doesn't actually have dogs there?! Nor did we! They sent us to the Surrey Animal Resource Centre, where we ended up meeting Mr. Chucho there.

Now, we had thought we wanted a small to medium size dog that shed minimally. We basically figured an Odie look alike would be perfect!

Odie - from the photos taken by my cousin Gina to put into a book for my mom for Christmas. They are awesome pictures!! (and Odie is pretty darn cute)
Then, we walked into the dog part of the shelter and there was only one dog up for adoption, "Charming" was his name. There were other dogs there but they were not up for adoption yet; they  were waiting their allotted time after being picked up to hopefully be reunited with their owners.

Charming came right up to the door of his kennel and shoved his whole body as much as he could against it so we could pet him. Then he'd switch sides. This went on for quite some time; he clearly was so lovely and just wanted to be petted!!

After doing this for a while, we were sold! We took him out to the yard for a bit, played, and the girls told us more about him. We then filled out a form and were approved to adopt "Charming!" (the shelter had named him) He had been picked up in South Surrey about two weeks ago wandering the streets. They think he is about 2 or 3 years old, and is a cattle breed cross with maybe some German shepherd. They scheduled an appointment for him to get neutered the next day, and then we could pick him up the following Wednesday! (which we did, and we also went to visit him on Tuesday night at the shelter)

In the car right before leaving the shelter to go home
We renamed him Chucho, which is a Guatemalan/Spanish slang word for dog. He has been insanely good since we brought him home. He is clearly house trained and has not had any accidents inside. He knows how to sit, lay down, shake a paw, and go to his bed. And the best part is that he is just so loving! He always wants to be petted, loves to get his belly rubbed, and gives us kissed on the face all the time. He has gotten along with everyone we met at our house and during our walks, and so far seems fine with other dogs.

Chucho with his "grandma & grandpa" - hahaha :)

Chucho & Uncle Pants (Pants is getting some kisses here)

It is amazing how easily it is to fall in love with a dog once you meet it in person. This is how we ended up with a 55 pound shedding dog! (definitely not an Odie duplicate)

This is where he sleeps at night. We clearly underestimated his size and need to get him a bigger bed!!

Neighbourhood watch. Although, we have only heard him bark a handful of times.
I'm sure you will be seeing many more Chucho pictures in the near future ;) Also, if you are interested in adopting a pet, the shelter has many types of animals: cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, etc. You should check them out!!