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Archive for October, 2007

Pumpkin Patch 1     Pumpkin Patch 2    Today we decided to take the kids to the pumpkin patch to pick out their very own pumpkins.  Despite the rain, we had a blast.  We went to U-Pick Pumpkin Patch out in Richmond.  We took a wheelbarrow and wandered out into the wet and muddy patch.  In the first two minutes, Orianna picked the first BIG pumpkin she saw.  Bel wandered around for a good 15 minutes before finally deciding.  Their two pumpkins are definitely BIGGER than the one I picked!  Of course, we had to get a smaller one for Ori as she’ll be having a Halloween party at the preschool on the 31st, and they will carving their own pumpkins (with mom & dad’s help).

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My sister gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday, September 9th.  She was 7 lbs 14 oz and has a full head of hair.  She doesn’t have a name yet, but we have started calling her “I-Baby” since her name will probably start with an “I”.  My brother-in-law’s family all have names alphabetically backwards from Z – A, so my first niece is named Julia. 

 I am probably driving my sis and her family nuts.  I have been to see the baby everyday except yesterday and today — and it’s only because of schedule conflict.  Think of how they might feel when I show up at noon tomorrow since I have the day off.  LOL!!

 As I think I’ve mentioned to some of you, this is probably going to be “my” last baby since my sister is thinking this is it, and there is no way I’m having another — as much as I love my two, it’s so enough for me!!

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Busy Weekend

Wow! This was the 2nd weekend in a row where Wil and I got to spend an evening without kids!  On Saturday night, we went out with 4 other couples to dinner at Rare.  The company was fantastic and the food was very tasty — though it was fairly expensive.  We all had the 6-course tasting menu and some really delicious martini to start.  It was close to a 5-hour meal, so everyone needed to go home afterwards to their kids.  Wil and I decided to take this opportunity to stay out late, so ended up at the Grind for coffee.  We met another friend there and stayed out until the wee hours of 2am!

On Sunday night, we headed out for Thanksgiving dinner at my sister’s mother-in-law’s place for dinner. YUM!! We had the traditonal Thanksgiving dinner (turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, etc) as well as more Chinese-style dishes (such as beef curry, pork with preserved veggies, etc).

On Monday night, we headed out to Gingeri Chinese restaurant at Landowne Centre.  It was my niece’s one month banquet.  I can’t believe Isabel is already one month old!  This means that my sister isn’t stuck on the special Chinese diet anymore, and that she is actually allowed to go out now! 

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This past weekend marked my 11th anniversary.  Can you believe that I’ve been married for this long?

We left for Bellevue after work on Friday — without the kids (they were staying over at the grandparents’).  We managed to hit the Seattle Premium Outlets on the way down and bought a ton of stuff.  The Canadian dollar was so good, and they have such a better selection of clothing down there.  Needless to say, we spent a ton on the kids — can’t beat the prices at Children’s Place — shirts for $3.50 and skirts/pants for $5!!

We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Bellevue, and they upgraded up to a King suite — very nice!  We had a fabulous dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, which was less than a 10 minute walk away.  We felt very safe to be walking — there were a ton of cops out — they must’ve been pulling over people for not wearing seat belts or violating traffic lights.  Actually, I thought the plainsclothes policeman was a thief!  I saw him as we were walking to the restaurant — I thought he was waiting for someone as he wasn’t crossing at the lights even though he was standing on the corner.  I then saw him when we left the restaurant and thought that it was weird that he was still there.  So I kept an eye on him in case he was thinking of stealing my purse, when I realized he was talking to his collar and telling the cops which cars to chase down!!  LOL! 

On our second day there, we drove east to Issaquah and visited the Mad Scrapper store.  They had a good selection of new Disney papers.  Then we went on to Snoqualmie, and visited the Hip 2B Sqare store, but they didn’t have much though the ambience of the store was nice.  Wil and I then decided to try the North Bend Factory outlets since they were only 10 minutes away.  It’s owned by the same company as Seattle Premium, but was a lot quieter in terms of traffic.  Ended up buying more stuff for the girls and then went to meet some friends in the Bellevue Square Mall.

We did end up stopping off at Treasury of Memories on the way back home.  I bought a ton of Studio G mini stamps as they had them for $1 each — they make great stocking stuffers for the girls. 

It was a fabulous weekend, and Wil really spoiled me with goodies and shopping (not to mention, looking for scrapbook stores),  but it’s great to be home!  If the Canadian dollar keeps up at a decent exchange, we may just have to do this on a annual basis, but I may need to set a budget before going!

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