I failed to record that this one is checked off the list. Last December, while in San Francisco, we visited Cigar Bar & Grill, where they played live jazz. Wish they had one of those spots in San Diego – we’d be there all the time! ; )
Get back in the boxing gym – even if for a couple of hours. Make something in my crock pot other than chili. Pay it forward to at least 5 people.
- Write a children’s book about a personal experience.
- Buy a print, frame it and hang it up.
- Start a blurb book for Ella and finish up at least the first year of her life.
- Go to a Marauders football game, just to support the alma mater.
- Start jogging – and make it a semi-regular thing.
Visit the zoo at least 3 times before our membership expires. Fly a kite.
- Visit at least one museum in Balboa Park.
Have a beach day. Have a picnic in the park
- Watch the sunset with the Hubby.
- Go wine-tasting…
- Enjoy live jazz.
- Volunteer my time.
- Go meatless for a whole week!
- Plan a surprise date for the Hubby.
Host a co-ed dinner party. Request a day off of work to do whatever I want. Learn the ways of the DSLR and take frame-worthy shots of my kids. Try a cuisine I’ve never had before.
- Go to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles.
- Pay off all major credit cards.
- Makeover my existing patio furniture OR buy a new set.
Learn to play a song on the ukelele. Go on a trip that requires a plane ticket.
- Plan a one-on-one date with each kid.
- Take my Mom out and spoil her.
Reach Elite status on Yelp.
- Write an article for Mira Mesa Living magazine.
- Participate in a charity run/walk.
Send a surprise through the mail to someone you care about.
Last Friday night, the Hubby and I went on a date and instead of visiting one of our favorite places, we decided to try something new – Eritrean food! What an experience – no utensils, unfamiliar flavors and a new cuisine for both of us to try. I loved it and would definitely go back to Asmara Restaurant for some delicious Eritrean food.
Oh, how the simple things in life just make me smile – something as simple as a red badge next to my name that reads “Elite”. There’s definitely something about my new “status” that motivates me to write more and share more. I am happy that my thoughts, opinions and experiences have been well-received and appreciated by the Yelp community. Call it a “red badge of courage” if you will…after all, you have to post a picture of yourself and share your REAL name. You have to stand tall and proud next to your reviews, good, bad and everything in between. :)
Check out my Yelp page here.
I cannot wait to attend an Elite event in the future…can you imagine how much fun THAT would be?
Happy Thursday, everyone! :)
Ok, so maybe not a real boxing gym that has an actual ring and requires a fee or membership. But even better, my big brother (who trained in boxing in his ‘earlier’ years — way before the Muay Thai craze, MMA and our beloved Pacquiao) has been ever-so-willing and enthusiastic to train me, the Hubby and my SIL (his wifey) in our folks’ backyard. Complete with gloves, a heavy bag, a punching mit and an awesome trainer, it’s been an awesome weekly workout for me!
Getting back into boxing made me realize how much I really miss the workout — hope I just keep it going as long as possible. Getting stronger… (insert Rocky theme here)
Our 2011 summer family trip was a success! In fact, I think this is the best vacation yet for our family. I realized two things during this trip: 1) How important it was to be ‘in the moment’ with my family and 2) How fast our kids are growing up. Bittersweet, but that’s why these vacations mean so much. Every minute of this vacation was nothing short of blissful, relaxing, memorable and full of joy for me. The kids made me laugh all throughout the trip, and for that, I’m thankful.
We took them to some places that we knew they’d enjoy including an All You Can Eat sushi restaurant (oh yes, they were in heaven), M&Ms World, Serendipity 3, and the Coca-Cola store where we were able to sample 16 Coca-Cola drinks from around the globe. Our plans including something for everyone (we have four kids ranging from 3 to 18, remember???) So thankful to our good friends P&T for lending us their timeshare for the weekend. We had the best time!
I just couldn’t waste this past weekend’s weather and vowed to do something special outdoors with the mini-me. Instead of just going to one park, I decided to make it an adventure and take her to three of the big, newer parks in our community. She surprised me with her agility and imagination as she climbed up the tricky ladders, rock walls and slid down the “big kid” slides. I had a few heart-racing moments as she climbed what seemed like Mount Everest in playground world but Mommy was close by. We ended our date with a picnic in the last of the parks. Our conversation went something like this:
M: Are you tired?
M: You look tired.
E: This is just my sun face. (Translation: The sun was in her face and that’s why she looked tired.)
Okay…I’m only doing this because sometimes I can’t believe how long…and random…and sometimes ridiculous…my weekend must-do/want-to-do list gets. So in addition to cleaning the house, grocery shopping, and laundry (that is just Friday after work by the way), Ella and I enjoyed a nice breakfast out with my folks, I went shopping with the mini-me and Hubby, exercised with the Kinect, took a neighborhood stroll with mini-me, went on a date with Hubby, more late-night shopping with the Hubby, cooked breakfast Sunday, made a strawberry pie, made Ella a tu-tu, made chicken adobo with the crock pot, Hubby finally hung the boy’s Senior photo, I gave El a trim, took advantage of the summer hours and went to the zoo, and had a late-night dinner at Eddie’s…whew!
“It’s such a perfect day…can we go to the beach?” asked the 10 year old.
Typically, a request like this would be declined due to lack of planning. It’s quite a production for our family to go anywhere, let alone the beach. But the Hubby and I looked at each other and said “Why not? Get your swimsuits on!” I quickly packed sandwiches and grabbed some water bottles, while the Hubby packed our car with chairs, mats, our beach umbrella and boombox. Me being “Miss Planner”, going to the beach on a second’s notice is unheard of! But I’m sure I was too exhausted to pose the argument of not being fully prepared for this sort of outing, and plus…how can we decline when we can see the pure joy and excitement in our kids’ faces?
Surprisingly, I enjoyed the beach. I played in the sand and splashed around in the water with our girls, and just relaxed…something I do not do enough of. The best part was hearing Ella say over and over “This is the best beach ever!”
It was pretty awesome, and I can’t wait to go back! :)