Go Niners, Pink Pasta Recipe, and Random Updates

I used to write to-do lists before starting the day. Now I write chalkboards.

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Go Niners! First game at the new stadium today! These pictures are old, but still good ones!

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The boys are getting bigger. Don’t worry. I tell them every day to stop it.wpid-20140813_111246.jpg

I’m telling you, they’re the ones begging for boba every day. I have to limit it to once a week.

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The sister and I braved the challenge of bringing the boys out to eat. It went well! a bit stressful and tiring, but we made it without a meltdown! wpid-20140814_113123.jpg

These sticky placemats were AWESOME. We could sprinkle some puffs and baby cheetos (they’re not really cheetos, don’t worry) on the mat and the boys could feed themselves. Adrian loves pho. He can eat anything.wpid-20140814_113247.jpg

Then we hung out outside of the restaurant. So hard to get both boys smiling so this was the best picture!

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Here are some funny faces Adrian made while I was trying to get a picture of the boys.

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After we tried putting the boys down for their afternoon nap, we found them like this. Cute you say? Well if you were there, you’d say STINKY! The boy had poopy diapers which prevented them from napping, but they were happy campers anyway. Silly boys.

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We went to a local baseball game last week. Fun! Can’t wait to bring the boys.

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Look who was at the game!!! wpid-20140812_200852.jpg

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I usually don’t do this, but I created something without a recipe! A co-worker shared a quick and easy pasta recipe and I just had to try it. I’m calling it: Pink Pasta. This dish is nice because the sauce is fairly light, which works out for someone like my mom who is not a big fan of red sauces.

Pink Pasta

Ingredients:

Pasta (I used shells, but would love to use bow-tie next time)

1 lb Italian sausage (I got the fresh one that looks like ground beef, not in the casing)

5-6 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 onion, diced

Half pint heaving whipping cream

One can diced tomatoes (preferable PETITE diced, but regular works, too)

Red chili pepper flakes

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Cook pasta according to package directions.

Heat oil in a medium sized skillet. Saute garlic and onion until onion is translucent.

Add Italian sausage. Cook until cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Add whipping cream and diced tomatoes (do not drain tomatoes). Simmer for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Add pasta and a generous sprinkle of red pepper flakes. Mix well. Simmer another 5 minutes.

Add sea salt and additional red pepper flakes to taste.

Ta-da!

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How was it? I really liked it, although  it was missing something. Hubs and I agreed it should have had chicken! I also am not a fan of tomatoes so I’m glad I enjoyed the meal. I did pick out the tomatoes though, whoops! I also want to add some CHEESE next time. I think it’ll be FABULOUS after the addition of chicken & cheese.

See more of my recipes HERE!

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Your turn to share!!!

~What dish have you created (or imitated) without exact measurements and directions?

~What is a go-to dish that you’ve mastered over time and don’t need to refer to a recipe anymore?

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The boys’ first Easter and more boba, please!

Boba Fridays!!! Our new thing. It’s not our fault – Jer Bear keeps requesting it.

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It’s so cool now that they can sit on their own. wpid-photogrid_1397614662416.jpg Jer Bear focused on his boba drink. See, told you it was all him.

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When they’re not slurping on their boba (you do know I’m kidding about the boba, right?), the boys are holding their own bottles of milk. As of the past week, boys are 100% on formula! (Sad face) It’s bittersweet – I am enjoying more time and less stress, but I will always wish I could have continued providing them with “the good stuff” a little longer. Still haven’t written my post on breastfeeding/pumping… hoping I can do that soon.wpid-20140419_090412.jpg

You learn a lot when you become a parent. You learn that as much as you have hopes, dreams, and aspirations for your child, sometimes you have to deal with the opposite. I had read somewhere that it would be ideal to not let babies watch TV until they are 2 years old. Yeah, that worked only a few weeks. Now it’s a convenient distraction when we need them to be preoccupied for a bit. Oh well, it’s not like we leave them there unattended or for hours on end. wpid-20140419_091217.jpg

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Celebrated the boys’ first Easter! No bunnies here, but they did go to church for the first time in a while.

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AJ and JT looked so handsome in their awesome shirts. Thank you, Ninong Joe & Ninang Christine!!!
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The boys did AMAZING in church. They didn’t fuss much. JT was super restless though! He would not stay still. I was afraid my dad (who was holding him) was about to switch babies with my mom. AJ was totally chill the entire time, except for a very brief moment when began to babble while it was super quiet! It was so cute, I’m sure no one minded.

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Always nice to see familiar faces. By the way, this is my old church. I basically grew up here! It will always have a special place in my heart. I have been a lector (the person who reads from the podium), an altar server (ok, only once), a Sunday school teacher, a Sunday school coordinator, a Youth Group leader, and a Young Adults leader. Yes, I have invested a lot of myself here! wpid-20140420_103150.jpg

I thought it would be nice to share how our mini photo sessions go sometimes. It shows you that candid pictures really are the best, not only because they capture emotion and moments really well, but because posing for pictures takes too long sometimes!
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My favorites:

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Love Jer’s little face here:wpid-20140420_104439.jpg

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Hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration and that the sun is shining brighter and brighter wherever you are!

 

Poor baby!

 

Jer got sick the other day and had to be picked up from daycare. He threw up once at daycare and had a fever and then he threw up again with me at home. The poor thing was exhausted. It was bittersweet because even though it broke my heart to see him hurting, I enjoyed the one-on-one time. We were able to play and cuddle alone and I could rock him to sleep longer than I would normally be able to because usually there is another baby to juggle!

Here’s the little one right when I picked him up from daycare:

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Once we got home, he fell asleep in my arms as I was preparing him a bottle. The boys don’t fall asleep in our arms so easily any more. I really miss those days.

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He woke a little bit to drink his bottle and he finished it…
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I laid him down next to me on the couch so I could pump. He seemed peaceful at first… then he began to fuss… then the poor baby threw up his entire bottle he just ate! I felt horrible:(

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After I cleaned him and changed his clothes, I held him until he fell asleep. This time, he was really knocked out.

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Then Auntie Ninang (my sister – Ninang is not her name, it means Godmother in Ilocano) visited and look how this little bear reacted! He just lit up with her!

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(By the way, HOW ADORABLE is Jer’s face on her shoulder? I melted.) I gave him the evil eye for only perking up with his Auntie, but I was very glad his spirits were back up. Plus, my sister not only brought the pedialyte he needed per doctor’s orders, she brought me boba!!! (THANKS, SIS.) I poured my drink into this mason jar because I almost always order my boba HOT these days and the cup it is in is usually solid (unlike the clear ones for cold drinks). So I wanted to show off my drink… and I’m just fancy like that.

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Who is this kid???

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Jer Bear @ 8 months

Seeing the babies get sick is never a fun thing. So many people tell me getting sick is a “good thing” because they are building their immune system. But it’s hard to see our sick leave at work being depleted (we are trying hard to build up a nice solid bank of sick leave because you never know what could happen in the future) and it’s scary not knowing if the other baby will catch the sickness or even ourselves, which, by the way, makes it even all the more difficult to take care of sick babies on top of ourselves! However, we get through it as we manage to do everything else and we’re always stronger than before!

AJ’s first tooth!

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Adrian first tooth made its debut last week! Time is flying by so fast that both he and Jeremiah have their second ones peeking through. I really need to take a snapshot of these cute little teeth. I will certainly miss their toothless grins.

Starting solid foods

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Jer trying peas for the first time

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Adrian trying peas for the first time

 We have officially started on solids! WOW is what I have to say first. The world of introducing solids to your baby is as overwhelming as when we first learned we were pregnant. What foods to start with? Rice cereal or straight to fruits and veggies? Four months or six months of age? Homemade or pre-packaged? My head hasn’t spun this much since I first stepped into Babies R Us for our own baby registry! For now, we decided to introduce the babies to solids at six months (we began at the beginning of this month) and we skipped the rice cereal. After hearing there is not much (if any) nutritional value to rice cereal and it is merely to fill babies up and introduce them to the texture of food, and learning that it is OK and even encouraged to go straight to fruits and veggies, that’s what we did!

First food was peas. Believe it or not, but peas are one of my favorites. Ask any of my family members and they’ll tell you how I love eating the peas they pick out of their own meals and set at the edge of their plates for me! Next, we tried squash. Currently, we are working on sweet potatoes! So far, Adrian is getting the hang of things and even opens his mouth when the spoon gets closer to him! It’s so fun. Jer on the other hand is getting better each time. He is still making silly faces and isn’t showing us that he loves it. The key thing to remember during this time is “before one, it’s all for fun!” We are just practicing how to eat and the babies still get all of their calories/nutrition from breastmilk and formula.

First time getting sick

The babies got sick for the first time! I forgot who had the fever first, but both babies definitely were congested, had runny noses, and were coughing. Luckily, they were in good spirits and only had to miss daycare for two days. It’s certainly hard to see your babies sick. But in a weird way, I’m glad they did just so we can know what to expect and how to take care of them in the future. With daycare, we were warned they’d be getting sick often! The sickness definitely made its way around the house, affecting me and the hubs, too. We are just one sick family!

Work & daycare update

Being a working mom (and parent for that matter) is exhausting! I wish I could go back in time and slap the sillies out of my old self for complaining about being tired after work. Even worse, my old self when all I had to worry about was myself and going to school! I wouldn’t trade my current life for anything, but how carefree and naïve I realize one can be pre-children.

We’re slowly, SLOWLY getting into the swing of things. It’s such a big help to prepare things the night before to avoid a chaotic scramble in the mornings, but even with all the prep we do, it’s still a mad rush to get out of the house. There’s a constant juggle between getting enough sleep, getting out of bed and dressed for the day, waking/feeding/changing the boys, gathering all of our stuff, gathering all of the boys’ stuff… it’s such a huge ordeal! We’re certainly getting better at leaving the house in general, but during the week, it’s important to have everything since the boys will be at daycare all day and we will be at work.    

More pictures!

In no particular order of our recent events…

Took a walk around the block during my last week at home. Loving the boys’ new ride.

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The boys sporting their Monsters Inc. shirts!

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Jer doesn’t look too happy…

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There’s the Jer Bear smile!

Hanging out with the boys’ cousins… We checked out a new boba spot! The two kiddos on the right are twins also!

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Can you guess the flavors?!

The kiddos were in town for a bittersweet reason. Their great-grandmother, the hubby’s maternal grandmother, passed away at the end of January. We all felt at peace knowing she was no longer suffering and would be reunited with her husband, but we all felt sad to lose her and especially since she was the hub’s last grandparent. Here we are at the funeral:

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We’re so grateful the boys were able to meet their great-grandmother at the end of last year. We’re also blessed she was able to see us get married. She will forever be in our hearts!

The boys’ Lolo and Lola (grandfather and grandmother in Tagalog) visited because of the funeral. It was also bittersweet to have them back to see the boys.

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The twins with their Lola (hubby’s mom) and Granma (my mom)!

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And we can’t forget Auntie Ninang!

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A a fun little video was shared in my mommy group and I wanted to share it not only with my fellow moms, but all parents. A nice little reminder to breathe and enjoy parenting despite how hard it can be. It’s always a nice reminder that no matter what, our best is more than enough! More on mommy confidence HERE!

It’s Christmas Eve and our week in pictures

Next year, I won’t complain about Christmas decorations or music in October. Time always just flies by and then all of a sudden, we’re down to a few days before Christmas. Even though it’s not about the material things, it’s still about the kids and about the thought that counts. I love wrapping gifts, baking, and just overall preparing for. But even though we are still hanging up ornaments, we just sent out our holiday card, and our house is a mess, we have more than enough to be thankful for. Jesus us the reason for the season. Thank God for keeping me and my family warm, fed, healthy, & happy. We have each other and have been blessed beyond belief. The love I feel from my husband, my baby boys, my parents, my sister, and my friends is all I could ever want for Christmas. Corny, cheesy, & cliché, but all too true! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

Now for some quick updates in pictures:

The boys are talking more than ever…
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They love their new kick and grow piano… will post a video soon! See videos below!
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In the morning, I love how the boys are when they first wake up. The feeling of walking into their room,  greeting them for the first time that morning,  and seeing them smile back is so wonderful! So many things about these boys warm my heart. Their giggles, laughter, and smiles can make anyone’s day brighter.

Adrian:
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Jeremiah:

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Me and Jer. Our new thing with the boys is looking at the mirror with them. They love it and squeal like crazy sometimes!

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They’re getting so good a grabbing things! The items have to be up in there faces,  but it’s a start! Adrian in the famous blue seat:
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Supervising mommy put ornaments on the tree… we were a lil late this year with the tree,  but it’s looking so much better than last year and at least we put it up at all!:)
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My mornings alone with the boys have slowly developed into a routine. A very rough one though because even though I have a plan in mind, they still decide how things will actually turn out! Most days, they are sweet enough to hang out in their cribs and let mommy get something to eat and pump. It is soooo sweet hearing them babble through the monitor!
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Then I’ll return and the boys will do tummy time!
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Or they’ll help me pick out their clothes if we have somewhere to go that day…
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Or they’ll just fall back asleep for a little bit haha:
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Sometime last week, we made it out of the house with Auntie Ninang. Went to Target for some last minute gifts, post office to finally send out our holiday card, and to BOBA!
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How handsome are the boys in my life?!?! My lil guys in bow ties and my number one guy in a tie!:)
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RIP, Uncle Rey. A beautiful ceremony to celebrate the life of an amazing person. A husband, father, friend. It was bittersweet because the church where the funeral mass was held is the church I basically grew up in and I was happy the boys got to visit for their first time, yet it was for a sad reason. But we know Uncle is now at peace and no longer suffering. We thank God for his life with us here on earth!
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The babies loving their pianos. Jeremiah:

Adrian:

 

We’d hold them forever if we could…

Our sweet boys…

Adrian and Mama…
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Jeremiah and Mama…
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One of the best feelings in the world, your child falling asleep on you. To top it off, their little hands on my chest and holding my shirt make me melt. Their warmth is all we need.

Adrian and Papa…
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Jeremiah and Papa…
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Here are some highlights of our fun-filled and exhausting day yesterday:

The day started off with Adrian’s doctor appointment for his heart. Our baby boy has a condition where he’ll need to be monitored, but so far, he’s passed each evaluation with flying colors! He continues to be the champ we know he is. Brother Jeremiah tagged along for support:) Here they are in the waiting room!

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After the appointment, the boys were sleeping and Mama and Papa wanted to get some boba and food! We went to Lollicup to get our drinks and tocino (sweet flavored pork) & fried shrimp. Yum! You know how much I love my boba

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After that, the boys visited their great-grandma! This is Jing’s Lola (grandma) in his mom’s side. She is in a nursing home and we try to visit as much as we can. It’s been an extra long while since our last visit, however, since I was on bed rest during the pregnancy and we weren’t ready to bring the boys just yet. But we were so happy to finally bring them. Lola did so well with them! She held onto them to keep them from falling off the bed. She talked to them and smiled with them. It was a great moment.

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It was amazing how much attention the boys received at the nursing home. At a few different times, there was a small crowd surrounding us! Not only did the nursing staff and patients want to see the boys, they were drawn by their cute hats!

The boys have now met 2 of their 3 great-grandmas. Their third is in the Philippines… hopefully one day we can make the visit there!

The daycare search continues… we interviewed two more potential places. One was a big fat NO. That’s the end of that. The other place was very nice – great home and wonderful provider. The only downfall is the location of her daycare. There are two more daycares I still want to check out, and then hopefully we have seen enough to make this very big decision of ours! Keep crossing your fingers for us…

These pictures aren’t from yesterday, but I have to share! It’s so hard to get em smiling at the same time, so here’s one boy at a time;)

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Happy Friday!