Sunday, June 26, 2016

California for Chinese New Year (the year of the Monkey)!

 This year for Chinese New Year, we helped roll in the Year of the Monkey by visiting family in California and eating some Monkey (well, Monkey bread...and lobster noodles and CHICKEN FEET!!!) What's a dim sum meal without Chicken feet...Max is upset in this picture because he had just dropped the chicken foot on the ground and was told to only pose for the picture and not to eat it.

 We walked around a park by my parents' house with all off these birds...the kids were amazing in their unending energy to keep chasing them for hours.
Showing off their New Years' Spoils at the mah jong tables!
A walk through the redwoods


Max in front of a redwood


The girls and their "wishes"

Cute pucker faces!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A kiss from Aimei


When I was working on campus at UC Davis they had an opportunity for employees to submit their recipes and if they decided to incorporate one of your recipes, you got to name it and help expand the recipe to be made on a massive scale...so, my Chinese Eggplant was chosen and I named it 'A kiss from Aimei.' when asked why I chose that name...I had several explanations; food is eaten with the mouth and is a little sign of love from the chef...also that's what I would name a restaurant/Bakery if I ever owned one (which I never would) but honestly, I chose that name because every time someone ordered it, I thought it would be so wonderful to hear them say either,
"I want a big kiss from Aimei," 
or
"I want a small kiss from Aimei." 
Either way it would make my heart happy!

 I know a lot of people don't, but I love the smells of food cooking in a home
 ...it's hard to really allow the kids to help when it comes to chopping and cooking with raw meats and knives, though my kids love to try!
...but baking is a different story entirely...these were part of the dark dark chocolate cookies in the care package we sent my mom for her birthday.

 Here is Kiri showing off our extra long Key lime cheesecake filled banana bread! MMMM
Everyone got their own aprons...even baby d...it's sad that Max isn't pictured here (he was at school) because he has become my best little sous chef and taste tester!!! One day your spouses will be thankful you are all such good little cooks!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Max is Seven!!

We had a birthday party for Max at the civic center on the climbing wall. Max chose a Green Lantern theme which I jumped on since I still had green forks, spoons, knives, black napkins and a gallon on green fondant from last years Ben 10 themed party!
Here is the pistachio cake that Max chose
Here are the Green Lantern cookies we had made for the party...they were almost too perfect to eat!
Max after opening Mom and Dad's gifts to him...a giant Green Lantern and Superman! They still sleep under his bed to protect him at night!

Off to school!


They had a scheduling error and lucky us, we got to be the only party to also get to rock climb on their  black light special
Lia took to rock climbing like she takes to everything else physical...she was AWESOME!
The best part of having a friends party is lots of gifts & Friends to share them with.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Merry christmas


Cutest. Bat. Brothers. EVER!
Fun at a baptism of a great family friend.
Santa in Bunning park.
The festival of lights parade...four years in a row.
Max was adopted into our Bishops family...why, Max, why?!!
...you can tell baby d is turning 6 months as he is rolling, eating and has clear stranger Danger issues...look at that cute face!!

Lucky the elf came and visited us for the third year and the girls loved getting his lucky candy in the advent calendar and reading the books he brought us each night

...night 11 the girls go their very own Book of Mormons!


We wish Lucky had brought more luck to the Cougars in their final game...but, we know who Baby D was rooting for!
Speaking of Stranger Danger, Lia is still very wary of Santa Claus and refused to sit on his lap...so, Eric sat instead!
We were interested to realize Lia has no issue with Mrs. Claus as we were shocked to see Lia let Mrs. Claus kiss her on the cheek!

Waiting for a horse drawn sleigh ride with Santa

On Santa's lap at the ward Breakfast...This was a great year for us and we could not have asked for more...presents were not super abundant this year as it seemed like a year for much more giving rather than receiving...and those are the best years indeed.

Thanksgiving at Snowbird!



 We had Thanksgiving at Snowbird in Park City, Utah this year...and what a way to begin the overeating indulgences with an all you can eat buffet of a Snowbird scale...it was amazing!!!


 We told max that he could eat whatever he chose and that we would not limit him, this one day of the year...and I don't think he ate all that much more than I would have served him...too many choices!!
 Gotta love this adorable picture of the Phillips men three generations strong...baby D looks particularly cute in this picture!!
Grandpa holding baby D...it looks like he is flying in his little superhero pajamas!


 Adam posing for his, 'ode to Disneyland' picture...


 a view out the window from our table

 the view from the other side of the table...

 There was a server there who would offer 'special' customers the wish bone and the girls were lucky enough to make the cut...here they are posing right before they made their wishes and broke the bone...which split perfectly in half by the way...it's a charmed life for my two twin girls!

 Relaxing (recovering) from our massive Thanksgiving brunch! So much to be Thankful for this year!
Wonderful children, family, friends, health, and time spent together enjoying the best blessings in life.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy Birthday to me!

For my birthday week...the kids chose to go to that Yogurt shop and we all ate mango FroYo! Well, everybody but Baby D.
 My friends took me to Chopsticks where we had Chinese food and Sushi...hence my Unagi tongue!
 Eric gave me the best present and we all flew to California to visit my family...here we are at the final trip to Coney's before it closed in late November! We went on one of our first dates to Coney's...so many fun memories...so sad to never have Cherry cheesecake Amaretto Custard again!

Baby D was a spectacular traveler...he had all of the flight attendants eating out of his chubby dimpled hands!
Picture from my parents' house

long awaited Dim Sum with Chicken feet for one of my birthday meals!!!! MMM MMM Good!!

Peter, Kristina & the kids all came over and brought this jumper for Damian which he LOVED!!!!
 
I  had to mock Eric for his love of energy drinks that in his desperation for on, he purchased this 'Go, girl' at target!


 After the quick trip to celebrate my birthday with my family we came back to see Mary Poppins with the kids, it's always fun to see friends at community events, Kiri didn't make it past the opening scene

 But Max and Lia had a great time...Eric and the kids taking a selfie at intermission