Thursday, August 25, 2011

Guess What! We're Pregnant!

That's right. We're having another baby!

And today we got to hear our little kumquat's heart beat!
(Rosie was a little unsure about the midwife using the doppler on her mama. That's why you hear her yelling in the back ground. She has since watched the video several times and enjoys it very much.)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

International Baby

Rosie eating Pho
 On of the things, if not the only thing, I miss about living in Los Angeles is the amazing food. In LA you can have food from every part of the world without having to go far at all. You can have Vietnamese for breakfast, Indian for lunch and Korean for dinner and you can even drive to little Ethiopia for tea if you like.  Every food from every part of the world is there, and authentic too.

It's a little harder in the Nashville area to find good authentic international food.  But William and I are determined to find it... even if it means long drives and a little extra research. We want to do this for ourselves, because we love and crave this food and we want to do it for Bonnie Rose because we want her to grow up with a very international world view.

So far we are pretty happy with our results. We still haven't found Chinese food that meets our standards but after living in China for so long that's to be expected. We pretty much just make our own now if we really want it.  However, we have been able to find one of our all time favorite foods though. Pho!

Pho (pronounced "Fuh" with the O making the sound that U makes in the word UP and f*ck) is a Vietnamese rice noodle soup with a wonderful wonderful  beef based broth. You can put all kinds of stuff in it from fish balls to tripe (cow stomach) to tendon to thin strips of beef.  Pho is comfort food.
 Not to long ago we also found a very yummy Sushi place.  It was a special treat.  Sushi has always been something special to me and William and yes... we are a little snobby about it. Unfortunately, Rosie wasn't really a sushi fan. But she did like the rice and she very much liked the Miso soup.
Our most resent and surprising find was good Mexican food. William and I are a little snobby about our Mexican food too... ok so maybe we're snobby about most of our food.  Living in Southern California we've come to expect a lot from our Mexican food. Out side of California it just tastes too American. So we were very happy to find a very local place that actually had food that tasted pretty authentic.  Some things on the menu are better than others and it's not San Diego Mexican food... but it's pretty darn good.  We ate there twice last week because it's so close I was CRAVING their Cheese Enchiladas. Rosie loves their beans and Enchiladas too. She's also a fan of tacos.

Next on our list of food to hung food. Korean food. Good Korean food. Wish us luck!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Little Blue Creek

 On Sunday we went down the the creek to play.
William taught Rosie about the rocks and leaves. She really enjoys tossing them into the water.
She also liked sitting in the middle of the creek playing with sticks and leaves.
Then William taught her how to build a rock sculpture.
This is truly one of my favorite places.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

St. Patrick's Irish Picnic, Day 2

 Well it's been a while but the St. Patrick's Irish picnic was super fun. After the first night at the picnic I dreamed about eating the pulled pork all night long. As soon as we got up on Saturday morning my mom and I went to the picnic grounds to buy some. I nibbled on it on the way home. It made a wonderful breakfast. and lunch... and a few other meals after that.

Even though things were in full swing fun in the morning when we were there to buy our BBQ pork we didn't go to play till that evening.  Joe's band was planing around 7 so we went about an hour before to make sure we got good seats.

While we were waiting Rosie and I got our faces painted and William and Rosie shared a funnel cake. Actually she just ate the whipped cream.
 We went to all the game booths again and had fun playing in the bubble machines. Rosie loves bubbles and really enjoyed dancing in and chasing the bubbles. She also wanted to go back to the rubber duck booth where she stood and played in the water with the ducks for about half an hour.
 Here we are wandering through the picnic checking out all the good food they had.  I made William try the deep friend Oreos. He was less than impressed. 
 One lady walked up to us and said we were the cutest family and asked if she could take our picture. It was like a little taste of China again.  It's nice to be seen in public with such adorable red heads.
Finally after some technical delay due to a little rain Joe's band, The Dotson Brown Band, took the stage.  They were wonderful, as usual. Rosie enjoyed dancing to the music and climbing on her Nana.  She very much enjoyed her time at the Irish Picnic and I know we are all looking forward to it again next year. 
It's always the last weekend in July if you're ever in the area.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New Do

I got a new hair cut. It's the first hair cut I REALLY like. I think I'm in love with this hair dresser. It's only taken me 32 years but I finally found someone I like and trust with my hair.
I also got a Dairy Queen soft serve ice cream dipped in hot fudge. Both made me very happy.