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independence day


It’s almost the end of July and here I am, posting about our July 4th weekend. We’ve been quite busy the past couple of months. I honestly haven’t had the time to think about the blog. As many of our friends and family already know, boyfriend and I purchased a house! YAY! [applaud] The next question that everyone asks is, “Are you guys moved in yet?” And our answer is still no. We wanted to fix up the house here and there before moving in. It turns out that there’s a lot more work that needs to be done than we originally hoped. (I hear that’s what happens to all homeowners..) It’s still a work in progress and we don’t expect to move in until the end of summer. We’re super excited to see the house after renovations are done. I snapped some before-reno pictures so once it’s done, I’ll reveal the before-and-after pictures!

Over the July 4th weekend, we took a trip to visit my sister in Pittsburgh. And just to make our trip more interesting, we brought Mochi along for the ride. He was surprisingly well-behaved on this trip. We were a bit worried about bringing him at first since it’s a 6+ hour car ride and he tends to run around like a mad dog everywhere. But in the end, Mochi turned out to be more well-behaved without a leash, my sister got to get in her Mochi-time, and my dad became friends with Mochi. (Everyone always ends up taking a liking to Mochi.)

^^ The Monongahela Incline up to Mount Washington. Since we brought Mochi along, we had to do more outdoor activity. Luckily, Pittsburgh weather was being cooperative and gave us plenty of sunshine for the weekend.

^^ There was a sign that said pets were only allowed if they were put in their designated bags that a person can carry with one hand. So, my sister’s Tri-Delta tote became Mochi’s makeshift “designated” bag.

^^ It’s not easy trying to get Mochi to look at the camera for a picture..

^^ We’re all so busy with our own schedules and are living far away from each other. It was nice spending some family time together (:


My sister took us around the campus of her alma mater, which was quite beautiful. A part of me felt like I missed out on a real college life. (Not that I didn’t go to a real college, but it just wasn’t what I had imagined when I thought of a college.) But I’m glad my sister got to enjoy her undergrad life on such beautiful campus grounds.

^^ Mochi clearly loved the campus grounds, too. We took his leash off and let him roam around. He was surprisingly so well-behaved without the leash! So proud of my little baby.

mochi running free
^^ He really likes that baseball.

mochi running
^^ SUPER happy. And thirsty. He surely enjoyed his independence that day.

mochi running_2

Not too bad, Pittsburgh. Not too bad.. Until next time!

chihuly garden + glass

I know my posts have been a bit sparse lately, to the say the least. Hope everyone had a fun Fourth of July weekend! So where did I leave off from our Pacific Northwest adventures…? Oh, yes. The Chihuly Garden & Glass! It was my favorite part of Seattle (besides Faith and Adrian’s wedding, of course)! Oh, and Mt Rainier, too. Can’t forget that.

Before we headed over to the the Space Needle + Chihuly Garden & Glass, we decided to check out one of Tom Douglas’ restaurants, Lola, for brunch. I used to be the girl who would always order pancakes or french toast, but I’m slowly moving over to the savory side of brunch. And I actually like it! (If you know me, you know I’m a picky eater.)

^^We ordered some made to order doughnuts with their seasonal jam and vanilla mascarpone. They shook it up in a brown bag so all of the sugar gets distributed evenly. (I said I’m slowly moving to the savory side of brunch, doesn’t mean I gave up my sweets completely!)
^^Boyfriend ordered Tom’s Big Breakfast | Mediterranean octopus, sugar snap peas, corn, bacon, cilantro, sweet onions, mint yogurt, with a sunny egg, and toast. I had the Wild Mushroom Scramble | fontina, basil with smashed garlic fried potatoes, bacon, and toast. (Their rye toast with butter was awesome!)

Now, onto our visit to Chihuly’s Garden & Glass…

^^Persian seaform ceiling, similar to the one he made for the Bridge of Glass in Tacoma.
^^With the view of the Space Needle in the background.

Everything is made of glass. Each room was jaw-droppingly awesome in person. I can only capture so much with my camera. So, if you’re in Seattle and have some time to spare, head on over!

faith & adrian’s wedding

The main reason why we traveled to Seattle and Vancouver was for Faith and Adrian’s wedding. The wedding was held in Seattle. (The Vancouver part was just us being selfish and taking advantage of being in the Pacific Northwest.) Watching Faith get married made me want to tear a bit.. happy tears, that is. She’s such a beautiful young woman, inside and out. I felt like I was watching my younger sister get married. I wish Faith and Adrian a long and happy married life.

^^The happy newlyweds! Congrats, Faith & Adrian! (:

^^We had some time to spare between the ceremony and the reception. And guess what was near the church? Molly Moon’s Ice Cream! I think all the wedding guests walked over to the ice cream parlor. Boyfriend looked so dapper that day that I couldn’t stop taking paparazzi shots of him.
^^So many unique flavors! Earl grey was my favorite. In fact, I’m craving some right now. We need a Molly Moon’s on the east coast! STAT!
^^They make their own waffle cones!

^^Guess what else was a 5-minute walk from the church? Kerry Park! I had my waffle cone with a scoop of strawberry balsamic and earl grey, a stunning view of downtown Seattle and Mount Rainier, boyfriend by my side… It just can’t get better than that.

^^I tried taking candids of him, but he looks like he’s posing in every picture. He probably was…

^^The reception was at a boathouse and we had cocktail hour on the platform over the water. After we went upstairs for dinner, the ducks came up on the platform to play.

^^We wanted to take one last picture of us all dressed up before we changed to get ready for bed. Self-timers FTW!

pike place market

What do you do when you’re visiting a city? Do all the touristy things, of course! I think people would smack me if I said I went to Seattle and didn’t stop by Pike Place Market or the Space Needle. Public markets are always fun to stroll through. It’s always so colorful with their fresh flowers, fruits, homemade jams, and all that good stuff.

^^A sign I found somewhere in the market area. Just a little reminder for everyone (:

^^It was such a beautiful day to walk around Pike Place.

^^Absolutely adore calla lilies. I’ve been appreciating the beauty of flowers more these days. I’m becoming too soft.

^^Korean BBQ, anyone?

^^So, there’s this wall in Pike Place Market that’s called the Gum Wall. Looks like a work of art? Look again closely. It’s all gum that people stuck on. I know, it’s super gross. Of course, boyfriend left his mark on the wall with his gum, too. (My fellow NYC people, do you spy a metrocard on the wall?)

^^The view from the ferris wheel of Mount Rainier behind Safeco Field.

^^We went up to the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center, which offers a spectacular view of the city and the mountains. I couldn’t take my eyes off of Mount Rainier. It was so.. grand. Really, the photos don’t do it justice. It looked even more impressive in person. I just fell in love with snow-capped mountains.

^^Well, at least it was the lights on the ‘U’ that went out and not the ‘L’…

I still have so many pictures to post so keep checking back for more! (: