I wanted to post my February recap before I start my Vegas recap. It’s been about a week since I got back and have been dealing with the chaos that came with the pandemic of COVID-19. I’m sure we are all at a point where we are all feeling the effects of closures of all kinds and near shortages of food in grocery stores. I hope you are all staying safe and practicing social distancing in these trying times. We will get through this. ❤
Now onto my recap: I started the month right. I was just starting to exercise again and was starting to feel well until I logged on Facebook on Sunday the 2nd and received the news that a friend and his brother had passed away. More on this later in the post..
Later that day, we had dinner with my dad and brother at Pho Gia, a Vietnamese restaurant. I wasn’t in the mood for pho so I went with Shrimp Fried Rice with Pineapple while Alex got Pad Thai, and CL plain noodles. Both my dad and brother got a salmon dish that was cooked to perfection.
For dessert we decided to go Costco for their sundaes. I got hooked on them and was getting one at least once a week last month.
On the 3rd, we tried a Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta with Chicken and Mozzarella recipe I found on Pinterest from this site(?). We made it again the following week with shrimp, but Alex and I agreed that the chicken was better.
On February 6th the Winter Light Festival Opening Night kicked off and we got to attend two nights. All the art installations were amazing and I loved that we got to enjoy art at night as well. It’s something unique and a few of them were interactive.
February 7th was CL’s last day at his other school. I officially transferred him to another program with teachers who have been trained to handle kids with special needs. He has been doing well since, a few challenges but he is responding well and he is learning how to handle his emotions too. That same day, we got to try a new place: Hot Lips Pizza. We had driven by it a few times and thought to try it since we were nearby.
Alex got regular pep and I got a cheese pizza. We also got some pesto parmesan garlic sticks; my first time trying anything pesto and it was surprisingly good. I also had one of their ginger ale real root soda and was so impressed by how similar it tasted to regular ginger ale but better?
We also splurged on ice cream sandwiches from Ruby Jewel that were sold at Hot Lips. I’ve been wanting to try this ice cream shop since last year and we took advantage while we were there. They seem to be expanding too as I saw a little stand at the mall. I would love to visit the actual shop and see what other flavors they have to offer.
Later that night I went over to my cousin’s house to help her out with some decorations for our friend’s funeral and she convinced me to attend the memorial service. That entire week I had a hard time wrapping my head around his death (and his brother too) that I couldn’t come to terms with his passing. It hit me hard when I walked into the funeral home for the service. It all got too real and I had to step outside to compose myself. It was hard and I chose to not see him because that was not the last memory I wanted. Instead, I gave my condolences to his parents and turned away. It was heartbreaking seeing one of their cousins saying goodbye to them both. </3 They’re going to be greatly missed.
February 8th we attended the last night of the Winter Light Festival. We did lots of walking but it was a lot of fun. I LOVE MY CITY!
On February 11th we attended OMSI Night with CL’s previous school. Even though we changed programs, we are still welcome to field trips with them. So rad! The entire place was shut down just for the families in the program, it was the coolest because we didn’t have to worry about huge crowds and so perfect for my sensory child. CL had a blast and it was relatively stress-free.
We got to see the Exquisite Creatures Exhibition, they were all three dimensional display of animals that have passed due to natural causes and donated for the exhibit. A bit morbid to see headless birds, but it’s nice to see animals we wouldn’t be able to see up-close otherwise, and show our kiddos what each animal looks like.
On Valentine’s Day we splurged at Maru, even though it would have been a regular Friday for us lol.
After dinner we went to an arcade to have some fun with CL because he deserved it that week. And my fishy friend, Red, was in his pineapple again. So cute! We have caught him in there and exiting through the windows more often these days. ❤
That following week, 17th – 21st, Alex and I were busy preparing for our monthiversary / 8 year wedding anniversary on the 22nd. We were shopping for new clothes to wear and I was able to get a few gifts for Alex. On the 22nd we went to my nephew’s 11th birthday party. They rented out the pool at a rec center for a few hours and it was CL’s first time in a pool. He absolutely loved it! Made me so happy to see him in there enjoying himself.
On February 25th, we went somewhere new for food: Jumbo Restaurant and Lounge Mandarin and Suzchuan. We ordered SO MUCH food. Second time “splurging” in the same month.
We started off with some hot and sour soup which was not what I expected. I really liked it and I’m not even sure how to describe it or what it was made of. Then our appetizer sampler came out. It had crab puffs, egg rolls, beef teriyaki and BBQ pork.
Shortly after our entrees started coming out. I got orange chicken (duh) because I’m still on the search for my favorite orange chicken here in Portland. This one is a close second to Zien Hong, but Alex thinks this one is way better. Alex got Mandarin Chicken and Chicken Lo Mein, and CL got plain noodles.
Our table has never been this full.
I told Alex I have always dreamed of having a table full of food like this!!
After dinner we went to a park so CL could release some energy. What an amazing day with my boys, I felt so at peace that day after struggling for months.<3
The following day on the 26th, we made homemade crunchwraps (my favorite) and I tried a new Blueberry Ginger Kombucha drink. I really liked it. I also tried a new vegan chocolate which was really good but I still liked the one Hunida sent me for xmas better. 😀
February 28th was my dad’s Naturalization Ceremony; a month after Alex. So happy for him! CL was stoked to be there for his grandpa too! Precious!
We ended up having a little lunch with my dad at a Mexican restaurant called La Carreta. I ended up getting their shrimp cocktail. Oh how I missed this meal so much!
The following week I was just busy taking CL to school, cleaning, and preparing for our Vegas vacation. I cannot wait to share all that with you guys!!!
Besides my life recap, I have finished a few other posts over on AyRGalaxy such as reviews and lookbooks. I am currently working on content for both blogs since we will be home for what looks like a whole month, possibly more. I hope I don’t bore you 🙂
I want to know: how are you all doing? How are you feeling?
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