We ended up at the mall (oh man, have not been in a mall for a long time) with a Sephora’s and MAC store right next to one another. I had to shop super fast since Little M was with us. Alas! But it was nice to actually swatch and shop in store. I did pick up a lot of stuff that I wouldn’t have if shopping online.
This past month has been eventful for Little M — we traveled to the US to visit family and he logged in his second ever transatlantic journey.
M thought there were huge changes in Little M’s vocalizations during the 2.5 weeks we were away. He has been talking a lot more, making different sounds, and using sounds to communicate (although he still has very few words at the moment). Little M also started to take a first crack at singing — very cute and funny.
On the downside, we have been seeing the first signs of the terrible two’s emerging. Little M learned to plop and throw a little fit when he doesn’t get his way, and this could be in the middle of the street. The fits would never last long, but we have a glimpse of the next few years, ew.
M-mom makes a killer potato salad with mayonnaise that we all love. I’ve been trying to perfect that for a long time.
But this past week, I wanted a lighter, more refreshing potato salad.
Potatoes were boiled for 20 minutes, until firm but not soft. When they were cool enough to handle, but still quite warm, I chopped them into bite-sized chunks.
Added to that was salt, pepper, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, diced tomato and finely diced salami. Lastly, because I wanted something crunchy, I added some chopped scallions.
Let it all sit until completely cool.
Little M, M-mom and I traveled to the US to visit my family. Every time I’m in the US, I have to do beauty shopping. This time was no exception. I am quite disorganized when it comes to photographing the products, so I roughly grouped posts into the three different shopping “trips” that occurred.
This trip to the US was busy! We went to the Shannadoahs, my parents’, my aunt’s, and Washington DC. Since I was living out of the travel bag so much, and had to deal with the toddler along with family, I chose very simple makeup that could be thrown on in about 5 minutes.
I just returned from a 2.5 week trip to the US with Little M to visit my family. I have to say, traveling without M was a challenge, even though M-Mom was with us. I depend on him for so much (lugging stuff, organizing stuff, driving, etc). But overall, the trip was a success! Saw all the family, lots of friends, and Little M had a lot of fun. I hope M-Mom did as well (her first trip out of Europe).
We saw family in NOVA and also visited DC.
In about a week, I set off again (sans Little M and M) for some more family visit in the US and a wedding in Montreal. Going to be a lot of fun, but also exhausting. I am looking forward to staying still a bit after that trip.
Upcoming posts will mostly be beauty (I did a lot of shopping in the US), some knitting excitement coming in August/September, and perhaps some US food posts (not sure about that yet — the photos were not the best).
And of course, will try to get a Little M update done for August as well.
I bought this korean soy bean paste on a whim at the local asian shop, and then looked up some classic recipes to cook using it.
I tried this classic tofu stew, which is mild but very delicious.
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I forgot to update last month! Work and home has been a little crazy lately.
Little M is trucking along well though. We are still in quite a golden period with him — he is sleeping well but hasn’t started any of the toddler tantrums yet.
He loves animals, balls, balloons, and has started to use some additional words to identify the things he likes. I think he will have a blast when we visit my family because he gets to have a dog and cat around all the time for two weeks.
This past Sunday, Germany played Argentina in the World Cup finals, and E and B came over for food and the game.
E and I were talking about making our own ice cream sandwiches a bit, and decided to split up the work — she made the custard (we churned the ice cream here in our place) while M and I made cookies to go with.
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