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day seven: shopping

knowing how busy this year has been (and will continue to be), i've been working on my *drumroll, please* holiday shopping. excuse me if this admission makes you ill, but i'm almost done with everyone on the list. hallejuah! i still need to place a couple of orders and make a few of the handcrafted gifts, but overall i'm pleased to know who's getting what - and to see the pile of gifts to be wrapped growing.

with emmy's birthday coming up soon, we've decided that we don't need to overly splurge on lots of gifts for her at christmas. heck, if we play our cards right, she'll still be opening birthday gifts by then! she's still too young to understand everything about the holiday but we will make it a fun one for her. to that end, we have already purchased the one big holiday gift o' the year: a wooden kitchen. after debating the large yet way cool pink retro set at costco and spending a few heady days in dreamtown, touring the oh-so-portable rose petal cottage suburban "dreamhouse" (a.k.a. throwback to the 1950s), we finally compromised on a simple wooden set that is both space efficient and provides enough storage to suit my ocd organizational needs. now, being the anal mom that i am, i intend to stock the fridge with some cool new play foods - and this is where you come in. i know several folks have posted asian pretend food reviews before, but so far the only interesting sets that i've found are either this new "feast from the east" set (what a punny name, eh?) or the standard melissa & doug sushi sets. any recommendations from the peanut gallery?

(or feel free to comment that i spend waaaay too much time thinking about toys. or holiday shopping. you're probably right on both counts.)

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zoo for you

we finally uploaded the photos off my camera last night - time to play picture catch-up! and if you're wondering, yes, we do spend a LOT of time at the local zoo. today's post is dedicated to that fantabulous place, just 10 minutes down the street...

that's one hot crib... monkey-style

mmmm... roast duck, anyone?
(just kidding! i didn't bring my hoisin sauce today)

so three turtles walk into a bar and...

wow, when did she get so big???
(yes, i meant emmy!)

and happy (early) birthday to the gosselin sextuplets tomorrow - they'll be three! i am in love with their show, jon & kate plus 8, as well as their 2 previous documentaries. any parents that can handle "2 6-year olds and 6 2-year olds" totally get props in my book, and the fact that all the kids are hapas is just icing on the cake for me! aren't they sooooo adorable?

ASIAN DOLL UPDATE! one last thing, i found the perfect doll for emmy today! while browsing in the right start store, i came across the asian corolle "poupette" doll. it looks like she'll be perfect for em: she's huggably soft, easy to dress and just so darn simple and cute! i'll be stashing her away for a special occasion, that's for sure! have you found any particularly good asian dolls / toys?

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food, fashion and fun stuff

dinner was quite the success tonight: we had a delicious meal of sole stuffed with scallops and crabmeat, julienned carrots in a light maple glaze, whole green beans with red peppers and a side of rice. and the great part? not only did blair and i like it, emmy gobbled it all down like she'd been starved for days. that girl loves her food! and know what's even better? i didn't have to do a darn thing except heat the oven and serve the food! want to know my secret? shhh... come closer... closer... i totally cheated with a la zing! they're an off-shoot of the omaha steak company, and i had randomly run across some specials right after the holidays. we got 4 full meals for 2 people (well, 3 since i share with em) for less than $50, including shipping. i figured it would be way cheaper than eating out, so what the heck? now i'm excited to try the other dishes we received, but i'll save them for days when i have zero time to cook. (btw, i totally recommend googling for a la zing introductory specials before you order from their site - you can get lots of food for cheap, and sometimes even free knives! lol)

so that solved today's dilemma of what to feed emmy... from my previous post's comments, it looks like we're all running out of interesting, tasty ideas for the kids. perhaps i'll make that a continuing series of this blog - and i would love to hear from you if something yummy has crossed your table recently! last night's thai red curry chicken was super easy and em seemed to like it, but i did have to rinse some of the spices off first. (growing up, i fondly remember my mom doing that with kimchi for me... oh, the memories!) i'll try to post the occasional recipe too, once it earns the emmy-stamp of approval, of course.

on a totally different note, head over to beloved babbling and check out a great future gift idea for your little multi-culti cutie! i knew that the american girl doll company lets you customize a doll to look just like you / your child, but this just takes the cake! emmy already has 2 hanboks of her own (one inherited, one just sent from my korean relatives) and will inherit several more from my childhood collection, so i can totally see getting her a doll and this outfit when she's a bit older.

for now, she already has this awesome build-a-bear hanbok - we got it for her first birthday last november. i have to say that i was mighty impressed with the amount of detail that went into that outfit. just from browsing online, it looks like all of their international collectiwear is very well done, from the traditional red cheong-sam to the boy and girl kimonos... and even to their arctic fisherman(bear?)! as you can see, we totally love our toys in the lee household. :)

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