Mya's First Christmas Tree



My baby niece is at that stage where she's super affectionate and I'm living for it!! I visited her after work yesterday and she wrapped her little arms around me and rested her head on my shoulder.



At one point, I thought she fell asleep on my shoulder because she was so quiet! Haha! When Ryan came home, we put up their Christmas tree! It was Mya's first time seeing something like this. She was so fascinated, yet so scared to get close to it. It was so cute to see her face light up when the tree lit up!



She also hung up her first ornament with her daddy. Since that took all of her energy, my sister had to finish decorating the rest of the tree by herself! LOL



As you guys are reading this right now, I am currently on vacation with Daniel! This is our first time travelling somewhere out of the country together for a week! Can't wait to show you guys pictures from our trip! Until then! Xx

We conquered the CN Tower!



Three weeks ago, I found out about the CN Tower stair climb through my work! I casually asked my friends if they were up for the challenge and told them that we could grab pho after! I noticed that as soon as I mentioned pho, they were immediately down to do it! Hahaha



I wasn't sure if all the jump squats and lunges I've been doing prepared me for this or if I was going to get a panic attack when I looked down on the 100th floor. All I knew is that I had to get enough sleep, focus on my breathing and not compare my pace with anyone that passed me.



Lo and behold, yo girl got to the top in under 20 minutes!!! I'm shook!!! My goal was to get under 25 minutes, because my aunt and uncle told me that they would take away their donation if I didn't! Even though they were just kidding, that definitely motivated me! I'm so, so happy with my result! We celebrated our victory with pho of course!



Shawn and Rosa invited Daniel and I over for dinner that evening. Shawn crafted amazing dishes for us, while Rosa served us some fine dessert. Afterwards, we played on Daniel's new Nintendo Switch for over FOUR hours! Mario Tennis plus Soju bottles - wild night! Hahaha

Daniel's Birthday



I always make a big deal out of Daniel's birthday, while he always sees it as another day in the year. I just feel like this is a great time to remind him how special he is to me and how grateful I am that he was born, y'know?!?! Daniel and I celebrated his birthday at Project:Fish last week. We were supposed to eat here on our anniversary, but we decided to cancel our reservations because Happy Place was out of the way. We were super excited to finally try this place though!!

With the positive reviews we heard from our friends and trying our fair share of sushi, we definitely had high expectations. We shared their signature smokey Chirashi tart and ordered two premium tasting plates. Although their portions were small, I found it to be way better than all-you-can-eat! Each piece was a burst of flavour and had a good amount of rice to fish ratio!



After dinner, he wanted to play ultimate frisbee. I picked up two dozen Krispy Kreme donuts during my lunch break at work that day and treated everyone on his team. (Not gonna lie, I felt like a mom bringing cupcakes for her kid's friends at school! LOL) Besides surprising him with that, his sister and I got him a Nintendo Switch for his birthday this year! His family thinks that he should leave this console at my house, so that he doesn't forget about spending time with me too - I TOTALLY AGREE!!! 😄

Mya's 1st Birthday



It's just crazy to think that Mya turned one year old last week!!! How is this even happening?!?! Before she was born, I've always wondered what it was like to have a niece. Now that she's born, I wonder if I'll have any love left for my own kids!



I used to think life was great, but Mya made me realize that life can definitely be BETTER! She gives me something to look forward to every week, made me appreciate the small things, taught me that there's more to life than just work, and encouraged me to embrace my inner weirdness. I still don't know why she finds my dancing so entertaining to watch???



We planned a party for her and her little friends at an indoor playground yesterday. I was low key just as excited as the kids, and wanted to go in the jumpy castle and do the zip lining too!



It was no surprise that Mya loved going on the swing and seeing bubbles, because we did those activities a lot this summer!




Like father, like daughter...



Oh Mymy, you have no idea how much joy you bring everyone. I love how you're always willing to share, like giving the toy you're playing with away or stuffing a piece of cracker in my mouth. I love watching you discover new things, like rocking horses, jack-o-lanterns, and staircases. I love how you start wiggling or clapping whenever a song comes on. I love how excited you get over inanimate objects, like curtains, blow dryers or tissue boxes. I love how you try to be independent by feeding yourself, but always end up getting it in your nose and shirt. I love how you perk up excitedly whenever I come over. Lastly, I LOVE BEING YOUR AUNT.



Thank you for being so kind and loving to me. Happy 1st birthday, Mya! We love you so much!!!

Happy Place



Whoa, I still can't believe that Daniel and I celebrated our FOUR year anniversary last week! We definitely had our ups and downs throughout, but (just like that cheesy saying goes) it only made us stronger!!!




He has been with me since I've turned 20 years old! I mean, I'm only 23 now. But I gotta say, those years in between was a very indecisive and overwhelming stage for me. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life around that time.



I was finishing up two degrees I wasn't really passionate about, but he was always there cheering me on. He really has been my rock and is supportive in everything I do. He also listens to me, pushes me to be the best version of myself, encourages me to take risks and the list just goes on.



Speaking of risks, I think this is the year that I will finally take him up on his offer in teaching me how to snowboard. Stay tuned for that...



Although I don't like how he plays ultimate frisbee more than he sees me (*sigh*), I do appreciate the fact that I still get to be my own person and have time for my own hobbies and friends! I think that's all I'll share about our relationship for now. I don't want to tell you guys too much, in case we ever get married and I need some words for my vows! Hahaha


To celebrate our special day, we were going to have dinner at this bougee sushi place, but then I found out about this art installation, Happy Place, that was having its opening day on the same day as our anniversary! I visited their site, saw a few Instagram photos, and knew I wanted to check it out with Daniel. 



Since this art installation was taking place downtown and the restaurant was uptown, we decided to change our dinner plans and eat at our favourite Indian restaurant.



Happy Place was magical! It was definitely designed for Instagram photos and so much better than the Egg House installation we went to in New York. I definitely recommend checking it out if you are tryna up your Instagram game, looking for a fun date idea or in need of a little pick-me-up!


4 Years



This year, we kept up with our annual traditions and visited the Distillery District, Blue Mountain, night markets, and CNE, watched my baby niece learn how to crawl, tried out new restaurants, spent a long weekend in New York, went on several double dates, celebrated my new full-time job, new drivers license and new degrees, missioned to a pizza restaurant (worth it!!), chased waterfalls in Hamilton, celebrated our friends' engagement, rollerbladed for the first time together, attended one of our friends' weddings, got tickets to Infinity Mirrors, went on a cottage trip with our friends, munched on lots of appleswent to your first baseball game, dressed up as an Oreo for Halloween and didn't finish any Netflix series that we've started together.

Thank you for all of these amazing memories babe!!! Four years down... and maybe forever to go? 💘

Mya's Moments



I almost forgot to give you guys a monthly dose of my cute little niece! This is what she was up to after she turned 9 months!



She...

  • got a new rocking horse and loves it!
  • likes playing with feathers 
  • visited CNE for the first time
  • was a flower girl
  • can now wear her hair in pigtails
  • likes taking things out of drawers, bags and boxes
  • sleeps through the night 
  • loves tugging on people's necklaces  
  • enjoys drinking water 
  • likes pulling on my baby hairs...
You can read more fun facts over here!

Still the Apple of My Eye



Daniel and I went apple picking for the first time last year! We had so much fun that we decided to make it our annual tradition. 😀




We visited the same farm this year, because we found that the prices were reasonable, apples stayed crisp for a while, place wasn't overly crowded and drive wasn't bad!




We went a little earlier this season because we wanted to take advantage of the warm weather! Plus, we thought that they would have a wider selection for us to choose from!




And they did! We got to try Macintosh, Cortland and Ginger Gold apples this year.





When we came last time, Honeycrisp and Royal Gala apples were the only ones left for us to pick. To be honest, I didn't even know the names of all of these apples until I started visiting this farm. 😄






After trying all of these apples, I still don't know which type is my favourite. What I do know is that butter tarts will always have a special place in my heart.



Oh! Daniel too. 😋


Too Cute to Eat



When Monica told me that she has never tried Indian roti before, I knew I had to take her to one of my favourite spots! Since this restaurant was also near one of my favourite macaron shops, I knew I had to take her there too! 😀



We thought it was a bit too early to eat dinner, so we went to get macarons first. It was so hard having to eat these little treats. I'm not talking about the texture here, but the cuteness! Oh who am I kidding.. we actually devoured each one in two bites!! 😄 We really liked the flavour of the Winnie the Pooh one!



For some reason, I just assumed that if they're this cute, they wouldn't taste as good. (It's like cake fondant. I don't know anyone who actually likes the flavour of that?!) I'm still surprised by how tasty these macarons are. They're just the right amount of chewiness!



After we devoured these babies, we went to pick up our Indian food. We took advantage of the nice weather and had a picnic in front of Casa Loma! So peaceful and scenic.



And we obviously couldn't end our day without grabbing bubble tea too. 😏