17 Weeks

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Just want to do a quick update before I start making dinner…

Brian and I had the chance to visit with my in-laws in Tennessee. We brought Samson along with us for his very first road trip and it was quite a success!

Samson at 7 months TN

I also survived my very first road trip being preggo. There were uncomfortable moments and we had enough snacks in the car to keep the baby fed. One thing I love about my father-in-law is that he is a photobug like me. Here’s a little portrait of our family taken by him:

Simpson family

He also helped me start my weekly belly shots. 17 weeks pregnant

This 2nd trimester is definitely my favorite part of being pregnant. Long gone are the days of throwing up and super fatigue (finally)! Since my pregnancy, I’ve been losing weight and I am glad to say that I am finally gaining some weight- never thought I’d be happy about that. My appetite has definitely increased to the point that I ALWAYS have food with me nowadays. haha

I’m hoping to be able to put up our Christmas decor this week. Have you done yours?


Squeaky Samson

About two weeks ago or so, Brian’s cousin Spencer and his wife, Emily gave Samson a squeaky toy. Not quite sure if Brian or Samson enjoys it more…

Thank you Spencer & Emily!

Samson is 14 weeks old now and weighs about 11 lbs. This puppy is growing like crazy! He’s potty-trained and is learning to rollover and to walk with a leash on. We’ve also introduced him to water. He loves going in his kiddie pool but he’s still warming up to the ocean water. Those dancing waves makes his little heart beat faster than Usain Bolt can sprint 100 meters.

Shrimp Stir Fry

Thanks to couponing, our household has survived without me having to go grocery shopping for over a month now.  Although it was nice not having to worry about it, it was time to get some fresh veggies. Lo and behold, Shrimp Stir Fry was on the menu tonight. Shrimp Stir FryShrimp Stir Fry dishInstructions: Sautée all the veggies with onion and garlic. Put in the shrimp. Season with soy sauce, salt and pepper. Tada!

This is one of my favorite dishes. It’s healthy and it’s so easy to make. It’s great with rice and you can even substitute the shrimp with chicken or tofu.

I’m also trying to be better with menu planning by using this menu planner I found from OrgJunkieMenu Planner

Now time to plan out healthy recipes. And oh, here’s some pup and hubby love ❤

Samson Brian


I’ll make this short and sweet for now. Just in case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been or what has happened to this blog … well, I’ll have to put the blame on this little fur ball of joy 😉

Samson 11 weeks Mini Goldendoodle

This is Samson. He is a mini F1b goldendoodle (go ahead and google it I’m not making it up). He is now 12 weeks old and weighs about 7 lbs. He knows a few tricks: sit, come, stay, shake, touch, and lay down. He is almost fully potty-trained and is still learning very eagerly. 

I never thought I would be one of those people I used to make fun of. Yes, I have become a “dog lover” or maybe even worse than that because… I treat him like my own human baby. Some may find it disturbing, others may find it annoying and I won’t even dare compare raising a dog to a human baby. All I know is Samson has been a great source of joy in our home. He is the sweetest pup and he’s unbelievably smart. My brother-in-law, Patrick mentioned something about our pets possibly living with us after-life. It has stuck with me since then. Call it a fantasy or what not but it sure is a nice thought. 

Samson Paws 11 weeks

Doodle momma out. xoxo