Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Photoshoot!

Hello everyone!

Yesterday, those of us in Boston (and still in school) had the day off thanks to the Boston Marathon!! Maybe someday, I will go to the race, but that would only be to cheer on people I know because I probably will never run it myself  haha.

Since I couldn't get to school because the marathon route divided my side of the city from school's side, I decided to thoroughly enjoy the day off and do something Z and I have been meaning to do for awhile: taking head shots.  We have been discussing it for months now, but we never could find the time to do so until today.  It was a gorgeous day for photos, even if a bit windy, and we had so much fun exploring the park near my house!

Here are some photos of me taken by Z  =)




And a few of Z taken by me.  

His camera is much more complicated than mine, so when I first tried using it, there were more blurry photos than good ones... =/  But I learned how to use it as time went on (mostly thanks to auto focus) haha





And of course, a photo shoot would not be complete without some sillies  ;)


I feel like every time it was my turn to take photos, the wind would pick up (but it's probably because Z's short hair isn't really affected by the wind  haha).  Literally every few seconds, I had to get the hair out of my face/fix my bangs, etc.  I think there were more photos of me trying desperately to get my hair to stay in place than all of these usable ones put together  haha

A few candids with my hair going in all different directions =)

And since we were both dressed up for our head shots, we decided to get a few photos of us together =)

 my favorite  =)
sometimes, photo shoots can be stressful, but I think the key is to make it fun!  Do it with people you know who will make you laugh and have fun being creative with you  =)

If you were in Boston for the marathon day, I hope you had a wonderful marathon day, and if you weren't, I hope you had a great start to the week!

Thanks for stopping by!
--Janny




Saturday, April 15, 2017

Montreal!

Hello everyone!

This is like... 2 months late, but you know, time is a very rare commodity around here haha
However, when you don't have a violin to practice (left the baby overnight at the violin hospital for a new soundpost!), I'm finding that I have a lot of time!  =D

Anyway, a few of our friends are headed off to Montreal soon, and I thought it would be fun to share a few places we loved during our trip there in February.  It was our first time in Montreal, and it was really fun to walk around this beautiful city in some really gorgeous weather!




It was a very short trip--only 2 nights and 3 days--but we tried to fit in as many things (into our bellies) as possible ;)

The very first night, we arrived at our cute Airbnb, and went in search of some dinner.  It was kind of late, so instead of driving somewhere, we parked our car at our place and decided to walk around our neighborhood without really looking up anything beforehand.  Looking back, it might not have been the safest idea, but thankfully our neighborhood was very safe, and we really lucked out and stumbled upon this amazing French restaurant called Bistro Sur La Riviere!



Everyone told us that people would speak French and English in Montreal, but let us tell you, they do not all speak English. The waitress here spoke absolutely no English, but we (including the waitress) were master gesturers, so we were able to figure out what to order haha.  It was actually a very charming experience, and I think it was my favorite of the trip! To be completely honest, we didn't quite know what we actually ordered, so it was a happy surprise when our food came and it turned out to be delicious!  =D

Looking back, I think we literally only ate in Montreal...  haha The only activity we did that didn't involve food (other than walking around the city in search of food) was visiting the Museum of Fine Arts, which is free for people under 30!






Anyway, let's get back to the food... because you know, I want this post to be representative of our time there  ;)

We were told that Montreal bagels are a must, so we knew that we had to try them for breakfast. Also, Z is a big lover of anything bread related, so this was definitely on our list of things to try  ;) When we were doing our research, we found that there were two different shops both claiming to be the best, so we used our two mornings there to try them both!

First stop, St-Viateur Bagel.

They have a wood burning oven right there in the shop, and you can just pick out your favorite freshly baked and steaming bagels as soon as they dump them out into the crates in front of the oven!



These bagels were amazing.  Just the right amount of scorched, with a ton of flavor! I mean, have you seen two people more excited about bagels?  haha We would highly recommend the 'everything' bagel!




The next day, we visited the Fairmount Bagel.

This was good too,,, but we liked the taste of the 'everything' bagel at St. Viateur Bagel better =)



For lunch, we visited Rotisserie Romados for some Portuguese rotisserie chicken!

The fries were ok, but the chicken with the spicy sauce was so. delicious!  The spicy sauce is very flavorful, and not too spicy, and half of a chicken was more than enough food for the two of us.




Also, you can't miss this place because there is this giant mural right next to it  ;)



On our last day in Montreal, we decided that a sandwich to-go would be the easiest form of sustenance for our road trip back, so we stopped by Schwartz's Deli.  It's literally just smoked meat on some bread, but it's the best smoked meat on bread that we have ever tried!  The plan of taking it to-go for the trip quickly went out the window, and we just gulped it down right then and there  haha



Another thing we wanted to take on the road was some coffee and pastries, so we visited  Patisserie Au Kouign Amann.


We didn't succeed in getting the food out the door of the establishment yet again, but we enjoyed sitting by the window of this cute little shop and eating these delicious pastries.  I forget what I got, but it was amazing (it's the bottom of the two), and Z got some quiche, which he enjoyed as well. =)


While we were walking around, we also hopped in and out of a few coffee shops and dessert places, but the thing about blogging 2 months after the trip is that I don't remember what any of them were called  haha.



But Montreal is full of these little gems everywhere, so I'm sure you will have no problem discovering these sweet treasures  ;)




My fav =)



I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of our trip in Montreal, and I hope you get to try some of these deliciousness if you visit Montreal!
Thanks for stopping by, and happy weekend!
--Janny


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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas 2016!!

Hello everyone!

I stopped blogging after this summer because a lot of changes were happening in my life, and I didn't feel like documenting everything here during that time. I know some people record everything on their blogs--the good and the bad--but I wanted to keep this as a place to look back on fond memories.

When I stopped blogging this summer, I actually thought that I was done with blogging forever. I didn't really even think about this blog very much until this winter when a few people asked to reference the memories stored in these blog posts. It was so nice to look back on the memories and the pictures accompanying them (and so easy to find!!) that I thought it would be fun to start again and record the memories that we are creating now for the future! 

This Christmas was a really special one for our family because our family was the biggest it has been yet!  Baby bro brought his girlfriend and Zenas came with me to visit Seattle, and it was so nice to be a part of a big, bustling household! =)  Usually, we open presents on Christmas morning, but this year, Peter, Zenas and I decided to go skiing, so we put off the normal Christmas festivities until the next day.  Last winter, our family went to Schweitzer to ski, but due to a few scheduling conflicts, we stayed near Seattle (Stevens Pass) for this winter break! 


It was probably better this way anyway because it was Zenas' first time skiing and Schweitzer might have been a bit too intense  haha



Except for that one time in the beginning when we accidentally took him up the blue (intermediate) slope and he was afraid for his life, I think he enjoyed the experience  ;)  


My favorites!


And of course, the mountains were beautiful...  especially when the sun was setting!


The next day, we refueled our post-ski-workout bodies with some Korean BBQ!  twice! I never thought I would say this about Korean BBQ because it's one of my favorites, but twice in one day was a bit of an overkill... haha  

But it was so much fun spending time as a giant family!  (5 kids!  =D haha)
My loves




After we had our fill, we came back home to open some presents!



We took turns going around opening gifts, and in true Joo family fashion, it took forever.  You know, commenting on every item being opened and erupting in laughter every few seconds will do that to your gift opening process  ;)

Peter and Michelle  =)


baby cousin, Chang!







hehe my parents are the cutest  =p


and of course, the newest addition to our family celebrations, Zenas.  So glad he could come and experience the Joo family traditions and craziness this holiday season  =) 


Coming together like this and getting to spend time together as a family definitely makes this season my favorite time of the year, and what better time to start blogging again, right?  
I hope you are all getting to enjoy some quality time with your loved ones as well!  =)
Thanks for stopping by!
--Janny