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Greetings from somewhere between Philadelphia and New York! This was a very special week, the first time my three sisters and I have all been in the same place at once in six years. On Friday we came from far and wide — okay, from Rochester, Northamptom and Martha’s Vineyard, to be specific — to visit my Dad in Philadelphia for a festive Father’s Day weekend.

via — are my dad and I not basically twins?

It was a wonderful weekend full of family time, relaxation, and laughter. Between roof-deck tanning sessions we squeezed in a Phillies game complete with matching baseball shirts, a Saturday night cookout, a trip to the Philadelphia Zoo, a Sunday brunch featuring our dad’s famous pancakes, and a cake based tribute to the original Diet Coke loving dad. We vowed it won’t be six years before we do it again.

It was a sad goodbye at the train station this morning to both my dad and my Tucker, who has been such a precious canine companion to me these past few months. For some reason I’m taking this goodbye quite hard, and already pining for our Thanksgiving reunion. Damn, I love that dog.

Now, onto Photo of the Week.

Photo A
Go Phillies!

Photo B
Not a bad view

Photo C
A peacock showing off at the Philadelphia Zoo

Photo D
Zebras hanging

Photo E
It looked a little rough after twelve hours in transit, but I loved baking this cake.

Which photo is your favorite? And happy belated Father’s Day to all the dads out there reading!

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49 Comments...
  • Jason
    June 16 2014

    B, but mad props for the artwork that is the subject of photo E!

    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      Thanks! Baking has always been a fun creative outlet for me.

  • Carla Turun
    June 16 2014

    C ! I adore the colours of a peacock – The family photo is pretty special too πŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      I’d never seen a peacock doing its thing before — it was so cool! πŸ™‚

  • Rekha Devarapalli
    June 16 2014

    Your family pic looks great…so are the peacock and diet cake.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      Thanks Rekha! Hiring the photographer was our group gift to our dad πŸ™‚

  • Kristen Noelle
    June 16 2014

    You always have cool sunglass shots, love em! Great job on the cake. So cute. And the peacock is beautiful!
    Sounds like you had a great time with the fam. =)
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    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      Thanks! I like to think reflection shots are my “thing” these days πŸ™‚

  • Ashley
    June 16 2014

    Love the peacock photo, and good job with the cake- looks awesome!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      Thanks Ashley! It was a little worse for the wear after twelve hours in transit… I guess I understand why bakeries use refrigerated trucks now!

  • The Guy
    June 16 2014

    I’m going to break the rules Meihoukai. I vote for the top family photo. Such a lovely picture and to see you all together for the first time in 6 years. It gets my vote.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      The rules were meant to be broken, right? Thanks Guy πŸ™‚

  • Ooh, I’m voting for the first one even though it’s not one of the selected photos. Family time definitely wins my vote!

    … aaand I just realized that The Guy beat me to it in his comment. So much for originality πŸ™‚

  • I like the peacock. The colors are amazing!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      He was a special little guy. Thanks for voting!

  • Maddy
    June 16 2014

    I’ll jump on the bandwagon – I vote for the family pic!

    sidenote: YOU MADE THAT?! insane.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      Indeed I did! It came to me in a dream and when I woke up and Googled “Diet Coke Dad Cake” I was so surprised to see no one else had thought of it first!

  • Leah
    June 16 2014

    I have to second Maddy and say…YOU MADE THAT? That’s not what you were baking when we skyped was it!? Such a clever idea and flawless execution! But as far as my vote for photo of the week, I have to go with photo B. Very cool shot. xox
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    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      It is what I was baking when we Skyped! πŸ™‚ Not sure about the flawless execution part, but I’ll take the clever idea compliment!

  • Chris
    June 16 2014

    A & B for me. Take me out to the ballgame!

    We just grabbed tickets to a Giants vs Reds game for when we get to San Fran! πŸ™‚

    Love the reflection in the glasses
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    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      I’m no sports fan but I do love the baseball game experience πŸ™‚ Have fun!

  • Dad
    June 16 2014

    Because it only the day AFTER Fathers Day I get two votes. B, because your reflection photos are kind of a signature for you. (but tell the guy wearing glasses to look into Botox) and E, because the cake was made by you for me.

  • Justine
    June 16 2014

    I gotta go for A because I’m a huge baseball fan. And I’m loving the nails. But that cake is amazing… so maybe it’s a tossup!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      Gold is my go-to nail polish these days! The best part is the glitter means it doesn’t chip as easily, for some reason.

  • Becs
    June 16 2014

    U have mad cake skills lady! Gorgeous family pic, ur all so alike! Has to be B tho. Xxxxx

    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      I know, I think it’s almost creepy how much family resemblance there is in that family photo. My dad and I look like clones!

  • Caroline
    June 16 2014

    B, but that cake looks amazing too!

    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      Thanks Caroline! It was a labor of love!

  • becky hutner
    June 16 2014

    Please don’t take offense, your photos are all beautiful but I’m voting the top one as well. It really made me smile seeing all you guys together…and esp Dad who plays such a big role here on the blog. What a cute family!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      Thanks Becky! I really cherish that photo too and look forward to sharing the rest of them (also snagged a new headshot for my About page!)

  • sameer
    June 17 2014

    The most beautiful in the world is family meeting and the smile that appears on the lips of all members of the family.
    I wish you an enjoyable life>

  • wow 3 sisters, that’s lucky! I love the cake- very creative!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      Three sisters, two nieces, and two aunts make up my dad’s side of the family! We are a lot of lucky ladies πŸ™‚

  • wes
    June 17 2014

    I feel lied to and violated. I thought you had only one sister. Your secret life and web of lies will catch up with you young lady. :b

    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      What can I say, I like to keep an air of mystery about me…

  • Rashaad
    June 17 2014

    Photo A – since the Phillies are my favourite team.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      It was a historic game… someone (don’t ask me who!) broke the hitting record. Fireworks and everything!

      • Rashaad
        June 18 2014

        It was Jimmy Rollins.
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  • Joella J in Beijing
    June 17 2014

    I have to go for the top photo. A photo family photo!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      It’s definitely a keeper. Thanks Joella!

  • Janice Stringer
    June 17 2014

    Photo E because of the love that’s gone into it! πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2014

      Thanks Janice! A lot of love, time… and sugar πŸ™‚

  • Love Photo C, beautiful colours.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      I know! I was a peacock for Halloween two years ago, so I’m pretty obsessed πŸ™‚

  • Colleen Brynn
    June 22 2014

    That cake is so good!
    Dog reunions are the best… I totally feel you on that one.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      I miss my little guy something fierce right now πŸ™ Definitely looking forward to that reunion.