February 26, 2005

The first number is zero. From a group of red, yellow and green plastic numbers, Emma can pick out the various red, yellow, green ovals that are meant for the number zero. Quite a progress.

Start from Zero

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The first number is zero. From a group of red, yellow and green plastic numbers, Emma can pick out the various red, yellow, green ovals that are meant for the number zero. Quite a progress.

Saturday, February 26, 2005
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February 24, 2005

It is snowing again! White snow like white power in the sky. Little flower buds and tree sprouts are depressed a little. Fortunately there are always ways to get around. Yesterday, Mari from my company brought in two little pots of two little love spring flowers, warmly wrapped in the layers of green thick leaves. Very spring! The winter does get me bored and cold.

The good thing is that Mom and Dad are here. They make good companions. When dealing with Emma, Mom becomes volumable (the right word?) and always in good mood. In return, Emma talks a lot back, in every 10 words, we actually can recognize a few words, like eat, walk, by-by, book and various things she immediately picks up from the last sentence we just said. She talks in a tone that is somewhere in the middle of Mandarin and SiChuan. Very funny. I told mom it is beacause she is an American, all americans speak chinese in that wierd funny tone. Anyway, Emma is a grandbaby now, more so than a daughter. In the morning, she contently eats and calmly by-by me, during the day, she plays joyfully, walking around barefeeted ... Like this, she gradually disappear from my radar

Disappeared from my radar

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It is snowing again! White snow like white power in the sky. Little flower buds and tree sprouts are depressed a little. Fortunately there are always ways to get around. Yesterday, Mari from my company brought in two little pots of two little love spring flowers, warmly wrapped in the layers of green thick leaves. Very spring! The winter does get me bored and cold.

The good thing is that Mom and Dad are here. They make good companions. When dealing with Emma, Mom becomes volumable (the right word?) and always in good mood. In return, Emma talks a lot back, in every 10 words, we actually can recognize a few words, like eat, walk, by-by, book and various things she immediately picks up from the last sentence we just said. She talks in a tone that is somewhere in the middle of Mandarin and SiChuan. Very funny. I told mom it is beacause she is an American, all americans speak chinese in that wierd funny tone. Anyway, Emma is a grandbaby now, more so than a daughter. In the morning, she contently eats and calmly by-by me, during the day, she plays joyfully, walking around barefeeted ... Like this, she gradually disappear from my radar

Thursday, February 24, 2005
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February 21, 2005

The sky is still gray and gloomy. The weather is cold and dry, even drier inside, thanks to the radiators that suck up the last bit of moisture in the air. Yesterday again there was a flurry of icy rain mixed with snow. Mom and dad started wondering why there is always so much snow here. It is so different from here in Chicago and the little cozy nest they have in China. Not just weather, but food, shopping, entertainment. Not to mention language barrier, cultural barrier.

I caught a cold two days ago.

Cold Day

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The sky is still gray and gloomy. The weather is cold and dry, even drier inside, thanks to the radiators that suck up the last bit of moisture in the air. Yesterday again there was a flurry of icy rain mixed with snow. Mom and dad started wondering why there is always so much snow here. It is so different from here in Chicago and the little cozy nest they have in China. Not just weather, but food, shopping, entertainment. Not to mention language barrier, cultural barrier.

I caught a cold two days ago.

Monday, February 21, 2005
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February 16, 2005



Mild weather, blank day. I've thought little and done almost nothing.

Wierd and Silly

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Mild weather, blank day. I've thought little and done almost nothing.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005
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February 13, 2005

Over 100 pictures in just a month, thanks to her aunt and leo's tireless picture-taking. A pity though, when we take pictures, we take a lot, the same gesture, the same bear-hugging, the same people, the same setting, ... then for a long time, we forget the whole business, we simply go places, talk our small talk ...

Anyway, more albums. Time with her grandma-and-pa, time when she posed like a model, hugging her bears, and time when she just ate and ate and ate, at home or in a restraunt. Eating is probably Emma's forte, she always eats with a terrific appetite, she eats almost everything and anything, she eats often and a lot, yet she is thin and slim, even underweighted! Wow, how enviable!

Emma definitely is getting over her little vomiting and diahierrea. She is an little eating animal now. She sleeps good now. And she know more words now, in English, chinese and chinlish (my parents' little-baked wierd English).

More albums!

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Over 100 pictures in just a month, thanks to her aunt and leo's tireless picture-taking. A pity though, when we take pictures, we take a lot, the same gesture, the same bear-hugging, the same people, the same setting, ... then for a long time, we forget the whole business, we simply go places, talk our small talk ...

Anyway, more albums. Time with her grandma-and-pa, time when she posed like a model, hugging her bears, and time when she just ate and ate and ate, at home or in a restraunt. Eating is probably Emma's forte, she always eats with a terrific appetite, she eats almost everything and anything, she eats often and a lot, yet she is thin and slim, even underweighted! Wow, how enviable!

Emma definitely is getting over her little vomiting and diahierrea. She is an little eating animal now. She sleeps good now. And she know more words now, in English, chinese and chinlish (my parents' little-baked wierd English).

Sunday, February 13, 2005
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February 11, 2005

Finally sat down to fulfill my duty as a mother, to put together some (only a small fraction) of Emma's pictures taken by her aunt, uncle and Leo. How they had taken pictures, totally uncritically! They simply used their cameras to follow Emma ... And I simply moved these pics to the web without any censorship. This disaster. This bomb of pictures!

A new album posted!

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Finally sat down to fulfill my duty as a mother, to put together some (only a small fraction) of Emma's pictures taken by her aunt, uncle and Leo. How they had taken pictures, totally uncritically! They simply used their cameras to follow Emma ... And I simply moved these pics to the web without any censorship. This disaster. This bomb of pictures!

Friday, February 11, 2005
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February 07, 2005

The weather is getting warm and the winds were gentle, even though the sky was still gray and kinda gloomy, we set out to act on my plan of visiting all chicago's worthy spots. I want to show my parents that indeed Chicago is one of the world greatest cities, having a lot to show off.

We went to the Art Institute! We toured the rooms after rooms of paintings, soon my parents were burned out, we soon retreated to Chinese arts, to view the distorted portait of Mao Zhe Dong, and various artifacts from various dynasties ... Mom and dad got very sentimental there, commenting a great deal about how Americans have stolen this many things from China ...

Emma was totally unattached to any patrotism. She got very interested in the stairs in the art institute. How wonderful, how exciting, how fun it was to just climb up and down the stairs! What great exercise! Therefore we waited for her patiently, helping her climbing stairs. The Art Institute does have a lot to offer, especially stairs.

Stairs of the Art Institute

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The weather is getting warm and the winds were gentle, even though the sky was still gray and kinda gloomy, we set out to act on my plan of visiting all chicago's worthy spots. I want to show my parents that indeed Chicago is one of the world greatest cities, having a lot to show off.

We went to the Art Institute! We toured the rooms after rooms of paintings, soon my parents were burned out, we soon retreated to Chinese arts, to view the distorted portait of Mao Zhe Dong, and various artifacts from various dynasties ... Mom and dad got very sentimental there, commenting a great deal about how Americans have stolen this many things from China ...

Emma was totally unattached to any patrotism. She got very interested in the stairs in the art institute. How wonderful, how exciting, how fun it was to just climb up and down the stairs! What great exercise! Therefore we waited for her patiently, helping her climbing stairs. The Art Institute does have a lot to offer, especially stairs.

Monday, February 07, 2005
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