January 30, 2007

Saturday Emma went to her baller class. No longer a side audience, she now is an eager and wonderful participant. I am so proud of her.

Wheels on the bus go around and around

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Saturday Emma went to her baller class. No longer a side audience, she now is an eager and wonderful participant. I am so proud of her.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007
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January 29, 2007


In the snow

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January 28, 2007



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Little Ballerina

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January 25, 2007

Winter used to be a wonder. My hometown situates in the southwest of China, in a warm humid valley. There is never much snow to speak of. The sky is mostly gray, threatening of rain and it does rain a lot and lot.

Therefore I dreamed of snow, snow-covered forest, snow-filled sky.

Then I went to the Northeast of China, a very very cold place, where winter takes hold of half of a year, where it always snows and snows. New snow on top of old snow, snow hardened, turned gray then black, snow piled on the sidewalks. I loved it, loved the drifting white hexagonal feathers from the sky, the deceivingly bright blue sky and glistening sun.

Now Chicago. The weather in Chicago is somewhere in between. It is never never-ending cold, but there is always always a few fits of cold and a few snows, around Thanksgiving, in January, sometimes even in April. Then for the rest of winter days, the weather is always mild.

Especially this winter. It was so warm this winter that it is said to be the warmest winter in Chicago's history, it was so warm that people started to get nervous, suspecting that global warming has definitely disrupted the local weather pattern, and the doom's day looms even nearer.

Then bang! The temperature dropped and it is really like winter now. And, sure, Emma fell sick, then brought extra potent cold virus home. Then I was down with cold, bad bad cold. Or maybe it is just that I am pregnant, so I am extra vulnerable to the attack of cold.

I long for the spring.
winter

Snow

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Winter used to be a wonder. My hometown situates in the southwest of China, in a warm humid valley. There is never much snow to speak of. The sky is mostly gray, threatening of rain and it does rain a lot and lot.

Therefore I dreamed of snow, snow-covered forest, snow-filled sky.

Then I went to the Northeast of China, a very very cold place, where winter takes hold of half of a year, where it always snows and snows. New snow on top of old snow, snow hardened, turned gray then black, snow piled on the sidewalks. I loved it, loved the drifting white hexagonal feathers from the sky, the deceivingly bright blue sky and glistening sun.

Now Chicago. The weather in Chicago is somewhere in between. It is never never-ending cold, but there is always always a few fits of cold and a few snows, around Thanksgiving, in January, sometimes even in April. Then for the rest of winter days, the weather is always mild.

Especially this winter. It was so warm this winter that it is said to be the warmest winter in Chicago's history, it was so warm that people started to get nervous, suspecting that global warming has definitely disrupted the local weather pattern, and the doom's day looms even nearer.

Then bang! The temperature dropped and it is really like winter now. And, sure, Emma fell sick, then brought extra potent cold virus home. Then I was down with cold, bad bad cold. Or maybe it is just that I am pregnant, so I am extra vulnerable to the attack of cold.

I long for the spring.

Thursday, January 25, 2007
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January 23, 2007

Finally I committed to a dancing program at Lincoln Park cultural center on Emma's behalf. So Emma goes to dance every Saturday now.

Before she displays any talent or interest or willingness in dancing at all, of course, I (Mary Beth more so) equipped her with all the vanity trappings: a Tutu, ballet shoes, tights. It does not matter whether the stuff is from thrift store or not, it only matters that you look as fashionable and flashy as other kids. (Somehow sometimes I have trouble taking in the logic/philosophy. But at least it is easy to practice.)

Last Saturday I was sick at home. The Saturday before was Emma's first time being there. What a delightful group of little angels! All 2 or 3, all pink peachy faced, all dressed up, all eager to giggle, stretch, sway, spin, and toddle around. All girls. They were like they just walked out from medieval paintings of angels.

Emma was not so ready to join the group though. She sat through almost the entire session, stubbornly ignoring the delightful music about the sun, the rain and the grass, untouched by the flurry of actions by the kids and clumsy adults around her (she even blocked the way). She did not even do the familiar finger plays along the familiar songs, like "Itsy Bitsy Spider", "Five little monkeys".

Maybe she was just observing. But honestly I do not know why. Maybe she will fare better the next time or the time after the next. Who knows?
winter

Go dancing!

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Finally I committed to a dancing program at Lincoln Park cultural center on Emma's behalf. So Emma goes to dance every Saturday now.

Before she displays any talent or interest or willingness in dancing at all, of course, I (Mary Beth more so) equipped her with all the vanity trappings: a Tutu, ballet shoes, tights. It does not matter whether the stuff is from thrift store or not, it only matters that you look as fashionable and flashy as other kids. (Somehow sometimes I have trouble taking in the logic/philosophy. But at least it is easy to practice.)

Last Saturday I was sick at home. The Saturday before was Emma's first time being there. What a delightful group of little angels! All 2 or 3, all pink peachy faced, all dressed up, all eager to giggle, stretch, sway, spin, and toddle around. All girls. They were like they just walked out from medieval paintings of angels.

Emma was not so ready to join the group though. She sat through almost the entire session, stubbornly ignoring the delightful music about the sun, the rain and the grass, untouched by the flurry of actions by the kids and clumsy adults around her (she even blocked the way). She did not even do the familiar finger plays along the familiar songs, like "Itsy Bitsy Spider", "Five little monkeys".

Maybe she was just observing. But honestly I do not know why. Maybe she will fare better the next time or the time after the next. Who knows?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007
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January 16, 2007

For the last two months, Emma had been obsessed with a MTV video, "Too Little Too Late", A romantic song by JoJo. She almost had to watch it at least twice daily. She sang along with it, swung her arms, gesturing like JoJo. There is a scene where JoJo was singing in the rain, her hair wet, so Emma splashed water on her face and wet her hair and claimed herself to be JoJo.

Funny. And what also funny is that in Emma's mind, there is not yet a concept of boyfriend or girlfriend, so when the guy walks towards and hugs the girl, Emma said: "Oh, her daddy comes". Only later, she understood that an adult male was not necessarily a daddy figure.

And fortunately, though the MTV is purely for teenagers and youth who everyday does not have anything better to do than falling in and out of love, though most MTVs have too many kisses, dirty dances, and too much skin exposures, "Too Little Too late" is pretty clean. It is watchable and almost enjoyable.

However what is in "Too Little Too late"? I do not understand. It is not easy to sing, it is cute, but not bunny-sort, children-kind cute. Even the lyrics are hard to grasp and understand. After watching it so many times with her, I still remember only a few lines, all banal. Also there are a million MTVs, I played some of them, she liked almost none of them. She liked Maria Carey's "Santa Claus coming to town", an cute animated MTV, however in much less fervor.

Ah, the first sign of pop culture craze

Too Little Too Late

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For the last two months, Emma had been obsessed with a MTV video, "Too Little Too Late", A romantic song by JoJo. She almost had to watch it at least twice daily. She sang along with it, swung her arms, gesturing like JoJo. There is a scene where JoJo was singing in the rain, her hair wet, so Emma splashed water on her face and wet her hair and claimed herself to be JoJo.

Funny. And what also funny is that in Emma's mind, there is not yet a concept of boyfriend or girlfriend, so when the guy walks towards and hugs the girl, Emma said: "Oh, her daddy comes". Only later, she understood that an adult male was not necessarily a daddy figure.

And fortunately, though the MTV is purely for teenagers and youth who everyday does not have anything better to do than falling in and out of love, though most MTVs have too many kisses, dirty dances, and too much skin exposures, "Too Little Too late" is pretty clean. It is watchable and almost enjoyable.

However what is in "Too Little Too late"? I do not understand. It is not easy to sing, it is cute, but not bunny-sort, children-kind cute. Even the lyrics are hard to grasp and understand. After watching it so many times with her, I still remember only a few lines, all banal. Also there are a million MTVs, I played some of them, she liked almost none of them. She liked Maria Carey's "Santa Claus coming to town", an cute animated MTV, however in much less fervor.

Ah, the first sign of pop culture craze

Tuesday, January 16, 2007
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January 13, 2007


Having been fairly busy these two weeks, luckily I have some new pictures of Emma. So post here to fill a little bit of the blank.

Riding a scooter

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Having been fairly busy these two weeks, luckily I have some new pictures of Emma. So post here to fill a little bit of the blank.

Saturday, January 13, 2007
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January 05, 2007

Finally I got some taste of the superhot YouTube. Uploaded three video clips, two old, one new. Indeed it is so easy to use, and videos are playing very well. Nice.

Of course, videos are all Emma's. We are too old, worn out to be filmed. But not her. Of course, even cute as she is, she cannot compete with other YouTube hotties, like the Lonely girl 15, or George Allen's macabre. But who cares? I am the biggest and forever loyal fan of hers.

These are the links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc8MY97Tpbk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy53YjysxY0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDCcv2jDgtI

Will upload more.

Videos on YouTube

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Finally I got some taste of the superhot YouTube. Uploaded three video clips, two old, one new. Indeed it is so easy to use, and videos are playing very well. Nice.

Of course, videos are all Emma's. We are too old, worn out to be filmed. But not her. Of course, even cute as she is, she cannot compete with other YouTube hotties, like the Lonely girl 15, or George Allen's macabre. But who cares? I am the biggest and forever loyal fan of hers.

These are the links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc8MY97Tpbk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy53YjysxY0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDCcv2jDgtI

Will upload more.

Friday, January 05, 2007
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January 04, 2007

Emma got many presents on Christmas, from friends and relatives. She was excited. But the greedy spirit obviously has not invade her heart, for she said, after opening one after another present: "Wow, Santa gave me so many presents, next time I want only one."

Indeed, who needs that many presents? And that wrapping-paper tearing.

Over the long Christmas vacation, Emma has seen many movies, Happy Feet, The Wizard of OZ, Match of Penguins, Dumbo, Charlot's Web. Her favorite is Happy Feet and Dumbo. When I watched Dumbo with her, when Dumbo went to visit her mom, who was jailed as a mad elephant, Emma was so sad that tears filled her eyes.

On New Year's Day, we went to China to have DimSum, because she has a book about DimSum. We went with such enthusiasm, we talked about all the foods in the book, but Emma barely touched any of them. Still it is enough now we know DimSum for real.

Christmas and the New Year's Day

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Emma got many presents on Christmas, from friends and relatives. She was excited. But the greedy spirit obviously has not invade her heart, for she said, after opening one after another present: "Wow, Santa gave me so many presents, next time I want only one."

Indeed, who needs that many presents? And that wrapping-paper tearing.

Over the long Christmas vacation, Emma has seen many movies, Happy Feet, The Wizard of OZ, Match of Penguins, Dumbo, Charlot's Web. Her favorite is Happy Feet and Dumbo. When I watched Dumbo with her, when Dumbo went to visit her mom, who was jailed as a mad elephant, Emma was so sad that tears filled her eyes.

On New Year's Day, we went to China to have DimSum, because she has a book about DimSum. We went with such enthusiasm, we talked about all the foods in the book, but Emma barely touched any of them. Still it is enough now we know DimSum for real.

Thursday, January 04, 2007
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