June 23, 2009

The time we waited for is finally here. Winter is gone. Time for shorts, bathing suits, barbecues and air conditioning. Emma and Annya love to play in the water and sand. We almost lost Emma at the Indiana Dunes. We had to convince Annya that covering her sisters head with sand wasn't a very good idea. The girls did great at the water park. Emma decided to go down a large water slide with us. I just think that she didn't want to be left alone. Annya wouldn't be left behind. She also wanted to go down the large water slide. I talked to her all the way down. When we reached the end of the ride, her face was in shock and fear. As if to say, what the **** did we just do. She said that the ride was a "disaster." Emma wanted to go back on. Annya at first refused but to her credit she wanted to go back on. Once Annya realized that her young life wouldn't end, she had a very big smile on her face when we reached the bottom of the ride. Hopefully this is the beginning of a great Summer.

Stop the Clock

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The time we waited for is finally here. Winter is gone. Time for shorts, bathing suits, barbecues and air conditioning. Emma and Annya love to play in the water and sand. We almost lost Emma at the Indiana Dunes. We had to convince Annya that covering her sisters head with sand wasn't a very good idea. The girls did great at the water park. Emma decided to go down a large water slide with us. I just think that she didn't want to be left alone. Annya wouldn't be left behind. She also wanted to go down the large water slide. I talked to her all the way down. When we reached the end of the ride, her face was in shock and fear. As if to say, what the **** did we just do. She said that the ride was a "disaster." Emma wanted to go back on. Annya at first refused but to her credit she wanted to go back on. Once Annya realized that her young life wouldn't end, she had a very big smile on her face when we reached the bottom of the ride. Hopefully this is the beginning of a great Summer.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
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The little kaleidoscope of my little world just kept turning. May was again passed in a blur. June?

In June, I uprooted, yet again, my big, noisy family of young and old to the little town of Portage in Indiana. The little kids and the elder parents are happy with the enormous space. We did gardens, flower gardens and vegetable gardens. My mom threw into the ground whatever seeds from the last fruit she ate (apples, oranges), hoping it would grow like Jack’s bean stalk. Emma is a great helper, she gave grandma every little seed she saved as well. Louis tried to fill the vast “wasteland” with green grass.

The garden did grow, bloom, we actually did get a little bit of green to eat out of the field. The grass did gradually took root at the front yard, trees, still tiny, barely visible against tall weeds, seem to be growing as well.
Emma goes to Summer camp everyday now. She even did a field trip to see an Imax movie.

I had a million complaints about Portage, but gradually resigned to my three hours daily commute. On weekends, we still went out searching for fun, the weekend before we hiked then spent a lazy afternoon at the Indiana sand dune; we spent last weekend busy shopping, splashing water at the crown fountain at Chicago, then again at the Deep River water park.

Pictures here …



June

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The little kaleidoscope of my little world just kept turning. May was again passed in a blur. June?

In June, I uprooted, yet again, my big, noisy family of young and old to the little town of Portage in Indiana. The little kids and the elder parents are happy with the enormous space. We did gardens, flower gardens and vegetable gardens. My mom threw into the ground whatever seeds from the last fruit she ate (apples, oranges), hoping it would grow like Jack’s bean stalk. Emma is a great helper, she gave grandma every little seed she saved as well. Louis tried to fill the vast “wasteland” with green grass.

The garden did grow, bloom, we actually did get a little bit of green to eat out of the field. The grass did gradually took root at the front yard, trees, still tiny, barely visible against tall weeds, seem to be growing as well.
Emma goes to Summer camp everyday now. She even did a field trip to see an Imax movie.

I had a million complaints about Portage, but gradually resigned to my three hours daily commute. On weekends, we still went out searching for fun, the weekend before we hiked then spent a lazy afternoon at the Indiana sand dune; we spent last weekend busy shopping, splashing water at the crown fountain at Chicago, then again at the Deep River water park.

Pictures here …



Tuesday, June 23, 2009
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June 14, 2009

Dad, boys like to play Spiderman & Batman. Girls like to play Fairy Tails.
Yes, boys and girls are different.
Dad, I know the difference between a baby boy and a baby girl.
How can you tell the difference between a baby boy and a baby girl?
Dad, I just look at the clothes, A baby girl will be wearing a dress.
You are right, baby boys and baby girls are different...

Annya has become very aggressive and is now a bug killer. She patrols the house looking for bugs. Most of her bugs are imaginary. Right now she posses no threat to the bugs. Emma has suffered more blows from the fly swatter than the bugs. Bugs beware, once Annya perfects her hand and eye coordination, there will no longer be any bugs in the house.

The Birds & The Bees

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Dad, boys like to play Spiderman & Batman. Girls like to play Fairy Tails.
Yes, boys and girls are different.
Dad, I know the difference between a baby boy and a baby girl.
How can you tell the difference between a baby boy and a baby girl?
Dad, I just look at the clothes, A baby girl will be wearing a dress.
You are right, baby boys and baby girls are different...

Annya has become very aggressive and is now a bug killer. She patrols the house looking for bugs. Most of her bugs are imaginary. Right now she posses no threat to the bugs. Emma has suffered more blows from the fly swatter than the bugs. Bugs beware, once Annya perfects her hand and eye coordination, there will no longer be any bugs in the house.

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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June 07, 2009

Annya has improved drastically with her communication skills. She understands questions and can reply. It is so much fun communicating with a two year old. She listens to every word you say and can understand meanings to words she hears for the first time. Were still working on the potty training, she is about 80% trained. Once in a while she will have an accident. I try to be stern with her and tell her she must use the bathroom. She comes back with a big smile and says " bathroom OK." How can you be upset with a smile like that.

Emma is taking a break from school. She is Annya's teacher. Annya has learned a lot from Emma. Emma wants to be #1 in every thing she does. I just hope she takes this attitude and applies it to her studies. We want her to know that it is ok for baby sister to be #1 and that being #2 isn't a bad spot to be in. Emma likes to do everything by herself. This usually means that she has us take one step backwards before we can take two steps forward. In the long run, it will make Emma a better and more rounded person.

Our little family is growing...

The girls keep growing

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Annya has improved drastically with her communication skills. She understands questions and can reply. It is so much fun communicating with a two year old. She listens to every word you say and can understand meanings to words she hears for the first time. Were still working on the potty training, she is about 80% trained. Once in a while she will have an accident. I try to be stern with her and tell her she must use the bathroom. She comes back with a big smile and says " bathroom OK." How can you be upset with a smile like that.

Emma is taking a break from school. She is Annya's teacher. Annya has learned a lot from Emma. Emma wants to be #1 in every thing she does. I just hope she takes this attitude and applies it to her studies. We want her to know that it is ok for baby sister to be #1 and that being #2 isn't a bad spot to be in. Emma likes to do everything by herself. This usually means that she has us take one step backwards before we can take two steps forward. In the long run, it will make Emma a better and more rounded person.

Our little family is growing...

Sunday, June 07, 2009
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