December 19, 2010

Tap Performance at Old Town School

Broadway kids Part I



Broadway kids Part II

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Tap Performance at Old Town School

Broadway kids Part I



Broadway kids Part II

Sunday, December 19, 2010
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December 18, 2010

Emma performed twice this week. Her first performance was singing and acting. She looked a little shy on the stage. She only had two class mates with her and the other students were older. She remembered her lines but was a little quiet. She didn't sing all the words to a song. I gave her a rating of six.

It is ironic because we normally have to tell Emma your are too loud; you need to give Annya a chance to speak. In a group setting she seems to be a little more reserved. Mommy and Daddy then told Emma, when she was being loud at home; we want you to perform that way on stage, loud and confident.

Her second performance was tap dancing. She was a goof ball every time she practiced. We then told her she needed to be serious. Emma actually performed very well. She was much more relaxed and had a confident look on her face. Her tap dancing was also improved. I decided to give her a rating of nine. There is always room for improvement and Emma has definitely improved.

Emma Performs

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Emma performed twice this week. Her first performance was singing and acting. She looked a little shy on the stage. She only had two class mates with her and the other students were older. She remembered her lines but was a little quiet. She didn't sing all the words to a song. I gave her a rating of six.

It is ironic because we normally have to tell Emma your are too loud; you need to give Annya a chance to speak. In a group setting she seems to be a little more reserved. Mommy and Daddy then told Emma, when she was being loud at home; we want you to perform that way on stage, loud and confident.

Her second performance was tap dancing. She was a goof ball every time she practiced. We then told her she needed to be serious. Emma actually performed very well. She was much more relaxed and had a confident look on her face. Her tap dancing was also improved. I decided to give her a rating of nine. There is always room for improvement and Emma has definitely improved.

Saturday, December 18, 2010
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November 29, 2010

Mama cooked our first Turkey home made dinner. She cleaned the Turkey extremely well. Too well. Mama removed everything including the temperature probe. Daddy was a little worried. Even Daddy knows what a temperature probe is. She insisted that the Turkey will come out fine. The 20 lb Turkey cooked for 5 hours. Mama then checked it with the reliable chop stick. Chop stick said the Turkey was ready.

The chop stick was right. The Turkey was cooked and very juicy. The side dishes were also tasty. We all eat until we were feeling like the stuffed Turkey. Emma, Annya and Yung enjoyed their Turkey dinner but are still too young to be thankful for everything they have.

I will be thankful for them for having a wonderful mom that loves them, feeds them, bathes them, plays with them, reads to them and constantly thinks about first even before Daddy. May our family grow with continued happiness and have many more reasons to be thankful for.

First Turkey Dinner

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Mama cooked our first Turkey home made dinner. She cleaned the Turkey extremely well. Too well. Mama removed everything including the temperature probe. Daddy was a little worried. Even Daddy knows what a temperature probe is. She insisted that the Turkey will come out fine. The 20 lb Turkey cooked for 5 hours. Mama then checked it with the reliable chop stick. Chop stick said the Turkey was ready.

The chop stick was right. The Turkey was cooked and very juicy. The side dishes were also tasty. We all eat until we were feeling like the stuffed Turkey. Emma, Annya and Yung enjoyed their Turkey dinner but are still too young to be thankful for everything they have.

I will be thankful for them for having a wonderful mom that loves them, feeds them, bathes them, plays with them, reads to them and constantly thinks about first even before Daddy. May our family grow with continued happiness and have many more reasons to be thankful for.

Monday, November 29, 2010
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November 01, 2010

This is the best night for all candy lovers including Emma and Annya. Emma was ready to go with no fears; besides her fear of dogs. Annya was a little hesitant. She remembered last years ghosts and goblins. Her love for Junk Food is too strong to keep her at home. She was ready for tricks or treats.

We were off in the cold night searching for friendly houses with the lights turned on. Many scary creatures were around us. All shapes and sizes. They seemed to be friendly and wanted to get Junk Food just like us.

I tried to get Emma and Annya to say trick or treat. They both said I Don't Want To. They did say thank you after they were given a treat. Some houses were decorated very nicely and scary. I was forbidden to ask for Junk in the scary houses. The girls would say that the house was too scary. I tried to tell them it was not real and they would say; we know it isn't real but it is too scary.

It started to get darker, scarier and colder. Annya then said that Mommy told her to hold Daddy's hand because she might hit a car. There were no cars around but I didn't want to take a chance that Annya would hit a car so I held her hand.

It was time to end our search. One more house girls then we go home. Annya then said; Daddy I had a good time. Can we do this again? Yes Annya, we will do it again next year. Daddy, next year means later right? Right Annya, we will do it again later.

Free Junk Night

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This is the best night for all candy lovers including Emma and Annya. Emma was ready to go with no fears; besides her fear of dogs. Annya was a little hesitant. She remembered last years ghosts and goblins. Her love for Junk Food is too strong to keep her at home. She was ready for tricks or treats.

We were off in the cold night searching for friendly houses with the lights turned on. Many scary creatures were around us. All shapes and sizes. They seemed to be friendly and wanted to get Junk Food just like us.

I tried to get Emma and Annya to say trick or treat. They both said I Don't Want To. They did say thank you after they were given a treat. Some houses were decorated very nicely and scary. I was forbidden to ask for Junk in the scary houses. The girls would say that the house was too scary. I tried to tell them it was not real and they would say; we know it isn't real but it is too scary.

It started to get darker, scarier and colder. Annya then said that Mommy told her to hold Daddy's hand because she might hit a car. There were no cars around but I didn't want to take a chance that Annya would hit a car so I held her hand.

It was time to end our search. One more house girls then we go home. Annya then said; Daddy I had a good time. Can we do this again? Yes Annya, we will do it again next year. Daddy, next year means later right? Right Annya, we will do it again later.

Monday, November 01, 2010
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October 28, 2010



It is Halloween time. For little kids, it is candy time. Emma is obviously happy, however torn by her conscience. And Annya has always welcomed junk in her life. Now the word junk is equivalent of candies, cookies, chocolates. Junk by default just means something sweet and a little bit forbidden. Mommy, can I have some junk? She would ask. Mommy, can we buy this junk?

The battle is lost before it even starts.

I grabbed some costumes from thrift store for them. Annya was a little minnie mouse, Emma was a queen, black-and-red ruffles and long train. Being a slender girl, she actually looked quite queenly, which was an untended result. Annya, on the hand, still has a little pooh-bear tummy and looked less like the light minnie. We all suspected she has had too much junk/candy. Time to be restrictive.

Yung is still everyone's prince charming/my darling. He is growing cuter each day, with impossibly large and bright eyes. Mommy, mommy, I want mommy! Everyday, I see that in his eyes, in his easy lovely smiles. Now that he can crawl, he crawls at my direction whenever i put him down. He says ma-ma very long ago, soundly beat Louis' predication that he would say "da-da" first, because it was easy. No. Ma'ma always comes in first.

Halloween and Little baby Yung

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It is Halloween time. For little kids, it is candy time. Emma is obviously happy, however torn by her conscience. And Annya has always welcomed junk in her life. Now the word junk is equivalent of candies, cookies, chocolates. Junk by default just means something sweet and a little bit forbidden. Mommy, can I have some junk? She would ask. Mommy, can we buy this junk?

The battle is lost before it even starts.

I grabbed some costumes from thrift store for them. Annya was a little minnie mouse, Emma was a queen, black-and-red ruffles and long train. Being a slender girl, she actually looked quite queenly, which was an untended result. Annya, on the hand, still has a little pooh-bear tummy and looked less like the light minnie. We all suspected she has had too much junk/candy. Time to be restrictive.

Yung is still everyone's prince charming/my darling. He is growing cuter each day, with impossibly large and bright eyes. Mommy, mommy, I want mommy! Everyday, I see that in his eyes, in his easy lovely smiles. Now that he can crawl, he crawls at my direction whenever i put him down. He says ma-ma very long ago, soundly beat Louis' predication that he would say "da-da" first, because it was easy. No. Ma'ma always comes in first.

Thursday, October 28, 2010
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October 23, 2010

Emma is very competitive with Annya. She has a great 3 year advantage over her biggest rival. Emma has never lost a race against Annya, or at least in her mind she has never lost. Even when she has lost to Annya, she will say how can I lose if I was never in the race? I think Emma will make a fine lawyer someday.

Who is my #1? That is very easy. We have Emma, Annya and Yung. How can you go wrong picking anyone of them? We have three #1's, some days someone may shine a little brighter than the others, but we will never have a #2 or #3 in our little family.

I will just sit back and enjoy their competitive games and root for the underdog. Someday soon Annya will level out the playing field for some great entertainment. Yung would not be left behind. He will be walking shortly and say look out world here I come.

Who is #1?

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Emma is very competitive with Annya. She has a great 3 year advantage over her biggest rival. Emma has never lost a race against Annya, or at least in her mind she has never lost. Even when she has lost to Annya, she will say how can I lose if I was never in the race? I think Emma will make a fine lawyer someday.

Who is my #1? That is very easy. We have Emma, Annya and Yung. How can you go wrong picking anyone of them? We have three #1's, some days someone may shine a little brighter than the others, but we will never have a #2 or #3 in our little family.

I will just sit back and enjoy their competitive games and root for the underdog. Someday soon Annya will level out the playing field for some great entertainment. Yung would not be left behind. He will be walking shortly and say look out world here I come.

Saturday, October 23, 2010
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October 15, 2010

Daddy, is it true if two people are born on the same day and one is born one minute before the other one, he or she is older?

Yes Emma, who ever is born first on the same day will be older.

Really? So that means that person would die first of old age.

Not everyone dies of old age.

I know Daddy, some people die young.

Age is just a number

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Daddy, is it true if two people are born on the same day and one is born one minute before the other one, he or she is older?

Yes Emma, who ever is born first on the same day will be older.

Really? So that means that person would die first of old age.

Not everyone dies of old age.

I know Daddy, some people die young.

Friday, October 15, 2010
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October 11, 2010



Today is the most perfect day in my entire life. Emma loves to use big words, blanket terms as such. I guess it has to be, if you are immersed with new and big and fantastical words, and if you only have merely seven years to sum up.

Emma has grown, taller, prettier, more confident, thoughtful and helpful every day. Talking about confidence, obviously she thought she was the BEST, so one day she questioned me indignantly: "ok, you think Annya is as GOOD as I am?" What? Emma? She still has her little mean side, always making sure she is in charge. "Annya, you did not listen. You do not get any snack". That is a sure cry inducer.

It is a confidence-killer for Annya though, with a sister who draws, talks, and tells you that "Annya, you still need to learn many talents, such as, counting, doing math, writing ..." Everything Emma does, Annya would want to do. Emma is reading her fairy book, Annya wants to read Harry Potter. She would not want to read "baby" book now. Ouch. She would not want to draw, she always begs Emma to draw her a baby, a princess, a bird. Emma would be so proud she would say: "Annya, I draw the coloring pages for you and you color". Ouch! I would have to say: Annya, no. I love the little babies you draw. It is your work.

Yung is always, in Emma and Annya's words, "the prince charming, my hero, my ultimate treasure". In words only. When it comes to caring for him, Emma and Annya are completely not reliable. They only have at most 2 minutes' patience. The next minute, Yung would have snailed himself under the couch and crying. He is a beautiful and happy baby, slowly started crawling. He can say: ma-ma, ba-ba ... no da-da yet.

(Oh, always forgot to keep note: For Emma's birthday, we went to a concert, the singer Laura Doherty actually sang a "Happy Birthday" song for Emma. Wow, cannot want anything better. Other than that I forgot my camera!)

Today is the most perfect day in my entire life

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Today is the most perfect day in my entire life. Emma loves to use big words, blanket terms as such. I guess it has to be, if you are immersed with new and big and fantastical words, and if you only have merely seven years to sum up.

Emma has grown, taller, prettier, more confident, thoughtful and helpful every day. Talking about confidence, obviously she thought she was the BEST, so one day she questioned me indignantly: "ok, you think Annya is as GOOD as I am?" What? Emma? She still has her little mean side, always making sure she is in charge. "Annya, you did not listen. You do not get any snack". That is a sure cry inducer.

It is a confidence-killer for Annya though, with a sister who draws, talks, and tells you that "Annya, you still need to learn many talents, such as, counting, doing math, writing ..." Everything Emma does, Annya would want to do. Emma is reading her fairy book, Annya wants to read Harry Potter. She would not want to read "baby" book now. Ouch. She would not want to draw, she always begs Emma to draw her a baby, a princess, a bird. Emma would be so proud she would say: "Annya, I draw the coloring pages for you and you color". Ouch! I would have to say: Annya, no. I love the little babies you draw. It is your work.

Yung is always, in Emma and Annya's words, "the prince charming, my hero, my ultimate treasure". In words only. When it comes to caring for him, Emma and Annya are completely not reliable. They only have at most 2 minutes' patience. The next minute, Yung would have snailed himself under the couch and crying. He is a beautiful and happy baby, slowly started crawling. He can say: ma-ma, ba-ba ... no da-da yet.

(Oh, always forgot to keep note: For Emma's birthday, we went to a concert, the singer Laura Doherty actually sang a "Happy Birthday" song for Emma. Wow, cannot want anything better. Other than that I forgot my camera!)

Monday, October 11, 2010
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October 09, 2010

Emma is no longer 6 and a half. It seems like she was stuck on that number for a long time. Just last week, she still was 6 and a half. She turned 7 on the 7th of October. She continues to do well in school and is becoming a great artist. I believe she has two left feet in her dancing class but she is making up for it in her cooking class.

Annya is also doing well in school. All the teachers love her and say that she is doing a great job. She is in training to become a Princess. Emma is her mentor. Her mentor can be a little mean at times. Annya a Princess doesn't do this! Annya a Princess doesn't do that! Even after all the yelling is done, Annya would look at Emma and say, you are a Princess.

Yung continues to grow and become stronger. It is a struggle to change his diaper. He cant sit still for a minute. Yung is a great crawler in bed. He is the best eater from the kids. He has yet not tasted something that he doesn't like.

Happy Birthday Emma, may you live to see another Golden Birthday!

Emma's Golden Day

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Emma is no longer 6 and a half. It seems like she was stuck on that number for a long time. Just last week, she still was 6 and a half. She turned 7 on the 7th of October. She continues to do well in school and is becoming a great artist. I believe she has two left feet in her dancing class but she is making up for it in her cooking class.

Annya is also doing well in school. All the teachers love her and say that she is doing a great job. She is in training to become a Princess. Emma is her mentor. Her mentor can be a little mean at times. Annya a Princess doesn't do this! Annya a Princess doesn't do that! Even after all the yelling is done, Annya would look at Emma and say, you are a Princess.

Yung continues to grow and become stronger. It is a struggle to change his diaper. He cant sit still for a minute. Yung is a great crawler in bed. He is the best eater from the kids. He has yet not tasted something that he doesn't like.

Happy Birthday Emma, may you live to see another Golden Birthday!

Saturday, October 09, 2010
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September 11, 2010

Emma finally makes it to 1st Grade. All we heard all Summer long was when do I start 1st grade? I want to go back to school. How many more days? blah blah blah. She has grown into a fine young girl. Her pants are noticeable shorter.

Annya also had a nice Summer. She was exposed to her first school bus ride. Mommy and Daddy were fortunate to take several field trips with Annya riding a big yellow bus. Now when Annya sees a yellow bus she will say that she wants to go on a field trip.

Yung has become a great eater. If it is eatable, he will eat it and if its not, he will still put it in his mouth. At first when he tries something new he will give you the google eyed look. After his taste buds kick in and analyzes it, he wants more.

We are fortunate having three great kids. Each one will be unique and special in their own special way. Maybe we should have a fourth child. Maybe not.

Back to School

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Emma finally makes it to 1st Grade. All we heard all Summer long was when do I start 1st grade? I want to go back to school. How many more days? blah blah blah. She has grown into a fine young girl. Her pants are noticeable shorter.

Annya also had a nice Summer. She was exposed to her first school bus ride. Mommy and Daddy were fortunate to take several field trips with Annya riding a big yellow bus. Now when Annya sees a yellow bus she will say that she wants to go on a field trip.

Yung has become a great eater. If it is eatable, he will eat it and if its not, he will still put it in his mouth. At first when he tries something new he will give you the google eyed look. After his taste buds kick in and analyzes it, he wants more.

We are fortunate having three great kids. Each one will be unique and special in their own special way. Maybe we should have a fourth child. Maybe not.

Saturday, September 11, 2010
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July 18, 2010

Daddy when I grow up Prince Yung and I are going to get married.
Emma, you can't marry your brother.
Why not? Daddy married Mommy.
Yung has your blood; you can't marry your own blood.
He isn't my baby; he doesn't have my blood.
You and Yung came from Mommy and have the same blood.
If I can't marry Yung then I wouldn't get married.

Brotherly Love

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Daddy when I grow up Prince Yung and I are going to get married.
Emma, you can't marry your brother.
Why not? Daddy married Mommy.
Yung has your blood; you can't marry your own blood.
He isn't my baby; he doesn't have my blood.
You and Yung came from Mommy and have the same blood.
If I can't marry Yung then I wouldn't get married.

Sunday, July 18, 2010
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July 17, 2010

Emma is enjoying her Summer Camp. She already has gone on two field trips. Her last trip was to the beach. The temperature was about 97 degrees. Her cheese melted in her back pack before she had a chance to eat it. She still said she had a great time. She also goes swimming daily. Her goal is to be a swimmer when she reaches 18. For now she is content with walking and hugging the swimming pool wall. She does have a beautiful tan.

Annya is doing great in pre-school. The teachers love her and say she is a good singer and dancer. At school she is very neat and responsible. She takes her time when working on a project and then puts everything away when she is done. Hopefully sometime soon she will use these skills at home.

Yung has reached 6 months old. Mommy has done a great job taking care of him and the two girls while trying too find time for her own job. He now has two little teeth and wouldn't hesitate to bite your finger. He will grab anything and taste it. He is very observant and will grab things from your hands when your not looking. We can't wait for words that will come out of his mouth and too see his first foot steps.

Summer Time

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Emma is enjoying her Summer Camp. She already has gone on two field trips. Her last trip was to the beach. The temperature was about 97 degrees. Her cheese melted in her back pack before she had a chance to eat it. She still said she had a great time. She also goes swimming daily. Her goal is to be a swimmer when she reaches 18. For now she is content with walking and hugging the swimming pool wall. She does have a beautiful tan.

Annya is doing great in pre-school. The teachers love her and say she is a good singer and dancer. At school she is very neat and responsible. She takes her time when working on a project and then puts everything away when she is done. Hopefully sometime soon she will use these skills at home.

Yung has reached 6 months old. Mommy has done a great job taking care of him and the two girls while trying too find time for her own job. He now has two little teeth and wouldn't hesitate to bite your finger. He will grab anything and taste it. He is very observant and will grab things from your hands when your not looking. We can't wait for words that will come out of his mouth and too see his first foot steps.

Saturday, July 17, 2010
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June 03, 2010

It is Sunday, a day before Memorial Day. Emma asks where are we going? We are going to the Cemetery. What is a Cemetery? A Cemetery is a place where people rest in peace after they die. We are going to give flowers to my Mom. Your Mom didn't go to Heaven? Her Soul did go to Heaven but our bodies will stay on Earth. After will arrive Emma asks, does your Mom fit in that small box? No Emma, that is just a name plate. She is in a coffin. What is a coffin? Have you ever seen a scary movie with a Vampire who comes out of a box? Yes. That is a coffin, this coffin is a lot nicer. Daddy your Mom's last name is also Rodriguez. Is that how she looked when she died? No Emma, that is a picture of the Virgin Mary on the name plate. So your Mom died here? No Emma, this is a place we decided to lay her body.

A Day To Remember

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It is Sunday, a day before Memorial Day. Emma asks where are we going? We are going to the Cemetery. What is a Cemetery? A Cemetery is a place where people rest in peace after they die. We are going to give flowers to my Mom. Your Mom didn't go to Heaven? Her Soul did go to Heaven but our bodies will stay on Earth. After will arrive Emma asks, does your Mom fit in that small box? No Emma, that is just a name plate. She is in a coffin. What is a coffin? Have you ever seen a scary movie with a Vampire who comes out of a box? Yes. That is a coffin, this coffin is a lot nicer. Daddy your Mom's last name is also Rodriguez. Is that how she looked when she died? No Emma, that is a picture of the Virgin Mary on the name plate. So your Mom died here? No Emma, this is a place we decided to lay her body.

Thursday, June 03, 2010
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May 19, 2010

Yesterday, Yung hit his four-month birthday, before that, Annya became 3 and Louis reached an undisclosed age.

The past few months, Annya has contracted all sorts of illnesses, occasionally serious, mostly minor. She had sinus infection, peumonia, stomach flu. She was in and out of fever now and then. At one time, she got pink eyes, before long, Emma and Yung had their eyes all pink and junk-filled. All had to be pinned down to receive their eye drops.

Yung seems to have inherited a robust body and health. His weight always hovers above 94 percentile and wears clothes 6 months bigger than his own age. With a chunky body and double-triple chin, his neck becomes an easy target of redness then infection. For that, we have consulted three doctors and a dozens of website. They say, keep it clean and dry!!! Yeah, but how?

Emma, somehow survived the winter and the forever attacking of germs brought by Annya's uncovered coughs, sneezes and throwing-ups. Of course, she herself too coughs openly with a giant smile. However, other than pink eye, she has been OK. Even Louis and I had come down with fever at one time.

Emma has been doing very good, great, brilliantly in her school. Everyone raves about her. Kindergarten is easy, admittedly. However, with the great teachers, nothing is too easy or too difficult. Everything is fun. She loves her lit lab, where she reads, writes, tells stories. Over the course of less than a few months, they have experimented writtings from poetry, fiction, nonfiction, letters ... Emma brings home letters, love notes, little anecdotes for all of us.

Emma has developed into a true movie fan, watching every possible movie about princesses, fairies, and the last unicorn. She reads fairy books at a speed of 50 pages one hour, buying her fairy books is like throwing money into water. She also tells me long and winding fairy stories

Annya is loved by her teachers and friends. She is very very smart, more than I have expected. She can easily count to 10, she loves counting. Books is her love. We read books indiscrimately. And we often read the same book over and over again. Like Emma, her language skills are incredible. Her English is fluent, however, at the price of Chinese. She has picked up some Spanish.

Yung is the little baby with the most expressive eyes and voices. I bond with him instantly. He gives me gorgeous and generous smiles. He hates tummy time, he loves books and his little toys. He must be very smart too, his light in his eyes tell me so. Babies cannot talk, however, when they are interested in something, they look at it long and intentively. Yung is like that. He looks at every page when I read, his hands open and shut, his fingers wiggle, trying to grab the book ...


It has been challenging trying to keep peace at home. With the arrival of Yung, Emma seems to have become combative. Every little thing can ignite a fight between her and Annya, the spot sitting next to mommy, the "best" spot to watch Yung bathe ... they fought for Yung's toy, they quarrel about which book to read ... on and on. Dealing with a sister like Emma is hard, who talks no-stop, who is so immensely proud of herself. Annya resorts to cry / telling on Emma to mommy/daddy.

In the household, there is no lack of cries and whines, however, there is also tremendous fun and joy. With three kids who know or care about pretty much nothing about cleaning, our house is constantly in a mess, books, clothes, socks, half-eaten apples ... however, we play, dance, sing, act silly nonetheless.

I cannot wait to see the girls grow into the beautiful, smart and well accomplished young women, and Yung the strong, handsome and intelligent superb young man I know he would be. However, every minute i have now with them is just precious.

The kids

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Yesterday, Yung hit his four-month birthday, before that, Annya became 3 and Louis reached an undisclosed age.

The past few months, Annya has contracted all sorts of illnesses, occasionally serious, mostly minor. She had sinus infection, peumonia, stomach flu. She was in and out of fever now and then. At one time, she got pink eyes, before long, Emma and Yung had their eyes all pink and junk-filled. All had to be pinned down to receive their eye drops.

Yung seems to have inherited a robust body and health. His weight always hovers above 94 percentile and wears clothes 6 months bigger than his own age. With a chunky body and double-triple chin, his neck becomes an easy target of redness then infection. For that, we have consulted three doctors and a dozens of website. They say, keep it clean and dry!!! Yeah, but how?

Emma, somehow survived the winter and the forever attacking of germs brought by Annya's uncovered coughs, sneezes and throwing-ups. Of course, she herself too coughs openly with a giant smile. However, other than pink eye, she has been OK. Even Louis and I had come down with fever at one time.

Emma has been doing very good, great, brilliantly in her school. Everyone raves about her. Kindergarten is easy, admittedly. However, with the great teachers, nothing is too easy or too difficult. Everything is fun. She loves her lit lab, where she reads, writes, tells stories. Over the course of less than a few months, they have experimented writtings from poetry, fiction, nonfiction, letters ... Emma brings home letters, love notes, little anecdotes for all of us.

Emma has developed into a true movie fan, watching every possible movie about princesses, fairies, and the last unicorn. She reads fairy books at a speed of 50 pages one hour, buying her fairy books is like throwing money into water. She also tells me long and winding fairy stories

Annya is loved by her teachers and friends. She is very very smart, more than I have expected. She can easily count to 10, she loves counting. Books is her love. We read books indiscrimately. And we often read the same book over and over again. Like Emma, her language skills are incredible. Her English is fluent, however, at the price of Chinese. She has picked up some Spanish.

Yung is the little baby with the most expressive eyes and voices. I bond with him instantly. He gives me gorgeous and generous smiles. He hates tummy time, he loves books and his little toys. He must be very smart too, his light in his eyes tell me so. Babies cannot talk, however, when they are interested in something, they look at it long and intentively. Yung is like that. He looks at every page when I read, his hands open and shut, his fingers wiggle, trying to grab the book ...


It has been challenging trying to keep peace at home. With the arrival of Yung, Emma seems to have become combative. Every little thing can ignite a fight between her and Annya, the spot sitting next to mommy, the "best" spot to watch Yung bathe ... they fought for Yung's toy, they quarrel about which book to read ... on and on. Dealing with a sister like Emma is hard, who talks no-stop, who is so immensely proud of herself. Annya resorts to cry / telling on Emma to mommy/daddy.

In the household, there is no lack of cries and whines, however, there is also tremendous fun and joy. With three kids who know or care about pretty much nothing about cleaning, our house is constantly in a mess, books, clothes, socks, half-eaten apples ... however, we play, dance, sing, act silly nonetheless.

I cannot wait to see the girls grow into the beautiful, smart and well accomplished young women, and Yung the strong, handsome and intelligent superb young man I know he would be. However, every minute i have now with them is just precious.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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May 13, 2010



A mother's day gift

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April 30, 2010

Emma has been writting beautiful letters to everyone of us, especially Yung (Too bad, I used to be the one to whom she addressed in her daily school letters).

The following are two samples:

Dear Yung,

Ever since you were born you were so cute and you still are. But I also like how you are funny caus you sometimes kick your legs and your feet out in a snap and pull them back slowly, and when I kiss your lips you start sucking my lips

-- To my yucky little brother

Dear Louie,

Happy birthday. I hope it's going to be fun. It should! But first tell my mom to wear a party dress. She always wears plan black things

-- To my even taller dad

Dear Yung ...

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Emma has been writting beautiful letters to everyone of us, especially Yung (Too bad, I used to be the one to whom she addressed in her daily school letters).

The following are two samples:

Dear Yung,

Ever since you were born you were so cute and you still are. But I also like how you are funny caus you sometimes kick your legs and your feet out in a snap and pull them back slowly, and when I kiss your lips you start sucking my lips

-- To my yucky little brother

Dear Louie,

Happy birthday. I hope it's going to be fun. It should! But first tell my mom to wear a party dress. She always wears plan black things

-- To my even taller dad

Friday, April 30, 2010
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April 24, 2010

We made our annual inspection for surviving plantation. The final report was mixed. Good news first; all our tries survived, even Grandma's apple tree that was made from a seed of an
apple that we had eaten. Unfortunately we had some causalities; some of our flowers didn't make it through the brutal winter.

This year we are implementing plan b. Instead of buying flowers, we decided to buy flower bulbs. It was a cold and windy Spring day but it wasn't enough to stop Emma, Annya and myself from doing our Spring planting. We pulled out the dead flowers and planted the new flower bulbs. Hopefully in the Summer we will see new signs of life.

Annya and I will be celebrating our birthdays soon. She will be 3 and I will be over 30. Emma and Annya are making the invitation cards. On Annya's birthday we are planning a one day trip; the following day we we have dinner with family.

Yung is getting bigger and more observant. He is on a one day on schedule and a one day off schedule. He will stay awake for a good part of the day on one day but needs to sleep the whole second day to make up for the first day.

Winter Survivors

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We made our annual inspection for surviving plantation. The final report was mixed. Good news first; all our tries survived, even Grandma's apple tree that was made from a seed of an
apple that we had eaten. Unfortunately we had some causalities; some of our flowers didn't make it through the brutal winter.

This year we are implementing plan b. Instead of buying flowers, we decided to buy flower bulbs. It was a cold and windy Spring day but it wasn't enough to stop Emma, Annya and myself from doing our Spring planting. We pulled out the dead flowers and planted the new flower bulbs. Hopefully in the Summer we will see new signs of life.

Annya and I will be celebrating our birthdays soon. She will be 3 and I will be over 30. Emma and Annya are making the invitation cards. On Annya's birthday we are planning a one day trip; the following day we we have dinner with family.

Yung is getting bigger and more observant. He is on a one day on schedule and a one day off schedule. He will stay awake for a good part of the day on one day but needs to sleep the whole second day to make up for the first day.

Saturday, April 24, 2010
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April 05, 2010

One evening we were eating at a restaurant. Emma wants to order a soft drink on her own. I give her a five dollar bill. She returns with her soft drink and brings back 4 dollar bills and change. Emma then says, Daddy I'm getting better at ordering my own stuff. Yes you are Emma. I have a question Daddy. After I paid the cashier for the soft drink, why did the cashier give me more money back. What do you mean Emma? I gave the cashier 1 Bill and she then gave me back 4 Bills. Why did she give me back more bills if I paid for the drink? Emma you are a great reader, we need to work on your math skills.

Annya continues to learn more Spanish and can even sing some songs in Spanish. We signed her up for Summer sports and she had a great time. She even got a new pair of gym shoes out of the deal.

Yung continues to pack on the pounds. He now gives us daily smiles. His favorite saying is ah ya. Hoping we have a long warm happy Summer with the kids.

More is Less

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One evening we were eating at a restaurant. Emma wants to order a soft drink on her own. I give her a five dollar bill. She returns with her soft drink and brings back 4 dollar bills and change. Emma then says, Daddy I'm getting better at ordering my own stuff. Yes you are Emma. I have a question Daddy. After I paid the cashier for the soft drink, why did the cashier give me more money back. What do you mean Emma? I gave the cashier 1 Bill and she then gave me back 4 Bills. Why did she give me back more bills if I paid for the drink? Emma you are a great reader, we need to work on your math skills.

Annya continues to learn more Spanish and can even sing some songs in Spanish. We signed her up for Summer sports and she had a great time. She even got a new pair of gym shoes out of the deal.

Yung continues to pack on the pounds. He now gives us daily smiles. His favorite saying is ah ya. Hoping we have a long warm happy Summer with the kids.

Monday, April 05, 2010
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March 22, 2010

The other side of believing is gullible. Other than believing fairies and princesses and heaven, etc., Emma these two days firmly believes that if you soak broken glasses in water, somehow the shards would lose the edge and become dull. We say no, Emma, it won't make a difference. She says: Yes. To prove us wrong, she started her experiment, putting shards of a broken glass in a little cup of RED water.

Now we wait...Magic shall happen!

Emma is also obsessed with the movie "The last unicorn" and all of its theme song. So now we are saturated with everything about "The last unicorn". Not even Annya, especially Annya, can escape the influence. Even though she confuses the red bull with the unicorn, she uses the phrase "the last unicorn" again and again. Now "the last unicorn" has become the coolest thing to mention, more than "Indiana" and "Chicago". Being the most attentive mom, I got Emma the book "The last unicorn" by Peter Beagle, hoping this would initiate Emma into the world of modern literature and fantasy.

Everyone is obsessed with something.

Annya's obsession? A dress, more specifically, a dark purple dress! She wears it to bed, to school. She cries when the dress gets wet. She wants her purple dress! She wails if I have to wash it. The minute she gets to school, she has to show her teacher her purple dress.

I thought Emma was impossible to surpass in her passion to be the most girlish girl. Now she has some serious competition.

So far Yung has been the simplest one to handle, who does nothing but cries some, eats and sleeps lot. So Emma wrote a little "poem":


I have a crying brother
he sleeps and cries
sleeps and cries
that's my little cryer

So they grow. So time goes.

So little by little, springs arrives with its warmth and generous gorgeous sunshine, so little by little, we resumed to our little routines of going out to play and for plays and shows. So we drive in a car full of babies and semi-babies, with all its whines and giggles, quarrels and talks.

Is it the most fun or the creaziest thing to do in the world?

The glass project, etc.

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The other side of believing is gullible. Other than believing fairies and princesses and heaven, etc., Emma these two days firmly believes that if you soak broken glasses in water, somehow the shards would lose the edge and become dull. We say no, Emma, it won't make a difference. She says: Yes. To prove us wrong, she started her experiment, putting shards of a broken glass in a little cup of RED water.

Now we wait...Magic shall happen!

Emma is also obsessed with the movie "The last unicorn" and all of its theme song. So now we are saturated with everything about "The last unicorn". Not even Annya, especially Annya, can escape the influence. Even though she confuses the red bull with the unicorn, she uses the phrase "the last unicorn" again and again. Now "the last unicorn" has become the coolest thing to mention, more than "Indiana" and "Chicago". Being the most attentive mom, I got Emma the book "The last unicorn" by Peter Beagle, hoping this would initiate Emma into the world of modern literature and fantasy.

Everyone is obsessed with something.

Annya's obsession? A dress, more specifically, a dark purple dress! She wears it to bed, to school. She cries when the dress gets wet. She wants her purple dress! She wails if I have to wash it. The minute she gets to school, she has to show her teacher her purple dress.

I thought Emma was impossible to surpass in her passion to be the most girlish girl. Now she has some serious competition.

So far Yung has been the simplest one to handle, who does nothing but cries some, eats and sleeps lot. So Emma wrote a little "poem":


I have a crying brother
he sleeps and cries
sleeps and cries
that's my little cryer

So they grow. So time goes.

So little by little, springs arrives with its warmth and generous gorgeous sunshine, so little by little, we resumed to our little routines of going out to play and for plays and shows. So we drive in a car full of babies and semi-babies, with all its whines and giggles, quarrels and talks.

Is it the most fun or the creaziest thing to do in the world?

Monday, March 22, 2010
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March 15, 2010







Beautiful Annya / Emma's showcase at Hawthorne

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March 08, 2010

Emma and Annya are having an issue with the bedroom door. Emma wants the door open and Annya wants the door closed. They go back and forth. The door opens and closes several times. Finally Emma stops and calls Annya a Ruler. Annya replies that she isn't a Ruler! I have no idea what a Ruler is and how does Annya know that she isn't a Ruler? I then grab Emma and ask her what is a Ruler? She then tells me that a Ruler is someone that makes up all the rules. Daddy, I thought you knew what a Ruler was? I didn't know until you told me.

Once in a while Emma would say that Annya wants me to lay down with her for a while. Annya never confirms or denies the request. This time Emma asked if I would lay down with them before they go to bed. Annya later grabs my chest and asked what is this Daddy? I then tell her that it is my shirt. She then grabs my chest again and says; no Daddy what is this? I then realize that she is grabbing my breast. I then tell her that it is my breast. She then replies, yes Daddy it is your breast. Just before Annya falls to sleep, she kisses me on the forehead and says goodnight. I don't think it can get any gooder.

Are you a Ruler?

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Emma and Annya are having an issue with the bedroom door. Emma wants the door open and Annya wants the door closed. They go back and forth. The door opens and closes several times. Finally Emma stops and calls Annya a Ruler. Annya replies that she isn't a Ruler! I have no idea what a Ruler is and how does Annya know that she isn't a Ruler? I then grab Emma and ask her what is a Ruler? She then tells me that a Ruler is someone that makes up all the rules. Daddy, I thought you knew what a Ruler was? I didn't know until you told me.

Once in a while Emma would say that Annya wants me to lay down with her for a while. Annya never confirms or denies the request. This time Emma asked if I would lay down with them before they go to bed. Annya later grabs my chest and asked what is this Daddy? I then tell her that it is my shirt. She then grabs my chest again and says; no Daddy what is this? I then realize that she is grabbing my breast. I then tell her that it is my breast. She then replies, yes Daddy it is your breast. Just before Annya falls to sleep, she kisses me on the forehead and says goodnight. I don't think it can get any gooder.

Monday, March 08, 2010
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February 27, 2010

About a month ago; the Principle of Emma's school asked the kindergarten Teacher if she had any student in her class that could recite the pledge of allegiance. She said that Emma wouldn't have a problem reading the pledge for the school. Emma performed it flawlessly. Her Teacher said that she read it nice and slow, clear and loud.



Annya is also doing well in school. Her Teacher said that she is very smart, athletic and plays well with the other kids. Maybe in four years she will recite her pledge.

Were still waiting for Yung's first word. If he turns out like his sisters; once her starts talking he will never stop.

Emma's Pledge

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About a month ago; the Principle of Emma's school asked the kindergarten Teacher if she had any student in her class that could recite the pledge of allegiance. She said that Emma wouldn't have a problem reading the pledge for the school. Emma performed it flawlessly. Her Teacher said that she read it nice and slow, clear and loud.



Annya is also doing well in school. Her Teacher said that she is very smart, athletic and plays well with the other kids. Maybe in four years she will recite her pledge.

Were still waiting for Yung's first word. If he turns out like his sisters; once her starts talking he will never stop.

Saturday, February 27, 2010
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February 14, 2010

Happy New Year to my wife and kids and too our family in China. We have been fortunate starting the New Year with a little big Tiger. Everyone is doing fine. Yung is almost one month old and enjoys being held all the time. Annya's vocabulary is constantly growing. Thanks to Barney, she says often: I love you mommy, I love you daddy, were a big happy family. Emma continues to do well in school and was chosen as the first Kindergarten person to read the pledge of allegiance to the flag at her school. She hasn't forgotten China. Always saying Happy Birthday to China, China is 60 years old!

Looking forward to Spring, when all the trees and flowers have life and little Annya turns 3. Hope everyone has a safe and healthy New Year.

除夕(chúxī),大年夜

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Happy New Year to my wife and kids and too our family in China. We have been fortunate starting the New Year with a little big Tiger. Everyone is doing fine. Yung is almost one month old and enjoys being held all the time. Annya's vocabulary is constantly growing. Thanks to Barney, she says often: I love you mommy, I love you daddy, were a big happy family. Emma continues to do well in school and was chosen as the first Kindergarten person to read the pledge of allegiance to the flag at her school. She hasn't forgotten China. Always saying Happy Birthday to China, China is 60 years old!

Looking forward to Spring, when all the trees and flowers have life and little Annya turns 3. Hope everyone has a safe and healthy New Year.

Sunday, February 14, 2010
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January 30, 2010







Mommy celebrated her birthday with us. Emma and I took Annya to day care. Emma had the no school today so we went shopping for Mom's gift. After we found her gift; we needed a birthday cake. We found a nice little Mexican Bakery that had great cakes. Emma and I agreed on which cake to buy. It was a good choice. Everyone loved the cake, even Mommy.



Annya worked hard at day care making a birthday card for Mommy. Emma is a great drawer but I think little Annya designed a nicer birthday card. Annya has also pleasantly surprised us with her talking skills. We know that Emma can't stop talking and Annya is the quiet one. But Annya missed a couple days of day care because she became sick. Mommy, Annya and Daddy were sitting at the kitchen table and Annya wouldn't stop talking. We then realized that Annya isn't a quiet person; Emma doesn't give her the chance to talk. Yung couldn't enjoy the good food and cake. He has been placed on a restricted diet. Next year he will be a one year old and a handful...

Happy Birthday to Mommy

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Mommy celebrated her birthday with us. Emma and I took Annya to day care. Emma had the no school today so we went shopping for Mom's gift. After we found her gift; we needed a birthday cake. We found a nice little Mexican Bakery that had great cakes. Emma and I agreed on which cake to buy. It was a good choice. Everyone loved the cake, even Mommy.



Annya worked hard at day care making a birthday card for Mommy. Emma is a great drawer but I think little Annya designed a nicer birthday card. Annya has also pleasantly surprised us with her talking skills. We know that Emma can't stop talking and Annya is the quiet one. But Annya missed a couple days of day care because she became sick. Mommy, Annya and Daddy were sitting at the kitchen table and Annya wouldn't stop talking. We then realized that Annya isn't a quiet person; Emma doesn't give her the chance to talk. Yung couldn't enjoy the good food and cake. He has been placed on a restricted diet. Next year he will be a one year old and a handful...

Saturday, January 30, 2010
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January 22, 2010

Saturday, Jan. 16th, 2010, our little baby was born, 9 lbs 1 oz, 20.5''.

He is a big baby by all standards. However, when he came out, he looked wrinkled, skinny, SMALL to me. I said: what a little monkey, while the doc and nurses were claiming him as the "big baby who came out in two pushes!". Obviously a hard-to-achieve feat!

Louis is very proud of the boy, thinking he is best looking guy in the world, while I just told him that right now the baby does not belong to the beauty category yet. Not yet. For a few days, he had been incredibly red, red patches everywhere. He does have a full head of black, shiny hair.

The days after he was born were probably not days of joys. Besides having to take a million tests, being needled a couple of times a day, circumcised, diaper-changed and butt-roughed-up every a few hours, he had to use all his might to make sure he is picked up, rocked, swaddled well, and get all the milk he wanted in the world ... And he loved to curled up and sleep in my arms like a bean bag.

Fortunately he survived ...

Emma and Annya are doing fine. To Emma, this is deja-vu, she is extremely excited and proud and loving, she wrote on her blog that the baby is sweet and small (New Baby), she penned a "poem" saying the baby's head is like a ball; Annya is trying to do her best with the new arrival, her mood shifts from joyful curiosity, asking questions about milk, about my tummy ..., making fun of the baby's yucky diaper, to completely hurt: I want mommy. Mommy, hold me! Mommy, mommy ...

Love them ...



Our new baby

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Saturday, Jan. 16th, 2010, our little baby was born, 9 lbs 1 oz, 20.5''.

He is a big baby by all standards. However, when he came out, he looked wrinkled, skinny, SMALL to me. I said: what a little monkey, while the doc and nurses were claiming him as the "big baby who came out in two pushes!". Obviously a hard-to-achieve feat!

Louis is very proud of the boy, thinking he is best looking guy in the world, while I just told him that right now the baby does not belong to the beauty category yet. Not yet. For a few days, he had been incredibly red, red patches everywhere. He does have a full head of black, shiny hair.

The days after he was born were probably not days of joys. Besides having to take a million tests, being needled a couple of times a day, circumcised, diaper-changed and butt-roughed-up every a few hours, he had to use all his might to make sure he is picked up, rocked, swaddled well, and get all the milk he wanted in the world ... And he loved to curled up and sleep in my arms like a bean bag.

Fortunately he survived ...

Emma and Annya are doing fine. To Emma, this is deja-vu, she is extremely excited and proud and loving, she wrote on her blog that the baby is sweet and small (New Baby), she penned a "poem" saying the baby's head is like a ball; Annya is trying to do her best with the new arrival, her mood shifts from joyful curiosity, asking questions about milk, about my tummy ..., making fun of the baby's yucky diaper, to completely hurt: I want mommy. Mommy, hold me! Mommy, mommy ...

Love them ...



Friday, January 22, 2010
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January 19, 2010

Mommy put the girls to sleep at 9:20 pm. Yung was hungry and learned quickly that Daddy didn't have any milk to give. Mommy then feed Yung and put him to sleep. I can see both girls moving around on the bed with no signs of sleep. At about 9:30 Annya walks out from the room with a big smile from ear to ear. Daddy can I have a M&M? She had just brushed her teeth; but how can you say no to a 2 year old girl that calls you Daddy? I then gave her one and had her give one to Emma.

Ten minutes later, there was still movement in the girls bedroom. It was my turn to play Mommy with the girls. I then laid in bed with the girls. Annya stared at me for about 5 minutes as to say what is Daddy doing here? She then warmed up and put her arm around me. About 15 minutes later Emma and Annya turn to each other and start hugging. Annya was the first to fall asleep. Then I remembered that Emma took a long nap in the car. Emma kept moving like a Mexican jumping bean. I couldn't tell if she was awake or asleep. Finally at about 10:30 Emma fell asleep. There was no more movement. It was time to leave the girls and clean the Kitchen.

The mouse will play, when the cat goes away.

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Mommy put the girls to sleep at 9:20 pm. Yung was hungry and learned quickly that Daddy didn't have any milk to give. Mommy then feed Yung and put him to sleep. I can see both girls moving around on the bed with no signs of sleep. At about 9:30 Annya walks out from the room with a big smile from ear to ear. Daddy can I have a M&M? She had just brushed her teeth; but how can you say no to a 2 year old girl that calls you Daddy? I then gave her one and had her give one to Emma.

Ten minutes later, there was still movement in the girls bedroom. It was my turn to play Mommy with the girls. I then laid in bed with the girls. Annya stared at me for about 5 minutes as to say what is Daddy doing here? She then warmed up and put her arm around me. About 15 minutes later Emma and Annya turn to each other and start hugging. Annya was the first to fall asleep. Then I remembered that Emma took a long nap in the car. Emma kept moving like a Mexican jumping bean. I couldn't tell if she was awake or asleep. Finally at about 10:30 Emma fell asleep. There was no more movement. It was time to leave the girls and clean the Kitchen.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
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January 16, 2010

Our new baby Yung lived up to his name. He came 13 days early and he came BIG. He tipped the scale at 9 lbs 1 oz and towered at 20.5 inches. Mom and baby are doing great. Yung does look like a yung me. Emma did ask me if I looked like that when I was a baby? I told her that I did look like a baby when I was born. 01/16/2010 hopefully will be the start of a long and happy journey for Mr. Yung.

Yung L Rodriguez

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Our new baby Yung lived up to his name. He came 13 days early and he came BIG. He tipped the scale at 9 lbs 1 oz and towered at 20.5 inches. Mom and baby are doing great. Yung does look like a yung me. Emma did ask me if I looked like that when I was a baby? I told her that I did look like a baby when I was born. 01/16/2010 hopefully will be the start of a long and happy journey for Mr. Yung.

Saturday, January 16, 2010
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January 08, 2010

Dad, when will the day end?
It will end tonight.
I mean, when will God stop creating people? I know that when I grow up I will have kids and my kids will have kids. When are the Aliens going to take over?
God is not going to stop creating people and Aliens will never take over us.
I know we are here with other creatures but are there any Aliens?
For now it is just us, Scientists are still looking for other signs of life.

Anyone out there?

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Dad, when will the day end?
It will end tonight.
I mean, when will God stop creating people? I know that when I grow up I will have kids and my kids will have kids. When are the Aliens going to take over?
God is not going to stop creating people and Aliens will never take over us.
I know we are here with other creatures but are there any Aliens?
For now it is just us, Scientists are still looking for other signs of life.

Friday, January 08, 2010
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