May 30, 2011

I am counting the words that Yung can speak, not many, actually, only a few: ma-ma, da-da (he only belatedly started to call Louis Da-Da and still constantly, conveniently call him ma.), ball, by-by, more-more, bo-ber (could be for birdies and books), since yesterday, he has added a new word: u-u-p-p. I think he sometims also said po-op, but cannot be sure. He is a master user of No-No. He answers every question with a emphatic No. "Yung, do you want mommy to change your diaper?", "No, No!" He also shakes his head vigorously to make sure that he means it.

But whatever he cannot say, he does.

At a very early age (6 mos old), he can bring me a book on demand! Louis was incredulous.

He throws ball professionally, far and hard, we have to cover our faces so not get hit.

He is a master fitter. He always pulls open markers, then tries very hard to put the caps back on. He can do blocks remarkably well.

Now everyday meal is his chance to practice using a fork, a spoon or a pair of chopsticks. Very often he cannot fork/scoop up anything, but then he put his utensils back into the bowl, try again, then try again. Or sometimes he cheats, he uses his hands to pick up the food then put it in his spoon. We cheer for him anyway even when he cheats.

Of course, he has pretended he is talking on the phone by pressing our cellphone to his ear. He tries to put his shoes, socks on. He has no problem taking them off. He loves to switch on and off our lights, turn on and off our TV, computer and sometimes the stove. He also tries to charge our phones (he got the idea, but so far has not been able to do it).

My little master do-er

The master do-er

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I am counting the words that Yung can speak, not many, actually, only a few: ma-ma, da-da (he only belatedly started to call Louis Da-Da and still constantly, conveniently call him ma.), ball, by-by, more-more, bo-ber (could be for birdies and books), since yesterday, he has added a new word: u-u-p-p. I think he sometims also said po-op, but cannot be sure. He is a master user of No-No. He answers every question with a emphatic No. "Yung, do you want mommy to change your diaper?", "No, No!" He also shakes his head vigorously to make sure that he means it.

But whatever he cannot say, he does.

At a very early age (6 mos old), he can bring me a book on demand! Louis was incredulous.

He throws ball professionally, far and hard, we have to cover our faces so not get hit.

He is a master fitter. He always pulls open markers, then tries very hard to put the caps back on. He can do blocks remarkably well.

Now everyday meal is his chance to practice using a fork, a spoon or a pair of chopsticks. Very often he cannot fork/scoop up anything, but then he put his utensils back into the bowl, try again, then try again. Or sometimes he cheats, he uses his hands to pick up the food then put it in his spoon. We cheer for him anyway even when he cheats.

Of course, he has pretended he is talking on the phone by pressing our cellphone to his ear. He tries to put his shoes, socks on. He has no problem taking them off. He loves to switch on and off our lights, turn on and off our TV, computer and sometimes the stove. He also tries to charge our phones (he got the idea, but so far has not been able to do it).

My little master do-er

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It was a rainy Saturday afternoon so I decided to take the kids and the significant other to the movies. We decided to go see Kung Fu Panda. When we arrived, it was pouring rain. Daddy being such a great Dad drops everybody off at the front door entrance. Daddy finally arrives soaking wet. Mommy then said that she left her glasses in the car. Great, Daddy gets to run in the the rain again to get Mommies other eyes.

Running back and forth gave Daddy a crave for popcorn. What size popcorn should Daddy buy? The small was too small, the medium was ok but the bucket was only 75 cents more than the medium. The purchase of a bucket can now be justified.

Daddy walks in the theater wet and with a bucket off popcorn. Mommy asked why such a big bucket of popcorn? It was only 75 cents more than the medium. Mommy said ok. The kids attacked the bucket like ants on top of sugar. The bucket was half the size of Annya; but she became the Master and care taker of the popcorn. Half way through the movie, the popcorn was nearly gone. Emma and Annya then had to go to the restroom. Don't know if it was from the popcorn or from the fierce non stop fighting from the Panda.

The movie and all the popcorn finished. Emma, did you like like the movie? Yes Daddy, but it was a little scary. Annya, Did you like the movie? No, Daddy it was too scary; maybe just a little bit. We then decided to get more junk food and eat at Pizza Hut. Mommy then saw that the chocolate covered bread sticks were on sale. That justified the purchase for me. So we ended the night with the chocolate bread sticks that came with a chocolate dip. At least the dip was a dark chocolate.


Night at the movies

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It was a rainy Saturday afternoon so I decided to take the kids and the significant other to the movies. We decided to go see Kung Fu Panda. When we arrived, it was pouring rain. Daddy being such a great Dad drops everybody off at the front door entrance. Daddy finally arrives soaking wet. Mommy then said that she left her glasses in the car. Great, Daddy gets to run in the the rain again to get Mommies other eyes.

Running back and forth gave Daddy a crave for popcorn. What size popcorn should Daddy buy? The small was too small, the medium was ok but the bucket was only 75 cents more than the medium. The purchase of a bucket can now be justified.

Daddy walks in the theater wet and with a bucket off popcorn. Mommy asked why such a big bucket of popcorn? It was only 75 cents more than the medium. Mommy said ok. The kids attacked the bucket like ants on top of sugar. The bucket was half the size of Annya; but she became the Master and care taker of the popcorn. Half way through the movie, the popcorn was nearly gone. Emma and Annya then had to go to the restroom. Don't know if it was from the popcorn or from the fierce non stop fighting from the Panda.

The movie and all the popcorn finished. Emma, did you like like the movie? Yes Daddy, but it was a little scary. Annya, Did you like the movie? No, Daddy it was too scary; maybe just a little bit. We then decided to get more junk food and eat at Pizza Hut. Mommy then saw that the chocolate covered bread sticks were on sale. That justified the purchase for me. So we ended the night with the chocolate bread sticks that came with a chocolate dip. At least the dip was a dark chocolate.


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May 27, 2011





Annya's work

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Friday, May 27, 2011
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It is really getting warm now, so more and more we (mainly I) take the kids out to the park. The park is only three blocks away. Sometimes three blocks are just one block too far for three kids ranging from 1 year old to 7. Our neighbor Mason, a 8 year old boy, loves to join us. So five of us, Mason runs, skips and circles back; Emma and Annya runs and stops, picking tree leaves, picking and blowing dandelions, looking at ants, dragging along; Me, holds Yung, who sometimes toddles along, who also stops and crawls and picks up and tastes little sticks, flowers or who-knows-what. It is no-less thrilling / scary for me than riding a roller coaster when we cross the streets. Good thing that cars always have enormous patience and sympathy for us. So we are safe.

At the park, Mason will run wild with bigger kids. Emma and Annya? I am not really sure. My focus is Yung. Yung loves swinging. When he goes up and down in the air, he winks unconsciously and giggles. Yung also got the (wrong) idea of how to slide all by himself. He climbs up all the way, then put himself belly down on fours, then wee-slide. Last Sunday we had a little rain, the slide was sprinkled with water, Yung slid anyway, then he looked at his wet shirt and at me, as if saying: ah-oh. Then he smiled and went back sliding again.

Then we go home, Emma and Mason skid and run, Annya cannot herself stopping everywhere, Yung just sits in my arms contently.

At home it is different kind of battle and chaos, three kids all want to talk and have the full attention. Annya wants her milk, Yung wants his milk too, from me (yes, he still fights to get his breast milk every day). But then Yung will fall asleep, Emma and Annya will be mesmerized by the love between princesses and princes, then they will draw. I will read them books and send them to bed, with Yung eager to switch off the light and says: nigh-nigh.

A summer day

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It is really getting warm now, so more and more we (mainly I) take the kids out to the park. The park is only three blocks away. Sometimes three blocks are just one block too far for three kids ranging from 1 year old to 7. Our neighbor Mason, a 8 year old boy, loves to join us. So five of us, Mason runs, skips and circles back; Emma and Annya runs and stops, picking tree leaves, picking and blowing dandelions, looking at ants, dragging along; Me, holds Yung, who sometimes toddles along, who also stops and crawls and picks up and tastes little sticks, flowers or who-knows-what. It is no-less thrilling / scary for me than riding a roller coaster when we cross the streets. Good thing that cars always have enormous patience and sympathy for us. So we are safe.

At the park, Mason will run wild with bigger kids. Emma and Annya? I am not really sure. My focus is Yung. Yung loves swinging. When he goes up and down in the air, he winks unconsciously and giggles. Yung also got the (wrong) idea of how to slide all by himself. He climbs up all the way, then put himself belly down on fours, then wee-slide. Last Sunday we had a little rain, the slide was sprinkled with water, Yung slid anyway, then he looked at his wet shirt and at me, as if saying: ah-oh. Then he smiled and went back sliding again.

Then we go home, Emma and Mason skid and run, Annya cannot herself stopping everywhere, Yung just sits in my arms contently.

At home it is different kind of battle and chaos, three kids all want to talk and have the full attention. Annya wants her milk, Yung wants his milk too, from me (yes, he still fights to get his breast milk every day). But then Yung will fall asleep, Emma and Annya will be mesmerized by the love between princesses and princes, then they will draw. I will read them books and send them to bed, with Yung eager to switch off the light and says: nigh-nigh.

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May 10, 2011



We love birdies too. Hopefully birdie mom can take care of them. Last year, only two out of four survived.

Birdies love us

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We love birdies too. Hopefully birdie mom can take care of them. Last year, only two out of four survived.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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May 07, 2011

Yung has finally decided to walk. It has taken him nearly sixteen months to become a two legged creature. We were worried Mommy gave him a bad gene. Doctor had told us not to be concerned because many kids tend to learn how to walk at a maturer age. I wont miss carrying 30 pounds around but I will miss the two little arms reaching out and saying pick me up Daddy.

Emma's vocabulary continues to grow. Soon I will need a dictionary to understand her. The other day she said that Yung was acting coy. I just agreed with her. Couldn't figure out why Yung was acting like a fish. They only problem is that she expects Annya to be on her level of speech and is constantly correcting Annya. Unfortunately Emma can't teach without yelling.

Annya is now four. Her third year wasn't so great. At school she performed extremely well and is one of the top students in her class. At home she didn't get all the attention her baby brother was receiving. There was a lot of whining and sibling rival when it came to playing and sharing. The good news is that she is four and the whining and the rivals are much less. I think she now realizes Mommy and Daddy love her as much as baby Yung and Emma.


Happy Mothers Day

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Yung has finally decided to walk. It has taken him nearly sixteen months to become a two legged creature. We were worried Mommy gave him a bad gene. Doctor had told us not to be concerned because many kids tend to learn how to walk at a maturer age. I wont miss carrying 30 pounds around but I will miss the two little arms reaching out and saying pick me up Daddy.

Emma's vocabulary continues to grow. Soon I will need a dictionary to understand her. The other day she said that Yung was acting coy. I just agreed with her. Couldn't figure out why Yung was acting like a fish. They only problem is that she expects Annya to be on her level of speech and is constantly correcting Annya. Unfortunately Emma can't teach without yelling.

Annya is now four. Her third year wasn't so great. At school she performed extremely well and is one of the top students in her class. At home she didn't get all the attention her baby brother was receiving. There was a lot of whining and sibling rival when it came to playing and sharing. The good news is that she is four and the whining and the rivals are much less. I think she now realizes Mommy and Daddy love her as much as baby Yung and Emma.


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