April 30, 2012



Annya is turning 5. She complained that she never had a birthday party before (not true, just not the kind where a lot of little kids attended). So we planned a big party for her with FasTracKids (who are experts with kids from 0 to 12); Annya also really really wanted to have a princess cake, so I searched a bit online and made a fabulous cake for her as well; we also designed and hand-crafted our invitation card with stickers, glitters, and hand-drawn "things".

We had the party on Saturday. It was a big, fat and fun party.

19 kids showed up and brought 19 presents for Annya (We eventually lost track of who gave what, will just send out a general but sweet probably messy Thank-you card to the kids).

All 19 kids had a fabulous time. The cake time was the best for me and for Annya. I was basking in the compliment of my fabulous cake, Annya was thrilled that 19 kids and unknown number of adults were singing a choir "Happy Birthday to You". She laughed and successfully blew out the candle.

To keep daddy from feeling ignored, we (a bit reluctantly) did a second family party on Sunday.

All was good. Pictures and videos to follow.

The big, fat, fun birthday party

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Annya is turning 5. She complained that she never had a birthday party before (not true, just not the kind where a lot of little kids attended). So we planned a big party for her with FasTracKids (who are experts with kids from 0 to 12); Annya also really really wanted to have a princess cake, so I searched a bit online and made a fabulous cake for her as well; we also designed and hand-crafted our invitation card with stickers, glitters, and hand-drawn "things".

We had the party on Saturday. It was a big, fat and fun party.

19 kids showed up and brought 19 presents for Annya (We eventually lost track of who gave what, will just send out a general but sweet probably messy Thank-you card to the kids).

All 19 kids had a fabulous time. The cake time was the best for me and for Annya. I was basking in the compliment of my fabulous cake, Annya was thrilled that 19 kids and unknown number of adults were singing a choir "Happy Birthday to You". She laughed and successfully blew out the candle.

To keep daddy from feeling ignored, we (a bit reluctantly) did a second family party on Sunday.

All was good. Pictures and videos to follow.

Monday, April 30, 2012
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I stumbled upon a book titled "It is not magic, it is science!" (sort of "it is the economy, stupid!"), immediately I was hooked. So did the three little kids, from the one who has a bit of science mind, to the little one who just would not miss the fun.

Now it is science experiment / magic night everyday!

The most notable, Steel Eggs. We put 4 eggs in an egg carton, then my little army of little kids piled books upon books on the eggs. Remarkably, the eggs stood strong as steel. I stopped counting after 30, i think the eggs finally gave up after 50 or so, only because I did not put the eggs completely evenly.

The next one: Magnetic water. We put water in a glass about 3/4 full, then using a cardboard for its lid. Then we flip over the glass. Oops, the cardboard were completely able to stop the water from gushing out, at least for 5 seconds.

Too bad, we had so much we did not take pictures, but i would really want to video-tape the whole experiment.

Next time.

It is not magic, it is science

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I stumbled upon a book titled "It is not magic, it is science!" (sort of "it is the economy, stupid!"), immediately I was hooked. So did the three little kids, from the one who has a bit of science mind, to the little one who just would not miss the fun.

Now it is science experiment / magic night everyday!

The most notable, Steel Eggs. We put 4 eggs in an egg carton, then my little army of little kids piled books upon books on the eggs. Remarkably, the eggs stood strong as steel. I stopped counting after 30, i think the eggs finally gave up after 50 or so, only because I did not put the eggs completely evenly.

The next one: Magnetic water. We put water in a glass about 3/4 full, then using a cardboard for its lid. Then we flip over the glass. Oops, the cardboard were completely able to stop the water from gushing out, at least for 5 seconds.

Too bad, we had so much we did not take pictures, but i would really want to video-tape the whole experiment.

Next time.

Monday, April 30, 2012
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April 12, 2012

I have not blogged for a long while. Busy. Lots of work. Work at work, work at home. Plus I have acquired a great number of new interests in cooking, arts and crafts. So I have conquered Italian art of pasta making, now I am trying my hands on tilapia, samon, i also make muffins and bread, bananas, blue berries.

I always get eager helpers. Whenever I open my bag of flour, i will have little hands fight to crack eggs, scoop up flour, mixing, if only for the first couple of minutes. Yung always loves to set little muffin cups in my muffin pans. Then the kids will look in awe at the shapeless lumps grow bigger and plump.

Our crafts section have grown, we make everything now, cards, mobiles, butterflies, paper flowers ... Emma is always the artistic one. Yung is always the onlooker. We always wish he might as well be sleeping while we are at work. Annya is always iffy in terms of whether she will have enough patience to finish her piece.

Busy us

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I have not blogged for a long while. Busy. Lots of work. Work at work, work at home. Plus I have acquired a great number of new interests in cooking, arts and crafts. So I have conquered Italian art of pasta making, now I am trying my hands on tilapia, samon, i also make muffins and bread, bananas, blue berries.

I always get eager helpers. Whenever I open my bag of flour, i will have little hands fight to crack eggs, scoop up flour, mixing, if only for the first couple of minutes. Yung always loves to set little muffin cups in my muffin pans. Then the kids will look in awe at the shapeless lumps grow bigger and plump.

Our crafts section have grown, we make everything now, cards, mobiles, butterflies, paper flowers ... Emma is always the artistic one. Yung is always the onlooker. We always wish he might as well be sleeping while we are at work. Annya is always iffy in terms of whether she will have enough patience to finish her piece.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
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April 09, 2012


Spring painting

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April 06, 2012





Easter Eggs

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Friday, April 06, 2012
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