December 31, 2012

The winter break for Emma and Annya is also the Christmas and the New Year break for us, so we went to a couple of places, whipped up a bunch of not-so-presentable cakes, collected a bunch of presents. Of course, we took numerous pictures and videos still waiting to be processed.

For Christmas, we went to Louis' dad's (dad's dad's) house. Immediately after we got there, Annya and Yung checked the colorful presents lying under the tree. Then Annya begged before and after dinner to open the many presents that don't even belong to her. After which, we loaded our car full with toys and all sorts of things. Not bad to have a dotting grandpa, uncle and aunts.

Anny still firmly believe in Santa, even when we paid for the fancy dress, shiny shoes and hair clips right in front of her eyes. She asked: Did Santa put them in the store so you can get them?

I wish!

For new year, we went to the winter wonder-fest at Navy Pier. Navy Pier is almost like an extension of our playground. We went there routinely for the Children's museum, even paid for a full-year parking. The wonder-fest is definitely a wonder of colors, though winter is a far cry (do we still have winter?).

Emma is in a full mode of being a photographer, click, click. She was taking pictures of the trees, houses, ornaments, the snow flakes projected on the floor. Somehow she refused to participate the play. Oh, well ... Yung and Annya had great time running through the obstacle course, climbing through the ladder, then sliding down.

What fun!

We also went to a couple of parties to meet with my friends (though I really have very few!)


That is 2012!

Did we have good year of 2012? I guess! Just one year older. A good thing for the kids, not so good for me. But at least I learned to have a lot of fun with my guitar, and cooking!

Our winter / Christmas / New Year break

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The winter break for Emma and Annya is also the Christmas and the New Year break for us, so we went to a couple of places, whipped up a bunch of not-so-presentable cakes, collected a bunch of presents. Of course, we took numerous pictures and videos still waiting to be processed.

For Christmas, we went to Louis' dad's (dad's dad's) house. Immediately after we got there, Annya and Yung checked the colorful presents lying under the tree. Then Annya begged before and after dinner to open the many presents that don't even belong to her. After which, we loaded our car full with toys and all sorts of things. Not bad to have a dotting grandpa, uncle and aunts.

Anny still firmly believe in Santa, even when we paid for the fancy dress, shiny shoes and hair clips right in front of her eyes. She asked: Did Santa put them in the store so you can get them?

I wish!

For new year, we went to the winter wonder-fest at Navy Pier. Navy Pier is almost like an extension of our playground. We went there routinely for the Children's museum, even paid for a full-year parking. The wonder-fest is definitely a wonder of colors, though winter is a far cry (do we still have winter?).

Emma is in a full mode of being a photographer, click, click. She was taking pictures of the trees, houses, ornaments, the snow flakes projected on the floor. Somehow she refused to participate the play. Oh, well ... Yung and Annya had great time running through the obstacle course, climbing through the ladder, then sliding down.

What fun!

We also went to a couple of parties to meet with my friends (though I really have very few!)


That is 2012!

Did we have good year of 2012? I guess! Just one year older. A good thing for the kids, not so good for me. But at least I learned to have a lot of fun with my guitar, and cooking!

Monday, December 31, 2012
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December 22, 2012

The very adorable Yung
May your new year be ... Sweet, Thrilling and Way Cool!

New Year Cards

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The very adorable Yung
May your new year be ... Sweet, Thrilling and Way Cool!

Saturday, December 22, 2012
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December 16, 2012

Every time I read about the Connecticut shooting at the elementary school, I cried. Still I could not escape the news, the images, the wailing of parents, the scared eyes of the survived children ...

Today I made chocolate-marshmallows and chocolate chip cookies, as I was making on them, my kids filed into the kitchen, happily took one then went back to watch their video. I did not even say No.

I know how lucky I am. I can hold them, kiss them, feed them, talk with them, watch them smile, throw their little temper tantrums, and squabble.

I can even not imagine what if my kids, any of them, was one of the little kids who were shot by some crazy gunman. The possibility of such craziness and unfathomable tragedy filled me with terror and sadness. I will never know how the parents of the kids who were killed would cope, or unable to cope, to face the Christmas, the new year, the forever and ever long road stretching in front of them.

Just darkness.

It is late at night. One by one, the kids are going to bed. They each said: Mommy, I love you forever and ever. Yung, the little one, tightly loop his arms around my neck, quickly fell asleep.

All is quiet and peaceful.

I know I am lucky. Each of them has their little problems. Annya teases Yung a little too much. Annya like to be whiny like a baby. Emma is shy around strangers. Yung is little shy too. But they are all incredibly sweet and happy, with bounty of easy smiles.

I know I would never have to face the madness and sadness, fears and worries that the other moms with violent kids have faced. Not in any foreseeable future. Not by any twists and turns of fate.

They talked about gun controls. To me, why it is even possible that someone is allowed carry crazy weapons; they are looking for motives for the killing, but how any motive is a "motive" for such atrocities?

There are so many things that are beyond reason or comprehension. But now, I just hold on the truth that I am so lucky.

I am lucky ...

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Every time I read about the Connecticut shooting at the elementary school, I cried. Still I could not escape the news, the images, the wailing of parents, the scared eyes of the survived children ...

Today I made chocolate-marshmallows and chocolate chip cookies, as I was making on them, my kids filed into the kitchen, happily took one then went back to watch their video. I did not even say No.

I know how lucky I am. I can hold them, kiss them, feed them, talk with them, watch them smile, throw their little temper tantrums, and squabble.

I can even not imagine what if my kids, any of them, was one of the little kids who were shot by some crazy gunman. The possibility of such craziness and unfathomable tragedy filled me with terror and sadness. I will never know how the parents of the kids who were killed would cope, or unable to cope, to face the Christmas, the new year, the forever and ever long road stretching in front of them.

Just darkness.

It is late at night. One by one, the kids are going to bed. They each said: Mommy, I love you forever and ever. Yung, the little one, tightly loop his arms around my neck, quickly fell asleep.

All is quiet and peaceful.

I know I am lucky. Each of them has their little problems. Annya teases Yung a little too much. Annya like to be whiny like a baby. Emma is shy around strangers. Yung is little shy too. But they are all incredibly sweet and happy, with bounty of easy smiles.

I know I would never have to face the madness and sadness, fears and worries that the other moms with violent kids have faced. Not in any foreseeable future. Not by any twists and turns of fate.

They talked about gun controls. To me, why it is even possible that someone is allowed carry crazy weapons; they are looking for motives for the killing, but how any motive is a "motive" for such atrocities?

There are so many things that are beyond reason or comprehension. But now, I just hold on the truth that I am so lucky.

Sunday, December 16, 2012
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December 11, 2012



Emma and Yung searching and reaching for the stars.  Someday they too will become stars.


This is our little Princess Annya.  She is the perfect daughter until you take her video watching away from her: then she becomes not so perfect.  Annya is doing very well in school so we let her have video nights on Friday and Saturday.  


 Daddy, are my glasses too big?  No Mijo, you can never have too much protection.



This is Mommy proud of her engineering skills.  I was glad that the building inspector took the day off.


2012 has left us.  We are all healthy and reasonably happy.  It has been a learning and fruitful year.  These are a few highlights:  Emma learning how to play the electric guitar and riding her bicycle.  Annya starting kindergarten and becoming a strong reader.  Yung attending a new daycare and getting potty trained.  Mommy didn't yell at Daddy too much.  

It is great to see the kids grow and experience life.  Each one with different dreams and personalities.  Someday soon they will be young adults and contributing to our world.  No matter how big and how strong they become, they will always be our little Emma, Annya and Yung.  2013, we are ready for you. 










The Next Chapter

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Emma and Yung searching and reaching for the stars.  Someday they too will become stars.


This is our little Princess Annya.  She is the perfect daughter until you take her video watching away from her: then she becomes not so perfect.  Annya is doing very well in school so we let her have video nights on Friday and Saturday.  


 Daddy, are my glasses too big?  No Mijo, you can never have too much protection.



This is Mommy proud of her engineering skills.  I was glad that the building inspector took the day off.


2012 has left us.  We are all healthy and reasonably happy.  It has been a learning and fruitful year.  These are a few highlights:  Emma learning how to play the electric guitar and riding her bicycle.  Annya starting kindergarten and becoming a strong reader.  Yung attending a new daycare and getting potty trained.  Mommy didn't yell at Daddy too much.  

It is great to see the kids grow and experience life.  Each one with different dreams and personalities.  Someday soon they will be young adults and contributing to our world.  No matter how big and how strong they become, they will always be our little Emma, Annya and Yung.  2013, we are ready for you. 










Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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December 05, 2012

Ah, December already! There almost went 2012. With the joint effort of Louis and me, we managed to pull in about 28 posts, with half of them probably simply pictures and videos.

Very convenient. That is probably why people say 1 picture is worth 1000 words.

Annya has developed some sort of video addiction. She watched her Barbie movies 20 plus times, pony TVs who-knows-how-many times, now she discovered another show called Octonaut, she would beg, cajole, wail her life out if we say no to her (we say no anyway). I can see how she would fail the many tests and temptations on her way. But she is doing great at school, at least so far. She can read and did read many books. 1st grade math is a piece of cake for her. The kindergarten is so easy that she sometimes feels so proud and she also wonders why.

Yung has a bit of barbie-and-princess mania too, but it pales in comparison with his love of Toy Story, and balls. At home, he is a bit whiny. At home, he is also constantly fighting with Annya one minute, then play the next. But Yung is an angel at his school. His teachers gave him glowing reviews, and can see no flaws in him. I wonder what I did wrong at home.

Emma is almost the perfect daughter. She plays with Yung, helps out with dinner, policing Annya vigorously. Sometimes I want her to slacken off though, so I said to her, Emma, it is ok to eat some junk food, ok to watch Barbies movies 100 times. Emma is a bona-fide Harry Potter fan now, so the Harry Potter books I bought for her finally no longer just sit there gathering dust. She is doing great in school, other than the communication piece.

The kids are all right.

(As for me, just busy as usual. In Sept. I picked up Guitar, now I think I am good enough to entertain myself and the kids, the next goal is to become a recording artist. The following is the )

The kids are all right

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Ah, December already! There almost went 2012. With the joint effort of Louis and me, we managed to pull in about 28 posts, with half of them probably simply pictures and videos.

Very convenient. That is probably why people say 1 picture is worth 1000 words.

Annya has developed some sort of video addiction. She watched her Barbie movies 20 plus times, pony TVs who-knows-how-many times, now she discovered another show called Octonaut, she would beg, cajole, wail her life out if we say no to her (we say no anyway). I can see how she would fail the many tests and temptations on her way. But she is doing great at school, at least so far. She can read and did read many books. 1st grade math is a piece of cake for her. The kindergarten is so easy that she sometimes feels so proud and she also wonders why.

Yung has a bit of barbie-and-princess mania too, but it pales in comparison with his love of Toy Story, and balls. At home, he is a bit whiny. At home, he is also constantly fighting with Annya one minute, then play the next. But Yung is an angel at his school. His teachers gave him glowing reviews, and can see no flaws in him. I wonder what I did wrong at home.

Emma is almost the perfect daughter. She plays with Yung, helps out with dinner, policing Annya vigorously. Sometimes I want her to slacken off though, so I said to her, Emma, it is ok to eat some junk food, ok to watch Barbies movies 100 times. Emma is a bona-fide Harry Potter fan now, so the Harry Potter books I bought for her finally no longer just sit there gathering dust. She is doing great in school, other than the communication piece.

The kids are all right.

(As for me, just busy as usual. In Sept. I picked up Guitar, now I think I am good enough to entertain myself and the kids, the next goal is to become a recording artist. The following is the )

Wednesday, December 05, 2012
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