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Happy Chinese New Year!!  This is the year of the horse, for those friends of ours' who are going to be giving birth in a few months.  As usual, the kids receive red envelopes.  I had wondered when the kids would start to learn about the value of money, but even at last year's Chinese New Year Buzz (at 3 years old)  had already learned to put money given to him straight into his pocket!  This year, the minute the kids got their red envelopes Daddy took them straight into their room and they all put their money into their piggy bank!
Hopefully, the year of the horse will bring you prosperity and happiness!!  

Ahgoo with Comet the horse back in November 2012.

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Posted Jan 32, 2014


A few days ago I was driving the kids to school. As we got closer, I pointed out to Buzz (who's carseat faces forward) that the tall building up ahead is their school.  The kids' pre-school is on the first floor of a tall building.  Buzz then started to ask me what are in the floors above his school.  I told him probably office spaces where people go to work.  But then I remember that the teachers would take the kids on "field trips" by taking them to walk around the outside of the buildings and even through the first floor of their building.  The older kids would go separately from the younger kids, just holding hands.  The younger kids would be carted around in a giant wagon.  They would explore and pick up natural objects like leaves and rocks. 

So I told Buzz that maybe he can ask his teachers if they can go see what's upstairs.  I told him that she may say no, but she may say yes too.  So when we got to school, the first thing he did was asked his teacher if they can go on a field trip upstairs!  I told her that she can say no.  But to my surprise, she told us that she would ask the building coordinator and see if the big kids can tour the upstairs.  The next day, the teacher told me that she initially thought that the floors above were all just cubicles and boring offices, but it would satisfy a young child's curiosity.  But after talking to the folks who run the building, she found out that there were some really cool labs upstairs that even she never knew were there!!  She told me that the building people are super supportive and will try to organize a tour for the big kids!!  She became super excited about the whole event!

 I am so proud of Buzz for having such a curious mind.  Because of him, his entire class will get to see some cool science labs!  I never even thought that he would think about such things as, "What goes on above my school?"  I hope he also learn that if you don't ask for something, you'll never get it! 

My big boy!

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Posted Jan 23, 2014


Sorry for the lack of blogging lately.  I'm going through a period of "blahness."  Every time I have something I wanted to share on the blog during the day, I end up losing steam by the time I get into bed.  I've been so tired lately, mainly from working, taking care of the kids, and still working on the new home that by the time I crawl into bed, I just want to veg and watch TV or play Sodoku!  

On the home front, I still have some projects to finish, including haning up pictures, cleaning out our file cabinet, and installing light fixtures.  We're also awaiting on some new furniture to arrive.  So I will hold off on showing you pictures of our house.  But I will show you a few picture of my on-going obsession with lanterns.  I've had these lanterns for years, maybe even a decade.  I'm still uncertain about where I will keep the lanterns, but for now, they are situated in both our front and back patio.  I'll share more home pics soon.

I love this shepard's hook from Cost Plus.  I may have to get a few more.


My lantern obsession in full display.

Our front patio.

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Posted Jan 22, 2014


Hopefully, your Christmas tree is long gone and your living room has returned to it's normal configuration.  But as promised, I still want to share with you how we decorated our tree last year.  Instead of buying new ornaments, I made the kids pick out their toy figures to hang onto the tree!  If I had more time, I would've bought some fishing line and properly tied the figures with hooks and make them look more like real ornaments.  But because of the lack of time from our big move, I simply used ribbons I had handy.  As you can see, it still worked.  I was mighty proud of this idea.  It allowed the kids to get involved with decorating the tree without having to deal with glass ornaments.  Buzz was smart enough to realize that if a toy is on the tree then he can't play with it for a while.  So he was more picky about which figure goes onto the tree and which ones he wanted to play with.  Ahgoo was just happy to hand each toy over to Grandma and have her hang it onto the tree.  The kids were also very good with not messing with the toys while they were on the tree.  Ahgoo loved to point to the toys and say their names when she sees them in the morning.  The kids were also excited to get their toys back after Christmas, so it was like getting more gifts after Christmas! :-)

Our collection of toy ornaments.

This little train went on the tree as well.

Grandma and Ahgoo decorating the tree.

Woody hanging out on the tree.
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Posted Jan 15, 2014


On Buzz's fourth birthday, we made our very first height mark in the new house.  I can't believe that my baby boy is four!!  He's definitely grown into his own person.  Like most guys, he LOVES movies and reading books, and watching television.  He also loves playing with his little sister.  Buzz has mastered how to float on his back in swim class, he continues to learn Chinese, and he's slowly expanding his taste buds and are eating much better.  But I suspect he'll always be a picky eater.  At school, his teachers tell me that he's the "big man on campus."  He's a social butterfly and is friends with everyone.  I'm so proud of who he's become and look forward to seeing him continue to learn new skills and grow with his sister.   The two of them are like two peas in a pod and love to play with each other.  I am so glad that the kids will be able to call our new house their childhood home.  Many more birthdays and height marks to come.  

Since we're following my process of only having birthday parties on odd birth years, we decided to take Buzz to Adventure City this year.  It is really the perfect place for young kids!  It is much cheaper than Disneyland and he can go on most of the rides.  Also the wait time at each ride is only about 10 minutes at most!  Even Ahgoo had a wonderful time, she LOVED the carousel and rode on it four times!  Since there were hardly anyone on it, they let us just stay on the ride the whole time.  We invited Buzz's friend from Chinese School to join us and the two boys had a blast running around the amusement park from ride to ride.  His friend was more cautious and didn't like the fast rides.  But we discovered that Buzz is a bit of a daredevil and loves the roller coasters.  

After a day of fun at Adventure City, we came home to have cake and open presents, Grandpa and Grandma complete spoiled him with a brand new bicycle!  A week before his birthday, I asked Buzz what kind of cake does he want.  Without hesitation, he yelled, "A Buzz cake!"  So after some web-searching, I found this picture and decided to reproduce it.  I asked my MIL to bake me a simple, round, two-layer cake.  She even frosted it nicely for me.  She also gave me a great tip, to first use a toothpick to draw out the design before I use any color frosting.  Mixing the right colors was pretty easy, except for trying to make skin color.  I messed up the first time using the color formula on the cake website but I discover that if you just use a tiny bit of orange color you can make tan pretty well.  To apply the color frosting, I simply used ziploc sandwich bags and snipped off the tips to make a pipping bag.  I think the cake turned out well!  Only thing is that I forgot Buzz's eye brows, but our birthday boy didn't seem to notice.  He loved the cake and wanted to eat Buzz's eye!

Mixing colors, I felt like I was creating a painting.

The beautiful canvase, a double layer chocolate cake!


The finished product!  Later, I realized that I forgot his eye brows!  But no one else seemed to care.


Counting his candles to make sure all four are there.

Having fun at Adventure City!

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Posted Jan 7, 2014

















































































































































































































































































































































































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