Monday, April 29, 2013

Look at our herb garden!

The off-and-on drizzle these past few days have been just what our little garden needed. The basil plants are especially thriving and I can't wait until they are big and full. If you haven't tried growing green onion, you should really do it. They practically take care of themselves. And for the first time, we are attempting to grow jalapeno and habenrio peppers.

Ah, our garden puts a smile on my face. Thanks to hubs I never have to get dirty either.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Call me social media slow poke,

but I finally get what the fuss is all about. Instagram is my new favorite. It turns my daily (read: poorly lit, not well composed, and probably blurry) photos into fun memory pieces. It's a pretty neat app, but I am sure most of you already knew that. As I said, I am a social media slow poke.

We had another great outing to Meadowlark yesterday. It seems like we go there every weekend, doesn't it? Haha, I promise we expose our kids to other places! But yesterday, we were about to just stay in because Anna has the runny nose when, at the last minute, we decided the weather was too beautiful to not go out. So a 10-minute drive later, we were there and I instagram-ed like a madwoman.

Then we stayed out for lunch. We went to this nearby Chinese restaurant that specializes in fresh hand-pulled noodles. Fresh noodles really do taste better, no lie. Not sure how to describe it. Texture?  Density? I would love for this restaurant to be our go-to place, just like Pho 75. The food is good (the kids love the noodles!), but the service sucks so I honestly don't know how often we will be going back.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

children's books that are worth reading

I can't believe I let a week slip by without blogging. I mean, things haven't been busy. In fact, they have been downright slow of late. I am still waiting for a project to come along, Anna is still not-crying at school, and Will is still as cute as ever. We are all doing well.

It's Saturday afternoon and both kids are napping, so I thought I would write a quick post on....children's books!

I will fully admit it - sometimes the books we check out from the library bore me to tears and I find myself at the end of the book having no recollection of what I just read aloud. Does this happen to you too? This is precisely why I like to borrow books base on recommendations and if you are in the same boat, here are some books that we've read lately that I think are pretty good.  As you can see, we are a big fan of Mo Willem (love the repetition of words, easy for Anna to "read" on her own) and recently discovered Julia Donaldson (love her clever rhymes).  These books are terrific for preschoolers.

What books have you read lately that I should be borrowing from the library? Do tell.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Will - 17 months update

Will turned 17 months old on Monday! He exhausts us with his seemingly boundless energy — but he is also so much more fun with each passing day. He is definitely his own little independent person with his own little opinions and preferences, but he still loves to snuggle with us.


Will is completely transitioned to one nap. His nap is generally 2.5 to 3 hours long. Ideally, he should go down for his nap at 12 noon, but because we want him to be on the same schedule as Anna, he sleeps at 1p. As long as we keep him busy, he's not fussy about it. So he naps from 1p to 3:30 - 4p. Pretty good! But what's more great is that even if he doesn't wake up until 4p, we still put him to sleep around 7:20p at night. I don't know when he actually falls asleep, but he's cool about staying in his crib quietly. Hooray for a kid with good sleeping habits!
But on this particular day, he woke up unusually early so I brought him to bed with us and he fell right back to sleep.


OK, I will admit here that eating is not going as well as it used to be. He used to eat and eat and eat. But now he self-feeds a little bit and says done. If he really only had a little bit, I will coax him to eat more by distracting him with toys while I shove food into his mouth. He's still getting bottles of milk, but doesn't drink as much as he did.

Just like me, he prefers salty foods over sweets!

He's still a chunky little monkey, so I am not concerned at all. I think he's probably about 28 pounds.


As I said it again and again, Will has a very good temper. He tolerates his sister's grabbing, pulling, and pushing. He doesn't get easily frustrated when playing with toys. And he doesn't whine or cry unless there is a very good reason. He's a very good boy.
He's really loving Pesto.

Apparently, this book was sooooo funny!


Verbally, Will is definitely not as far ahead as Anna when she was his age, but he has surprised me every now and then with words. He can say "Pesto" perfectly. He says, "go" when he wants to ride with us to preschool. I think he knows some body parts - like eyes, nose, ear, fingers. I haven't even begin trying to teach him numbers, colors, or shapes, though.

He's also getting much better at communicating and understanding commands overall. If he's hungry, he will go to his booster seat, pulls off the tray, and tries to climb up. When hubs squeezes soap onto the sponge, he knows to stand up for his lather. He throws away trash.
Things I want to remember:
- His wobbly run.
- His kissable tummy.
- His dance by stomping his feet up and down.
- Our nightly dance to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" before bed.
- That he scoots himself back slowly to sit down on our front stoop.
- And a lot more, but I just can't remember right now. :(

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

It finally happened!

It is truly a momentous day.

Today, since starting school on January 2nd, Anna did not cry at drop off.


I've mentioned before that Anna was having a very hard time adjusting to school. You can read all about it here and here. After all these months of stressing and worrying, we were about to pull the trigger and just try again in September when the miracle finally happened.

She stopped.

It all started to unfold last week - an usual ONE AND HALF hour of crying fest turned to sobbing for 30 minutes. Then it was 10 seconds. Then, today, nothing. Not a peep. Just a "Mama, I love you!" and off she went into her classroom. I caught her giving her teacher a hug as I walked away. I am so proud of her! :) :) :)

Now, I don't expect that she will never cry at school again, but it's a great feeling knowing that she can do it. That she has made a significant progress since January. It took her a while to get here, but slow and steady wins the race, right? Haha.

It happened to be report card day...and here is what the teacher had to say:
This totally calls for a celebration.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

rainbow park fun

It seems like whenever there is a nice day, people (with kids) flock to Clemenjontri. It's such a great little (except that it's actually pretty big) park for the kids to run around....and we almost always cap off the trip with a spin around the carousel. It's a guaranteed good time. I love that it's an easy trip -- we go early in the morning and back in time for lunch & nap. No need to spend any money at all.

These pictures are from Saturday. It was Will's first time there since he could walk. He soaked it all up. Running everywhere. Look at him on that balance beam! I was so surprised that he didn't fall. He also went down a few slides, but we might have gave him a nudge or two there. I adore his wide open smile on the carousel. He's definitely his sister's brother.

And Anna...I don't know if it is because she's just older now or because she's more socialized due to preschool, but she had no trouble joining other kids in on the fun. She's no longer that girl who is glued to my hips.

Overall, a good time for all. Anna has already asked to go back twice.
This post reminds me of this one. You must click here to find the similarities.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

cute pictures alert! (plus a job update)

(Will - almost 17 months old :: Anna - almost 3 years and 1 month old)

This post is mainly to share the photos (super-cute, don't you think?) above, but I also have a small update on my job. So...two Fridays ago, my project ended and I have been back "on the bench" since last Monday. We are hopeful that the client will bring us back in May/June, but in the meantime, I have been doing job search of my own, both internally and externally. Job searching doesn't take up the whole day, which means more time with the kiddos AND free time to myself. It's pretty wonderful!  So nice to have a break.

The above pictures were taken two days ago. I was feeling kind of bored after their nap so I put them in sort-of matching outfits for pictures. Haha. I love them in shorts and white tees.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

um...what blossoms?

I thought we were getting a head start when we left the house at 8:45 yesterday to go downtown to see the cherry blossoms.

Nope. Not even close.

Once we hit Constitution Ave, we were greeted with closed roads and a bunch of runners...which we later found out that there was a running event going on.

So...we got stuck in slow-moving traffic, while Anna made comments like, "There are many people who want to be here today" and "Why don't we just park here?" (Becauase there were no space available) Anyway, forty-five minutes after we left the house, we finally parked and walked to the Tidal Basin.

Then we saw this.
Let me zoom in.
Yeah...what 70% peak bloom?

Oh, and it was very WINDY. Despite the fact that temperature was supposed to be in the 60s, it felt nothing like it. Here is a photo we took in a hurry to say that we were there.
We actually went there with family so while the others decided to walk around the Tidal Basin regardless, we headed in a different direction with my sis-in-law. We sat in front of the Washington Monument for a while because it seemed less windy and Will wanted to walk.
The best time the kids had was probably at this pond where they threw pebbles.
I predict that later this week and this weekend, all the flowers will be in bloom, but I doubt we will be heading back. Hubs would seriously kill me. :)

To see what the it looks like when the trees are fluffy pink, see this post.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Family Pictures, 3/2012

Hare are some pictures from our latest visit to Meadowlark Gardens. If you are a regular to the blog, you know we go there whenever we can. Gotta get our annual pass worth. :)

Five things to note:

1. We didn't bring a stroller inside with us. Will walked with us like a big boy and he loved the freedom.
2. Along the same line, I didn't carry a diaper bag. Loved that, too.
3. Unfortunately, we didn't see any pink. No cherry trees were in bloom.
4. Anna and her Poohsticks -- it will never get old. She asked to throw sticks whenever we came across a bridge.
5. A little snack (raisins and crackers) break kept the kids in a happy mood.

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