Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lost Tooth

IMG_8835Somehow this boy has grown up on me when I wasn’t looking.  He lost his first tooth today.  The past few days he has been willing to let Neal try to pry it out via floss tugs or plier pulls.  But after all that it was pretty uneventful when it came down to it.

He was playing with Legos and said it felt funny.  He said that he twisted it all the way around but stayed in his mouth.  I said that if he could twist it all the way around he could definitely yank it out and he did.  He said it was awesome.IMG_8836

Neal left for a work trip today and will be gone till Thursday and I was caught without anything smaller than a $20 bill so I convinced him to wait until dad got home so he could show him his tooth.


Then he lost it.  The tooth.  Again. 

We can’t find it.


So in the meantime he wants to communicate with the tooth fairy and he wrote this note:


Two questions for all of you: How would you answer his question? and What is the going rate nowadays anyway?  I honestly don’t remember how much I got as a kid, at least remember they were bills so at least $1.

IMG_8798Lily claims she has a “lost tooth” because she is a big girl. She mostly just wants a present.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Baby Time



Emma Lai-Sin

Born Monday, April 23rd at 7:14 pm

7 lbs 6 oz, 20 inches

Emma gets her first name from a great great grandmother on dad’s side and her middle name (Cantonese for beautiful fairy) from a great grandmother on mom’s side.


Emma is a darling angel baby.  She smiles at Neal.  She is our quietest baby.  She is well loved by her big brother and sister.  She is loving all the attention she is getting from grandma this week.


By far the best birthing and recovery experience so far.  Will get back to sharing the details soon, just after I go snuggle princess #2 some more…

Sunday, April 22, 2012


Well it's official, my babies all prefer to be fashionably late. The question I just 'love' during pregnancy is "when is your due date?" because I know the date the professionals give me but deep down I know I'll go longer. It is quite a bummer to go past due date BUT I have had plenty of time to get things in order so that's a plus. And I really can't complain because this baby is full term and healthy and not huge :).

I have never gone into labor on my own either. Wish I could. I prefer planning over surprises and I must say knowing ahead of time when i am going to go to the hospital is SO nice. I have an induction scheduled for this Thursday. Last week I had some low fluid levels and almost thought we were going to actually have the baby early by induction but I was able to get enough liquids in me to squash that concern.
Looking forward to a crazy week!

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April Come She Will

I hope. Two weeks till due date. All signs so far point to going the full term and then some. Blah.

I want to get back into blogging more often, but as with many other things going on in my life now, my mind just screams, “blah!”

Lily declared Sunday after what was apparently too much general conference in her mind, “No more Jesus!!!” Not so proud mommy moment there…

Neal has been out of town a lot and is currently in Chicago.  Luckily we have him for Easter but because he was gone on big family food holidays like Chinese New Year and April Fools Day (yes they are big food days here) my motivation to make anything festive was non-existent.  It’s ok since I’m so tired but Aedan was bummed I wasn’t doing another April Fools Party so we bought and made up 10 boxes of raspberry Jell-O to disguise as drinks to take to our branch potluck in between conference sessions on Sunday.  It was pretty funny as I put some in cups w/straws but also filled a clear pitcher full and put a stack of empty cups next to it.  Not as fun as last year but still got plenty of laughs.

The kids got to participate in a town egg hunt on Saturday.  They were very content to come away with a humble pile of eggs (while mom was irked by the crazed parents present who frantically horded for “helped” their kids to get a insanely massive “good” haul, but I’ll save that gripe for another day) and funny thing, most of Aedan’s eggs had money in it.  He was pretty excited about finding dollar after dollar (seriously, you guys should come next time) and after a while of that he starts shouting very excitedly, “MOM!!! MOM!!! Look at this!! I got TWO little chocolate eggs!!!!!” Apparently he is supposed to use the money to buy his own candy?

And major “blah” is that we haven’t settled on a name for this little gal yet.  Correction, I don’t think we’ve settled on a first  name.  And I hate mentioning candidates to people because sometimes their reactions tend to make me  rethink my choices whereas if I just say “_____ is the name we’ve chosen” people usually don’t have the guts to say anything negative. So feel free to suggest some here but I don’t think I’ll be listing anything for a bit.

And no, April is not on the list although maybe should be given the song...

Hhhmmm…  rereading this, I think I’ve done enough complaining for the day.  Can you tell I need a foot rub? :)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Official 1st Blogiversary

I don’t know what possessed me to start this blog on February 29th, 2008.  It was probably not intentional.  So, while it has been around for a handful of years, now I can officially say, Happy 1st Blogiversary to me!

Seemed like a good time to come out of hibernation. You laugh but I really do hibernate….IMG_8644

So since this only happens once every four years, I’ll give you four updates about each one of us.


  1. Is pretty much potty trained! Well, 95% but still, hooray! She has the funniest i-need-to-go-potty dance, reminds me of Elvis.
  2. She is a talker.  She likes to lay on compliments to others but gets mad when you return the compliment (um, girl?).  She will say to you, “I got to tell you a question” and you say what? and she will say “What is your favorite color?” to which you will reply and most likely you would be wrong, it is always the color you are currently wearing.  She also likes to tell made-up stories, usually involving a pony named Fluttershy who wants someone to play Angry Birds with her.  All the ponies seem to be too busy doing more important stuff like making cupcakes and laughing. Finally Spike the dragon agrees to play Angry Birds with her and saves the day. Hear it for yourself:
  3. She is almost 2 1/2 yrs old, she knows how to navigate my phone pretty well, she loves Disney Princesses, My Little Ponies, Little “Ein Skeins” (Einsteins), and Dora.  She can read most of the alphabet too, and loves going to the library and kids museum.011
  4. Still has curly red hair.  And two cowlicks which make styling it all the more difficult.  Her hair is growing out funny in back and a few sections look almost mullet-esque so I think I’m going to have to chop it to even it out.  She has discovered that she likes to play with mom’s hair.  She loves to brush it and put clips in it and try to braid it… It has been funny because Aedan has wanted to get in on the action too and now knows how to braid my hair…IMG_8653


  1. This boy got so many Lego sets at Christmas and of course no sooner than when he finished building them all he starts getting excited about Star Wars and Star Wars Lego stuff. 209IMG_8680

Aedan in the Robots exhibit, Rockford Children’s Discovery Center Museum.

2. He is a great reader.  He is so funny with his writing and drawing lately.  Apparantly he was fed up with our rules so he made up some of his own:IMG_8675

      Rules: 1) never close my door 2) don’t distroy my legos 3) keep hands and feet to self 4) never mess up my bed

3. He plays really well with Lily but knows how to get her to do things he knows she shouldn’t do.  And of course she is just thrilled that he is giving her attention so she happily obliges.  He has accepted the fact that he will have another little sister and tells me he is so excited.  He’s been super helpful.

4. We still have a hard time getting him to eat most meats and foods that are mixed.  He is SO SLOW too.  It doesn’t help that Lily is super fast and eats just about anything, makes him even crabbier.



Aedan fussing about eating his food and Lily’s impression of Aedan fussing about eating his food.


  1. 33 weeks now.  Still a girl.  Baby has been breech for a while now and is VERY active so of course my bladder is loving it.  I sure hope she turns.  Had some contractions yesterday but if she is like my other two, she will be fashionably late.  Is it crazy to say I almost hope I can schedule an induction again?  It is so nice to be able to plan it and I honestly don’t know what I’d do if I went into labor on my own.  Oh well, looking forward to that epidural! Below is me sometime early January. That jade bracelet I put on in my first month of pregnancy and my wrists got swollen quick and could never get it off.  Had to break it off shortly after this picture.photo
  2. I usually get a burst of energy now but sadly it doesn’t seem to be happening.  I’m slowing down, physically and definitely mentally.  My short term memory is shot. I’ve been trying to get things ready despite myself, mostly worried about freezing meals and getting kids ready for Spring and such, not so much about gather baby stuff.  I hate the term nesting.  I’ve also become hateful of undeserving things.
  3. Being creative seems to take a lot of brain power but I do have my moments.  Aedan once commented that he wished I could come to his Kindergarten holiday parties so I decided I would find a sitter for Lily and surprise him by coming to his Valentines Party.  I signed up to do a game and thought a VDay game of twister would be silly.  So going for minimum cost and effort, I cut out paper hearts and machine stitched them onto a unused white shower curtain of ours and made a spinner out of cardboard.  It was fun.  I also made Neal a VDay present, again low $/effort, and decorated some recycled jars to make personalized snack containers for his desk at work.  Gotta push my mind somehow people.IMG_8656IMG_8674
  4. Things have been busy for me in my church assignments these last few months.  Inspite of my swollen fingers, I decided to play my cello for Christmas Day and it went ok.  It was more for me and my kids, forcing myself to not forget how to play and my kids needed to know that it is ok to be brave and do  things that make you nervous (or maybe in my case, embarassed).  There have been some Sundays where I’ve found myself playing the organ, teaching a Primary class, teaching Sharing Time, and teaching Singing Time, all back to back.  It has been crazy. 


  1. He’s been travelling a lot.  He just got back from a trip to Japan, Korea, and China.  He goes to Colorado, Wisconsin, and I think Chicago this month.  We survive without him but barely.  He is so busy with this new position and seems like he is constantly having work added on to him.  But we are so thankful for this position and will be even more thankful once we can cash in on all the flight and hotel rewards racking up….
  2. He is busy with doing school part time too.  My mushbrain can’t even comprehend doing all he does now.  He is doing well there too.
  3. He’s been spending some good quality time with Aedan these last few months.  Before Christmas he made a goal to build every one of Aedan’s lego sets with Aedan before Christmas came.  That turned out to be a hard goal to meet.  Since Christmas they’ve been busy playing Lego Star Wars together and they’ve started reading Hugo together.  They even got to go on a Daddy/Son outing to see Star Wars I in 3D in the theaters opening day. 
  4. He’s had a bit of a break from doing major home improvements these past few months which has been nice.  We are far from done with this place but that is ok for now.  He decided recently that it would be good to refinance our home with rates being so very low now and so we just got an appraisal done.  It feels weird to refinance after only 2 years of being in the home but rates have dropped enough that it was very worth it.  Next on his honey-to-do list is put the crib back together.
christmas family

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Right Now


Right Now the kids are downstairs wrapping Christmas presents for me and Neal.  Aedan’s is apparently something he made at school today (his last day of the year) and Lily just “shops” around the house for things and wraps them.  There is a large assortment of boxed pudding and cake mixes wrapped with “snappy tape” and “oh so beautiful” bows from her under the tree, each carefully labeled by mom for their intended recipient (one even says To: Lily, From: Lily).

IMG_85361Can I just say this is the kindest looking Santa ever? Love Lily’s Santa Phobia. Our little village has a BIG Christmas party.

Right Now the baby is kicking me a lot.  I have to go back for another ultrasound in two weeks because the baby was positioned in such a way that they couldn’t get all their measurements.  We are a bit worried that I am getting a fair amount of swelling at this point in pregnancy, having low iron and such, and I am just hoping and praying I don’t wind up on complete bed rest. 

IMG_8546Neal and Lily on the Holiday Train at the Illinois Railroad Museum

Right Now Lily’s pants are riding low as we have been working on potty training this month and she is out of diapers.  She is not quite 2 1/2 yrs and if I was feeling up for it she might have been trained earlier but my goal was by the end of the year so not too bad.  My limited experience doing potty training has led me to believe that potty training is more training for the parent than the kid.  We just go straight to underwear, no diapers (except overnight) and while there are accidents, it works pretty well and quick.  I am THRILLED to have a handful of months without diapers!

Right Now the house is a mess.  What’s new.


Right Now Neal is working hard so that he can take time off  for the rest of the year (starting tomorrow!).  We are looking forward to a quiet Christmas at home.  I can honestly say I am so thankful to not have to be dealing with the stress, money, time, and more stress of travelling for the holidays.  But we do miss family.

IMG_8570Daddy is good for making the kids smile when they don’t want to.

Right Now I am organizing my to-do list for the weekend.  We have two sets of missionaries here for Christmas Dinner (so much for quiet) and we are trying to figure out menu.  So far Vichyssoise Soup, Beef Wellington, roasted veggies, rolls, salad, homemade applesauce, and maybe some pie. Most can be prepped ahead of time. What are you having for dinner?

IMG_8481The kids perusing the toy catalogs, marking up what they want for Christmas.  We used to do this as kids, it was kind of funny to watch them do it.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Baby #3 is another…

Princess :)

We guessed right!  Lily was too busy watching Kai Lan on the phone to care.  Aedan sobbed when I told him after school that it is another girl.   I mean he really cried, it was heartbreaking.  When asked later if he was sad that it is a girl he said no and yes.  What he really wanted was one of each… as in twins.

Poor guy.

Updates to come!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Soccer Season


I think we are all kind of glad soccer season is over.  It was fun but having every Saturday taken up by games is just hard.  Aedan is not an aggressive soccer player at all so a lot of it was us watching him not going after the ball but we are proud of him for trying it.  He likes being on a team and pretending to do a super soccer kick but we were lucky to get him to intentionally kick the ball once a game. Guess we will have to work on that.


At least he has the intimidating look down.


Congrats buddy for sticking with it!  You were fun to watch!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

People have been anxious to see what we are wearing for Halloween this year.  Well sorry to disappoint but nothing new.  This week I am 16 weeks into pregnancy and, well, I only have one costume that I could easily fit into.


Flattering I know.  Aside from a TON of ironing out wrinkles, I had to make a new costume for Aedan.  Lily does not like dressing up at all and it was a fight to get her costume on.  No way was she going to let us do hair or makeup.  She was a little scared of me once I blew up and has been concerned that I need to wash my face every day to keep the blue away. 


And other misc Halloween fun.  Scary Monster pancakes at IHOP,


and pumpkin carving with the missionaries.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Just can’t end the year without a trip to the hospital


When Fall hits here this poor guy has bad allergies.  He has a snort that drives me up the wall and a throat clearing noise to match.  He gets itchy eyes and half the time he looks like he is just plain miserable. 

We have tried every over the counter allergy medicine available and then some prescription to no avail.  We have had several doctor visits including a visit to the allergist to test for reactions to various inhalant allergens and it all came back negative.  The allergist claimed it was probably just “a phase”.  Ya, a reoccuring phase that happens at specific times of the year.  She claimed probably most of it was just “in his head”.  I may not be a medical professional but, really? I don’t think so.

Which leads me to this week.  Monday he caught the croup and I believe the combination with the allergies caused his airways to swell up to the point that we had to take him to the ER to help him breathe.  It wasn’t until they gave him some steroids to reduce some swelling that he started to have an easier time inhaling. 

He was admitted to pediatrics overnight until they could get his breathing more stable.  I spent the night with him and by the morning he was much better and having a great time in the hospital.  “Mom, I really like this place.”  I don’t think he remembers everything that went on. Probably best.

He was released Tuesday and we’ve been home in our own infirmary.  Lily and I have caught the bug too.  Hopefully we can all get better in time for Halloween fun this weekend!