Archive for April, 2007

22 APRIL 2007

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

I hold my head down in shame posting this 12 days since my last entry. The problem that I think may be keeping me from posting more often is that I have pictures and such scattered among the desktop computer, external harddrive, and my laptop. I try to keep everything the same between the desktop and external harddrive, but the work gets behind. I know, it’s a poor excuse, but I’m sticking with it.

The weather is finally making a turn for the better on a regular basis. Crap! I probably shouldn’t say that because now we’ll get a foot of snow tomorrow. Maybe just saying that will keep the weather nice. The floral and fauna are pretty much in full-bloom here. Our backyard is an oasis at the moment. We absolutely love being able to peek out our windows and see so much color and purity. The girls are driving me mad, however, with all their flower-picking. Today Mimi was proudly trotting around with freshly picked tulip. I tried to convince them to pick only dandelions, but they want nothing to do with them. Figures! The leaves are slowly making their appearance on the trees. I’m glad because the tree in front of our front, bedroom window leaves me feeling vulnerable to neighbor’s eyes without its leaves. Mike and I are debating when we should reinstall the air conditioner units around the house. I think we can get by for another week or two. Check out some of the flowers blooming right now on the memories page under “Spring Has Sprung 2007

We managed to get downtown to see the cherry blossoms in their prime at the end of March. Mike was dead set against going because of the possible crowds, but I guilted him into it. I mean, you can’t live hear and not go to see the cherry blossoms at least once, right? Apparently, the actual peek blooming days were going to be a couple of days later, but it rained and blew all the flowers off. So we lucked out to see them on such an awesome day. The girls were ecstatic about riding the metro once again. We only went to one monument, Jeffereson’s, because that wasn’t what we were there for. The only bad part about the day was that just about every other Washingtonian had the same idea as us. Oh well, we still enjoyed ourselves. Anyhoo, pictures can be viewed on the memories page under “Cherry Blossoms 2007”. Enjoy! [Forgive me for waiting so long to mention this, but the pictures were on the desktop which I hadn’t turned on in ages.]

As promised, I will now talk about the girls’ doings during the past few weeks. Oh, and before I forget, I added a few more pictures to the girls’ April 2007 album. Feel free to inspect. So, last week Annie kept talking about her friend, Olivia, from school. Here’s a conversation we had about Olivia:
Me: What is Olivia like?
Annie: …
Me: Does Olivia have brown hair, like you?
Annie: Yes.
Me: Does she have curly hair, too?
Annie: Yes. [Long pause.] But not really.
Me: Does Olivia have any brothers?
Annie: Yes. Big brothers!
Me: Does she have any sisters?
Annie: Yes. [Long pause.] But not really.
Apparently, Annie is not able to commit to a negative response.

Annie is almost obsessed with being a mermaid. She has taken to putting one sock on both her feet and a foam letter casing around her ankles in order to look as much like a mermaid as possible. Mike’s mom thought this was hilarious, so now she’s going to make the girls each a mermaid outfit. I’m sure Annie will be very delighted to finally have an official mermaid costume. Annie has picked up some behavior that is cute but also distressing. If she’s not getting her way about something, then she’ll say to me, “You’re not my best friend!” and/or “You can’t come to my birthday party!” At first I would discipline her by telling her not to say such things. The other day I played it from a different angle. I said in response to her, “Fine. You’re not my best friend either, and you can’t come to my birthday party. Come on, Mimi, you’re my best friend!” Oh my goodness, this was the end of the world to Annie. She completely lost it and was saying, “I am your best friend,” over and over. After about a minute, I knelt down and ask her if she likes it if someone says those things to her. Of course, she didn’t. I then told her then it’s not nice to say those things to people because it hurts their feelings. She hasn’t said those to me since. Annie has been practicing riding her Dora bicycle and is becoming quite good at it. Many times she will give up trying to start pedaling from a stopped position and will ask someone to help her. No longer do I assist and instead insist that she needs to keep practicing by herself. Annie is now starting to learn how to spell and write different words such as Mimi, Mom, Dad, stop, and Lily. She shows much interest in learning what certain words say on signs or on junk mail. I try to always take that moment to say the word and spell it out with her. I’m quite pleased with her enthusiasm to learn to read. Don’t tell Annie yet, but come Friday Annie starts “Kindernastics”. It’s a beginning gymnastics class being offered to kids ages 3-5 years at the YMCA. I’m so excited for her!

Mimi can express herself quite these days. She is able to tell us things and be understood most of the time. I’m continually surprised by words that pop out of her mouth. Much to my dismay, however, one of her favorites phrases is “It’s too hard!” This is her usual response when I ask her to do a task such as helping me to pick up toys around the house or even to take off her shoes. I’m not giving up on her so easily though. We’re starting to introduce potty-training to Mimi. Yet she’s not showing much curiosity in that department. Instead she’s gone as far as to go lie on Annie’s bed (the diaper changing station) and scream for me to come change her diaper. Little stinker!! Mimi is quite the pal for Annie. Annie has even proclaimed, “Mimi is my best friend!” I can actually trust them alone while I take a shower in the afternoon. What a freeing feeling! Mimi really does show a love for animals. There are a couple of cats that hang out on our street and come to visit us daily and even list the girls pet them. (Not to worry, they do have collar with rabies tags.) The second Mimi spots the kitties, she runs over to shower them with cuddles. Annie lost interest after just a couple of visits from the cats. Lucy gets regular pats or tackles from Mimi much to Lucy’s apprehension. Last night while at Uncle Tiger and Miss Leah’s house Mimi would not leave poor Fozzie and Slider and alone. Even with Slider’s warning snaps and growls, Mimi kept at it. Mimi still enjoys numerous cuddles from Mommy throughout the day. Of course, I’m always happy to oblige.

Mike has been quite stressed with school these past weeks. A big project he’s been working on is finally due tomorrow. What a relief (for everyone)! This week is the annual AAE (American Association of Endodontics) Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Mike will be gone all week. I’m a bit a disappointed with the venue because last the conference took place in Hawaii. All the wives attended as well. Now that Mike will have to attend yearly from here on out, then there’s bound to be a conference at another tropical locale. When that happens, I’m so going. In Mike’s absence this week, the girls and I have lots planned. Tomorrow we’re meeting up with a neighborhood friend to hang out a local park. One day we’re going to get together with Miss Jamie and Avery for a day of fun. The girls and I also have plans on Wednesday to go to a sing-along concert at a nearby café with a group of local mommies and kids. Then Friday another we’re going to over to another friend’s house here in the neighborhood to play. I’m hoping that Trang takes me up on my offer to go out for dinner one night (maybe sans kids) while the guys are still away.

10 APRIL 2007

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

WARNING: Picture overload! Much has happened in the last couple of weeks, and lots of pictures got taken during that time.

Tiger and Mike decided it was time for another crawfish boil since the last one was back in 2004. They’ve been brewing up plans the past few weeks, and we finally held the event on Saturday, April 7, 2007. The original strategy was to set up everything outside, and let people make all the mess they wanted out there. However, the weather had other plans. The night before brought an inch of snow, and the high temperature for the day was 40 degrees. Mike was more than willing to keep the event outside, but my guess was our friends from Louisiana, California, Germany and here would not be as eager about the thought. So we opted to put vinyl tablecloths and newspapers on the dining table and have at it. Surprisingly, it was not as messy as I dreaded. There were quite a few kids to keep the girls busy, and everyone else really seemed to enjoy themselves. I might be apt to say that this should be an annual event…we’ll see! Have a look at pictures of the event on the Memories page under “Crawfish Boil 2007”. Enjoy!

Mister Matt introduced the concept of a visit from the Eater Bunny to Annie the night before Easter. Of course, this meant Annie talked about that event non-stop for the rest of the night. She was very ecstatic the next morning to see that the Easter Bunny had, in fact, visited and left a special something just for her. It only took her about 10 seconds after waking up to discover it. Since Target came up with the cute idea to have vintage buckets with an Easter theme, the Easter bunny decided that the girls should have Easter buckets delivered to them instead of baskets. The girls didn’t seem to notice the difference. Mimi immediately noticed the Dora candy dispenser inside her bucket. “DORA!” We let them look through their new goodies for approximately 5 minutes and even gave them a couple of treats to eat. Promplty after that time, all treats and plastic grass was removed. I know, we’re terrible people for taking away candy from children. Later that day, they made up for lost time without candy (see below). The girls and I decorated a few eggs. This was their first egg decorating experience. Annie thoroughly enjoyed herself while Mimi got bored halfway through her first egg. Painting herself was more interesting. Check out the girls’ April album on the girls’ page for pictures of our Easter morning.

The Cheslers were kind enough to host an Easter dinner for us transplants without family close by. An egg hunt and decorating contest were planned. There were lots of kids present to partake in all the festivities. The girls were thrilled to have so many kids to frolic with…Annie was especially excited about Avery’s arrival. 99 eggs were hidden, and the kids couldn’t wait to get out to search for them. 3 of the eggs were “golden” and, if found, would result in special prizes. A few tears were shed when all the golden eggs were discovered, but all the kids ended up with some of sort of prize in the end. Oh, the drama of childhood. An egg decorating activity also kept the kids busy. What fun! Lamb and honey-baked ham were the main courses served with garlic mashed potatoes, asparugus, and a delicious salad. The evening was topped off with a birthday cake for Trang. Mike and I were the bakers/decorators. It was a big hit! The girls were absolutely exhausted when we got home and actually slept in a bit the next morning. No arguments from me. Of course, there are pictures from the night on the Memories page under “Easter Bash 2007“.

I promise to give an update about the girls in the next couple of days. Mimi has been making great strides with her social skills, meaning she’s not so shy anymore. In fact, she seemed to show quite a skill for entertaining this past weekend. Tune in for that and more, later.