April 27, 2016

Portia + video

diy cereal box guitar made out of recycle materials. see more photos at growinguphui.com

It's only been a couple years since this simple girl(me!), who usually likes straight-forward, basic functionalities, has owned a Windows smartphone.  David had insisted on getting rid of my dumb phone due to it's low-end capabilities.  I like low-end capabilities.  I'm just now finally getting the hang of doing things I consider fancy - syncing, sharing, uploading.

My sis-n-law recently gave me her Sony Xperia so although I'm grateful, excited, and intrigued by all the new Android features my other Windows smartphone didn't offer I have to learn how to be smart all over again!

One of the new apps I've been playing around with is the Movie Creator.  It can automatically or custom create short movies of your existing pictures and videos around 30 seconds long.  The upload quality is sub par but it's so fun to play around with and it's so easy to create!

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I took the photos of Portia from Earth Day when she rocked-out her diy cereal box guitar we made together for her school's earth day art project.

Thanks for looking.  Time to make more movies...bye!

April 19, 2016

PYO(pick-your-own) strawberries

Sign up for the farm tour to pick your own berries at Underwood family farms in Moorpark

It's that time of year at Underwood Family Farms, where Pre-k kids from all over the San Fernando Valley head to, for spring's strawberry picking.

Sign up for the farm tour to pick your own berries at Underwood family farms in Moorpark

Call it the ultimate field trip for the 5 to 6 year old masses which for most would be their very first time on a big yellow school bus.

Sign up for the farm tour to pick your own berries at Underwood family farms in Moorpark

Do strawberries have seeds on the inside or outside? Raise your hand if you know the answer.

Sign up for the farm tour to pick your own berries at Underwood family farms in Moorpark

Me, me, me, me, me...

Sign up for the farm tour to pick your own berries at Underwood family farms in Moorpark

I actual didn't volunteer for this trip...so unlike me! I put ME wanting to experience her first field trip and first bus ride with her aside - to give her space to be on her own, gain confidence/independence, and just have fun with her friends.

<Sign up for the farm tour to pick your own berries at Underwood family farms in Moorpark. See more photos at growinguphui.com

(Plus, I knew parents would be taking lots and lots of pictures for me to experience from a distance...and for me to upload on my blog!)

Sign up for the farm tour to pick your own berries at Underwood family farms in Moorpark. See more photos at growinguphui.com

I'm learning to hover less and be o.k. with not experiencing EVERYTHING with my kids.

Sign up for the farm tour to pick your own berries at Underwood family farms in Moorpark. See more photos at growinguphui.com

Yet after all that's been said and done, I just LOVE, LOVE vintage tractor drawn wagon rides.

Sign up for the farm tour to pick your own berries at Underwood family farms in Moorpark. See more photos at growinguphui.com

And man, that FIELD, with those super fresh, locally grown berries!! I made the right decision not to go, RIGHT!!!???

Sign up for the farm tour to pick your own berries at Underwood family farms in Moorpark. See more photos at growinguphui.com

I found a few photos of Truman from This week in pictures | May 12-18 when we went with his class to Underwood Family Farms two years ago!!

April 10, 2016

This week in pictures | Apr 4-10, 2016

I let Portia have my camera for a couple hours.  Ten photos made her observation list.  Here's what shuttered...

1. Panda slippers

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2. Dawn

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3. Daybreak

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4. Clutter

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5. Reflection of her brothers room

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6. Booster seat lines

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7. Her favorite dress

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8. Rain

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9. Knit wear

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10. Eye stare

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I spent Saturday at the Festival of Books with my main squeeze.

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I remembered to take the umbrellas.

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We held hands together in the rain.

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And listened to Stan Lee talk about comic books and superheros.  Truman is doing a research project on Stan Lee for school.

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We were totally GEEKING out!!

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Then, Truman took me to lunch...I drove and paid.

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Water roaches BEWARE.

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Unsafe joy ride.

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I'm a queen.

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She's a princess.  He's a dog in waiting.

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Whirlpool.

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Fish paste variety.

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David always does an amazing Shabu-Shabu spread.

Shabu shabu done right at home. See more photos at growinguphui.com

When she picks me a dead flower and still sees a pink beautiful flower in bloom.

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Till next week! But for now, see what we were up to...

First week of April 2015

First week of April 2014

April 03, 2016

This week in pictures | Mar 28-Apr 3, 2016

We only had to work on one project during spring break...thank you Lord.

swan diorama. See more pics at growinguphui.blogspot.com

She was so excited to share with her class.


Jerome came over and brought us donuts.  David started without us.

Donut Friend. See more pics at growinguphui.blogspot.com

Karen helping with carpool.


Shopping for birthday gifts. 

Lego shopping at Target. See more pics at growinguphui.blogspot.com

Chill'in on grand pa's chair.


Running HIS errands together.

Lego store. See more pics at growinguphui.blogspot.com

A princess lost her balloons.


O.K., I won't.


Oriental version of the claw crane called Prize Pagoda...HA!

Prize Pagoda. See more pics at growinguphui.blogspot.com

I've been making homemade breadcrumbs lately (because no one eats the ends!).

Homemade breadcrumbs. See more pictures at growinguphui.blogspot.com

My baby got braces.  It makes him look older.  I don't like that.

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Feeling car sick.  David drives too fast.

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And the boys screaming and singing loudly behind me doesn't help.

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Waiting.

The Cheesecake Factory. See more pictures at growinguphui.blogspot.com

More waiting.

Yamato. See more pictures at growinguphui.blogspot.com

We had a teppanyaki meal this week!

Yamato. See more pictures at growinguphui.blogspot.com

It's such a family-festive dinner/show experience! We always have a good time!! And I was happy that Truman ate his mushrooms and shrimp!

Yamato. See more pictures at growinguphui.blogspot.com

Chirp, chirp.

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Adventure cruising.

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Not happy with wet underwear.

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Fast karts.

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Big guns (and muscles!!).

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My nephew is 9!!

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They say it's more scary when you close your eyes.

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Jackson looks so much like my sister!!!

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Hope you had a great weekend!

Till next week! But for now, see what we were up to...

Last week of March 2015

Last week of March 2014