March 01, 2015

This week in pictures | Feb 23-Mar 1, 2015

Welcome!


We've been living at the doctors office:


Some bunny loves you:


Presley had friends over.  Messy fun:


An 8 yr. old perspective on Andy Warhol:


Cookie cutter madness:

Kake Kreations cookie cutters

Messy boy bed:


Felix is getting married in just two months!!

Monja Taiker

It's all we talk about when we meet up:

Monja Taiker

We celebrated Jade's birthday too!

Monja Taiker

My Dad says he's going to take all the kids to Taiwan when they get older:

Monja Taiker

Golf has been good for Presley's confidence:

Tregnan golf academy

So has selling chocolates:

Chocolate school fundraiser

Heading to dinner:


We chose pizza but the kids decided on Chipotle:

Chipotle

Big Hero 6.  Our new favorite movie.  I think Hiro looks a lot like Truman!!


Happy rainy weekend!!

February 27, 2015

Happy day

I found this picture when I was going through my digital photo archives.  We were at a cousins birthday party watching children commit mayhem on a pinata.  What a happy day! 

Family

It was 2008.  I was only changing one toushy while the other toushy kept nudging me in the belly. Truman was realizing Kao Fu wasn't the boogy man after all and Uncle Jason had no idea that life with two boys was about to get CRAZEEE!! Things always seem hard when I'm in the moment and until it becomes a memory is when I realize how uncomplicated life was.

Raising three kids, managing their schedules, and fulfilling all their needs is not always a beautifully landscaped picnic but it is certainly bountiful...and the best time of my life. That's what the senior citizens tell me at the market. And they must know something I don't know yet.

I have to remember to cherish all the little bits and pieces of my day before they turn into distant memories.  Who knows when life will REALLY get complicated!

Happy Friday!

February 24, 2015

Why you need childless friends

No one can argue having quality friendships make life rich and full.  But childless friends is a serious asset in my life.  Taking a little break from having "baby on the brain" is so reinvigorating. Having infertile conversations is refreshing too.  Although my kids are the heart and soul of my being, my childless friends pull me out from my stay-at-home mom rut at times when I need a little R&R.  

I love hearing them talk about exotic vacations they're taking or activities they're doing while taking mental notes to possibly do with David or the kids when they get older.  My favorite thing to do with them is meeting up at a new restaurant over-the-hill for a yummy meal and juicy girl talk.

Blue Plate Oysterette Los Angeles Los Angeles meets New England at this beachy chic seafood restaurant

Sometimes I feel out-of-touch being a stay-at-home mom in the San Fernando Valley not knowing the latest buzz going on outside my community.  This is where my girlfriends do a great job keeping me up-to-date on current trends and the present pop culture scene.

And if anything it's so fun going out with bright lipstick and wearing my fancier shoes.

(Picture taken at Blue Plate Oysterette Los Angeles)

February 22, 2015

This week in pictures | Feb 16-22, 2014

Portia has been sick all week.  I took her with me to get my nails done:

gel manicure

She loves finding outdoor colors that match her shoes:

kids red ballet flats

I gave David Lego cuff links for Valentine's Day:

Lego cuff links

We had a good laugh at the market:

God, guns, grits, and gravy by Mike Huckabee

Hanging out with cool girls on Friday night:

Dylan Keith Salon

Chinese school lesson on calligraphy:

Chinese calligraphy

His left-handedness still intrigues me:


Ingredients for our annual Chinese New Year feast:


My DREAM TEAM!!


plus a highly skilled apprentice!

Dumpling making

We did good this year! I think my Mom would be impressed:

Year of the Goat's Chinese New Year feast

Looking at baby pictures make me feel OLD!!!


Happy Year of the Goat!


Hope you shared your weekend with family too!!

February 15, 2015

This week in pictures | Feb 9-15, 2015

Me.  It's been rough:


How can a 8 yr old little person cause me so much head/heartache?


I know how you feel girl!!


Talk to the fur:


Getting my aggressions out:

 
David knows how to cheer me up:


Valentines couldn't come at a better time:


It gives you perspective:


Repetitive work helps relax the mind:

http://www.growinguphui.blogspot.com/2015/02/valentines-microwave-popcorn-treats.html

Kettle corn flavor, by the way!

http://www.growinguphui.blogspot.com/2015/02/valentines-microwave-popcorn-treats.html

Wrapped a little something for my monsters too:


Secret treasures!


Love loot:


Someone gave him a paper airplane kit.  Thank you!!!


Melting:


On the eve, we make pizzas:


For David:


RED weekend:


with touches of orange/yellow:


and purple:


David ALWAYS buys Papyrus:


I LOVE when he fills up the card:


We like early reservations.  It's quiet:


Second round of dessert:


"It's cooooold!!"


On to the next celebration!!


Happy Valentine's Day and three day weekend!!