Thursday, May 31, 2007

14 minutes

I'm doing yet another survey within the space of half an hour. What's the matter with me? I should be going to bed. I'm copying or following after my sister-in-law, Becky, here.

The Longest survey you'll ever fill out! Do the world a favor: fill it out and post it for all your friends.... Do this because the person who sent it to you didn't sit here for ages for nothing. Answer all the questions honestly, no lying to avoid stuff.

Starting time: 11:22 PM.

Name: Lily.

Sisters: One sister and two sisters-in-law.

Brothers: Two brothers-in-law.

Eye Color: Brown.

Shoe size: 7 to 7.5.

Height: 5'4".

What are you wearing right now: Brown polo shirt, dark shorts.

Favorite Drink: gingerale.

Favorite Month: September.

Favorite Breakfast: Yogurt with fresh fruit (ripe strawberries, preferably).

Bungee jumped: Nope.

Made yourself throw-up?: Nope.

Loved someone so much it made you cry?: Yes.

Broken a bone: Not yet.

Been in a police car: yes.

Been on a plane: Yes.

Came close to dying: nope.

Been in a sauna: Yes.

Been in a hot tub: yep.

Swam in the ocean: Yes.

Fallen asleep in school: Yes.

Broken someone's heart: yes.

Cried when someone died: Yes.

Cried in school: Can't remember.

Fell off your chair: I'm sure.

Sat by the phone all night waiting for someone to call you: Yes.

Saved e-mails: Yes.

Been cheated on: Don't know, perhaps. What constitutes cheating?

Did you give that person a second chance?


*********What is-****************

Your room is like: cluttered. I'm blaming it on the baby. . . too busy to clear the mess.

What is right by you? nothing.

Chicken pox: nope, but I've had the vaccination.

Sore throat: not usually.

Stitches: nope.

Broken nose: No, but my allergist asked me today if I've ever broken my nose. He thinks I have a flat nose.

-------------------------Do You------------------------------------


Believe in love at first sight: No.

Like picnics: Yes.

Like school: Define "like."

------------------------Questions----------------------------------------

Who was the last person you called? Manda & Johnny.

Who was the last person you danced with? When did I last dance? Sad, I know.

Who was the last person to make you laugh? Isabella.

Who was the last person you kissed? Isabella.

--------------------------Who---------------------------------------------

Did you last yell at: poor Troy, in my sleep last night.

Do you like filling these out: oh, I don't know.

Do you wear contact lenses or glasses: glasses, some times. okay, rarely.

Do you like yourself: I plead the fifth.

---------------------Final Questions---------------------------

What are you listening to right now: the ceiling fan spinning, the air conditioning running, and the fan running in the bathroom.

What did you do today?: Took care of Isabella, saw an allergist, ate, ate, ate, finished working on a syllabus, talked with some friends, went on a dinner date with my husband, . . .

Hated someone in your family?: no.

What car do you wish to have: a brand spanking new Toyota Camry.

Where do you want to get married? I'm already married, and I got married at the church where I got saved - Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church.

Good driver: I think so.

Good singer: I'm alright.

Diamond or pearl: Diamond.

Are you oldest: I'm the baby!

Indoors or outdoors: Depends on the weather. Here in South Texas? Indoors, where it's not 100 degrees outside!

----------------------------Today did you------------------------------

1. Talk to someone: Yes.

2. Buy something: We had a dinner date at a restaurant, does that count?

3. Get sick: No.

4. Sing: Yes.

5. Talked to an ex?: No.

6. Miss someone: Yes.

----------------------------Last person who---------------------------

7. Was in your bed: Isabella & Manda.

8. Saw you cry? Can't remember.

9. Made you cry? Don't know.

10. Went to the movies with? Troy, Manda, & Johnny.

11. You went to the mall with: Troy & Isabella.

12.Fell in love with? What?!

13.You told you loved? Troy or Isabella.

14.Made-out with?

15.Texted?

*******Ever Been************

16. In a fight with your pet?: Fight with my goldfish? Hah!

17. Out of State? Definitely.

18. To Mexico: yes.

19. To Canada: yes.

20. To Germany: yes.


---------------------------Random-----------------------

21. Do you have a crush on someone: Geesh.

22. What books are you reading right now: Umm, hmm. Too tired to think them up right now.

23. Best feeling in the world: Knowing that Isabella needs and wants me. Sensing and knowing that my husband loves me.

24. Future kids name:

25. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal: Nope,

26. What's under your bed: Too tired to look.

27. Favorite sport to watch: Gymnastics and tennis.

28. Favorite location? Hawaii. Too hard to choose, I suppose.

29.Piercing/Tattoos: Neither.

30. What are you most afraid of right now? Not getting enough sleep.

32. Who do you really hate? No one.

33. Do you have a job? yes.

35. Ever liked someone you didn't have a chance with? Yup.

37. Are you lonely right now: No.

38. Song that's stuck in your head right now? No.

39. Have you ever played strip chess?: No.

--------------------------------Random------------------------

What's the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?? Eyes.

Time Finished: 11:38 PM.

With however long it took you to complete this, post as "________ Minutes"

My piano teacher of 12 years

I took piano from Ms. Carter for some 12 years, starting when I was 5 years old. She didn't want to take me at such a young age, but when I ripped the scales out with such teeny little fingers, she couldn't resist taking me in as a student :) . Seriously, that's her story, and she repeated it again for us when we visited her on May 22nd.

Ms. Carter holding Isabella.


Ms. Carter's granddaughter, Lili, holding Isabella.

Yes, the granddaughter's name is spelled differently from mine. Hers is the French spelling of the name.


Ms. Carter's daughter, Julie, and Julie's daughter.


The two lilies.
I hate that I look as if I have a double chin in this picture. Oh well.

family time on May 21st

Juliet with her daddy, Tim.



Tenny & Isabella.


The cousins together.





Daddy's retirement party

My mom, my sister, and I planned a retirement party for Daddy, starting around January or a bit before that. Some thirty odd people came to Hong Kong House for the shebang. Tenny, Tim, Troy, and I went to the restaurant earlier on May 20th to set up for the party.


Mrs. Yu made this beautiful cake for Daddy.


Tenny with baby Juliet.


Mommy and Daddy, yay!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The cousins that are 9 days apart meet at last

On May 19th, Troy, Isabella, and I returned to Tennessee from Ohio to meet up with Tenny, Tim, and Juliet, who were arriving from California. Tenny, my only sibling, is two years and eleven days older than me. Isabella is nine days older than Tenny's Juliet. They met for the first time that Saturday, a very exciting day!

Isabella & Juliet.
Isabella seems sufficiently entertained, but I don't think Juliet knows what to think of her cousin.



Isabella's playing with Tenny's foot. A-ma's in the background.



Tenny with her daughter, Juliet.




New toys, swinging, and lots of fun

More pictures from May 18th.

The animals & carts are from her Great Aunt Judy. The stacking stars are from Grandma Karen.


Troy is playing with Brice's magnets. Looks like he's having more fun wit the toys than Brice was.


Isabella's enjoying her ride in the swing.



Isaboo with her Daddy.

Great Grandma & Great Grandpa

Isabella has 3 surviving great grandparents: two great grandmothers and one great grandfather. We paid a visit to the great grandparents on Troy's side of the family - Troy's mom's parents.

Isabella, Troy, & Great Grandpa (Ora French).


Great Grandma (June French), me, Troy, Great Grandpa, & Isabella


Grandma (Karen Nunley), Isabella & Great Grandma

Grandma's workplace

Isabella's grandma & grandma's co-workers have been so sweet to constantly inquire after Isabella and check my blogs, we had to drop by the workplace. And we did, on May 18th.



Meeting with Troy's old cheerleading partner and her kids

On May 17th, Troy, Isabella, and I drove to Loveland, Ohio, about an hour and a half from Chillicothe, to meet with Troy's college cheerleading partner - Amy Simmons McClellan. I met her once before we were engaged. She and her husband are expecting their third child, a son.

Amy, Troy, and Isabella.
Hey, I found another scrapbooking fan! Amy loves to scrapbook, too. Don't know how she finds the time to do the stuff. Haven't had a chance to scrapbook since . . . before my pregnancy!


Hannah, the younger of the two kids, soon to be the middle child.


Jenna.





Hannah just loved Isabella so much!


a sleeping munchkin.

A more intimate extended family gathering

These pictures are from a small family reunion on May 15th, at Troy's parents' home, in Chillicothe, Ohio. Who was there? Troy's mom and dad (Karen & John), us (Troy, Isabella, &me), Troy's brother and his brother's wife (Aaron & Jenny), Troy's sister and his sister's son (Becky & Brice), Troy's maternal cousin and his cousin's wife (Adam & Beth) and their son (Logan), and Troy's maternal uncle (Bob).

Troy's mom wanted to serve butter cake, using Manda's recipe. I was in charge of making it. Well, I made the first layer, and then, I was doing something with Isabella. Troy's mom and Troy made the rest of the butter cake. Troy said it was scrumptuous.


Isabella's strapped to me in the Baby Bjorn. Taking this was a bear. Oftentimes I miss the target.


Another shot of my precious princess, sporting an outfit from Auntie Becky.


Isabella's Grandma (Karen) and Grandpa (John).


Logan - isn't he a sweetheart?
I think he's 18 months old.


Isabella with he Uncle Aaron and Aunt Becky.


Troy, Aaron, Becky, & Isabella.


Too cute. Too irresistable.

Beth & Adam.


Bob takes Logan for a ride on the tractor.


I love this little munchkin!


Beth & Isabella.


Jenny & Aaron.


Becky and Brice.
Brice will turn 7 in December.


Troy, Isabella, Logan, & Bob.
Isabella loves other babies and children and dogs!


I don't think Logan's amused, but Isabella sure is!


She loves to inhale and exhale quickly through her nose.




Isabella with her Grandpa.


The siblings - oldest (Troy), youngest (Becky), and the middle child (Aaron).




Yay Isabella.


Titan is Jenny's dog. Isabella thought he was funny, too.