Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Little darlings, little princesses

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Easy to lose perspective and get lost in the heaviness of responsible adult life. Only takes a glimpse at moments like this to remind me that the Lord loves each of us like he cherishes these little ones. We can attempt to control and do everything as we fit, but really, the Lord is the only qualified and genuine maestro. And He isn't just some "feel good" thing. Not only is following the Lord tough and not easy; but he is real, as real as they come.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hair like Rapunzel

This morning I was told by my girls that I needed to brush their hair like Rapunzel's. I kid you not. I'm assuming they are referring to the scene where Rapunzel, as a young lady, is returning to the castle with Flynn Rider to see the lanterns. She enters the courtyard where lots of little children help braid her hair, placing loads of beautiful flowers in it.

This would do for Isabella. She was content with three barrettes.

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Victoria, on the other hand, found four too few. More like four on each side. Not exaggerating. She has eight barrettes in her hair. We'll see how long she'll keep her hair accessories in her hair; Victoria has a long standing tradition of pulling out all hair accessories out of her hair.

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Alright lovely princesses. There you go. Go and make merry in the day.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Victoria turns 3

The baby in the family turned three yesterday. Three years old. What? How is that possible? I still remember very vivid details of the day of her birth like it was yesterday. And, so do my mother-in-law, mom, and husband; I am certain. An interesting day not easy to forget.

Given the hectic craziness of our lives over the last bit, her birthday was here before I could say "gesundheit." That meant a last minute throw together birthday party, including asking people to come the day of the party and picking out cupcakes that morning.

Our little girl seemed content and joyous, nevertheless.

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Don't have photographs of everyone who attended, but I did my best. Enter in Scottie.


And Maylin. Maylin and Scottie are sister and brother. Maylin is also in Isabella's preschool class. In case you were wondering.

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Here are our daughters. Since our children so often get mistaken for twins, discerning the birthday girl was important.


Here's Gabriel.
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We had a bit of de ja vue. Last September, when we celebrated Isabella's birthday, the wind was blowing mightily, making the lighting of candles nearly impossible. Thankfully, the little ones took the candle lighting attempts with good humor. And patience. And anticipation.

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Once the birthday song had been sung and we gave up on Victoria having the chance to blow out her own candles (not for lack of desire on her part, but on the eager enthusiasm of the wind), moments later, icing and cake masked the faces of these little ones.

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Within moments, cupcakes disappeared.

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As they finished cupcakes, party favors floated around, and everyone was jolly and merry, despite the windiness and cold.

Happy, happy birthday, dear Victoria.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

"Whatever will be, will be"

Ever heard of the song? "Que Sera Sera"?

I can't remember when I first heard the song, not exactly a song of my time. Was before my time. Lovely song, nevertheless. Here are the lyrics:

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be pretty, will I be rich
Here's what she said to me.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

When I was young, I fell in love
I asked my sweetheart what lies ahead
Will we have rainbows, day after day
Here's what my sweetheart said.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

Now I have children of my own
They ask their mother, what will I be
Will I be handsome, will I be rich
I tell them tenderly.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

Here's my littler one Victoria, who turns three on Monday. Not that long ago, I couldn't get her to wear any dresses or dress up. Thought she might one day be a tom boy. Even called herself a boy once, when she imagined herself doing something requiring great strength. These days, she wants to wear dresses, crowns, and dress shoes. The future is not mine, hers, ours to see. Que sera, sera.

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As for this child, my older one, she started life in the world by spending her first week of life in the NICU as a full term baby. These days, she wants to pick flowers at every opportunity, desires to know what makes different seasons come and go, and yearns to know the reasoning behind everything. With my darling(s), whatever will be, will be.

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Hair Stylin'

Grandma wanted to take the girls to get their haircut, and since the girls had already been asking to do this for some time, party time it was this morning. At Jack & Jill. Ahead of time, I assured my older child that no machinery (e.g. anything that's battery operated or electricity powered) would be used, just scissors and water.

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Victoria wanted to go first. Isabella definitely didn't want to go first.

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Almost done.


Isabella wanted to watch cautiously, before going herself. Then she was ready to go. Wanted the same vehicle, the pink car, as her sister.

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I must confess; I'm pretty smitten by my two little girls. Love them, forever.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

When it rains, it pours

It's 3:41 in the morning. I was woken up almost two hours ago by my older daughter, claiming she needed to go to the bathroom. Ended up figuring out, in the dark, that she didn't just accidentally pee in her pants, she had a much more substantive accident in her pants. Long story short, the symptoms of a GI virus finally hit Isabella (looking back on Victoria's diapers today, my younger child has the same thing), the same GI virus that hit the niece and nephew that came for a visit and gave them the runs the day after returning to California. I had to clean the bottom and legs of my older daughter, wash her underpants and pants, disinfect all surrounding areas in the bathroom. . .

Then the toilet upstairs started flooding uncontrollably. Water flooded the floor and traveled through the floor to the downstairs bathroom ceiling. Shut off the water valve to the upstairs bathroom, because the water just kept coming. Had to use loads of towels to clean up the mess upstairs and did some damage control downstairs. Plunged the toilet upstairs multiple times. Tried reopening the water valve, only to shut it off, because the water seemed to just keep flowing and I was worried the flooding would again occur.

Until I can get the upstairs toilet looked at by someone else, I've got to use the downstairs bathroom. Keep in mind, I'm pregnant with twins, I drink loads of water (even overnight), and I have to go to the bathroom ALL THE TIME. To make things even more adventurous, I sprained my left ankle badly yesterday (Monday) afternoon while walking to the parking lot from class. Fabulous. Regarding the bathroom stuff, my older daughter has the runs and I certainly don't want to make her jog to the downstairs bathroom when she needs to go.

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Before I sign off, I was really hoping my girls could avoid that GI virus. After all, my sister's kids experienced the diarrhea nearly a week ago. But, I am well aware that the gestational period for viruses can be up to 7-10 days. Alas, not so fortunate were they to avoid such uncomfortable circumstances.

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Can I take a vacation from life, now?

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

My little love bugs

Some times we need something tangible to pick us up and to encourage us. This afternoon and evening is one of those times. I love, love, love my little love bugs. And they were eager to pose for pictures with their precious commodities, Aaron and Henry, respectively.

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Actually, Isabella claims that Henry is a female. Henrietta, perhaps, with Henry for short?

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May the Fourth be with you; hugs, kisses, and all.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Four family, four and under, frolicking

My sister came Wednesday of last week for a visit. And, she brought along her little tots. The older child is merely nine days younger than my older daughter. Her younger one is about six months younger than my younger daughter. Four little ones four and under under one roof. They left this morning, and sadness filled my heart. That time flew by ever quickly. Too quickly. The cousins seemed to get along fine and fed off each other's energy constantly.


Here's Troy reading stories to the kiddos before nap time. Pretty captivating. Seriously.

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We also paid plenty of visits to the neighborhood playground. Unfortunately, my sister and her children didn't get to enjoy Colorado's warmer spring days. They even saw snow a couple of times.

A very smiley Victoria.

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Victoria's cousin, Zephan, smiling handsomely for the camera and Auntie.

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What a cute little pair, wouldn't you agree? They also happen to be the younger siblings who are not hesitant about voicing their preferences loudly.

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I just want to pinch those cute little cheeks. Can I keep him for awhile? Too bad he's very partial towards his mommy.

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Introducing the older siblings. My sister's older child, Juliet.

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I'm also very partial to this little one. She's only nine days apart from my older daughter. Her mom and I walked through such similar pregnancies and birth experiences. Plus, well, she's a reminder of my sister, who's a gem in my life.

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This is probably a more accurate reflection of what life and daily activities were like with these four children. Very active, a bit chaotic, sweet, quite smiley and cheerful, extremely busy.

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What's playground fun without a bit of see saw fun?

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Troy's helping. Can't you tell?

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Here's my sister and me. I am nothing close to a fan of this photograph of me, but it's the only recent picture of us together.

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I leave you this day with a big fat smile or grin.

Resurrection Day

Easter was a week ago, now; and I still haven't gotten around to posting the photographs I took. Until now.

I had some grand plans of talking about Easter and the meaning behind it. We have a children's book about how Easter eggs, bunnies, chicks, etc. aren't bad. But the real meaning of Easter is all about Jesus saving us. In Chinese, the term for this special day is "Resurrection Day," commemorating the day Jesus rose from the dead. But, if I wait until I get my act together to do that, we'll all be old and gray by the time I get a chance to post something more meaningful. Without further ado, here are some photographs showing how we celebrated part of the day.

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