precious moments

January 16, 2008

something funny

Filed under: My Kiddos — by rk1nf2 @ 10:25 pm

I am trying a new method to keep the toilet bowl clean, I just put a blue tablet into the tank yesterday hoping that it would help to keep the stains away.

This morning, after I’ve used the toilet, naturally I flushed and the water that came out was blue. My girl, who is curious about everything these days, walked over and stared at the toilet bowl. She opened her eye wide in astonishment, she looked at me and said, “Mama, blue pee pee!”  


She’s so cute, I just have to add a picture of her or maybe two!


January 15, 2008

Saying goodbyes

Filed under: My Kiddos — by rk1nf2 @ 11:12 pm

Sunday, Daddy was set to leave for a week-long business trip. The taxi was scheduled to pick him up at 12.30 pm. Netanya, being not even 2, had no clue what the fuss was about, packing luggages and spending extra moments with daddy. On the other hand, our Mr. 4-years old, was bombarding his dad with question after question about his trip, “Where are you going?”, “What time will Gus (the taxi driver) be here?”, “When will you come back?” etc etc. Poor dad, was trying to finish up some last minute work while patiently answering all the questions over and over again.  

Russell was very excited about the idea that a taxi was coming to pick daddy up and to send him to the airport. I guess having been staying in US since he was born, he hardly has any chance to take public transport like trains or bus or taxis, so to able to see any of these up close just gives him so much thrill. He was the first to spot the taxi at our driveway and hurried his dad to quickly get going. For a moment, Russell looked too eager to send daddy off. While Netanya, who didn’t seem to care earlier, suddenly turned emotional. She pointed to herself and said, “Dada bring 妹妹 … Dada bring 妹妹 …” Hearing that melted daddy’s heart, who wouldn’t? Russell was happily saying “Hi” to Gus and then waved goodbye to daddy one last time. Until that point, he was still cheerful, but the moment we came into the house, Russell suddenly became teary and emotional. Now that the excitement over the taxi was gone, it dawned upon him that daddy has left and he wouldn’t be seeing him for a week! “Nobody is going to play with me. How? Nobody is coming to check on me at night. We are all alone …” All I could do was to give him a big hug and comfort him that daddy would be home soon … while my little girl was still in my arms whispering “Dada bring 妹妹 … Dada bring 妹妹 …”

December 13, 2007

Milestones so far…

Filed under: My Kiddos — by rk1nf2 @ 12:44 am

Netanya has been talking alot more intelligibly lately. She started at around a year old, speaking only mono-syllabic words then. Now at 20 months old, she can manage 2-syllabus words and sometimes even chained 2 or 3 words together to make a phrase. With some prompting, she can count from 1 to 10 in both languages and recognized most of the letters in the alphabets. She also speaks quite alot of chinese. Just this morning as we were driving to the store, she pointed out excitedly, “巴士,妈妈!School bus, more school bus.”  I think it won’t take long before she’ll start talking my ears off.

She loves it when we sing to her, her favorite songs include, Wheels on the bus, If you’re happy, Twinkle twinkle little stars, London brigde, 找朋友 and some other action songs. It used to be that she would only listen and follow the actions, but recently, she surprised me by trying to sing along too. Just last week, I saw her singing Wheels on the bus while spinning her stuff animals around. It was too cute, wished I have video recorded it.

Emotionally, she has definitely matured from receiving affections to now knowing how to show her affections. She gives hugs and kisses to family members. And she could empathize with us if we are in discomfort. A few days ago, the kids woke up extra early, so I spent a few minutes on the couch to get some extra shut-eye. Just as I was about to take a trip to slumberland, I heard Netanya making some noises in the room, I opened my eyes, the next thing I saw was probably the most heart-warming thing that would melt any mom’s heart. My tiny tot has retrieved my blanket from my bed, and was dragging it with all her might from my bedroom to the living room, for me. I was so overwhelmed with love, I will remember that moment for a long long time.

Socially, she has developed from playing along side friends, to playing with friends. Now Russell really enjoys playing with his sister, likewise Netanya with him. They have all kinds of imaginary games, some take them to space in their space shuttle, or into the deep blue sea in their submarine, or they would be fishing from a boat, or having a tea party, or they are vets giving shots to all their stuff animals. It is so good to watch them play together so well. Even though they go through the usual stuff like vying for the same toys sometimes, with a little reminder (and some interventions), those squabbles usually end quite peacefully.

It is exciting to watch her grow and learn new things everyday. I am very priviledged to be a stay-at-home mom, I wouldn’t want to miss any of these precious moments.

November 27, 2007

Mine, Me and Myself

Filed under: My Kiddos — by rk1nf2 @ 10:39 pm


Netanya’s 3 most frequently spoken words.

When Russell is playing with a toy that she wants, she’ll yell “Mine!” Time to teach her the magic words “Please” and “May I”.

When her brother wants something from her, like a crayon from her side of the easel, she’ll scream “Mine crayon, mine crayon, mine!” She is getting very possessive over things lately. Oh boy, looks like the peaceful days are over.  

“Do you want Mama to read to you?” The reply is “(my)self”. She wants to read by herself.

Every time when she gets into the carseat, and I want to do her buckle, she will kick her legs and cry “self, self, self!” We have to wait until she finally buckles up before we can drive off because she will not let anyone help. Sometimes the wait can be quite frustrating, especially when we were in a hurry. But when she finally buckled up, she would be beaming with pride that she did it all by herself.

She really enjoys being independent and doing things by herself. She would not let us feed her at mealtimes, she is always covered with scraps of food from head to toe. What a mess! But the only way we can get her to eat is to let her self-feed. She wants to put on her own socks, do her own buttons and drinks from a real cup (not a straw cup), yet she simply can’t do any of these because she doesn’t have the fine motor skills to do them. She gets very upset when we try to help and also frustrated that she can’t do what she wanted. It’s a difficult phase she’s going through now, poor baby, but every time when she achieved a task she was so filled with a sense of accomplishment that the growing pains were all worth it.

November 7, 2007

Russell is 4 years old!

Filed under: My Kiddos — by rk1nf2 @ 11:01 pm

I can’t believe that October just fly by so quickly, maybe because the kids had been sick for the almost 2 weeks in October which made me too exhausted to blog. Then when they finally got well, the weather was so beautiful lately, it made me want to bring them outdoor as much as I can before it gets too chilly to play outside. There were birthdays to celebrate and pumpkin patch to go to, and trick or treating too! No matter how overdued this is, I just have to blog this, how can I not, my son has turned 4! 

Our baby (Ricky and I still affectionately call him that) is not a baby nor a toddler anymore. He is a  preschooler now, his own unique person, growing to become more independent by the day. He is such a joy in our lives, we can only thank God for giving us this precious gift. 

            1 day old                                      1 year old

           2 years old                                          3 years old

                                       4 years old

Words cannot adequately describe how I feel when I took time to browse through his pictures. I am so proud of him. Sometimes I am guilty of comparing him with other children his age and feel that he is not as outgoing, doesn’t read and write as well as some of them. But there are so much about him that I should be thankful for and only hope that he will remain this way as he gets older. He is kind-hearted and loving. He is obedient and my good helper. He is cheerful, always singing and easily contented and much more. At times I can even confide in him and he would hug and kiss me to make me feel better.

We are so blessed to have Russell in our lives.

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