Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I also thinned out the toy room and set aside all the big toddler Legos and Duplos to give away to children who will play with them. Tyler was a little upset but he is beginning to understand charity and being unselfish. Honestly if I hadn't told him I was getting rid of those toys, he wouldn't notice.
Today was Tyler's first soccer practice and it went very well. The coaches are trying to get the idea of passing so they used their hands to pass the ball around on the field for a bit. It seemed to make an impression of the boys so we'll see how they do.
Practice went over by 20 minutes so we rushed home and I made dinner; rib eye, rice pilaf and veggies...yum! Now I'm relaxing with my Mudslide drink and mulling over my next knitting project. I'm thinking of attempting a hoodie sweater for a friend so I need to study the pattern and make sure I'm up to the challenge.
Btw, Hector and I watched Shaolin Soccer over the weekend and it was good. A funny blend of kung fu and soccer but I was knitting at the time and it's hard to read subtitles at the same time. I recommend the movie if you like that kind of stuff. Stephen Chow is in it and he also was in Kung Fu Hustle which is not your typical martial arts movie. I should let Tyler watch the socceer game parts because he'll get a big kick out of it.
Oh which reminds me of our baseball practice the other day. We gather our big bag of whiffle balls and bat and head to the park. Hector pitches to Tyler who works on his swing...while gathering balls Hector went to pick up what he thought was a ball and it was a mushroom. So while he began pitching again, he snuck the mushroom into the rotation and when Tyler hit it, the mushroom exploded and we all started busting up! Tyler was so surprised but it was so hilarious and silly; he had a giggle fit after that! So the next day when we were going to the team practice, Tyler said he wanted to show his friends how the mushroom explodes. So we stopped at the park and gathered up a whole bagful. At the end of practice, all the kids were so excited to hit mushrooms, even the kids who had problems hitting a ball were able to smack the mushrooms. It turned out to be a great learning tool! Who would have thunk it?
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The kids are goofing off at Lita's house and here is her dog Icarus. See his tongue sticking out? So cute! I have lots of knitting projects to put online but I can't put some things up because they might check the blog and see their Christmas presents. But here are some things I can show for now... here is a shawl that I finished but it's more child size as you can see Josh is modelling but so maybe for a niece of mine?
Another baby sweater in a pretty peachy pink yarn with little flecks of green, yellow and white. I have a little yarn left so maybe I can squeeze a hat out of it. I only had 2 heart buttons left so I put them in at the top. Does it look okay? I'm thinking of giving this to my cousin's baby who is about 9 months old right now.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
I liked the version that Sugar Ray did of Stand and Deliver (which was almost identical to the original) so I thought about more cover songs I enjoy so here is a few examples that come to mind.
- Come On Eileen (originally by Dexy's Midnight Runners) by Save Ferris. The original song was okay when it first came out but I soon came to hate it whenever it came on but when Save Ferris redid the song, I fell in love with their version which is peppy and ska-infused.
- It's My Life (originally by Talk Talk) by No Doubt. I like both versions but the newer one has Gwen Stefani and she brought her unique style to this song.
- Boys Don't Cry (originally by The Cure) by Reel Big Fish. A ska version of a classic which took a while to fully appreciate but both versions are great.
Also a Morrissey song came on Sister, I'm a Poet that has a great line that I never heard before.
And I wonder
Does anybody feel the way I do ?
And is evil just something you are
Or something you do ?
I use this line to apply to someone that irritates me which makes me smile. Okay, sometimes I'm mean.
1. begin action: to go on to do something
2. continue with action: to continue with a course of action
3. progress: to progress in a steady or particular manner
4. go in particular direction: to go in a particular direction, especially forward
5. develop: to come from or arise from something
6. law sue: to bring legal action against somebody
I'm glad to see that his reading is helping his vocabulary and it keeps me entertained.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I'm trying to find the perfect pattern for a vest which will be a gift to my MIL (mother-in-law) and so far I'm in the beginning stages. We'll see if I'll be satisfied with it. Meanwhile, during all my knitting and searching I watched 2 movies so far today which is a miraculous accomplishment for me. I saw The Last Kiss with Zach Braff...he and his almost 30-something friends have some sort of mid life crises. His character feels trapped when his girlfriend becomes pregnant and he starts a friendship with another girl while his girlfriend's parents are having their own realtionsip problems. The movie was good while not being cutsey or tying everything up into a nice happy ending. It just shows that everyone has problems and some decide to stick it out and work on their relationships. The other movie I saw was Autumn in New York which was eh okay. I didn't get anything out of it since you already have a feeling that Winona Ryder's character is going to die and make Richard Gere's character become a better person. Yawn.
I am very excited that Kevin and Bean Show is now available on podcast. Since I don't have to commute to work, I miss out on my favorite morning radio show. I think I've been a big fan of their show since they started and now I can listen to the best parts of it on my ipod. Yeah!!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I'm going to try to get the kids over to Soak City a couple more times before our passes expire. That reminds me that I need to start planning Tyler's birthday which we usually have during Labor Day weekend. We usually rent a bounce house and invite people over for a BBQ but this year will be the first year I plan a separate event for Tyler and his school friends. Last year we were flying back home from Singapore on Tyler's birthday so we postponed his birthday party later in September to include his school friends. This year Tyler wants to play laser tag so I said he could invite about 10 school friends to play tag then we could have cake after. I'll plan this once I get Tyler's soccer schedule and figure a good time for this.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Q:What do you call an "X" that just got out of the shower?
A: A Kleenex (clean X)....also followed by loud laughter from Tyler
I am awful at telling jokes mostly because I can't remember how they go or butcher the punchline. The jokes I know are very cheesy and short.
Q: What is the difference between a snowman and a snow-woman?
Joshua is little more difficult to figure out if he has the joker gene like his dad & brother or take after me (lame). He doesn't tell jokes in the traditional way but he does have his own unique way of injection humor into like.
example: a recent conversation
Me: Tyler, you need haircut soon.
Hector: I need a haircut too.
Tyler: (starting the joking) I need a haircut three!
Joshua: I need a haircut ten! (a second later, we all start laughing).
Me: Joshua made a joke!
It was nice feeling to hear Joshua break out and surprise us...it gives me hope.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Another funny incident happened when Hector and I were still dating. I stayed over at this place a lot and I always checked his bellybutton for lint...like clockwork (although I didn't realize it at the time). One night Hector did some laundry and just came back from the laundry room. I found him laying on his bed, talking on the phone so I climbed on top of him and lifted his shirt. OUT popped the most gigantic lint ball (golfball size)...it literally sprang out of his belly! Hector punked me by putting the lint found in the laundry room and placed it under his shirt KNOWING I was going check. When I saw that huge lint ball, I started laughing so hard that I fell off and laughed until I cried! Hector got me good that time...
Thursday, August 09, 2007
What's this? I like to call it Dazed and Confused.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Last night I had the great opportunity to attend a wedding with Kat. Kat's friends and co-workers Christine & Eldore were married and we were on hand to celebrate the reception. The reception was at the Doubletree in Santa Ana and it looked like about 200 people were there. The cake and tables looked beautiful while we noshed on spring rolls and other appetizers.
For now I'm focusing on the wonderful food since we had 7 courses to feed and eventually stuff us.
- Roasted Chicken and Shrimp Salad: This was very good. If it was lunchtime, I could have had this one dish and be perfectly happy.
- Shark's Fin and Crabmeat Soup
- Candied Walnut Shrimp and Shrimp Ball: another goodie. I've had the candied walnut shrimp before and sometimes it is overdone with too much mayonaisse but this was perfect. Yum.
- Furiwa's House Special Lobster: this was difficult to eat but worth the work. The lobster was chopped into manageable pieces and even the head was there to celebrate. Plus we were given wet napkins to clean up after this course.
- Crispy Boneless Chicken with Shrimp Paste: The only bone in this dish was the fried chicken head on the platter. We later put it to rest and covered it with an orange slice.
- Hot and Sour Fillet Fish: At this point everyone was pretty stuffed and groaning.
- Yang Chow Fried Rice: Same as before...but our waiter was super nice and offered to put the last 2 courses in to go containers.
I had such a fun time...Kat's co-workers are very nice and fun so our table had a good time. Although a man from the table next to us was having too much fun because as the night progressed he became more huggy with various guys as if to say "I love you, man!" then started looking unsteady while walking and dancing before falling over. His date or wife had to take care of him then 2 more guys helped them to their car. I'm sure he woke up with a nasty hangover this morning! It was a good thing that most of the guests had left by then so he didn't cause a big scene. :)
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Time for the weekly baseball game at the park and as usual it was HOT! Tyler spent an inning playing catcher which he did all right. He also got 2 base hits and scored once(off the tee). Woo hoo. We still need to work on the batting but I'm sure Tyler will get the hang of it soon.
Friday, August 03, 2007
Last night we went to see the new Harry Potter movie at the IMAX theatre. We were running late so we missed the first 20 minutes but the final 20 minute battle scene in 3D was pretty awesome. The movie was very cool and of course lots of stuff was overlooked or left out but that's what books are for. I think I'll still see it again in a regular theatre soon so I can see what I missed in the beginning.
Oh, before our guest arrived on Wednesday we took the kids to Soak City to have good time. As usual Josh loved the waves while Tyler enjoys the Beach House. We have until the end of September on our passes to enjoy the sun and water so I want to go as often as we can.
The weekend looks busy as usual. Tyler has his usual baseball game and then later that evening, I'll be Kat's guest at a co-worker's wedding. Fun times.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Next up was laser tag which was a new thing for us. We divided up into teams; 5 kids ranging at 5-7 years old with the birthday boy's parents and 4 moms with 2 girls and 2 boys preschool age. We had to put on a vest with a headset and gun attached. Next we were brought to a big room divided in half with barriers and holes.