Thursday, May 28, 2009
We didn't do too much over the holiday weekend. I made the dumpling filling all by myself and had all the guys help me fold them. Now we have about 4 bags of frozen dumplings although Yan-ro likes them ALOT so they won't last very long.
I did take the kids to the eye doctor yesterday. Tyler's teacher wrote a note last week that he was having trouble seeing the board. Okay, that was going to be inevitable since Hector and I are very nearsighted. Tyler does need glasses and so far Josh does not although I'm sure his time will come. I had them tested at Lenscrafters and had a pair priced to see how much it would be. Okay, one pair would be $240 and that was after the 50% discount. No thank you. We headed over to Costco and found some frames that Tyler liked. Grand total = $125...for 2 pair of glasses!!! Such a big fat rip off at Lenscrafters.
I also turned in my glasses to be fixed because they were scratched and the coating was peeling in some spots. Luckily I made the warranty deadline by 3 days so that will be fixed at no charge. Yeah! The only problem is that I have to wear my contacts for about 10 days until the glasses come back. When they do, I'll have another eye exam and if I need new glasses, these will be the back up pair.
We are going to be family of four eyes....
Friday, May 22, 2009
The flowers in this garden were being mobbed by several bees. It's good to see the bees buzzing around.
Unfortunately I really am clueless to to what kind of flowers these are but I still enjoy them. The neighbors have either green thumbs or good gardeners.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
As you can see that some parts are very steep and this wall is absolutely mind-boggling. Hector called me from the Great Wall just to tell me he was there. It was about midnight here so that was lovely since I was sick in bed with a bad cold. But this is a wonder of the world. Someday we'll go back and take the kids....
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Doesn't it look cheerful? There are Hello Kitty seats....eeeek!
Want to know the time? Hello Kitty can help. Want to make a phone call? Hello Kitty can help with that too! Now I have to make my way to Taipei just to see this for myself.
Note: Hector doesn't take the greatest pictures but he saw this and wanted to show me so I appreciate his efforts. :) And why is it in Taiwan? I would think Japan would have a entire terminal devoted to Hello Kitty.
Monday, May 11, 2009
The great thing about Tivo/DVR is that I see a certain movie playing that looks interesting, I can search the other showings and tape it. Sometimes I find movies that I never heard of or big movies that I wanted to see.
The first one, I Could Never Be Your Woman is from 2007 and one that I never heard of. Paul Rudd reminds me of an older, goofier version of his character in Clueless and he plays the younger guy to Michelle Pfieffer. Cute romantic comedic movie and I can understand why I never knew of it. Or why it was never released. Who knows?
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is one I remember movie posters plastered all over town. One of the funniest movies I've seen this year. Break up from the guy's viewpoint. Really funny or maybe I was just in the right mood for this movie. I saved it on my list because I think I might want to watch it again. Rare for me since it is not a Jane Austen film. :) Oh and Paul Rudd is in it.
Coincidence? I think not.
Nim's Island which was recommended by Kat. She told me about half of the plot so that was no surprise but it's a cute movie. Not too bad.
That is a LOT for me who is not a big movie person....believe you me. Phew I'm tired....
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Joshua brought home a bag for Mother's Day and I finally got to open it.
He made a booklet all about me fill-in-the-blank style. The best page was my Mom is ___ years old. I now regret him knowing his numbers up to 200. :)
The cutest thing Josh made is a heart shaped necklace. The teacher painted the wood hearts blue then the children used Q-tips to make flowers. Later the teacher added the black outlines. I actually knew about this present since I'm the one who strung and beaded the necklaces for everyone but I love my necklace! :)
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Both boys had to model the hat and no, they won't be scarred for life. Tyler just thought it was a silly hat. He has NO idea.
This is one of the reasons why I chose not to go and take the kids to China.
Of note: The air pollution here is as bad, even worse than I heard. You can not see the sun. There are visible particles everywhere and it really hurts to breath. My eyes watered all day and I have a wet cough that hurts my ribs and back. I thought that maybe I was coming down with something until Anna complained of the exact same things. Oh well, we'll just have to deal with it. Tomorrow the forbidden city and Tienamen.
To me, it's pretty scary. I know there are a million things that can kill you but if I can avoid most of them, I will. Also I have my nasty cold, if I had gone I probably would have been quarantined anyway.
Today the weather seems much cooler. I really don't know that for sure since I haven't gone outside yet. I do feel much better though. I slept as much as I could yesterday since I felt exhausted. The kids were fine and even happy when I said they could have cereal for dinner. We go through Lucky Charms in less than a week although Joshua has discovered Coco Puffs.
I'm working on another pair for stripey socks for my niece (?) Kyli although it might look really cute as legwarmers too. Oh well, maybe next time since I started the heel. I'm so bad at trying to knit gifts especially birthdays so my cousin Hannah will just have to wait until the items are finished.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Everything was going just fine with our tour guide Dan. He showed us tortoises, toads, a king snake and a hummingbird nest. We were touring the marsh when the teacher told me the school was on lockdown. That's about the time we noticed a helicopter circling the area.
At noon I had to leave to get back home to watch Amber. On Sepulveda there were several police cars and another at Nadine blocking the street. I was let in and that was the longest 2 blocks I had to walk. There were 3-4 more police cars further in with the helicopter still hovering above us.
I wasn't sure how to contact Sherri since she doesn't have a cell phone but she made it to my house through another street. Phew. I relayed the message that she wasn't needed at school so it was best that she and Amber hang out until we had to pick up the kids. As we were leaving the house, I noticed the helicopter was gone so I thought it was all over. Um, no.
The teacher called me on my cell phone that the class was still at the marsh since the school was still locked. Oh. It was a good thing I left my car at the school and that street wasn't blocked. Mrs. E had all the kids in the building and they were perfectly happy with coloring pages and puzzles. Of course, soon after the lockdown was lifted. At least the older kids could get out at their normal time, otherwise they would have to stay put. Uffff.