Wednesday, December 12, 2007

New Couch!

We finally got our new couch! We ordered it on October 21... Finally came today. It was supposed to come last week but due to I-5 being closed from the storm.


It's sage green, not quite like velvet, but it's more sturdier and you can't see every hand print on it. We decided to do red flower pillows so it won't be matchy-matchy. And we can always change out the pillows throughout the seasons. It looks very soothing to the eye, and not so busy (flowery) like our last couch.


This couch, I was surprised, it's actually higher than I thought it'd be! My feet barely touches the floor. I think it's because it's BRAND NEW, that it hasn't "settled" yet. I'm sure after frequent use, each cushion will be formed into shapes of our bodies. LOL!
It is our Christmas gift to each other. :-)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Ah books!!!

(cough cough)

I'm still sick! AGUUGGGHH but that didn't stop me from going to the warehouse book fair today with my mom.

My mom never been to one. And once we got there, she was in awe!!! We ended up grabbing lots of books, mainly for kids for Christmas. 50 cents! A dollar! Two dollars! Wow!!!! Only 5 dollars! Etc.

I spent $85 and some change. I had $10 off coupon so I used that, so it was supposed to be $95.
I got tons of books, easily $300 worth of books in retail prices.

Got lots of books for Maria! (Abby's daycare) Yayyyy!

We didn't stay very long because of my cold.

Ok, signing off so I can get rest.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Just writing...

Hi,
I've been sick for the last two days (missed 2 days of work) due to a bad cold. I don't understand! My co-workers in school got a cold, and it wasn't that bad, but when *I* got it, it felt like a Mack truck ran over me. Does it have to do with my pregnancy? Seems every time I get sick when I'm pregnant, I feel 3 times worse than I would normally do if I wasn't pregnant.

I hate being home sick. Yes, I LOVE NAPS, but I know it'll wreak havoc on my normal bedtime sleep. (sigh)

I am almost 20 weeks (will be this Sunday) and that means I'm half-way through! Yaayyyy!

Yesterday, I got a chance to watch "The Baby Story" on TLC and I started blubbering and crying my eyes out. I didn't realize I was emotional. The baby on that show wasn't even cute. He actually looked a lot like E.T, you know, rubbery neck, big eyes.

Ah, Christmas is fast approaching. I am planning on sending out E-Christmas letters but I am going to wait until after our ultrasound so we can tell folks we're expecting a boy or girl.

Just am having a bad week.

Tomorrow, I'm really looking forward... My parents are coming down to Olympia, and pick up our couch. They're going to take it. Our new couch should be here anytime soon. It was supposed to be here by now, but due to I-5 being closed for few days...

Mom and I are going to a biggg warehouse book sale, and I'm planning on doing most of my christmas shopping there! A huge, huge money-saver. We need to save as much money as we can so when the baby comes, we'll have enough for me to stay home for a while.

You see, I will probably have to leave my job on April 20, and that's 8 weeks before summer vacation starts, and I talked to Human Resources, and it turned out that I only have 6 weeks of UNPAID maternity leave since I didn't work enough hours by the time I deliver. So, that means my paycheck will be very, very small. :-( Maybe next to nothing....?

Ok, let me shut up for now. I'm sure Abby wants me upstairs to rock her before bed. Right now, daddy is reading two books to Abby.

Hugs to all.

Monday, December 3, 2007

After the storm...

Hi,
I really don't mind!!! Abby was having the time of her life, and look at it: 2 hours of fun, only 20 minutes of cleaning. It's well worth it.



Abby vs. Shredded Paper

Sunday, November 25, 2007

What a Fun Day!

Abby with her cousins during Thanksgiving Dinner.

Abby decided to pull her pants down! Sheesh!

Hi folks!

We had a fun day today. There was a parade in Downtown Olympia. Abby's first parade! The first in line was MOTORCYCLES -- LOUD ONES. Abby was mesmerized with them. And she enjoyed the horses, bands, all kinds of people marching down the street. She even ate a candy cane for the first time. She absoluely loved it. She sat on daddy's shoulders.

Later tonight, I asked her what she liked about the parade and she said "Drums!" She was smiling ear to ear. It was really sweet seeing her all happy about today.

I made a fresh pumpkin pie today. A friend of mine at work gave me some pumpkin puree that she made herself. I told her I am used to making pumpkin pies out of canned pumpkin, and she jumped saying that once I try fresh pumpkin pie, I'd never go back to canned pumpkin again. She dared me... (sighs).... I have to admit, she's right!!! Now, I'll have to look all over for sugar pumpkins next fall.

My friend, who's pregnant, was due last Tuesday... Today's Sunday... I emailed her to see what's up, and she said nope, no baby yet. She's FIVE days overdue. Wow... I was going to visit her sometime this week with dinner, but since no baby yet, I'll have to wait.

I'm now 18 weeks along. The ultrasound will be in two weeks. I sure can't wait!!! I am glad it'll happen before Christmas, then people will know what to shop for. (winks) Seems 99% people still says it's a boy. I really don't care what it is, as long as it's very healthy.

Ok, signing off now. :-)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Starting a Christmas Letter Blog

Hi,
I've decided to forgo Christmas cards this year... The postage and buying cards are getting too expensive for our lil' budget, so we're going to send out mass emails to check out our Christmas Letter Blogs.

http://wolfsolympia.blogspot.com/

I hope all of my friends and relatives will be able to view it. I will, of course, send out traditional Christmas Cards to those who does not have email or access to computers.

How was all of your Thanksgiving?? :-)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Bazaar Crazy!

Had fun today!
My friend and I went to a Christmas Bazaar at the school where I work. It was small and cute. But saw tons of people I know there, so ended up chatting with them.

Then we went to Olympia High School for yet, another bazaar -- OHMYGOSH. It was SO huge! Forget Seattle Holiday Show, this one is easier to go to! It was fun. I ended up buying stuff that *I* like. Sheesh... I tried to do shopping for Christmas gifts but everything was too overwhelming and I don't know who to start with, and what to start with. Augggh..

So, Christmas shopping---- NONE yet.

Kudos to Nikki for getting all of hers done already. :-)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A Speeding Ticket

ROFLMAO!!!

A friend of mine sent me this email and I just had to share...


GOT STOPPED FOR SPEEDING THE OTHER DAY.

I THOUGHT I COULD TALK MY WAY OUT OF IT UNTIL

THE COP LOOKED AT MY DOG IN THE BACK SEAT.



A Sign You're Driving Too Fast........


Wednesday, November 7, 2007

I have VP back!

Finally, after 6 long months of forgetting to contact the repairman.... (He scolded me for waiting so long), my VP is finally fixed. I can now talk to any deaf friends who have VP. If you want my number, contact me... But you gotta understand, I don't have lights that will blink for any incoming calls, because I'm downstairs all the time. I won't be able to see the light. So, if you try to call, and no answer, and I see your name under "missed calls" then I will call you right back as soon as I can.

Or we can contact via email and pre-set a meeting time for VP chat time.

Ciao!

Long weekend coming up!

Yayyy, a long weekend coming up! Tomorrow, I am working from 8:30 to 8 pm. I know, it sounds awfully long, but half of is looking for work to do in school (no kids thurs and fri), and other half is attending a fun workshop. I am looking forward to the workshop! It's about teaching about deaf idioms. I don't mind a very long day because it meant I can take Friday off, thus -- a FOUR DAY WEEKEND!

Anywayyy, last weekend was long too. On Saturday, Abby and I went up to Auburn for my sister-in-law's baby shower. She's due December 22. A girl. She got lots of cute stuff!

Then we left to drive up north to Marysville. Spent time with my folks and my sister's family came too. So it was a very busy Saturday night. On Sunday morning, we went to Target in Lake Stevens where my sister was working, and Jill took some of Abby's pictures with Santa (She DID NOT LIKE Santa). It was for display pictures only. It was kind of fun. My mom shopped while we were in the photo studio. My mom went overboard! The Halloween stuff was 75% off.

Then we went to a friend's house (2 miles down the road) for her son's 2nd birthday party. It was a very nice birthday party. Abby enjoyed playing with two other toddlers there.

Then we went a bit south to Everett and stopped by to see one of my good friends, Lisa and her family. Abby and Sara (6 years old) were like GLUE! They loved each other, played and laughed so hard. Abby was like a younger sister Sara never had, and Sara was the older sister Abby never had. It was sooo sweet to see them play. Logan, (1 year old now) is sooo cute! He have lots of teeth now, and loves to grin to show his teeth. Very happy little boy. He'll certainly be a redhead!

We didn't get home until 7 PM on Sunday night. Abby was already asleep due to the time change. She was one very tired little girl.

Where was Jon? He stayed home. He thought the parties were for all girls, so he decided to stay home and watch football, play pool with his dad, and go wine tasting with his folks on Sunday, and then watch some more football. (Seahawks lost in overtime!) :-(

Ok, me shut up for now.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

14 week check-up

Had a doctor appointment yesterday. Met one of our 5 doctors, Dr. Bell. FIVE doctors? You say... Well, when I go into labor, never know who's on call. Better get to know them all so you won't feel like a stranger delivering your baby. That makes sense. But HAHAHAAAA-- When Abby was born, I only met 4 of my doctors, and guess who delievered my baby? Yup, you're right, the fifth one that I never met. What luck!

ANYWAYYYY -- Blood pressure looks good. I lost some weight due to morning sickness, but that's normal. The doctor looked for the heartbeat and found it almost immediately. WOM-WOM-WOM-WOM-WOM... 160 beats per minute. Very strong. Jon was there with me, and he loved to hear it.

Our next appointment is in 6 LONG weeks. It will be the most important one -- The Ultrasound!!! We'll find out if it's a boy or girl on December 10. I sure can't wait.

Halloween Night

We had fun! Our FIRST TIME Trick n' Treating with our child. Oh my gosh, it was sooo much fun. I didn't think she'd be old enough this year, but she was raring to go. She had practice earlier this afternoon while I was at work. Her grandparents took her to few neighbors, got some candy and a giant cookie. She was SO EXCITED to be in her Bumble Bee costume. She kept saying "buzzzz, buzzzz"

We went to about 7 houses then came home, and she studied her candy. We picked out the hard ones and chewy ones that we know she can't safely eat. She loved M&M's and chocolate covered raisins. By 6:30, she was already pooped and ready to go to bed. All that fresh air must have made her sleepy.



Sunday, October 28, 2007

Pumpkin Patch


We went to a local pumpkin patch today. We had lots of fun! Abby was literally running all over the place, trying to absorb everything. There was a very cute little house for kids, and we had to drag Abby out of it. Since it was only 3 days before Halloween, a lot of the pumpkins there are already beyond their prime. That was a bit sad. And we found the price of pumpkins are expensive so we drove to Top Foods and bought a pumpkin there. Hee hee! It was much cheaper.


Jon gutted the pumpkins while I try to capture all the flying seeds (slippery little suckers!).

I roasted the seeds. YUM!!! Then I attempted to carve the pumpkin. I make it look like ELMO for Abby. Abby didn't get it at first, but when we lighted it up few minutes ago, she finally sees ELMO.

Oh yeah, the pumpkin patch had a petting zoo, and Abby loved that. She saw couple kittens, and fell in love with them.

We had a big blast today!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Baby update

Not much to tell... I'm now 14 weeks. I feel bloated. Still have morning sickness, and I still need to be careful on what I eat.

My pregnancy may become a slight problem at school, where I teach. I work with a boy and he sits across the table from me. And he always need help so I always reach over the table to point at his papers. I realized, the bigger I get, I wouldn't be able to reach that far over the table anymore. I may have to use a pencil to reach and point at his papers... Or have to move to sit next to him. Wow.

My next check up will be this Wednesday, and I sure hope all is good!!! I haven't felt the baby move yet. I sure hope everything's okay. I am trying to recall when moms usually feel the baby move...18 weeks? 20? I can't remember.

Couch

We finally did it! After about 4 weeks of searching, discussing, and agruing about getting a new couch, we finally ordered one this morning.

Our current couch, the foam is getting compressed. The back pillows, I would have to punch them couple times before I sit down because they're sagging. I love the couch to death, but, yes, it's time for it to go. So my goal was to find a similar couch, similar feeling. Jon wanted a better looking couch, more modern lines.

Funny, we saw a couch we liked at the first store. So we kept that in mind, then we went looking for other couches, to compare. Must have went to many stores. We ended up getting the first couch we ever laid our eyes on at the first store. LOL.

But the fabric was orange-ish brick red. We brought the fabric sample home, and it looked HORRIBLE next to our chocolate wall. YUCCCCKKK! So, we went back and got more fabric samples and figure out which one matches the best. NONE did... Auggghhh. So, we gave up for a week or so. Got more samples, walked out and found my car had a flat tire. What luck! Still didn't like those samples. We almost just gave up.

Last Sunday, we finally got one last batch of samples, and we FINALLY agreed on one!!!! It's sage green, feels like velvet. Very durable. We agreed on one color instead of floral or patterns. Simple as it can get. Can accessorize with pillows, throws, etc. Agreed!

Our pillows will be red floral ones, looks like 1940's flowers. Perfect.

Now another, "AUGGH" moment -- It won't be ready for another 6-8 weeks...
(sighs) I just hope it comes before Christmas.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Name, by any other name...

Choosing a name is driving me nuts. I end up looking at EVERY sign out on the street for that 'ah-ha' moment. Politican signs, street signs, even those ads.

Do you realize how hard it is to pick a kid's name that the kid will live with the rest of his/her life? AHHHHH..

Harrison would have been nice... Nice and strong... until I realized the nick name will go badly with our last name. People crack up when they realize what the nick name is. Very funny....!

I'm not gonna mention names here because quite few of my friends are pregnant also and they may take my names. Tough love, ladies... You gotta pick your own kids' name. :-)

What the..?

I went to my insurance website, Premera, to see how much they do cover my baby delivery. After some browsing, I found an "estimator" and came across a whole array of conditions. I clicked on "Vaginal Birth." Okay... here we go...

It asked for age. I clicked on "24-34."
It asked if I'm female or male.

What the ...? For VAGINAL BIRTH??? I ended up laughing so hard, I was crying.

I clicked on "Female." of course....

Now I think back... what would it have done if I clicked on "Male....!!!"

Sunday, October 21, 2007

When does 2nd Trimester start, actually?

You know, this is interesting -- According to doctors, pregnancy is 40 weeks long. According to my math, that's 10 freakin' months! They count from the first day you're supposed to start your period, which is about 2 weeks. So, that's actually 38 weeks. But that's still 9.5 months!!!

I'm now 13 weeks. But really, it's 11 weeks. Ohh, we (all moms) get so confused.... Am I in my 3rd month? Or is that next week?

Where did "9-Month" concept come from? Why not 10 months?

Ah.... Ok, I should go and email Jaime. She have been wondering if I'm still alive. YES, I'm still alive! Just busy being sick, tired, and cranky. :-)

Ciao!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Boy or Girl?

People kept asking me if I knew if this one will be a boy or girl. My auto response is "It's too early!"

But strange, about 95% of the people I talked to said this one will be a boy. I absolutely have nooooo clue. When I was pregnant with Abby, I had a feeling it was a girl. But this pregnancy is driving me NUTS!!! I do not know. What happened to my instincts? Phht.... I wish I knew.

I looked at our calender and it looks like we'll find out the sex about a week after Thanksgiving. Then we can finally fight about what names to use. :-)

what shall I write about?

Hmm how about that wind storm today?
At work, the lights flickered then off for maybe 5 sec then back on. Been that way all afternoon. Nothing serious. Drats... I wanted DRAMA! ;-)

I cannot remember past storms except for 1993 one. Jaime and I was sitting in a class room at our high school. Clinton won and he's president now. They were doing the in____ I have no idea how to spell it... The only way I remembered that day was when the fat lady sang on TV, the power went out! LOL!!!!!! I just nearly fell out of my chair laughing -- "When the fat lady sings...!" HAHAHHAAAAA!!!

Anyway, there was 55 mph winds and I have to drive home? I just got my drivers license... eek! I saw a metal garbage can rolling by from the force of the wind. Jaime lived just down the hill from school, and her house had no power, so she stayed with me for couple days. It was fun! Like having a slumber party every night. We did lose a lot of sleep. There was no school for a long time... Like, a week or so, I can't remember....

Ahhhh... I miss having girlfriends like that. Life sure have changed! You notice your husband isn't exactly like your girlfriends. :-) Times are tough that it's getting harder and harder to get together with girlfriends, and that's very sad.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Today

Today is officially the beginning of 12 weeks of my pregnancy! I am still not done with morning sickness, as you can tell on my last post. I was hoping I'd be done by now, but I guess wrong. Maybe in couple weeks, I will finally enjoy my pregnancy. I like 2nd trimester the best because no more sickness, and not feeling too HEAVY yet. Like the quiet before the storm.

I kept thinking of this comment I read the other day.

"A man asked a woman if she could give him a ride to town. She snapped back, saying she have woman problems right now. He said, 'oh, I see, you can't parallel park.""

That how clueless men can be sometimes! :-)

Damn Hormones

Hormones? Is that spelled right? All of a sudden, it looks weird to me.

Yesterday, Jon, Abby and I went down to the good ol' Cowlitz Fish Hatchery, where Jon used to work, and where we used to live. It sure brought us a lot of memories. We went there because Jon's ex-co-worker was having a birthday party (The big 4-0). Our old house looked exactly the same except that the shrubs out front is overgrown. Our old neighborhood looks exactly the same. Same people except for the new guy who took over our new house, Jessie.

About Jessie... He looked like he can easily be a male model. Or on a calender or something. He's very nice. He was still working when we came.

The birthday party was couple houses over, and there was a umm oh shoot, I forget the name. The big gigantic bouncy circle, where kids can jump on all day long? Abby had A BLAST on it!!! We ate Mexican food, apple cobbler, and visited with Jon's old neighbors.

It was really nice, until on our way home... UH-OH.... I got car sick... Stomach churning... When we got home, I ran into the house to the bathroom. Nothing happened. I felt better a bit since I wasn't moving (car sickness). Then I started the bedtime routine for Abby. Then by the time I put her down in her crib, I had to run to the bathroom. Needless to say, I lost all my Mexican and apple cobbler. I guess the baby didn't like it, pushed them back up.

Today, I ate nothing but corn flakes cereal. I was afraid to eat anything else or I may throw up again. Good ol' Kellogg Corn Flakes... I could live on it for the whole pregnancy. :-)

Anyway, the whole weekend I end up snapping at Jon for no reason. I had to explain it's just the damn hormones.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Today sucks...

Well, I had a pretty good day at school but what happened after work sucked. First of all, I went to pick up Abby from daycare, then head down to downtown Olympia to drop off some fabric samples at the furniture store. I'll explain later...

Anyway, where was I? (I saw a UPS truck slowing down near my house and was wondering if it was for us)
ANYWAY, Abby and I walked back to my car and saw that our left front tire was as flat as a pancake. Damn... So I called Jon through my Sidekick, and he called his parents since they lived really close. They all came. An hour later, they were still struggling with the tire since the car is parked so close to the curb (not enough room to wiggle tire in and out). I took the carseat, put in Jon's car, so Abby and I went home. Abby was getting cranky.

Got home and cooked quick dinner. Put Abby to bed. Jon went to take the car to Costco to get a new tire. I am SO HOPING the tire center there is still open!!!!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

I don't know if you can see her picture clearly, but see her nose... I took it the day after the incident. As of today, the scabs are gone and her nose is pinkish. It's healing fast! Yayyy.

We tried on her Halloween costume tonight. She looks really cute in it! She refused to take it off once we put it on her. I had to bribe her to take it off and put pajamas on.

We went shopping for a new couch today. We saw couple we liked, but they all have their own pros and cons. We may have someone from the furniture store to help us find the right couch. We brought home some fabric samples and I ended up not liking any of them. (sighs)

Here's the pics of Abby!!!





Wednesday, October 3, 2007

WHEW!!!!

What a scare...
Erase that, what couple scares!

1. Abby's nose looked like she got a real, I mean a REAL BAD burn on her nose. All over her nose tissue. She woke up yesterday when I went to pick her up after work, and that's when we noticed her nose. We had absolutely no idea what happened. My mom-in-law was freaking out, thinking it may be some kind of infection or some flesh-eating bacteria, or something... When she said that, got me all freaked out too! So, they took her to the doctor today, and the doctor said, it's normal "burn" like a rug burn. Just put Neosporin on it. Should be better in a week or so. No worries. WHEW....

Ok,
2. I had my 10 week check-up today. On my drive to the doctor's office, a huge storm moved in, with some lightening flashes. Eek! Does that mean anything???

Anywayyyyy, the doctor checked me out and said everything looked normal. Then she tried to detect the baby's heartbeat..... Nothing.... She looked grim.... She said she'll be right back... As I lay there on the table, I started to think scary thoughts... Uh-oh!!!!!!!

She came back and took me into an ultrasound room, and checked my stomach again. I got to see my little peanut... He/she is only 2 inches long. And I could see its heartbeat, thumbing away clearly. WHEWWWWW! What a huge relief. My doctor was relieved too.

SO, we came home pretty late, so I picked up some Chinese food for dinner and we kind of celebrated at our dining room table that we're all okay, and we're all healthy, spite all those scary moments we had today.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Morning Sickness

Seems I've been sick like a dog every other day. Food, even the mention of food...

Nights are the worse. If I ate a rather heavy dinner, then I'm miserable all night. Yesterday (Sunday), I was sick all day. I could barely eat anything. I tried crackers, something plain, but

You see why I don't spend much time on the computer. I've been busy being sick. Well, actually the more I think about it... When I'm sick, I don't clean or do anything around the house. I just stay in one spot until the nausea passes. And once it passes, I'm busy trying to catch up on housework. So it's either laying down or running around.

Once I finally finish housework, and I finally sit down to rest, Abby wants me to play with her. "Mommy's too tired..." I tell her, but she won't listen, so I gotta get up again and get worn out fast.

I am not looking forward being 7-8 months pregnant and hafta run around.

This pregnancy seems worse than my first one. More morning sickness, more fatigue. Does that mean it'll be a BOY????

My mom kept saying "twins?" Auggh, I hope not!!!!!!!!!

Our 6th Wedding Anniversary!

We just celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary last Saturday (Sept 29). What we did was we went to Marysville, drop off Abby, then went to Tulalip Casino. They have a fine restaurant inside the Casino called "Tulalip Bay" I was expecting somewhat like a rib or steak restaurant... NOPE!

I was sooo taken back! And we LOVED IT!!!!!! Inside was so beautiful and so formal. I meant SO FORMAL. Our waiter sat us down, took the napkin, flicked it and laid it onto our laps. Then gave us a shrimp appetizer to start with. We didn't even ordered anything. We looked at the menu and ordered. I ordered Indian chicken, and Jon had lamb chops.

While we were waiting, they did a presentation in front of us, using gas burner, pan, and made us a pineapple flambe. What they did was put a pat of butter in the pan, let it melt, add pineapple chunks, Grand Mariner and light it on fire. When the fire died down, he put the pineapples onto our plates, and added fresh mint into the sauce in the pan and poured it over the pineapple. MMMMMM Delicious!!! And we didn't even order it.

Also, gave us fresh hot, hot bread with sweet butter mixed with lime juice, and I forget what else. My god, that was heaven.

Our dinner came. Jon was already in heaven with his lamb chops. I loved my Indian chicken. Yummmmmmm...

We wanted dessert too. Jon ordered a very expensive glass of dessert wine, and I decided to try out "Old Fashioned Root Beer Float" But it wasn't what I expected!!!! They used ginger ice cream in root beer, topped with whipped cream and chocolate stir stick. And on the side had a gingersnap cookie and a snickerdoodle cookie. My god... I was on cloud 9.

This is officially my favorite "fine restaurant"

And that's not all! (I do sound like an infomercial, do I?!?) When the bill came, they gave us individual packets of white chocolate bark with dried boysenberry. GOSH!

After dinner, we decided to try out the slot machines. Each of us had $10 to gamble with... Okay... within 15 minutes, I lost $10. Jon WON nearly $39!!! Damn him.... But of course, I "won" him... Hee hee hee.....

Jon's anniversary present to me was a very nice ($$$!) gold dragonfly brooch with Opal and Tanzanie setting. My present to him was his watch, and dinner.

What a wonderful anniversary!!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

This is TOO TRUE

This is actually an "Oxymoron." And it explains Abby perfectly to a "T."
She is growing up so fast, but yet, it takes me forever to get her ready/ etc because she wants to do it all by herself. LOL!!! I just had to share....




Football Nut!

Silly girl. Jon bought a Seahawks jersey, and Abby saw it laying on our bed. She REALLLLLLY wanted to wear it! So I slipped it on her. She was all smiles. She kept signing "Football nut... Football nut.... Football nut!" I didn't realize she knew these words. She's way too smart than I realize. She's now signing in full sentences. Like, I asked where her milk was. She said (and signed) "Abby's milk is on top of the toy box." Whoa!

Here's the pic of her in the Seahawks jersey!

I finally took pictures of our "new" furniture. A certain person (you know who you are) been buggin' me to post them. :-) So, here you go!!!!

The family room feels updated. The chairs may look too formal but they're quite comfy after a while. The couch, Abby likes to lay on it and snuggle with one of the pillows. I did find laying on it more comfy than sitting upright. HA!


New fridge. Our old one was a standard freezer above fridge type. Cheap and annoying at times.
Now we have side-by-side fridge with its own filtered water and ice dispenser. Whoo hoo! It even have a "milk compartment" inside the door that even have its own cold air blowing into it, keeping it ice cold. We absolutely love it. I couldn't imagine we lived with our old fridge for so long.
We also got few other furniture, like lamps, side table, etc, and they're upstairs in our new guest bedroom.
Come on over and visit!!!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Every 11 days?

I guess I post a new blog every 11 days? That's bad... I gotta do it more often, but with Abby's attraction to play with the computer, prevented me to go to the computer until she's in bed. And by time she's in bed, I'm pooped...

But today's different -- I put her to bed at 12:45 for her nap. I cleaned around the house, then decided to take a cat nap at 2:00 --Figuring Abby will wake me up when she's done with her nap. I woke up at 3:50 and saw that I was asleep for nearly 2 hours! That meant Abby was sleeping for 3 hours straight! (Never been that long. Usually 1-2 hour nap) Whoa! So I ran into her room to see if she's ok. She was groggy and still wanted to sleep, pulled the blanket over her head. I checked her forehead and she was fine. She got up few minutes later. I think the extra hour may be good because she have been having a "cough" for last few days.

So, I'm really wide awake now....

Let's see... Our neighborhood had quite a scare this afternoon. In the open field next to our house, I saw a blue bike laying in the grass, and helmet next to the bike. I didn't think much of it. I thought our neighbor boys were just playing around. They always leave their bikes all over the neighborhood. So I went on with my business.

Then at 5 o'clock, Jon asked me if I saw the bike. I said, "yeah? Probaby next door's." He said, "a boy may have been abducted!" I said, "our neighbor?" He said "no, it's a different house. A boy, about 8 years old, blond with crew cut. His dad found the bike at 4 PM. He's now asking around with his photo." Then I looked outside and saw the dad walking around, door to door, asking. And two sheriff cars showed up. I told Jon to tell him that I saw the bike at around 10-12 this morning.

ANYWAY, about an hour later, the dad came back and said the boy's been found. The boy have been walking and walking and walking down the road, nearly 3 miles away! Whew. We were very relieved he was found safe. I'm sure the boy's home, but grounded for sure!

Also, today, we got new love seat, two chairs, a small bookshelf and a nice fridge! The fridge is side by side with water and ice dispenser. It was Grandmas. All the furniture we got today was from Grandmas. My friend picked up our old loveseat and chair since they were a bit oversized for our family room. Now with these different furniture, the room feels so different. I still haven't gotten used to it yet.

What else? My pregnancy. 9 weeks now. Been pretty much sick or not sick. I have not puked once but the food kept going up and down like an elevator in me. It does get annoying. I've noticed I have to keep in between these fine lines of not eating enough (or i'll feel sick and woozy) and eating too much (food going up and down, feel sick and bloated). I found out that just eating small snacks every 2 hours instead of meals help. Any cravings? None really. Maybe not wanting so much chocolate like before.

Ok, signing off now.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

My, what a transformation

We have been trying to clean out Jon's grandma's condo. She had a lot of stuff. But a lot of good furniture!

So, Jon and I are slowly changing out our furniture. New lamps, some new small tables, a full-size bed with nice iron headboard. (Abby will use it when the baby comes)

Soon, we'll rent a U-Haul and get a better fridge, and a love seat with couple arm chairs. They're generally smaller scale than our massive overstuffed loveseat and chair. They should fit into our family room better.

We have been slowly explaining about "Grandma Great" to Abby but we know she doesn't fully understand. She did ask about her yesterday, and Jon said she's in heaven. She doesn't know what heaven is. We'll explain later when she asks for more information.

Yesterday was Grandma's memorial. A lot of people came. It was good. I think it was a nice closure. Abby just sat on my lap and shouted some words during the service. The pastor said she can talk all she wants because he knew that Grandma would always let her talk.

Been on an emotional roller coaster for the last few weeks. I think it's mainly because of my pregnancy hormones, Abby's turning 2, grandma dying, and dealing with her things, going back to work, doctor appointments, sometimes it's just too much all at once. I have been falling back on keeping tabs with friends. Sorry, folks!!!

I am 7.5 weeks pregnant, and I can REALLY FEEL it. I feel like throwing up but never did. I never know what I'm in the mood to eat. Maybe one bite then I'll not eat the rest. Maybe one bite and I'll devour the whole thing. Never know!

Our guest room is really complete. Anyone who wants to spend the night, is more than welcome to take advantage of our beautiful guest room. FYI, in 7 months, it'll be totally different. Jon wants to move Abby to the guest room, and I said 'No." Abby's room is Abby's room. period. He grumbled because he didn't want to take apart the bed then move it to Abby's room then take apart the crib and take it to the guest room.... I understand his frustration, but, ABBY'S ROOM IS ABBY'S ROOM! So, PHHT. I'll take the bed and crib apart if I have to.

Ok, I should go to bed. I have a doctors' appointment in the morning. My first one for this pregnancy, one of many appointments... This appointment is just all talk. No checking or anything. Just asking about my medical and family history, if I wanted to take this or that tested (HIV, some diseases, some birth defects cells, etc.). Then discuss my pregnancy plan.

Good Night!!!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Psst... wanna know a secret?

Abby will be a big sister come late April! :-)

Abby's 2!


Abby had a great 2nd birthday. Lots of people, came. Lots of presents! BIG CAKE. We still have about 1/3 of it still! I put it in the freezer. I think her favorite part was doing the bubbles with all other kids. She slept GOOD that night. Then the next day, she had to play with all her new toys. Wowie. Happy Birthday, little one.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Whoa... Summer's ending?!?

I cannot believe I go back to work next Tuesday. I'm actually a bit looking forward to it. I like normalcy of getting up at same time, go to work and feel useful. Get a bit of exercise!

I felt like I've been a couch potato all summer, but actually, I've been amazily busy. You won't believe how fast those days get filled up with stuff like playdates, library toddler-time, appointments, free movies, meeting some friends, shopping, and lots of odd errands.

Now I know I'm going back to normal work hours -- my biggest question is that will I have enough time to do stuff after work? sheesh....

I'm sure everything will work out and everything will fall into its place.

Quiet

Been few days since my last blog, eh?
Let's see... Abby and I went up to Marysville on Monday morning because my mom wanted us to come to the funeral on Tuesday. Her brothers and sisters were flying in and will go to Marysville.

Uncle Bob, Uncle Dick, Uncle Russ, Aunt Jean, and Aunt Carol arrived at around 10:45 PM on Monday night. Abby was already asleep. So we all went to bed.

The next morning, we had a good reunion over pancakes and bacon. Abby was a huge hit with them. She loved yelling "UNCLE BOB!" and called my uncle Dick as "UNCLE DUCK!"

Then we went to the most beautiful Catholic church near U-District called "Blessed Sacrament." It was just like all Catholic churches in movies. The sun was shining through those stained glass masterpieces. Candles lit in dark alcoves. Smell of old building and burning wax. Wow...

The funeral started and the priest spoke, and since the church was so huge and tall, there was loud echos, and I think Abby got spooked. She started screaming. I had to whisk her away out. I took her to the car, and she couldn't calm down. I waited about 10 minutes to see if she'll retain her posture. Nope. She was in total melt-down. So, I texted my sister inside the church and said Abby and I are going home. Sorry.

So, on our way home, Abby instantly fell asleep. We didn't sleep good the night before so we were VERY tired.

Today, we just stayed home and took extra long naps. It sure helped. I just hope my mom isn't too upset that we left so sudden.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

What a week...

This week have been a weird week. Jon's grandma died on Wednesday (I'm not gonna go into details or I'll have nightmares again). Then Thursday was kind of when the shock settles in. Everyone was numb and sad.

Friday: Jon had to get his big screen TV. Then we had to go to Seattle for Steve's rehearsal. Jon's in the wedding party. We got there late due to traffic. Jon and I were still grieving, but did our best not to show anyone. We spent the night at Jon's brother's house (mere minutes away from wedding).

Saturday morning, we went to IHOP's then to the wedding site. The wedding went off without a hitch, but it still felt very surreal to me. Then at reception, my mom emailed me that my uncle Walt died Saturday morning -- no cause known. I felt horrible. I had to grin and bear it all through the reception.

This week alone -- Life, Death and Love.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Grandma Died.


Sad news today. Our beloved grandma passed away sometime last night. She was 82, I believe. She was diagnosed with lung cancer in April and went downhill from there.
The last time she babysat Abby was less than two weeks ago. I hope she had a good time with Abby.
Here is her last picture I ever took of her. It was on July 4, 2007.
Grandma "Great" and Abby was basically best friends since Abby was born. She babysat Abby two to three days a week, and adored every minute of it.
Right now, Abby is taking her nap. I am terrified to hear "Where's Great?" spoken from her lips. Jon said, just be honest, "She died." And we will have to constantly remind her how she and "Great" were best friends.
Now she's with Grandpa in heaven. Bless her soul.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

IKEA and Birthday Planning...

Hey,
We went to Dollar Tree in Lacey (it's the biggest there), and showed Abby the paper plates. She immediately pointed to ELMO. Of course.... So I grabbed Sesame Street paperplates. I didn't go for the cups because it looked too umm, what's the word? BORING. It lacked bright colors. So I went for different cups that looked similar to the colors on the plates.

Jon HAD to get a cap gun at the dollar store. It sure brought him memories when he was a little kid playing with his cap gun. I think that's funny! When he "fired" it, and a little smoke came out and I sniffed the smoke and I remember my own childhood. My cousin, Tim, used to bang on the caps with a rock in the backyard of his house, making loud noises.

Anyway, I really wanted to find a roll of craft paper so I can tape it down on our coffee table, and Abby can scrawl on it as much as she could, and it'll be good for her birthday party too. Anyone can doodle on it. IKEA have it!!! I looked up on their website.

IKEA... One of my favorite stores. I rarely go there, but when I do, I have a field day there. I'm going tomorrow with couple of my friends for lunch. I'm gonna get the swedish meatballs!!
My List so far:
MALA drawing paper roll - $7
Dog Food Dishes - $2
MULA Stack and Nest cups- $3
KALAS Tumblers- $1.50
KALAS Plates - $1.50
Paper Napkins- $2
Alarm Clock - $1
Duck greeting cards (I'm gonna frame them and hang in Abby's bathroom)-$4
SKAKIS Timer (For Abby's TIMEOUTS!) -$2
Swedish Meatballs -$ ??

Watch out IKEA-- Here we come. One of my friends said she needs a VAN with no backseats. And she's really serious. I'm wondering what she's planning on getting. Our kids will be left with a babysitter. Abby will be with grandma.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Potty Training

I'm sooo proud of Abby! This Thursday, I decided to spend all day teaching Abby what Potty Training is all about. I put her potty out in the family room so she can sit there anytime (and
not be bored). She sat there for good 20 minutes, and she went pee-pee! I was so proud of her. I appraised and gave her a sticker. She was proud too.

Two hours later, I put her there again. She didn't go. Drats. After her nap, I put her there again, and she went! Yayyyy. I put her back after dinner and it took about 25 minutes and she went.
THIRD time in one day. Wow, what an accomplishment.

Yesterday (Friday), I asked her if she wanted to go potty. She said no. I respected that. The last thing I wanted was to push her too far. I know she's not 100% ready. But now she knows why the potty is there for. I'm sure she'll impress me once again soon.

Zoo

Abby and I went to the zoo last Wednesday. We went with Liz and Kenzie, met up with Heather and her two kids, Skyler and Tasia. First, we saw zebras. Kenzie and Abby were so in awe. Saw Gazelles and Abby kept saying 'Deer!'

Then saw giraffes. Kids were, 'ehhh'. Saw sleeping Hippos, and a lion sitting on a large rock. Went to the Butterfly exhibit. The kids liked it. Looked at penguins, and then to the cafe for lunch.

I couldn't believe how expensive food were. Should have brought food but I didn't want to haul heavy bag all over the park plus a toddler who doesn't want to sit in her stroller.

After lunch, we got ice cream! The kids loved it. They had ice cream dripping all over themselves. Skyler and Tasia were covered in chocolate. Abby was covered in orange. Kenzie was actually a clean eater!

Saw snakes, birds, fish, and GORILLA. The gorilla was right there next to the glass. The kids got a huge kick out of it. Sooo close!

Then went to the merry-go-around. It was obviously the kids' favorite part of the day. Abby was grinning ear to ear.

When Abby and I started going home. She fell asleep within few minutes. She was TIRED.

It was a fun day.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


Abby had fun doing this! Jon took good pictures. I wanted something creative for her birthday invitation cards. I ended up using this picture because she was smiling while pointing to Nikki when she was pulling up in her car!

So, this is me if I was an Simpson... Whatcha think?

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Ok,
I fell in love with this website!!!!
You see, I wanted to make an unique birthday invitation for Abby's birthday. So, a simple postcard, right? I'd like a photo on front and details on back.

Tried the Photo dept of Costco.com. I wasn't that pleased with it. I'd have to order it, and when it comes here, I'll have to write down everybody's address and put stamps on it (more money).

So, I did some research and MY GOD... THIS IS SOOO PERFECT! I designed the postcard, and uploaded the addresses of whom I want to send it to. And it's already postage-paid! One click and they're in the mail. Whoo-hoo!!!
http://www.premiumpostcard.com/

I even sent myself a card to see how the quality is. So, it should be here on Tuesday. Hope it looks good!!!

I'm back again. Sheesh... I'm getting hooked... I just sent an anniversary postcard...

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Finally,

A pic of the Jamician drum band. Sorry if the pic is so dark, it's
nightime!

Wow, what a party!

Jeez,
I thought a normal neighborhood party on East Bay Drive (where my
in-laws live).
Cielo Blu catered! One of my favorite restaurants. Very expensive.
"Painkillers" were served! Also, one of my favorite mixed drinks. (4
parts pineapple juice, 1 part coconut milk, 1 part orange juice, and rum
to taste)
Had jamician drum band. I would have taken their picture but they're on
a break right now.
Awesome. What a nice night and I'm totally stuffed.

Bucket o' tears

I had to cry... I was at the Sept '05 mommies forum and there was one lady whos' friend was in a terrible car wreck. The friend was 9 months pregnant, and the car hit the passenger side, injuring the woman.
Nearly died at the hospital, they tried to save the baby, but he died. The woman had to have hysterectomy to save her life, among other things. Her husband basically walked away.

ETA: I guess the link helps. www.caringbridge.org then you will have to type in "dleenepeet" where it says Visit a Website on the left hand side.

The baby looked so perfect. What really hits me is seeing the dad sobbing while holding the baby. SOOO SAD!! I just had to cry. I wish I never saw it... (sighs)

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Wow... This is sooo cooooool.

I can actually type my blogs on my Sidekick and email it to go@blogger.com and it'll automatically publish it onto my blogger. No need to sign on my computer.

I still have funky gunk in my lungs. Been trying to cough it out. I may need that Mucus-X medication after all...

I met one of the potential daycares for Abby today. Her name is Maria, and she reminded me soooo much like my sister. She was warm and inviting. I think we really hit it off immediately. Abby seemed to really like her too. The awkward part, in the back of my head is this: "I still don't know much about her!" Yes, I want the best for Abby.

I'm running out of daycare options.
Kindercare: Full time only.
Stepping Stones: Full time only.
Patti's (Abby was with her last spring): No longer accepts part-time.
OCCC: never called or emailed me back. I've put my name down on their waiting list 4 times! The first time was when I was 6 months pregnant.

So, you see my hassle. I didn't realize how hard it is to find a part-time daycare. I almost thought about hiring a nanny, but you know how much they cost? Nearly $10 an hour, if not more. Yikes! Besides, I'd rather have Abby socialize with other kids instead of being alone all day with an adult.

School starts in less than a month! But I'm just finally getting into my 'zone'! Sheesh. On the other hand, it'll be nice to get back into routine.

Angels

See this: two of my angels sleeping together on the couch!

And what's wrong with this picture? Sheesh, an 85 pound DOG crushing my hubby!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

I Feel Human Again!

Hey,
Had a quite a good time with my mom in the last two days. I went up on Tuesday morning. We planned on going to La Conner, but I was still feeling somewhat miserable with my cold. So we decided to keep traveling to a minimum since I just drove two hours. We hung around the house while Abby took a nap. Then we went to Everett Mall to see what's new... nothing new. Went to Trader Joe's and I went crazy. I absolutely love Trader Joe's. We do not have one in Olympia (I've emailed the headquarters at least 5 times!).

Today, we went to a petting farm in Forest Park in Everett. It was a bit rainy and cold. But Abby had fun watching all the ducks swim. "Ducks Swim! Ducks Swim!" she'll say... Looked at other animals, but Abby kept going back to watch the ducks. At one point the ducks were out of their pond. Abby kept saying "Go Swim, ducks!"

Then we went to Liz's house to drop off Kenzie's belated birthday gifts, and we ended up going to a local mexican restaurant and chatted our butts off.

Got home at 8:00. And realized my cold is finally gone! Just occassional cough here and there, but I feel like human again!

Unfortunelly-- Jon got my cold !!! He woke up this morning with same sore throat.
Oh wellllll, that's how life works.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Strange sight today

Jon and I were driving down a very steep hill in Olympia, and we saw a batter-powered wheelchair with a scawny guy in it. He was chugging uphill at a very slow pace.
Jon and I looked at each other and basically said the same thing "I hope he have enough battery power to get to the top of the hill!"

Trig

Took this picture on my Sidekick. She looked cute, sitting quietly next to Abby's high chair... hoping Abby would drop some food for her.... Sitting quietly like a good girl.

Sick Week

Wow.
Thursday morning, hit hard with sore throat. Felt like acid was poured down my throat and remained there, brewing. I had a hard time swallowing water when I popped in couple aspirin. I began to feel worse throughout the day. I felt bad for Abby. I would rather lay on the couch all day, and Abby wanted to play. So, she got mad at me a lot.

Friday came. I still felt horrible. I was dragging myself around. My head felt like it weigh 100 pounds and I can't keep it up. My eyeballs hurt from sleeping a lot. Pounding headaches.

Saturday. Abby had a pool party to go to this afternoon... I was so determined to get better so she can go. I slept a lot in the morning, took a long shower. Felt good! Got out, put on nice clothes. Still feel good! Yay... Until I went downstairs and a humonus headache hit me. Uggghhhhhh... I sat on the couch and got into a fetal position. I felt so horrible. I was ashamed I was sick and couldn't take Abby there. So, we didn't go. :-(

Sunday (today). I woke up, hoping I'll feel better...... So far, I had to blow my nose a million times plus two. Some coughing. No more headaches! My head felt lighter. I'm getting over this! Wow! I've stayed home for 3 days straight. I'm going SHOPPING!
So, I told Jon I want to go here and there. We had fun. Bought few things. Yayy I'm better again. My world is back.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

My baby's a big baby!

Today was fun. Abby and I went to Kent to see Liz, Heather (visiting from Maryland), and her family. We met at Liz's house, then went to Redondo beach. It was so awesome! The sidewalk is like boardwalk, and the sand runs underneath, so it's like instant shade area for beachcombers. I wish we had that here in Olympia. Anyway, there was 4 toddlers with us. Three of them went right to the water and started playing in the water. Abby wouldn't even go near the water. (sighs) I tried to coax her to come in. "too cold... too cold....nononononono" she says. So, she clung on me like a small monkey. I had my feet in the water, and I seriously thought about shaking her off and let her fall into the water, but that would be too mean.
We got fish n' chips and went back to Liz's house and chatted over cupcakes and ice cream. Abby and I didnt' get home until 9:45 tonight. Abby didn't fall asleep on our way home! woah... maybe she was too tired to fall asleep? Strange or not, that happens.

We're going to Auburn for a birthday party this Saturday, and it's at a house with a pool. I HOPE Abby will finally agree to go into a pool there. I don't want to have her clinging on me like a monkey again while my feet's in the water.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Funny Lunesta commercial

LOL! that's exactly what I was thinking about when I saw the original commerical. I would have screamed and freaked out if that thing was in my face.

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I just had to laugh!!! So simple.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

How's my summer going? Hmm let me quickly review it:
First week, basically went to visit my school and get free lunches for Abby. Cleaned house. Watched a tad too much TV.

Second week: Jon had the whole week off, so he went with us to visit school. His birthday, Fourth of July came and went. All went to Maryhill and back.

Third Week: Mom came to visit for a day, then the next day, Abby was sick with diaherra. Stayed home most of the week. Went out to lunch with my co-workers. Nothing much happened.

Fourth week: *I* got sick from Abby (thanks a lot!)... Went camping in Westport in pouring non-stop rain. Came back home early. Still sick.

Fifth week: (this week)... got off a good start. Monday, Abby and I hitched a ride to Jon's work meeting in Lynnwood. Abby and I went to Alderwood mall, and met mom for lunch. Ate at the Macaroni Grill. Then came home. Yesterday, we went food shopping then to school to visit. It was fun. Today, my friend, Liz and her daughter is coming over in about half an hour then we'll go to the Children's Museum.

Hopefully the remaining of the summer would be good.
Hang in there, Nikki, it gotta get worse before it becomes better.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Hello there...

My first blog aside from those on MySpace. I just think maybe, JUST MAYBE this will be easier to access and I won't get too distracted from other ads and profiles. Wish me luck on updating my blogs more often! You're more than welcome to encourage or gently remind me to update my blogs. :-)


Here is my sweetest picture of my hubby and

daughter.

I just adore this picture so much.