Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy new year's eve!

The days are long, but the years are short. We made it through another year!

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Occupational therapy.

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Because we are sans babysitter for a few weeks, we are juggling schedules and Jeremy and his mom were able to take Edda to occupational therapy last week and so I can post some photos of Edda having a pretty good session. Right now, Edda is getting only one private session of therapy a week which is with Deb, our favorite OT. We have no regular private PT or private speech. This past year, I decided to keep only therapies that Edda seemed to enjoy. We do have hippotherapy, although I don't really consider it therapy because I don't think it really does that much for Edda physically, rather I think of it as something like Hip-Hop Dance for Vince, something fun for Edda to do.

Deb and Edda spent the hour laughing and looking at each other and doing some pretty hard things for Edda to do. It always reminds us that we could do the same thing with Edda at home, but I have to admit, we don't often work with Edda in the same way!

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The week of the puggles.

It's a little dog-crazy in the house as we are dog sitting our cousin's two pugs.
Four doggies in the house! It's a lot more leashes to keep untangled on the walks around the neighborhood.

Here's Josie:

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Izzy:

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Maxi (who was just chewing a bar of soap this afternoon):

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and of course, Ruby.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Our Christmas Eve walk on the C and O canal...

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cookie time.

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Maxi found the squeeze-tube frosting on the bottom shelf of the pantry and managed to drag the tubes to the living room where she pierced it with her sharp little teeth and was rewarded with an artificially-dyed sugar high. So then when we went to use it to decorate cookies, the frosting oozed out from the toothy holes in the center of the tube and covered all little children from head-to-toe with frosting.

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The table got covered with frosting.

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Plates got covered with fingerprints!

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Final products!

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Monday, December 20, 2010

We'll miss you Eliana!

Eliana, our au pair for the past 18 months, flew home to Columbia this morning. We will miss her a lot, Edda the most! Jeremy and I could not manage our schedules without our wonderful childcare providers. We went out for lunch at the Silver Diner yesterday to thank her for everything she's done for us. Jeremy and Eliana left for the airport at 4:30 this morning and Edda was awake and perky at that early hour after her nightly seizure - so she got to give an actual good-bye hug to Eliana as she left the house.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas pageant.

Vince and Edda were in their first Christmas pageant. Vince had a speaking role, he was cast as the innkeeper, with a wife and a daughter (both were older and taller than he was). He had the famous line - "I'm sorry, there is no room at the inn..." As we were driving to church this morning, he admitted that it was hard to have a wife. Why? I dunno. Here he is considering the strawberry cream cheese he put on his bagel.

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Edda was a sheep in the stable. I'm not sure how excited she was about being a sheep, but I was pretty excited that I got to play her shepherd which is, of course, a metaphor of our roles in real life. Edda can be pretty loud sometimes, especially when everyone else is being quiet, so I was half hoping that she would be asleep during the play, but perhaps some holy spirit was watching out for us as she made it through the 30 minutes that she was on stage wide awake (not entirely thrilled) and hardly a peep (or a Baaaaa!)

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These are photos from rehearsal yesterday, I wanted to share a photo of Mary being a little bit silly!

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pugalicious.

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I am so lucky! I get to babysit these beauties during the Xmas holidays. I think it will be fun having 4 dogs, 2 kids and 2 in-laws, 1 husband and 1 tadpole in the house.

Sunday night dinner.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Office christmas party.

Last night we bundled up and headed out to downtown DC for Jeremy's office Xmas party. In past years, it had been kind of a casual affair, good food, but usually 5-10 kids milling around. This time, it was in some sort of fancy - Dupont Circle restaurant. It was so fancy it had a tree with tea lights inside the restaurant.

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And as it turned out that Vince and Edda were the only children in attendance. And I might have been the only one wearing a T-shirt with an astronaut on the front. Oh well. I had a good time (one glass of free wine and I'm automatically having a good time), and the restaurant entertained the kids with cookies that they could decorate with sprinkles prior to baking.

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Edda said hello to a bunch of Jeremy's coworkers who haven't seen her since the last Xmas party and they all marveled how much taller she's gotten (one person even said that she's almost as tall as me! Yipes!)

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Cold, cold baby.

Brrrrr.... It's cold around here.  Keep warm!

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bieber fever.

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We discovered Justin Beiber's new song just the other day. Alas, we don't learn about these teen heartthrobs via Edda as she often keeps her own feelings of teen pop admiration very much under wraps - rather we learned about the new Beiber tune via an NPR story. The jist of the story is just that this particular Beiber song did not make it very high on the Billboard charts, but it is the #1 viewed video on YouTube of all time with 400 million hits. That's like almost half a billion views. And we added our two or three hits ourselves.



Here's Jeremy learning the moves. To augment our standard couple-dom repertoire of holding hands and hugs and good-bye kisses - we are adding the pointing followed by two thumps to our chest with our fist to indicate affection.

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Vince's moves -

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I find this photo amusing - Vince (with glint in eye) is trying to include Edda in the family dancing by picking her up and moving her with the music. Edda is not pleased. In the background, Jeremy is intently studying Bieber's moves and trying to imitate.

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Ravioli

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday night dinner -

My mom's arthritis in her thumbs is acting up so my dad volunteered to cook for our weekly Friday night dinner. It's not often you see Dad in front of a stove stir-frying.


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Taking care of hair.

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Vince's hair is getting so long and unwieldy that we've had to implement a daily hair-care regiment which involves washing and combing. Ah, the injustice of it all! Unfortunately, Vince doesn't really have a great example to follow - Edda and I do not spend a lot of time on our hair and we both manage to keep our hair relatively tangle free. Vince always cries when I try and comb his hair and then I threaten to cut it all of and the cries turn to whimpers and he says he doesn't want his hair cut.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Diner and Macy's!

The next day, we went to a classic NY diner for some eggs and home fries with Scott, Kiki's godson from Austin, TX.

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I had to document our parking space (free street parking! Unheard of!) - we actually had to ask a local if it was really, really free.

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We went and saw the famous Macy's Christmas window displays

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And we went to find THE Macy's Santa, but the line was very long and you can't see Santa from the line and so I just got a photo of an elf :)

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Kiki's surprise birthday party!

We drove to NYC this past weekend to surprise Kiki with a birthday/retirement party. And boy was Kiki surprised! Jeremy and Bob have been planning for months - lots of folks from out-of-town came to celebrate. There were Kiki's friends from high school, college and beyond - about 30 people. (That would be two parties planned by Jeremy within 10 days of each other, we are partied out). I did not get an actual "surprise" photo. It was a little difficult to manage Edda and Vincent (who were two of the three small children in attendance) in a relatively small space with adult food and wine everywhere and allowing them both to stay up past their bedtime. So no free hands for too many photos -

The party -

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The princess cake and linzer torte -

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We stayed overnight in a Quality Inn in Queens which was 15 minutes from the party and yet only $127 for the night and free parking to boot! I love Queens! Edda loves hotel rooms - whenever we travel, she seems to love being in hotel rooms. The layout sometimes presents a challenge as she likes leaning up against the bed and sometimes she misjudges the width of the bed and leans back into thin air and sets herself up for a tumble...

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas spirit.

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It's Christmas time when the dogs in the house turn into reindeer.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Edda and Christmas.

I was looking at Edda the other day, her head tilted towards her father who was holding her in a standing embrace and realized that Edda is really no longer a young toddler/preschooler/kindergartner. I think we are passing into another stage of Edda's life - not one really marked with the same milestones as with other typical children, but marked by more subtle challenges and changing experiences.

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Hanukkah, DC Martins Gathering & Dog Park










Yesterday (12/5/10), we hosted a DC Martins' weekly gathering at our house. There, we all celebrated Hanukkah together. In the meantime, Rena was busy doing the cooking and we were all enjoying her dishes very much. All evening, our house became a dog park - with 4 or 5(?) dogs around. Fortunately, no dog poop was found inside the house so far. But, if we do, Ruby wasn't the one for sure :)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

My Old Neighborhood in Shanghai, China in 1999


When I dig up my old pictures on film the other day, I found this one. It was in 1999, in Shanghai, in front of my old neighborhood. I lived there until I was almost 5. At that time in 1999, my poor neighborhood was in the process of swallowing up by brand new high-rise apartments on all sides. Now, all these old houses probably are all gone. But, I guess the Confucius Temple nearby probably survived.
Doris, Donald and Mom, do we all look much younger in this picture :)