Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Trip to CA.

Every year, Jeremy goes on a work retreat to CA. It always seems like a lot of fun, more fun than any work business trip I've ever been on. He got to bike from SF to the retreat spot in Mill Valley - over the Golden Gate bridge:


And got to be bartender and make everyone a drink that he learned to make while on another business trip to Rio.



Jeremy was gone the same week Vince was at his grandparents house. So it was just us girls, me, Edda, Denise and the two dogs at home. It was very quiet in the house without our two most prolific talkers. Edda and I enjoyed ourselves. Lots of time together. Of all the family members, Edda and I are the least likely to drink enough water, so we spent the week hydrating ourselves. Not very exciting, I know, but it needs to be done ;) .

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Happy to See Our Family Blog Again

By accident, I clicked on the wrong button. But, happy to see our family blog again here.

Fyi, I moved in the Expat Village provided by the owners here. My two bed-room apartment with a Study is facing the ocean, right across a marine drive along the coast. I would like to take a walk along the coast line somedays. Unfortunately, typhoon came last weekend - the wind was blowing and the waves were pretty high.

Working is becoming a daily routine with not too much up-and-downs. People here are pretty friendly with their own ways of doing things. Just like us, with our ways of doing things. Sometimes, they cross each others'. Well, I hope after I log-off, I still can see our blog when logging on again.


Edda went to a birthday party at the local indoor sportsplex. We ran around, we made some soccer goals, we played airplane:


We had birthday cake. I wanted to eat two cupcakes, but I resisted.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Family photo.

Not perfect. But that's how we roll.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

OK I had to make the photo bigger.

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Do you think Vince is enjoying summer?


I think Vince has managed to go to the pool at least 5 or 6 times this summer - none of which involved either me or Jeremy taking him to the pool. We hope that trend continues.
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How to make unhappy Edda into happy Edda.

Edda can be unhappy during our outings. It's always a challenge to cheer her up when she's in a funk. Lately, the most reliable technique has been to make a sound like a chicken. Jeremy really got into it the other day - adding the flapping arms and scratching feet. He gets extra points for doing this in front of his parents ;)




Monday, June 20, 2011

Love across the oceans

We went up to Bard this past weekend for Father's Day - we Skyped across the Atlantic Ocean with our cousins.




Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Summertime -

Almost - this is the last week of school! No homework - just end-of the year picnics and ice cream!



Monday, June 13, 2011

Power tools.

Here's Jeremy, just doing a little bit of home repair before he goes off to work.


Last week, I completely overhauled the tool side of the garage. This is a progress picture showing my love of the pegboard. Very proud of myself.


Sunday, June 12, 2011



Every summer, downtown Rockville has free live music/movie/events scheduled every week (maybe even twice a week). This is our 4th summer and I don't think I've ever made any of the performances. This week, we decided to go see Seamus Kennedy on Thursday night.

Vince having Five Guys fries:


The best part of the evening was when Vince took Edda to the front of the crowd when Seamus Kennedy asked for all the children in the audience to come up. They sang The Unicorn Song - and Vince helped Edda do all the hand motions. Very sweet.


Friday, June 10, 2011

Camp JCC


We are very lucky that this summer Vince and Edda get to go to the same camp! They are going to the JCC camp for most of the summer and it sounds great (I hope it's great). We get to explain a lot of (mainly food) Jewish things to the kids like why you can't order a bacon sandwich at the Subway shop that is in the JCC or why there is soy cheese on the kosher turkey sandwich. We went to an orientation of sorts last weekend and Edda was asleep when she met her counselor who had to tell her - no sleeping at camp! (I'm not sure how well that is going to work out).

Vince eating a kosher sandwich:


The big hit of the orientation was tie-dying a shirt - I did Edda's as she was fast asleep.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Vince and bubbles!


Vince has been seeing Edda's OT for a few months now to work on some handwriting issues - mainly persistent letter reversals and various spacing issues. He loves working with Deb and getting a few minutes at the end of each session to run free through all the toys that line the walls of the therapy room.


It always amuses me that when I'm in the waiting room with both the kids and there are other parents also in waiting room. And then - I do NOT send in the severely disable child into the treatment room. Ha ha, talk about a curveball! Yes! Both my kids need OT.


Monday, June 6, 2011

Pizza dinner -


We always look for an excuse to have pizza for dinner ;). A bunch of Jeremy's coworkers were in our neighborhood during the week (which never happens - we live in the boonies) and so we took them out for pizza. Edda was thrilled.


Vince just loves toddlers - sometimes it makes me think I should have a handful more kids. Except for the fact that I have no more time or energy ;).


Sunday, June 5, 2011



Took Edda to the orthodontist last week. I love Edda's orthodontist. He is really sweet and has a nephew with Angelman syndrome and showed me the bite marks on his arm that he got when he was playing with his nephew over Memorial Day weekend. Ahhh, yes, we all know about getting bitten! Yeow! We go yearly to make sure that Edda's teeth are coming in OK - this time he mentioned that he could fix Edda's under-bite with a mouth guard-type thing that Edda would wear a couple of hours every day at home. No molds necessary. He had already successfully realigned his nephew's jaw and said it worked really well, although he did mention that his newphew enjoyed chewing the appliance so much that he went through half a dozen of them. Interesting. I think we will go ahead and try this out and see if Edda minds having this plastic thing in her mouth for a few hours a day. Low risk - perhaps no underbite anymore!


It has been a week full of teeth issues - Maxi had a rotten molar. Apparently her mom did not bother with good prenatal care - Maxi just has bad, bad teeth. We got it yanked last Friday. Vince insisted that I bring home the rotten tooth - he took one look at it and said that I could throw it out. Thank goodness.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

More Communication Gears Than Ever

Now, I have the most communication gears in my whole life. Before coming back from China, I have seven active phones (4 land lines and 3 cells), one mobile USB in China by "China Mobile", one US BlackBerry and two laptops. After I came back, I added an AT&T mobile hot spot to my list. Before going back to China (I hope pretty soon after I get my working visa there from here), I should add one iPhone (my friend would like me to get one for him.) Don't exactly to know what to do with all these. Not very efficiently at least. Especially, carry them around in and out of airports. I guess it is quite different to be an IT guy to support an active project - on call 24/7/365 :)

Glad Be Back & See "Just Regular Folks" Again

Glad be back from China & see our "Just Regular Folks" again :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

RIP Anne Mayes.

Yesterday, I found out that my senior thesis advisor, Anne Mayes, passed away earlier this year from complications that stemmed from breast cancer treatment which started in 1994. When I was working on my thesis, she was 29 years old - a freshly appointed assistant professor at MIT. I remember her taking me out to Chinese food after a long day in the lab, I remember finding her in the morning asleep on the floor after pulling an all-nighter writing a paper or grant proposal. I was her first undergraduate student and she made a huge impression on me. She was not diagnosed with cancer until a few months after I graduated and she managed to simultaneously successfully undergo cancer treatment and become the first woman tenured in the Mat Sci Dept at MIT - what crazy dedication that must have taken (also, she's just brilliant, but that's a given). I lost touch with her many years ago, I'm not sure she would even remember me - but she was a pivotal person in my life. So RIP Anne, you will be missed.

Memorial Day parade!


God, it was so hot! It is always suppose to be over 90 F on Memorial Day? Vince marched again this year. The rest of us walked about 300 feet from the assembly point and plopped down under the first tree we saw. Could have been more ambitious and actually gone to town center, but we were pooped.