Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Loves English

Xiao Mei's onesie says, "My loves flowers." Gerber must give its manufacturing facilities artistic control.

It's been extremely hot these last few days. Here is XM trying to stay cool.

While on a business trip to Klamath Falls, Yang took a break from boring depositions to visit Crater Lake.

Finally, here is XM's first experimentation with make-up (that is my concealer all over her face and hands). At least it wasn't lip stick (knock on wood). The concealer was very difficult to remove! I think I washed her face at least four times before it was clean.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

To battles lost

Sometimes surrender is the only viable option.

A big thanks to Yang for teaching Xiao Mei how to drink from the hose.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Nobody Knows

Last night I watched the film Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons. It is a documentary film about some of the struggles faced by African Americans who joined the Mormon church.

I thought the film was amazing. There is a lot of anguish and sadness associated with this topic, but the film, while sobering, was also uplifting and joyful. It presents honest discussion from African American Mormons about the difficulty faced by black members both before and after the priesthood ban.

Darius Gray was the heart and soul of the film. His story is truly inspiring.

Friday, June 05, 2009

On Idaho, gardens, and dirt in the diaper

We took a spontaneous trip to Idaho last weekend to visit family. It was fun to see Xiao Mei and all her cousins together. She loved the sun, grass, and great-grandma's dog, Hercules.

We brought the sunshine home with us, thereby allowing our peonies to bloom without falling over. We took lots of pictures because this has never happened (usually they fall over within a day of opening up).

Xiao Mei is going wild. She loves, loves, loves everything outdoors. She runs around, eats grass, and has dirt in her diaper every night. Good times.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Oh, Mexico

We are back from Mexico! We are flu-free!

Our trip was wonderful. Ironically, the swine flu made for ideal traveling. The flights were not full and the beautiful mega-resort we stayed at was at 15% occupancy. My friend's wedding party made up half of the guests. We had the place to ourselves. It was fantastic.

Thank you so much to Grandma for watching Xiao Mei while we were gone. Our four day trip was very short, but I was ready to get back to my little girl.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Messy Baby Pics

Every mommy blogger does it. . . posts pictures of the messy baby in the high chair. I'm no exception. Enjoy.

Butterscotch and tapioca pudding on plastic, by Xioa Mei.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sweet Dreams

Yup, those are baby spiders. . . right outside my window. Thought I'd share.

You're welcome.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Luck of the pigs

My highly anticipated, desperately needed trip to Playa del Carmen with Yang (without Xiao Mei) in two weeks is essential travel, right? RIGHT?

Curses, swine flu!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Duke of York

The grand ole’ Duke of York, he had ten thousand men.

He marched them up to the top of the hill and he marched them down again.

And when they were up, they were up

And when they were down, they were down

And when they were only halfway up they were neither up nor down.

This is Xiao Mei’s favorite nursery rhyme at the moment. It is also rather descriptive of the last few months. We have had our ups and downs, but we are alive and well.


XM and I had colds at the same time. That was the first time our illnesses were concurrent, and it was not pretty.

XM has begun to flush things down the toilet.

I decorated the gym all day Holy Saturday for our church auction, rather than taking XM on what would have been her first Easter egg hunt.


Xiao Mei’s growth is back on track. She was quite a bit underweight at her 12 month check up, but she gained extra pounds these last few months. Sadly, so have I. Thank you Cadbury mini eggs.

XM’s vocabulary is exploding. It is fun to teach her new words, and discover what words she learned on her own. The other day I mentioned to my mother-in-law that “Mr. Brown can Moo” was XM’s favorite book. Right after I said that XM ran into her bedroom, found the Mr. Brown book, and brought it back to us.

We had a lovely Easter. Both Yang and I played with XM all day, and Grandma and Grandpa joined us for dinner.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

When I left a drawer in the kitchen for Xiao Mei to play in, this isn't what I had in mind.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Oh the joy and wonder that is outside. We are finally putting our back yard to good use.

This is Xiao Mei at her birthday party on Saturday.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Big One

Long time, no post. Sorry. (Per my last post, I've created my first digi-scrapbook page using and a free paper kit. It turned out ok, but I still need more practise).

Xiao Mei turns one tomorrow. I can't believe how quickly this year has passed, and I am grateful that XM, Yang and I survived relatively unscathed. She is such an amazing little girl, and I am so happy that we are her parents. So, in the spirit of this important milestone, please indulge me as I gush about my daughter.

While I was busy around the house yesterday, XM was in her room looking at her books. I overheard her humming the "abc" song. She had the tune down almost perfectly. She loves music more and more each day. I tracked down my "Primary Childrens' Songbook" CDs, and I have been playing those in the car and at home. It is so fun to see her dance to the songs she recognizes.

Her vocabulary is growing. She says "hi" to everyone she sees, and she is starting to mimic Yang and me more often. Time to watch our language.

XM walks all the time now and is learning to run. She loves to chase Freya (poor cat) and loves me to chase her. She enjoys playing outside and swinging on the toddler swings at the park.

We traveled to Idaho last weekend to visit G and T. We drove, and XM handled the car so much better than I thought she would (thanks primarily to the heroic efforts of XM's grandma who traveled with me). XM played really well with her two cousins, and I suspect that they will raise hell together in a few years. We also visited XM's great-grandma and grandpa. It was fun to see everyone again. G and T were wonderful hosts.

XM started acting pretty grumpy the last few days of our trip. I assumed she was having a hard time because of the unfamiliar surroundings, but it turns out she was breaking a molar. Ouch. She has nine teeth now. I think she may be working on more molars. Happy, happy, joy, joy.

XM sleeps really well at night, and has been for several months now. Because of that, she is not the best napper. She is already down to one nap. If I am lucky, she will sleep about an hour and a half during the day. She does fine with that little nap, so I am not too worried about it. She is like her dad in that way, neither of them need much sleep.

Happy birthday Xiao Mei!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Soliciting Advice

Occasionally I will scroll through the hundreds of pictures I have saved on my computer. Cute pictures like this one:

Or this one:

Or this one:

These pictures are hidden away in my computer and not admired nearly often enough. I have printed a small fraction of the pictures saved on my computer, and I've placed an even smaller fraction of those in scrapbooks. I am not a crafty person, and I am known to be afraid of colorful things; nevertheless, I've tried to keep current on scrapbooking. I'm losing in that effort. Aside from Xiao Mei's baby book, my most recent scrapbook contains pictures from 2003.

So, as my digital memories get larger and larger, and my corresponding actual memories get fuzzier and fuzzier, I am considering digital scrapbooking.

On to my request: do you scrapbook digitally? If so, what program do you recommend? How do you publish your scrapbooks?

Thanks in advance for recommendations.

Friday, January 16, 2009

New Nie

Stephanie Nielson is back to blogging. If you are not familiar with her story, I encourage you to look into it. She and her sister cjane are amazing examples of kindness, strength and love.

Welcome back Nie Nie. May God continue to bless you as you heal.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Simon is evil and other random observations

American Idol is back. While I don’t watch it as religiously as I used to, I try to keep tabs on each season. I used to be a Simon Cowell apologist. He is harsh, yes, but his honesty is refreshing and often spot-on. Last night a lady (girl) auditioned in a bikini, and she had a great body. Her voice was not terrible, but it wasn’t good enough to move to the next round. Simon sent her to Hollywood anyway. He was so smug about it, and he was clearly trying to send a message. It made me sick. I’m surprised he didn’t just turn to the camera and say “hey, girls, you can use your body to get recognition you don’t deserve, so bikini-up.” Ugh. Maybe I see things differently now that I have a daughter, but I was furious. I am now, officially, a Simon Cowell hater.

Xiao Mei is 11 months. She is less like a baby and more like a toddler each day. She can walk now, albeit unsteadily, and she has an impressive vocabulary. (Hi, dada, mama, pretty, and hmmm (as in this food is good or I want some of whatever you are eating)). She loves music, and last Sunday she stumbled to the front of the relief society room and started leading the hymn.

My friend, G, told me that every time he watches Biggest Loser he craves doughnuts. Ironic, right? Well, last week CMT had a Nanny 911 marathon. I ignored XM for about 2 hours while I watched a few episodes. Sadly ironic.

I made Freya a few sweaters out of old shirts. She loves them.

I was 650 pages into Brisingr (the third book in the inheritance trilogy) before I realized there is going to be a fourth book. I’m very annoyed.