How can I not be proud of my babies' schoolwork? Aud, despite being in 2nd grade, her recommended math is at the 4th grade level and her Lexile reading score places her in the 93rd national percentile. Mei, on the other had, also excels in reading. She is reading at 2nd grade level--she is only in Kindergarten. Her teacher also told me that they were thinking of moving her to the 1st grade (during the beginning of school; but I, as mommy, didn't (still don't) feel that it is (was) necessary. I really feel that we have made the best decision--she has grown so much in the past year and she is more confident than ever. She has also matured some more(and yes, she definitely needs work in that department...that's for sure)! **I'm so proud of both of them!!!** The funny is thing is that neither my husband nor I like books. Well, not that we don't like books, it's just that we aren't '"reader" of books...not casually as some people are. I've tried to make books a part of them since they were little. I know that I can not make them like (or love) books, but I can sure try. I always wished that I was more a book reader than I am, but, it's just not in me, and, forcing it on myself...well...it just didn't work. However, I have always done well in school, so maybe I did have something more to do with their good grades, lol! (Yeah, my husband knows I have the better genes, lol!) Or maybe, it is the countless hours of classical music that they are forced to listen to (well, "forced to listen to," at least as an infant because an infant have no choice, obviously, because they couldn't just crawl or walk away just yet, lol!) Now, I *think* they have learned to appreciate classical music and I'm pretty proud of that fact :) Anyway, both of their teachers tell me how well they do at school. Yes, the parent moment, I can't be more proud of them. Ü
in a good way. Last night, I sat down and started playing around Photoshop. I wanted to do a layout about our trip to the Eis Cafe, about two weeks ago. Anyway, I started making some brushes, then, I had this urge to try and make some paper...all on my own, so I can 'coordinate' the colors with the ice cream flavor that we had ordered. So, long story short, three hours later, I had made two sets of coordinating digital papers!! Two sets!! I can't believe I actually made something and it turned out pretty alright. The first 'paper coordinates' I named "Eis Sherbet" — 5 solid colors (chocolate, green tea, strawberry, butter and vanilla) and 14 patterned papers. I made it a bit spring-y too...so I can use it for other spring photos. The second set, I named "Splish Splash" — it's the first thing that came to mind. The colors were inspired by my son's "big boy bottle" from Gerber. "Splish Splash" consists of 5 solid colors (cloud, orange, limeade, sunshine and pool) and 10 patterned papers (circles and squares). I'm so proud of myself, lol!, I can't believe that I actually 'made' something!! The funny thing is that I didn't get around to actually using them for my layout yet...heee...heee...! My eyes got pretty tired and so I went to bed. So, I'm on a roll now...I made several more brushes today. I'm going to do one more paper coordinate pack, "It's a Buggy World" (or something similar...I'm not very creative with names! LOL!)
Megan's class had a study trip today to the Eis Cafe! That was so much fun...totally enjoyed it. Here are what we ordered...they are so cute. Images taken by me, but obviously the creative presentation of the yummy Eis...I had nothing to do with. Product and presentation by "Eis Cafe" -- they are not only cute...the Ice Cream is also *really* yummy!
so as I sit here in front of my computer, minding my own business, browsing the web...my son comes up to me and asks about "a little brother" --what?!?!? did I hear him right?!?!? I thought, he did not just say little brother--like he wants a little brother, did he?!?!? So I proceeded to ask him what he meant. He told me (and he started getting really bashful at this moment) that he is thinking of a little brother...he wants a little brother. So here I am in shock; this came out of nowhere. Actually, he never hinted, ever, quite the contrary really, he always says that he does NOT want a baby here because "he" (the baby) will eat his toys. So you see, this is quite a surprise. Anyway, so I told him that it probably will not happen and that *he* is the little brother (I asked him if that is okay). Well, it not okay, he said. He also reminded me that he isn't "little" anymore and that he isn't a baby anymore--he said, "Look mom, no diaper, only underwear." He also said that he wanted a little brother that *I* (mommy) can take care of, and, that he can play with, and, hold a milk bottle for. He also said that the baby will probably eat his toys; however, he didn't seemed concerned at all...like it okay for babies to do that because their babies. Ahhhhhhh!!!! this is just so weird!!! And almost "wrong" in some levels!! I just know it, my husband brainwashed my son to try and coerce me into having more children...lol! It's not going to work!! (lol!) **okay, I was joking about the brainwash thing...my hunky hubby isn't even here** :) LOL! ...love you cutie Ü batting my eyelashes and a silly grin on my face, all for the hubby Ü I told my son if it's okay to just have a pretend little brother...like the teddy bear, for example. He said no...but later he said "I like the duckie better." ---wooohhh...I think everything is back to normal, ahhhh!
so yesterday afternoon, we had a little outdoor barbeque with our neighbor. It went well, it was fun! When my husband was grilling the steak & ribs, I decide to take photos of him doing so. I also took several shots of the kids picking flowers...they love to pick flowers--usually for me :) Anyway, it started raining--good thing it was after we ate--so we had to pack up and head inside the house. As I preview the photos I took, I decided to take photos of the kids in the tent (dh put the tent in the house...another story I will save for later). So anyway, I noticed that a dust speckle as I look through the viewfinder (it's actually bigger than just a speck of dust--sort of the size of one ground pepper), and it was irritating so say the least. So as the anal person that I am, I hunted the lil' speck down...yup, I tried cleaning the eyepiece first (nope, still there), cleaned the lens (nope, still there), and then I decided take the lens out--yikes, here is where it got nervewracking. The lil' speckle was inside the camera up on the little plastic/glass thing above the mirror. So what did I decide to do?? Use a q-tip...yup, you've read that right...cotton, fuzzy q-tip!! Einstein here thought I've got everything under control--big mistake!! The good news is that the speckle is gone; however, in it's place are several fibers from the cotton q-tip. You're probably wondering how Einstein fixed this new problem. Well, I tried blowing it out with a little blower thingy...nope, didn't work...didn't even budge. So I decided to use the little static cling cloth thingies...you know, swiffer and all, in hopes that the little fibers would cling to the cloths. So I did, I wrap the cloth around a blunt chopstick and proceeded carefully...slowly, steady, so I don't touch/move anything I'm not supposed to inside the camera. Again, surpisingly, it worked...I got all but one fiber out!!! I tried again to get the last out...and what did I do this time??? I accidently touched the mirror!! Actually, I didn't realize that I touched it until I noticed a little streak on it---arrrrghhh! Can you say frustrating!! Anyway, now I gave up, it was time to research this as I'm not sure if should mess with the mirror; Thank goodness for the internet! So today, I went out and bought a microfiber (it came with these sticks covered with foam-cloth-looking things and a mini air duster). I knew I had to do this, so I did. I very, very gently wiped the surface of the mirror with the microfiber...real success at last, it worked!! I sat down and thought...I went through all this because of a little dusk speck!! A little dust speck that didn't even show up on photos!! Lesson learned?? Do not let a dusk speck bother you unless it's ruining the shot! Ayyaaayyyy, I'm just glad that's over! I took several shots just to check the camera out...and I'm glad to say that all is back to how it's supposed to be. No dust speckle, no q-tip fiber, no streaky smear...the view is as clean as it can be :)
**the tent! Well dh decided that it would be really cool to let the kids camp out in the living room. They were estatic!! They pretty much lived in the tent this entire week...until last night when they had to bid farewell to it--we took it down. We had fun during our living room camping week. We will probably do another living room camping week during the summer :)
well, I changed my banner today--sort of. I've been wanting to do that but didn't know how. After playing around the template html thingy for a bit, I finally got a different banner working--the easiest part is making the banner, it's the sizing and getting in the right spot that took a bit of patience.
So last night, I was playing around with Adobe PS...and started making more brushes. The two brushes on the banner the 'Outline Circle' and the 'Dotty Circle Button' (yeah, those are their official names, lol!) I made just playing with the paths and stuff on PS. Anyways, I thought it turn out pretty cool and fun...so I used it on my banner. The curly font I used is MA Kulot; it, along with other MA fonts, can be downloaded at One Scrappy Site and at Digital Design Essentials.
So, I'm still learning, trying to personalize this page for me. I'm actually quite proud of myself since I think I've done okay for someone who doesn't know anything about html and all that wonderful scripts/language/command... Now if I can only figure out how to keep the blue background on the banner, I'd be a happy camper. :)
so this past week, I've decided to start using our china--you know, those expensive sets of dinnerware that usually just sits somewhere displayed because we are afraid to 'mess' it up--LOL! Anyway, growing up, my mom used china dinnerware for everyday use. Well, we bought our china many years ago, it's by Mikasa; they are almost 8 years old!! We actually got a pretty good deal on it since we lived close to a Mikasa Factory store (where we bought it)--it's close to heaven in there...lots of beautiful things!! So, I told my husband last week that I think we should just start using them; he totally agrees with me. One thing though, I don't think they are dishwasher-safe and not microwave-safe, so...humm...me being the lazy chick...we only have the serving sets and two dinner sets out...one for me, the other for hubby--for now anyway--hey, it's a start!! I'm glad that we have started using it...at least use it so it's worth the price we paid for it many years ago, right?!?!?! Ü Here is a picture of it...
Mikasa 'Royal Jade'
btw...I actually took the picture with my new digital SLR...heee..heeee...practicing my aperture stuff, you know...LOL! Can't put the camera down! I was setting the table for dinner and thought, 'hey, let me take a quick picture!!' (yeah, that was a 'lightbulb' moment!) LOL!!