Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Past Month

Everyone knows being a housewife will be busy in this month. All these shopping ,cooking, house decorating........ so on and so on. Don't mention blogging daily. You know I have another blog in Chinese too. That's why I sort of forgot about this blog. But hey, I will do my best to update this one because you are important to me too. Wish everyone has a Happy New Year. Cheer 2010.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Catch Up Posts

Alright, I know I haven't been updating the blog for almost a month. But I was really busy lately. Evelyn is a first grader now plus we had some business in the house that we had to deal with. That's why you guys did not see me. But ,I haven't forget you. Today I gonna write about things that happened in the past month in one post. Sounds good? Alright, here we go.
10/31/2009
Everyone knew that it's Halloween. We went out for trick or treat just like every year. And this year the result was fantastic. We met some new neighbors and got a big bag of candy at the end of the night. All my kids were having fun. I think it's a very good memory to them.
11/7/2009
The days were getting shorter and shorter. It went completely dark before 5:30 PM. I usually don't have a schedule for grocery shopping. Today we went out before dinner time. The stores were almost close. But that was the time for good deals. There was a store selling mushroom for $0.99 per pound and the lady in that store wanted me buy all her mushroom, I only bought three pounds. That's the maximum amount I could handle.
11/11/2009
It's Veteran's Day. We usually don't do much on this day. We just went to the park. The kids had fun by playing with sand. I took some pictures when I saw a homeless guy had a rooster as a pet. My kids were so excited. They have been eating countless chicken in their lives. But it's very rare to see a live one.
11/13/2009
It is Friday The Thirteen today. I am surfing the HK Yahoo blog just like usual. All of a sudden ,my computer goes freeze. The computer acts like all of the memories are not there. I know that the audio sound funny lately. It's still working but up to this point. The Chinese Window XP is not running at all and I don't have the recovery disc in hand. I only can find the English o/s disc. So I can only type English now. Oh well, if you want a translation. Go to google language tool get it translate into Chinese. 可以用 Google 翻譯回中文! Good luck.
11/17/2009
The neighbor next door mentioned about the blackberry in the park to Evelyn couple days ago. Since then, she's been bugging me for going to the park for blackberry picking. Alright, today is sunny so I bring her and Fanny to the park to see if we could find any. I know it is out of the season, did not have much hope. But we still can find a handful of blackberry. The girls are so excited. They can not wait to show them to Daddy.
11/21/2009
Today is sunny. We go out in the afternoon for grocery shopping. Right when we turn to the corner we see some neighbors doing garage sale. I am not addicted to shopping. Therefore I did not buy anything. Just my kids being curious to see what they are selling. The lady there was generous enough to give them a butterfly napkin holder as a complimentary gift. And she also put some bluster on Evelyn's face. That's give her rosy cheeks. Oh my, I guess there is no free lunch in this world.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 2009

Good to see some neighbors decorate their homes for Halloween. That's mean they will treat children who are trick or treating. Happy Halloween.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Colma

Colma is a little town 10 miles south of San Francisco. There are lots of cemeteries. That’s why some says it a city of death. But actually it is a safe area. The crime rate is very low. They also have car dealers and mobile home parks. Would you want to make a home here?



Saturday, October 24, 2009

Home Made Bread

I enjoy baking bread. In the matter of fact, my kids love it. So, I bake bread very regularly. I am not saying I am a very good baker but be able to make bread from scratch, it gives me pride.

Vegetarian:
How To Make White Bread

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Downpour

It’s been long time we did not have long downpour. It brought us several inches of rain which is good because California is in drought. We needed the rain.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Columbus Day

I watched this movie (1492: Conquest of Paradise ) to celebrate this holiday today. Anyone has seen this movie before? The film was made in 1992, which was an 500th anniversary. It is a big Hollywood production but the box office did not do well. I guess Americans know the history well. They don’t need to see the movie to remind them this bloody history.



Saturday, October 10, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Walt Disney Museum


The brand new museum was just opened on October 1. It’s not a theme park. It’s about Mr. Walt Disney’s life. In here, you will learn how this Disney kingdom was begun. If you were a Disney fan, this would be a good place to go. www.waltdisney.org



Sunday, October 4, 2009

Charity

These sections are from Chapter Thirteen of Corinthians 1 of The New Testaments.

4. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

6. Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

7. Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

~~I hope this will help some of you out there.~~

Friday, October 2, 2009

California Sunshine

No matter how tough the situation is, when I see this blue sky I will feel much better.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Playing In The Fog

We went to the Golden Gate Park the other afternoon. The fog was very thick. Actually we were in the mist. But it did not bother the kids. They ran around on the lawn outside the Conservatory Of Flowers. There were very few visitors. Basically we were all by ourselves. See, how free they were. Running and rolling down the lawn hill.



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Friday, September 18, 2009

I Kiss A Girl

May I kiss you everyday. May I hug you everyday. Until my lips are no longer be able to kiss. Until my arms are no longer be able to hold. Just an impulse in the morning made me write this.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Being Visit

Who’s this delivery guy? Ha, it’s Uncle John. We had a big surprise on September 11 this year. Uncle John came to San Francisco from Hong Kong for a work trip for two days. So, we got to have lunch together and talked about families and friends. The kids were too excited, they only could see him on internet most of the time. Now, they would not miss the chance to hug and kissed him. After that, a few hours had passed, it’s time for him to said good bye. So, we walked him to the bus stop and said bye bye to him when he got on the bus. We miss him already.



Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day Hot Dog

We are not working class but we still celebate this day by grilling hot dog and having potato clips and marshmallows for lunch. The kids love it. What do you think?



Thursday, September 3, 2009

Home Birth

If you had read my profile then you will know I have four kids. Three of them were born at home. My oldest son was the only one that born in the hospital. That’s because I was anxious and lack of information about giving birth. And I broke the water 3 weeks earlier than we expected. After laid in bed at home for 36 hours, I ended up in the emergency room. They gave me drug for induction to speed up the birth. It did not take me long to push. I still remember what my oldest son went through after the delivery. They showed him to me for a peek then took him away for testing right after delivery. It was few hours later until I could get to breastfeed him. And then they needed more time to observed him, he had to stay in the hospital for another 24 hours. I could only visited him at the new born ward and breastfed him there. I still feel sorry for him even now. That’s why I chose to give birth to my other kids at home. I prefer having unmediated labor and deliveries. It was because I had confident that I could handle it. My babies did not need to be drug. And of course, if there were mistakes occurred, the hospitals are not far from my home. There are few points I want to mention to new moms. Stay up right and walk during the labor will help the delivery become smoother. Also have some herb tea for relaxation. And try to empty out the bowel and bladder between the contractions. I guarantee you that you will get the reward after all these pain and exhaustion. That would be the baby laying in your arm.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Birthdays in August

The family members who are having birthdays in this month are John, Evelyn and………me! The tradition is I made the cake with cake mix and home made icing. It’s not pretty but taste good.



Thursday, August 27, 2009

Blowing Bubble

We were blowing bubble at the mini park the other day. All of a sudden there was a young lady who had an Iphone in her hand came to us saying she want to take pictures of us. I asked her what that for? And she said that she is from sfnpc.org , they just trim the grass this morning, she was glad to see the kids playing there. I said ok but I asked her for the email address, so we could see the pictures.



Wednesday, August 26, 2009

An Ultimate Nightmare of A Mother

It would be a new born baby’s identity got mix up in the hospital. It happened in Hong Kong last week. If you were the mother, can you tell for sure which one is your baby when they are put together with other babies? Even it’s only couple hours after delivery. I don’t think so. Some mothers would take pictures of the babies for security reason, but I think it’s still not enough. The nurses should pay more attention to what they are doing. I mean do it by the book. After all nobody wants this happen to themselves. Right?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Immunization

It’s time for back to school . Evelyn will be in first grade this year. According to the school, we have to bring all her immunization record back. But she did not have any because she was born at home and we did not want her receive any unnecessary shots. But it does require by the school, if we want her to be a first grader then we must need to do so. That day, she received six shots in one time. Luckily, it did not bother her a bit.



Thursday, August 13, 2009

Piano Singer

This was the first time she played keyboard and after her father instructed her how to read the notation. She started to sing while playing the keyboard. She even wanted me take video so that everybody could see her. As a beginner, it sounds ok to me.

Friday, August 7, 2009

San Francisco Zoo

We have not been in the Zoo for more than a decade. Last time, when we were there, it was before any of our children were born. Nowadays, it would look like a troop of Army matching into the zoo.
The parking lot used to be the Fleishhacker Pool. It was the largest heated swimming pool of the world in the 20’s. But the owner gave it to the City and the City ruined it. This is the first time Fanny seeing the real goats.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Happy Birthday

We have four family members having birthday this month. They are Uncle Patrick, Uncle John, Aunt Dana and Fanny. Little Fanny is four years old now. Happy birthday sweet heart!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Endeavour STS 127


My hubby has been watching the NASA channel for the past 10 days. I did not pay too much attention to it before, but I found the atmosphere in the space is quite clam to me and then I started to grow more interests to it, I am watching it with him now. More news Defying Gravity

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Total Eclipse Of The Heart (Funny Version)

Wanna laugh your head off? Watch this......

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Robert Frost

The San Francisco native poet Robert Frost said, “The coldest days are in the summer of San Francisco.” It was sunny and hot last week, we went out in out shorts. Today, everybody wearing coat. It is very foggy, windy and cold. Be careful of the tourist killer weather.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Chinese books in US

The Chinese books collection is rich in San Francisco Public Library. I am surprise to see so many new books there. That’s all because we have a huge Chinese population here. And thanks to the City Government for being so racial tolerance. It satisfies every ethnic group.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Splish Splash Splish

Please pay attention to your children’s safety when you are bringing them to the water. I took this picture just 10 seconds before she tripped over a rock and fell. She got all wet. It’s luckily I had brought some extra cloth. Somehow I knew she would get wet.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Cardboard House

I wanna teach her that shelter is very important to people. A life is beginning from a family, and a family is beginning from a home. Freedom is good but you still need a home. Here you go , Mama's giving you a cardboard house.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Happy Life

A big question. Do you love your life? My answer is yes. I always said it to myself, "count your blessing." Sometimes, things seem not your liking, but think about that you are more fortunate than a lot of people in this world. Then you will be happier.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Michael’s Memorial

I would not write the detail of it today. You can read it in any media. It is the feeling of mine after seeing it that I am going to write. How come good fathers always die early? I certainly don’t know Michael Jackson personally but through the reaction of his daughter yesterday, I bet he was a very good and kind human being. He was a loving, caring, unselfish and playful father. The lost of the kids is not reversible. All I see is that the kids will have uncles and aunts who will love and care for them from now on. That’s a little comfort for me. God bless Michael Jackson’s kids.
悼念會的觀後感
近來很忙,今天就抽少少時間出來打這篇Blog。昨天一打開亙聯網, 主頁MSN寫著, 『現塲直播米高積遜的追思大會』,立即點擊來看, 一開始已是波姬小絲的感人記述, 她說:『米高是她的童年密友, 鏡頭下他們可以玩得像一般小朋友般, 而米高最喜歡的一首歌, 不是他的名曲, 而是差利卓別零所寫的電影摩登時代主題曲微笑, 歌詞是 ‘儘管你的心是痛, 仍然保持微笑。』看到她面容扭曲强忍淚水, 無不令人動容, 另一段感人的是德州眾議員京的演說, 她大大聲地讀出美國憲法, ‘在定罪前, 人人是清白的。’ 表明對米高的支持, 現塲即時掌聲雷動。最後, 米高的家人安排, 米高的小女兒出來說話, 她說:『Daddy,我愛你!』後泣不成聲, 米高是一位好爸爸盡在不言中,這時我已用了兩包紙巾。 (寫在美國三藩市)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Richmond Branch Library

The inside of the library is in brand new condition. After the City spent millions of dollars for the restoration. They have brand new furniture, computers, books, DVDs and free Wi Fi. Of course, one of the reason they restored the library is that there is a law they must be disabled people friendly. That’s mean they have to have handicap ramps and elevator. The only thing make me feel good is that it reflects the kindness and prosperity of San Franciscans. My daughters love the elevator ride. They like riding it every time when we visit it. More pictures

Saturday, June 20, 2009

French Snails

They love exploring the nature. I don’t mind that they pet some creatures which they found, as long as it’s not harmful. The other day, they were petting the garden snails. It looked cute at the beginning, but after a while, I found that it’s not easy to clean their hands because of the snail’s mucus got on their skin. I had to use cleanser to scrub it off. I said it to myself, “No more next time!” More pictures

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Photogenic

A lot of people will think she is cute. But I think that she is becoming a little bit of photogenic. Every time when I hold up the camera, she wants to be in the picture. And the camera likes her. Will she become a model or beyond? I have no idea now. Ha, ha.....

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

California Academy of Sciences

We went for a field trip with the other kids from the Home Base Education Program yesterday. (More pictures) Mrs G managed to get the free admission for us, so we did not spend a dime for it, it’s just great! The first thing we saw inside the entrance was a food court with a giant skylight and there were two sphere structures on each sides, one on the left was the Planetarium and on the right was the Rain forest. And outside around them were a lot of science exhibits, things like whale bones, inserts, reef fishes and reptiles pools. My kids love the Aquarium and the penguin feeding time. But I love the Planetarium, that’s because the film is a truly virtual adventure. It made me feel like flying in the sky and in the space. https://www.calacademy.org/index.php

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Library

This is our Richmond District Branch Library. They have restored the whole building from in and out. It took two and a half years to finish it and cost tax payers thirteen million dollars. In such a bad economy, I feel terrible about it. But my daughters seem like it there. That what it's count. (Five year ago) (The present)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Rosy Business

I’ve found this Hong Kong TV show very interesting. It’s a story about a heroine who lived in Qing Dynasty. She married to a man who already had three wives, and she had to adjust into this big family and later on she fell for a guy who was a criminal. That’s create a lot of tension within the family. During this time China was not a stable country because of the Taiping Rebellion and other natural disasters, people were starving. The woman tried to help feeding the people, and at the same time the family also falling apart.
I’m impress by the way the Hong Kong TVB making this show. The production has world class standard. From filming to the set and clothing had improved much more than two three decades ago. If they would put English subtitle on it, it will draw the world audients. I’m sick and tired of the US TV nowadays. They only have murder dreamers and stupid comedies, too much violent and low class jokes. This Hong Kong TV shows could be a fresh breath of air to the US audients. http://www.megavideo.com/?c=search&s=rosy+business

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Teacher’s Day in US


It took place on May 5 this year. We did not know when we went to school to see Mrs G. in the Community Home Base Education. I just wanted to show appreciation to her and her daughter Anna who also works there. Let’s say thanks through the internet. The one on my right side is Mrs G. and the one on my left side is Anna. They’ve been guiding us all these years, now Julius is in 4th grade and John is in 3rd grade. and very soon Evelyn will be the first grader too.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Reduce Stress


When the stress level is high in these days, the best way to reduce stress is playing with the children. Tickling is one of the games we play. According to the scientists, listening to the children laughter could actually clam an adult. So if you want to be clam. Try listening to Fanny’s wonderful laughter in this video.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

John's An Athlete

Guys have better physical abilities. That’s why they are more physical and tend to show it off. John seems no exception. He had me take a video for him when he was running, he ran like a sportsman. I remember when I was a kid, every time when the teacher had the class to run outside the school in a cycle, I always caught up from the last position to the front. Like mother like son, huh?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Hearty Paws

Evelyn is a very cheerful girl, but sometimes she would become sad after seeing sad movies. Last night, we picked a Korean movie DVD from the box which sent by the Hong Kong relatives to watch. It had kids and dogs on the label, I thought it must be a comedy, but it turn out to be a tragedy, Evelyn could not take it, she cried and cover up her head under the quilt. Tell you the truth, sometimes I just forgot she’s only 5 years old. The sad story in the film was too much for her. All of a sudden, she could not handle the emotion. I had to explain to her it’s only acting, make believe. And later on that night, after she calm down, she told me, “Mama, please don’t show me that movie again!” I was there thinking that last year she cried a little bit when she saw Cinderella, but after she’d seen it dozen times, she seems immune of the sad part. I guess they will grow up and get used to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT7N-6yh4IA&feature=PlayList&p=C327796BD91A0E53&index=0

Friday, May 1, 2009

She Loves Babies

Alright, she said she loves babies,

so I gave her a doll instead,

she loved it very much,

she brought it everywhere she went,

but, is there any child psychologist here can tell me what this mean?






Ha, ha ,it just a joke.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu

There is news about swine flu all over the media today. So far, there are only couple dozens of cases in the US, and the symptoms are mild. But the media makes me feel like is the end of the world, even Obama tells people don’t need to worry too much. In fact, there were thousands of people die of ordinary flu every year in the US, but nobody paying attention to it, this time the whole world is watching the swine flu. I think we must not oversight it, all we have to do is increase our immune system and wash our hands more often and stay home when you get it..
Hate to say it, but we, the whole family except me, had flu last month, symptoms were fever,fatigue,body ache,vomiting,diarrhea, we had to drink plenty of sugar and salt water to keep us from dehydrated. It kept on for a week. Luckily, we'd recovered fully now. I wonder if it was swine flu?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Pure Air


We have Golden Gate Park right at the next block from our house. All we have to do just walk up there, and then we will have good smelling trees and plants all around us. That’s why I love San Francisco so much. By the way, if you want to visit DeYoung Museum don’t go on Monday, it won’t be open.




Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sizzling hot

What a weird weather! There was 50 degree and 90 degree in the same month. How hot was it? Look at Fanny, you imagine it yourself.