Monday, October 30, 2006

Honey, let's take a Halloween picture!

Halloween 2005... Maiya at 9 months old. So cute, so agreeable. (Click on the link above for last year's Halloween blog with our sushi chef.)

Fast forward, Halloween 2006
Maiya at 21 months old. Still cute, not quite as agreeable. The other day, Maiya said, "Ghoss" and pointed to the ghost on her shirt. Uncle Bill bought Maiya some Halloween stuffed toys and Auntie Keiko bought her a Halloween shirt and plastic pumpkin. Yesterday, Maiya was on the couch with her plastic pumpkin and the Pooh Pumpkin that Auntie gave her last year. I went to take a picture and... dead battery. Ok, so this morning I thought I'd try again, so I sat her on the couch and said, "Maiya, let's take a Halloween picture."

"No!" (She got off the couch and walked away)

"Please honey, come back, Mama wants to take a picture!"

"No!" (Maiya throws herself on the floor hitting her head, crying and throws Spider Pumpkin )

"Now stay still, Maiya." (I think it's funny and try again. She throws Pooh Pumpkin in my direction)

"Ok, never mind." (Finally, I'm getting the picture. She doesn't want to take a picture.)

Toddler 1. Mama 0. End of story, right? Well tomorrow, I am determined to post pictures of our Butterfly Family! But first, I have to put our costumes together. Second, I have to convince Maiya and Daddy to wear my butterfly creations. Will let you know what happens in my next blog. Stay tuned, and be safe.


Sunday, October 29, 2006

Week in pictures

Maiya working on her sticker book today

Maiya, Monkey and Daddy hanging out at bedtime

Maiya and Mama take a self-photo

Cool kid

Maiya cleaning up the kitchen

This is the past few weeks in photos... sorry there's not more text but we're a little sick and it's time for bed. Halloween photos coming soon!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Mid-October update

Hey, sorry folks. Don't know if anyone is still reading here, since so much time seems to go by between posts. Sometimes I wonder why I keep it up... but I know at least a few people are reading.

Cutie girl: Maiya is an unbelievable 20 1/2 months. I'll just do my update in photos of the little one.

Maiya wears her sushi chef kimono to childcare almost every day. Here she is walking down the steps by herself, while holding a piece of bread.

Here she is sporting pigtails for the first time. Martha, her favorite caregiver at childcare, gave them to her. My first thought was, Oh! She's a girl!

I love this picture. It shows Maiya as she often is, in action. She's running towards me while literally calling someone on my cell phone.

House Update: Countertops ordered finally! The people at Synder Diamond were starting to make jokes since Tony was going there about every 2-3 days to pick up and borrow 2 more tile samples. He must have gone there 6 or 7 times. But, we finally decided on a countertop. Cabinets are about 95% finished. Our friend Danny, who Tony has known since junior high has been making the cabinets and he's done such a nice job. So, we still need to pick paint colors, get a sink, faucet, undercabinet lighting, gargage disposal and drawer pulls. So I'm guessing another 3 more weeks. It will be so awesome to be able to eat, do laundry, wash dishes and cook in our new kitchen! Here's a sneak preview.

Here are the drawers. They are Maple with Euro-thin ply. They will have an open edge, which means you can see the plys. Very chic and modern.

Sold! After 31 years, my parents have finally sold their house! They moved about 7 miles away to a newer single-story house. It was quite a stressful ordeal, but as of yesterday, escrow closed and they have officially moved. It wasn't easy finding a house with their specifications, but Mom got a smaller house (3 bedroom) and dad got a 3-car garage. Now, hopefully they can relax and take their time unpacking. I only lived in the house for 7 years (1975-1982), but the thing I'll miss the most is taking our annual family Christmas photos on the extra wide stairs. Our families have gotten so big we have to split up and take the photos by family groupings.

Here are me and some of my cousins on 12/25/02. We're waving as we often do when taking these corny pictures.

Well, it's after 2am. I'm beat, so I think I'm just going to stop here. Tomorrow (Saturday) I have to go to work (my quarterly reports are due next Thursday), but I have an exam on Tuesday that I need to study for. Auntie Keiko has come the last 3 weeks to watch Maiya on my day's off while I try to study. They've been going on long walks to the park and shopping. Toodle-loo!