2014 Chinese New Year at Nantou 南投過年

知道為什麼, 今年從初五就已經開始忙忙忙! 好不容易把過年照片整理好了, 趕快 post 上來, 免得一拖又拖! 今年真開心, 過年特別熱鬧, 三姑姑 Auntie Yijen 和 cousin Carolyn 都回來了. 也是過年前不久才第一次見到Carolyn呢! 除夕夜奶奶煮了一桌好菜, 托三姑姑的福, 今年還打了麻將, 連Anders 和 Arden 都學了一把! 還上桌了呢! 想我當初也是到了6年級才有這個”榮耀”上桌! 老天爺也幫忙, 天氣好的不得了. 大年初一大夥一行人, 參照兩張大姑姑親手繪製的地圖, 在兩個年紀最小的”新手導遊”的帶領下, 浩浩蕩蕩地前往buffet 午餐. 還找時間去了河堤邊的沙雕展,...

2014 New Year Day 元旦遊北關

年的元旦是個大陰天, 灰灰冷冷的天氣, 加上是星期三的假日, 讓人懶懶的. 倒是午飯過後, Harrison 居然興致盎然的提議出去走走. 每次我們沒有計畫, 沒有想法要去哪裡的時候, 最常去的地方就是 北關了, Beiguan. 大概有一年半沒來了. 上次來是 Yadira 來玩的時候, 天氣雖冷, Anders 和 Arden 很開心. 又跑又跳的. 看著兩個小的才覺得時間過得之快. 現在他倆都已經可以自己跑在有點危險陡峭的階梯上了. 也有自己的意見要往哪個方向探險. 呵呵! 晚上我們帶了一隻得意樓的北京烤鴨回家和小妹珊珊一起吃. 以前在美國的時候, 北京烤鴨一向都是我和 Harrison 過感恩節的傳統....

Value of Anders Stars 寶寶星星的價值

Value of Anders Stars 寶寶星星的價值

天晚上從跆拳道館接了哥哥下課, 兩個小的就東一句西一句的問一大堆問題. 叫他們停了也不聽. 天很黑了, 又開始飄雨, 我忙著倒車迴轉帶她們回家. 突然, “碰!” 的一聲, 唉, 沒注意到後面黑黑的電線桿, 保險桿被狠狠的刮傷了一大片. 我很懊惱, 生氣地跟哥哥和妹妹說, “媽咪有沒有說過, 大人在開車的時候不要一直問問題, 這樣不安全!” 過了幾秒鐘, 我還是覺得很鬱卒, 兩個小的不敢發聲了! 我於是跟他們鬧著玩地說, “媽咪傷心生氣了, 你們一句話都不說啊?!” 機靈的妹妹馬上說, “媽咪, Sorry! 媽咪, Sorry! Sorry Sorry Sorry!” 哥哥還是繼續保持沈默....

Summer in NC with Sam and Family

Summer in NC with Sam and Family

This summer in NC was quite dramatic.  Christine went first to NC to scout out the real estate.  I thought I would be happy just deciding the macro and Christine would decide the micro, but once the entire family got there, some of our assumptions had to be tweaked.  Thankfully, we got everything resolved and found a home we are very happy with.   The trip was probably the happiest for the kids.  Chloe, Arden, and Anders still remembered each other quite well and even played the same games from a year ago.  The adults also had plenty of catch up time to talk about our new lives as parents.  It is crazy how time flies by and the kids are entering elementary school...

First Scrabble Game with the Kids

First Scrabble Game with the Kids

Second Aunt offered us some unused board games over the weekend from when her kids were small.  One of the toys was a marble solitaire set that I played with almost 30 years ago; it was in the same condition as my memory of it.  Both the kids swarmed over the new toys trying to decipher the game play from looking at the pieces as well as begging for me to play with them. This morning when the kids woke up, they really wanted to learn to play Scrabble.  I talked them into playing poker, but that quickly hit a roadblock due to the lack of playing cards in our house.  I refused to teach them how to play Clue, because that is rather involved, theatrical, and lengthy.   So the only new game remaining was Scrabble. Scrabble is a fantastic game that I have enjoyed...

Santa Cruz with Michelle, Steve, Bryce and Jasper

Santa Cruz with Michelle, Steve, Bryce and Jasper

Though we already had a reunion with my sister’s family when they went back to Taiwan in late April, we were glad that they were still able to make time to visit us in the sunny California a few weeks ago. We went down to Santa Cruz and stayed at a beach house Michelle found. It was the least-planned trip but turned out really well. We went to Santa Cruz Boardwalk on the first day so kids had a blast hopping on different rides. Then in the beach house, kids were crazy about the bunk beds. It was a spacious condo with a direct access to the beach. Walking in the quiet and peaceful community, the kids’ noises to scare away the coming ducks in the lake were probably the loudest thing. Went to the beach on the second day and the weather was just...

Water Slides Playdate at the Chin’s

Water Slides Playdate at the Chin’s

It was super hot (37C/99F) these couple days and Maria was very nice to ask us to come over for some water slides fun. The kids were excited but the “Chinese vampire mom” (terms borrowed from Yvonne) was hesitated because of the cruel sunlight and UV rays. The funny thing was that I defaulted that Harrison wasn’t invited because it was always the moms-and-kids’ thing during the few after-school play sessions. I didn’t even ask Harrison to come with us when I left the house. I was glad that Harrison came to join us afterwards and had a break from his “League of Legends!” We showed up at the Chin’s door at 11:30 am and saw two little faces peaking behind the blinds. It was then non-stop playing in the water...