The kids had THREE Easter egg hunts this week! That’s a lot of chocolate!
We had our first one with the ward. There were so many eggs, they filled the whole park! It was a nice quiet, secluded park and we got the whole place to ourselves. Elsa got the hang of it and she quickly managed to get some eggs into her basket. EJ was like a pro. He was running from egg to egg! He filled his basket to the brim! Poor thing, though, he broke his basket when we first got to the park. His basket was hanging off the handles of his bike. He was riding around the park when he crashed his bike and basket. Well, it wasn’t too bad, the basket was just broken off around the edges. That’s what you get for a $1 basket! EJ was ok. As long as the eggs could hold in the basket, that’s all that matters.
Our second hunt was at home. It was spring break this week for some of the kids in our branch. EJ had spring break too, so we invited some friends over. We painted eggs and had our own little egg hunt in our backyard.
Their third hunt was inside our house. Eric and I actually spent a day in Oakland and San Francisco for our friend’s wedding. Their sealing was at noon in Oakland and their reception was at 6 in San Fran. So we got Eric’s cousin to babysit the kids and we spent a day in the city! After the temple sealing we drove into the city, caught a movie, and walked around a bit. It was nice not to have to chase two kids down! Anyway, Eric’s aunt and uncle came over and they had a little egg hunt for EJ and Elsa inside the house. They filled the eggs with goldfish. Good thing, otherwise the kids are seriously chocolate overloaded this week!
It was a lot of fun and I had a lot of the kids’ chocolate, but I never understood what bunnies and egg hunts had to do with what Easter is really all about. EJ told me a story earlier this week about Easter. He told me Jesus ate fish and honeycomb. That Jesus had nails in his hands and feet and he died and then came back after three days. I’m so grateful for his primary teachers that taught him this! For this is the true meaning of Easter.
Every time we pick up dry cleaning, we end up getting ice cream. That’s because Baskin Robbins is right next to the dry cleaners! EJ really REALLY wanted ice cream. He said he really needed it. Lol. That kid is very dramatic. Anyway, how can I say no to ice cream.
Luckily we don’t go to the dry cleaners that often.1 Comment
Eric said I needed to start blogging again. Yeah… It’s been a while. We were busy getting settled into the new house and so didn’t have time (or energy) to blog. And it’s been so long that it’ll take forever to catch up, so I just kinda gave up. Haha. Anyway, I know I definitely need to pick it up again.
I finally decided to blog again today because of something that happened to EJ today: his first heartbreak and rejection!
EJ is completely in love with this girl at school. Every time I pick him up from school, he tells me what he did with Juju that day. “Mommy, I sat next to Juju. Mommy, Juju played with me. Mommy, Juju is nice to me.” One time, out of the blue, he told me, “Mommy, I like a girl. I like Juju.” Haha. I think it’s so cute! He would always give her a hug and say bye to her and only her when it’s time for him to go home from school.
Today, he told me something so sad. He said Juju told him that she wanted to play with Jazmine today and not him. She told him that she likes Jazmine. He was so sad!
Well, we had a snack and he felt much better. I love talking to this little guy. I love the conversations we have every afternoon when Elsa is napping. So precious. I hope that as he gets older, he’ll still be willing to tell me things.
Going to bed for the very last time in this house. I’m going to miss this place so much! We’ve called this place home for the past two and a half years. The longest we’ve ever been at a place since we got married. While I’m excited for our new home, lots of memories were created here that I’ll always remember.
This place is the very first house I’ve ever lived in with a backyard, garage, the whole shebang. I’ve only ever lived in apartments before this.
Although not EJ’s first home, he spent most of his life here. He turned one (and two, and three) here, took his first steps here, potty trained (with many accidents) here. He experienced many, many firsts in this house. He knows the way home when we’re driving in the car. Tonight, we had to make a quick stop at our new place before coming back here for the night. We drove right past our street and EJ quickly exclaimed, “Daddy you missed our house!” I think he will definitely miss this place. This is the home he knows. I hope he can adjust to his new house! I know kids are really adaptable. EJ is a creature of habit, though, so it might take him a while. He does have a new race car bed with Lightening McQueen bedsheets at the new house. So that might help!
This is little Elsa’s first home! She turned one here and took her first steps here (technically at our neighbor’s house, but close enough!) She probably will have no recollection of this house, but we will! I’ll definitely remember how she likes walking on the carpet and not on the linoleum in the house; how she learned how to go down the steps all on her own; and how she loves pulling out all our shoes from the shoe rack and putting on our shoes (no shoe rack at the new place!). Hopefully she’ll be able to adjust to the hardwood and tile floor in our new house!
I remember when we first moved in. I was SO not used to it! I thought it was too quiet and too dark! We moved here in the summer so I encountered many spiders in the house. One right above my head while I was lying on the bed. Yikes! I missed having aircon, fancy granite countertops, two bathrooms, upgraded kitchen appliances, among other things that our previous apartment had. And now that we’re leaving, I’m going to miss so many things about this place.
Many good memories were made here. And I’m sad to leave. I’ll miss our wonderful neighbors. Thankfully we’re only moving a mile away and we can still visit frequently. This place has been good to us.
I’m nervous and excited about finally being a homeowner! No more calling up the landlord to fix things. Eric needs to learn to be a handyman! I should learn, too. Hehe.
Moving forward! Goodnight 381 Harvard Ave! This is our last night here. We’ll miss you! Thank you for all the wonderful memories!4 Comments
It’s really depressing looking for housing in the bay area. Housing is just so expensive!! We’re looking to buy a house in the $600,000s. There was one house we saw going for $650K and it was a fixer-upper!! And would only take cash offers. We’re in this price range where we’re losing out to investors who can make cash offers. I thought we would be able to find a house by now, but looks like it’ll stretch until next summer. We’re outgrowing our home now. EJ really doesn’t have anywhere to sleep, so he sleeps on our bed. For a while, he was sleeping on the floor in our room, but he decided that he just wanted to sleep in the bed. I would, too! Every weekend is spent at open houses. And weekday nights spent looking at homes with our agent. It is a seller’s market now, and we haven’t had much luck with our offers. Anyhow, we’ll just keep looking. And hopefully find something soon!2 Comments
EJ’s been attending a new school for the past two weeks. He goes twice a week for half a day. I was really looking forward to him attending this school since it’s a bilingual school, meaning he’ll be exposed to Chinese. We don’t speak much Chinese at home, so I really hoped that he can pick up the language. Sad to say, EJ’s been hating it. Whenever I talk to him about going to school, he tells me that he doesn’t want to go to school. The past couple of times he told me he wants to go to the other school. Tonight he told me he wanted Miss Kat. That’s his teacher from EJ’s previous school. He was so sad when he said that. It really broke my heart! I wonder if this is a right fit for him. He really seems to hate it. He was so good on the first day. No tears. He said bye and we left and that was it. Ever since then, it’s been tears every morning. I hope it’s just a phase. I really hope he gets over it. I don’t know if I should pull him out if he’s still hating it by the end of the month. Or just stick it out, let him adjust and hope the Chinese language rubs off on him.1 Comment
Usually he runs away when I take out the camera and try to take a picture of him. This time, he wanted me to take a picture of him. He said, “Mommy! Take picture EJ!” He even smiles and poses. He can be such a sweet boy (when he’s not freaking out!)Leave a Comment
I read someone’s blog a while back and she documented the reasons why her kid cries. I thought it was so hilarious. EJ is a super OCD kid. He’s very particular about how things are done. And if they’re not done right/he’s way, he freaks out and is super upset! I thought I would try documenting some of his “OCDness”.
Yesterday morning at breakfast, EJ got upset because I cut his radish cake (Chinese pan-fried radish cake). He kept crying for me to “fix it”. Obviously can’t uncut something that’s already cut, so I had to give him a whole new piece.Leave a Comment
After two weeks of adventure in Hong Kong, Eric and EJ are back! When I picked them up from the airport, EJ hugged me so tight, my heart about melted. How I missed my little munchkin! I have to say, I had a really nice break though! I didn’t accomplish the entire list of things I wanted to do, but I was very relaxed!
EJ manage to sleep really well on the flight again. A whole 9 hours of the 11 hours on the second leg back. But boy was Eric tired! He said he only got about two hours of sleep. When they got home, Eric was ready to crash. The first thing EJ did though, was go play with his toys! Even after a nice long bath (i.e. EJ playing with water in his “boat”), he didn’t want to sleep. I stayed up with him until about 1am, then had to pry his toys away and force him to sleep. Well, he slept all right, but it was more like a nap! He woke up after only about 5 hours. Yikes.
Anyway, we were planning on going to watch Planes in the theaters this morning. That didn’t happen. Eric was really tired! I made him stay awake until noon so at least he could just have an afternoon nap. EJ was happily playing with his toys. I was waiting to see when he’ll crash. And at about 1:30 just now, he went and laid down next to Eric. Lol. Which is a good thing, cos 1:30 is his normal nap time.
That’s what I hate about traveling to Asia. The jet lag! Elsa took over a month to sleep through the night again after our trip to Singapore, and I’m glad I decided not to take her. It’ll take a while before EJ will get back on schedule again! He has about 2 weeks, since he’ll be starting school again then!1 Comment
Last Saturday, Eric and EJ took an 18 hour flight to Hong Kong, leaving Elsa and me all by ourselves! It was a last minute spur of the moment decision. Crazy (for Eric)! Elsa is now sleeping beautifully through the night, 12 hours and more. I’m not gonna ruin a good thing by traveling to Asia for the second time this year! So I opted to stay home and spend some quality bonding time with my little girl.
I thought I would break down and cry when my little boy, who hasn’t left my side for more 24 hours in his whole life, would leave me for almost two weeks! I was all teary-eyed at the airport. But I wasn’t bawling my eyes out. I guess deep down I am independent of him! Haha.
Saying our farewells at the airport.
Eric said EJ did a good job telling daddy he needed to potty while they were on the plane. One of the things we were worried about was regression from potty training. We did have a couple of accidents since then. But can you blame the boy? He’s so tired from being jet-lagged that he can’t control it!! Not looking forward to that when they come back.
EJ, quite the seasoned traveler. Flying since he was two months old!
Whenever we get the chance, we Skype. Elsa gets really excited to see her brother. She starts climbing onto the table towards the laptop and just squealing in delight when she sees EJ. She loves her big brother!
Eric’s family in Hong Kong are enjoying their visit as well. EJ gets to see his grandpa (visiting from Australia) and great-grandparents (lives in Hong Kong) and great aunt (visiting from the UK).
And of course, Eric and EJ are enjoying being a tourist in Hong Kong! Even though Eric speaks pretty fluent Cantonese, locals can still tell that he’s a foreigner (in his own motherland, lol) because of the way they dress! And of course, EJ doesn’t speak a lick of Cantonese.
Riding the ferry across the Hong Kong bay, overlooking Hong Kong’s city skyline.
On top of Victoria Peak overlooking the city.
With Eric’s favorite childhood/adulthood cartoon character, Doraemon.
A huge 4-storey Apple store next to the train station.
Macaroni noodle soup at MacDonalds. Yum!Leave a Comment