Monday, November 9, 2009

Napkin sketch


It's been 4 months since I've written on the blog. I've had so many moments with Faith and Erin these past few months when I wanted to grab the videocamera to capture a colorful chat that they were having or write down how each of them responded so wittingly to my questions. I will have to update you more on these thoughts later. But for now, I wanted to share a sketch of Faith given to us by a stranger while we were having lunch one Sunday. As we were eating, we did notice that this older gentleman was glancing over at us quite curiously. When we were done eating, he came over with a napkin in his hand. He told us that he made a quick sketch of Faith because he found her so charming. He complimented both Faith and Erin and went back to his table. Quite a random encounter. Have a look at the sketch.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Mandalay Beach






Brrrrr....it was a chilly 68 degrees (well, for us Californians, 68 degrees is cold) at Mandalay Beach in Oxnard while it was 100 degrees at home. The girls were in their sweaters most of the time we were there until the sun finally came out and we got to take some pictures in their swimsuits.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Potty training

Yay!!! It's finally going somewhere. I'm ecstatic that the girls are running to their potty chairs when it's time to go. We've been potty training for quite some time now with not much progress UNTIL THIS WEEK !!! Yay!!!! I am literally jumping for joy every time they go and so do they. What a milestone we've (almost) reached....not completely...not just yet but we're on our way. Erin loves to shout, "I di-yit, I di-yit!"(I did it) while I am jumping with her to celebrate each success. Faith seems more nonchalant about the whole process. Both girls love their Ariel and Belle underwear. After hearing about a fellow triplet mom who returned an unused box of diapers because her kids were potty trained in 10 days, I was challenged to make some progress with our girls soon. We've been at home all week to potty train and the only time we put diapers on them was at bedtime. Yay!! Will keep you updated on our further progress. All the mothers reading this, any helpful advice would be appreciated !

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Manhattan Beach






Getting away from the scorching dry heat was the goal today. Parking was a bit of a struggle but the rest of the day was perfect.

Playing in the Backyard


Erin


Erin doing pushups


Faith


"Hooray!"


Erin

Friday, July 17, 2009

Japanese American Museum

We enjoyed a day of fun at the Japanese American Museum in Little Tokyo. The girls were fitted for their very own haute-couture hats made of colored butcher paper.








We enjoyed a day of fun at the Japanese American Museum in Little Tokyo. The girls were fitted for their very own haute-couture hats made of colored butcher paper.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

On to Heaven

Elyse has been on my mind a lot as of late. I have an 8 x 10 photo of Elyse on my desk which I brought back from her memorial service. Since that day, the frame has been leaning against the side wall behind some books. A few days ago, I picked up the frame, cleaned it and set it down next to my monitor so that she is directly facing me now. As much as I painfully miss her still, I suppose I am doing better emotionally with moving forward with my life. I am sure that this is what Elyse would want for her mom also. As I stare into those precious innocent eyes, I am gently reminded of the privilege of carrying her and raising her until she was called back to her eternal home in heaven. Elyse's passing has definitely piqued my curiosity and longing for heaven. As I watch Faith and Erin play, laugh and go through their terrible two's, I wonder how Elyse spends each day in heaven. I'm sure that her days are filled with love, joy and peace incomprehensible to me as I still need to fulfill my purpose for being here. There is a young woman by the name of Rachel who, I believe, is fulfilling her purpose everyday as she is dying of cancer. On her website, www.deathisnotdying.com, her video and letters boldly proclaims her mission in life in the midst of terminal cancer. I am so humbled by her determination to "finish well," according to her words.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

An anonymous gift


Hi everyone - we received these plush animal pillows for Faith and Erin in the mail with no return address on the box. We'd really like to thank you if you're reading this ! Faith and Erin love to touch the pillows and say "so soft, so soft." Please let us know who you are.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Zimmer Museum

The girls haven't been out in a few days so I made plans to take them to the park, have breakfast there and play for a few hours. The girls had the entire park to themselves. Well, for me, the highlight of my day was when a white van...NOT a mini-van...drove into the parking lot. I saw a man step out of the driver's seat, and then one by one....I counted one, two, three, four, five...and six kids(yikes !) step out of the van. They all walked around the track once (as a family, I assumed) and then they were free to play. They seemed to range in age.. from 2 to about 12...they werent' Jon & Kate plus 8 (those of you who don't watch their show....they're a family with a set of twins and sextuplets) but they reminded me a lot of Jon & Kate's family. I did ask the father if they were all his. He smiled and said "yes" and that the mom is at home with the newborn. After about a 1/2 hour of play, they were told to get back in the van...they all seemed to be very well-behaved. Well, I gave myself a pat on the shoulder and told myself that I'm doing a great job with my two girls....that I should continue to do my best everyday. I can't even fathom what my life would be like with 7 children. Nonetheless,I believe that God gives us strength and courage to rise to the occasion whenever we're faced with challenges.

After they played I decided to trek up a hill and get my exercise for the day. The girls usually don't like the stroller but they seemed ok today because they had the chance to run around a lot. After my hike, I took the girls to Zimmer Museum today. It's a hands-on Jewish-themed museum for kids. If you have kids, especially toddlers, you really should go. Thanks Julie, for recommending it. It's great! There were so many things to do and not enough time to do them all. Today was a full day.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Philadelphia

Hi everyone. Just wanted to give you a quick update from Philly. It's 4:30pm here and Faith and Erin are fast asleep taking their naps. We arrived in Philly at midnight last night after almost 6 hours of flying. Needless to say, Faith and Erin were exhausted. Will fill you in on the details later on our quest to keep 2 tots occupied in their seats for almost 6 hours. We'll be here until Friday morning so we have some time to recupe from yesterday's flight.

We'll be attending the grand opening event for Elyse Design & Events and the Cafe tonight at 6:30pm. In my last post, I don't think I explained the purpose of this Cafe. This is an email that I receivd from Kayti back in October of last year....I will let her introduce this to you all.

"This cafe/eatery would be a "seasonal" cafe. By this, there are 4 seasons of the year equalling to 4 families, 4 people, 4 situations, or 4 of whatever God brings us.. to help and serve. For example: "SUMMER" would be to raise awareness and fudnraise for an illness thats affecting someone in our local community. "SPRING" would be to fundraise for a family in dire need to pay medical bills or to pay for a new ramp for someone who is in a wheelchair.

These funds would be raised by holding musical/cultural events -- amatuer performers, locals, poets, artists, etc. during the evening. All or percentages would be gathered for that specific season during that season.

The other aspect is that the food is not necessarily ORGANIC.. but local -- to help our local farms, and also to get the freshest indgredients. I have a few friends who are coming up with fresh, new healthy menu.

Now when I saw the final vision in my mind.. this is what I saw: first a piano inside.. then comfortable seats/tables.. a barista area.. the musical piece abstractly painted or stenciled onto the wall of "Fur elise"

This is where I ask you for permission-----

"Fur Elyse"
Cafe Eatery

I would like that to be the name --- For Elyse..."

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Elyse Design & Events

Our Elyse continues to inspire and move hearts. If you can think back to our journey with Elyse and the many bone marrow drives spearheaded by so many compassionate friends....Kayti Chung from Renewal Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia rallied 147 people to register as bone marrow donors. She is set to open "Elyse Design & Events," an event planning business along with a Cafe named in Elyse's honor. She started a blog to update everyone up to the grand opening event which we'll be attending on April 1st. www.elysede.blogspot.com Please check it out. This is what Kayti had to say on one of her posts,

"As we were shopping for furniture -- the first question they ask you is.. is this for your home? -- It gave an open invitation to talk about "Elyse: Design & Events".. Who is Elyse?

Some of you may remember.. Elyse Yu aka Baby Elyse. I "met" Elyse through a prayer request through FB -- being that she had my "baby name" -- I started to read the "Pray for Elyse" campaign. Something at the time.. struck me.. and urged me to do something. This "something" was a conviction and also guidance from Christ directing me to use my skills, networking, and heart to help Elyse.

Through Elyse's journey -- I was able to come closer with Christ.. and build a relationship with Him. She was my inspiration to do more than just simply .. do. Even though we never spoke.. holding her.. and seeing the strength in her eyes.. was enough taht she was truly a sweet child of God. And also even more.. the ongoing journey of Tim and Susan (Elyse's amazing parents) -- is truly a testimony of TRUST and FAITH in our Father.

There are specifics that I will be sharing at the GO Event.. so I wont here. :)"


Before Elyse was admitted for BMT, Kayti visited us at home. Kayti held her, played with her and even fed her cereal. Tim and I are so glad that we now have the opportunity to visit Kayti in her hometown.

Well, we'll be flying to Philly on Tuesday with Faith and Erin. We have no idea how they'll do on the flight but we're set to leave on Tuesday and will return on Friday. We're ready with snacks, DVD player, new toys (the dollar store is our best friend for trips like this), books, and lollipops. We'll pull out a surprise perhaps every 1/2 hour as needed hopefully before a tantrum sets in. I'm expecting some level of cabin fever for the girls but I'm hoping that it won't be too bad being prepared for the worst. We're hoping that the stopovers on both flights will help also.

We'll take lots of pictures and will post them asap.

We're asking for your prayers for a safe trip to Philly and back to CA.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Light at the End of the Tunnel

What "light" and "tunnel" are you referring to...you might be asking?? Well, for the past two months now...I think it's about two months...we lost track after a few weeks....with Erin's nighttime wakings at exactly 4am every night, our patience and endurance have been tested. maybe that sounds a little too dramatic but tim and i have been running on empty...well...without one good night's rest in the past two months. i was reminded of the first few months after the girls were born and wondered how we managed to function during the day. one thing i do remember very clearly is that my short-term memory was shot. what someone said 5 minutes ago, i just couldn't remember. well, here i am two years later...still sleep-deprived and lately my short-term memory hasn't been stellar either. so, the first week she continued to wake up, we tried to console her and put her back in her crib. soon afterwards, we just didn't have the endurance to continue this late-night ritual of going into their room, picking her up and holding her until she's soundly asleep. we just picked her up and brought her into our bed where she slept very comfortably, i imagine, between me and Tim....while i'm being kicked in the eye and not sleeping very well at all. so, to make a long story short...monday night, we didn't see an end to this habit if we continued to bring her into our room. so, as painful as it was...we decided to let her cry it out at 2am. it was pure torture. tim was just too exhausted and slept through all the screaming and crying. i tried my best to ignore it but couldn't. besides i had to standby in case Faith woke up. Erin cried for 2 hours and Faith didn't even wake up. i'm thankful for that. tuesday night, she woke up at 1am and cried for 2 hours. i was going in and out of sleep during those two hours but tim was up the whole time. again, Faith didn't even flinch. last night, perhaps, was a turning point b/c she slept through the night !!! yippee!!! sadly, i can't say the same thing for me. i was so used to waking up at night that i was up at 3am and couldn't go back to sleep rather quickly. i'm hoping and praying that i can get a solid night's sleep tonight and at least for a couple more nights.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Vasquez Rocks

Some time ago, we took our girls to Vasquez Rocks. It's a park with unique rock formations as you can see in the pictures. Tim and I have been here before and it's just a really tranquil place to hike through. You can see Erin and Faith hiking through the very rough terrains of Vasquez Rocks...:)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Year Two




It's been quite some time since I last posted...two months to be exact. With less help, my energy is spread pretty thin nowadays. I'm sure this is the story of all moms of 2-year-olds. Well, I am finally sitting in front of my computer to write today. Let's see...where do I start...Faith and Erin have arrived....at 2 years of age, that is...They love the Wiggles, Barney and Curious George. They really need to cut down on tv. So, we joined a mommy-and-me music class. We also started attending storytime at the local library. It's another great way for the girls to meet other kids their age. So these are some of the activities Faith and Erin are into these days. Ever since we celebrated their birthday, they want to blow out candles and have "buthday cak" everyday. Because we don't oblige, they creatively build their own cakes with bowls, bottle caps and anything else they can get their hands on and sing the "happy birthday" song to each other. Thank you again to all their favorite aunties, uncles and friends who always make them feel so special. Here are some pics from their birthday.