Monday, January 26, 2009

Update on Snow Day - NC Style

Many have been asking me "What about Parker?" Why isn't he mentioned or seen here?

HE HATES THE SNOW! He's like his mother, hates the sand, hates the snow! He loves to be barefooted (not so much like his mother).

Here is a pic of Parker in the snow in Michigan in Thanksgiving

Here is a pic of Parker looking out the window. He is watching his big brother play in it and totally fine with it!

Saturday, January 24, 2009


Starting to get unpacked, it's like Christmas! I haven't seen these things for 6 months (in storage).

My kitchen is coming together. I'm sure I will move things around more but for now the boxes are empty.

The next few days we'll have painters at the house. I'm really excited about the colors. Previous owner had some wild choices. The economy tanking has given us some good pricing for painting. We weren't planning on it be figure we could get it done ourselves. But when the estimates all came in, we couldn't pass it up.

It's getting close to move in!

Now if only someone will buy my house.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

25 Random Things About Me (you may or may not have wanted to know!)

I was "tagged" in facebook the other day to make a list of 25 Random Things About Me. I was trapped in my house for the 2nd day in a row, I was bored so here is my list!

1. I am ASIAN AMERICAN (is that random?)

2. I have "toothbrushing phobia" - where I don't like to watch people brush their teeth - it makes me gag and when talking and brushing of the teeth are involved, it pushes me over the edge. You might as well shove your finger down my throat! ugh....

3. If I were ever stranded on a desert island I could survive on mac and cheese and hot dogs! I love it!

4. I love to cook and I feel like it could be my spiritual gift - and being so, I joke around that is why my friends don't invite me over to dinner. They say its true and I tell them i will eat pizza! But alas, its been awhile since I've been a dinner guest.

5. One of the top things on my "bucket list" is to shoot a deer. I don't want to gut it or anything, just pull the trigger and then go home. But I also do not want to sit in a tree stand for hours and BE SILENT! WHAT! So I don't think it will be happen.

6. Is wondering if any of the men I tagged in this note will do it?

7. I'm allergic to vacuuming - really my Allergy Doctor told me (and I quote). "Mavis you have no business vacuuming!"

8. My husband was my brother's college roomie - and yes I stalked him for 6 years, before he got a clue he was supposed to marry me.

9. I am a techie nerd - pretty stereotypical of asians - when a new techie gadget is out I WANT IT!!! Thankfully my hubby is the same way. I have a blog, flickr, facebook, and way too many gadgety things.

10. I wish I had more time to scrapbook and sew. I pick up too many hobbies and feel the need to go all into it. Thus why my attic and closets are filled with cross stitch, sewing, scrapbooking, stamping, yarn, tennis raquet and so many other random things that I don't do anymore!

11. I went to Disney 7x from Sept 07-Sept 08 - spent 9 weeks total at WDW...

12. I grew up in S. Florida and HATE the sand!

13. I watch "Hannah Montana" & "Suite Life of Zach & Cody" everynite (11pm and 11:30pm). I saw all 3 High School Musicals and went to opening night at the movie theaters for the 3rd one! I look like I am 13, therefore I watch all those shows!

14. Along the lines of 13 - I saw all Harry Potter movies on opening night and have read all the books and pre- ordered all the books so that it would arrive on my doorsteps the same day it was released at Barnes!

15. I am a closet "tree hugger" - guess not so closety anymore.

16. I am a member of the American Rose Society - I have 36 roses (Used to have over 60, but had to get rid of some....) (also a member of the Raleigh Rose Society where I was secretary for 2 years)

17. Wastes too much time on FB - this post being exhibit A

18. My closest friends, (and family members) call me DB - DeadBeat.

19. I went without giving Anderson a bath for 2 years. No he was not smelly, I just never did it. If Jeff was out of town, my dad did it. That is why I'm #18

20. I HATE meeting new people. Probably b/c I am always thinking that people don't like me! I know, its weird, but I greatly dislike going places where I don't know anyone - SERIOUS STRESS AND ANXIETY! Thus probably why I don't like being in front of people - no public speaking for me.

21. I still believe in Santa

22. I live to eat (where most eat to live)

23. I told GOD I would never go anywhere North of NC for college - and GOD said 'HAHAHAHAHAHA' I ended up in the Adirondacks of NY and the armpit of America (Ohio)


25. Yes, there were children neglected while I posted - unlike Jude - that is why I am #18


(b/c I just thought of a few extra ones!)

26. I ramble and have a hard time "breaking" - that is what Jeff calls it - breaking from the conversations - thus why I am on my random Things #26 and counting

27. I HATE PEOPLE who have bad cell phone manners - talking to checkout people (retail locations, grocery stores, drive thrus etc...) while they are on the phone! RUDENESS!!!!! Seriously, is any conversation that important!

28. I don't use public restrooms unless in extreme emergencies and pregnant.

29. I DON'T CAMP! mainly b/c of #28

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Snow Day - Day #2

Another day of snow and no school and another jammie day!

Anderson had a bit too much snowy-ness so he has a sore/raspy voice . He was more than happy to stay in his jammies and watch TV all day. Special treat, I pulled out the sofa bed for him and (I know this admission will put me in the "bad mom's club", but I don't think the TV was turned off all day! - except to eat lunch).

So to go with the snow day and to have an excuse to eat cookies, I made a batch of Molasses Spice Cookies. YumO! I even went all out and drizzled some frosting on good! I think tomorrow we need to resume to normal.

My parents are leaving tomorrow for Thailand for 3 weeks. So we are dog sitting for them. We will miss them!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Snow Day - NC style!

We had about 6 inches fall today, a 12 hr snowfall. That means serious stuff here in NC. Businesses are closed, schools are closed, its crazy! Anderson had so much fun today in the snow! He came running into our room at about 7am and was screaming "I know I'm early (he isn't allowed to leave his room til 8am) but there is snow!

A few hours later, after a hearty breakfast, he was bundled up and out there. Thankfully, I had bought snow pants, snow mittens and boots for him back in MI during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Tonight DH took him sledding on the 10th hole in our neighborhood's golf course. Anderson came home with a war wound. Apparently there was a large dip and he went sailing up pretty high. But he wants to go back again!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Mickey Mouse, Barney & Football

So Parker has to sleep with all 3 of these! What a funny combo. The Barney sings too, but thankfully we don't hear it all of the time. MM and Barney are from PoPo so are they extra special! And he makes sure that all 3 are tucked in under the covers with him every night! Its really cute.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Tonight, Moe's Southwest Grill was serving up free burritos! That's right, free "Joey Jr. Burritos". It was awesome! Our friend, Tim, waited in line for 30minutes while I stalked out a table for the 9 of us. Oh yes, my job was to POUNCE on this group of 12 people getting ready to leave. My kids normally order the cheese quesadilla, but thanks to my friend Sarah, she reminded me that the kids could have a free burrito! why not! Free burrito and chips! woohoo! Our dinner bill was $4.94. I guess it could of been free if we all drank water and didn't have any queso, but I splurged!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

JONAS BROTHERS - love them!!!!!

Seriously, who doesn't love the Jonas Brothers (or JoBro as we call them)! I am a fan! :)

And now, I am even more of a fan when I saw that they had Steven Curtis Chapman on stage with them in a recent concert in Nashville, TN. They called him on stage as a special guest and they all sang "Cinderella" together.... Also, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Brad Paisley, and several other great stars...

I love the Jonas Brothers....

Sunday, January 11, 2009

What happened to me?

Just a few years ago, my friend Aimee, and I would get together and watch the award shows. We would plan it out, write it down on our calendars, get together at a house and watch the preshow and the actual award show itself. Yes, I am talking about the hollywood award shows!

And NOW...we don't even realize its on! Tonight, I didn't even know the Golden Globes were on, until I turned the TV on! What happened to those nights? Sometimes, I miss them...

So now, I just look at all the pics online the next day and chat with Aimee about it via email.

Oh I watch this, I feel really old and out of it, b/c I don't know 2/3 of the movies that are nominated. Could it be b/c movies cost almost $10????

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Wallpaper - why do people do it?

I spent several hours today at our new house removing hideous wallpaper from the 1/2 bath. I don't understand what the fascination and desire is for wallpaper? Its horrendous to put up and then torture to take down! We had the floors refinished and DH took out the vanity and toilet to the 1/2 bath, he suggested that if I wanted to take the wallpaper, than now was the time! So, thanks to my friend Katie, I borrowed her steamer and I tackled the wallpaper beast. It wasn't that bad. It just takes patience and its a slow process but it was great. The boys played well upstairs, while I worked on it. Surprisingly, the boys do well when we are at the "pineapple" house (Anderson calls it that, b/c there are two stone pineapples at the top of the columns at the top of the driveway). There are toys there they haven't seen in months and most of the toys they received at Christmas are there. Parker has a little bed there so he can nap and Anderson watches videos on the portable DVD while its nap time.

These are before and after pics

We've gotten floors refinished, carpet replaced and we are painting like crazy. Our target time to move in is sometime in February. My parents are traveling overseas at the time, and we didn't want to bring their dog over to our newly finished floors. Figure I would let my kids beat on it first. So, when they return we will move in.

My main task right now is to paint shelves. All the closet shelves are beat up pretty bad, and if I don't do it now, I won't do it at all. It takes me about 2 hours to do one closet! Its brutal. So I'm taking a break from shelves to do wallpaper - ugh.

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Year's Eve

Every year, a dear friend organizes a group of us to all go out for New Years. She picks a fun restaurant and this year she picked a winner! In the past 2 years, we did Ruth's Chris, and it was great. This year, we went to a local steakhouse that has been around for years. The atmosphere was so much fun and we had a great time. There were 14 of us total. It was a great night to have adult conversations, to get dressed up for a fun nite out. Afterwards, we went to a friends' house, watched Dick Clark ring in the new year and played Nerts. Nerts is pretty much solitaire on crack. Its fast pace and it gets your adrenaline flowing. We had so much fun!
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Friday, January 2, 2009


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