Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday Funnies

It's Monday the most un-funny un-happy day of the week and yet it just keep coming back no matter how many times pray that it will stay Sunday.

So to ease your Mondayitis I bring you some funnies.

1.) My mom picked me up from trax this afternoon sans kids. Which is a little treat in and of itself because then we can talk with having to shout and be interupted every 5 seconds. Of course it's also the time when we have nothing to say to each other. So we sit in a comfortable silence that only 27 years of living together can bring. Then out of no where my mom says "I got my tooth fixed today and it only cost me $4.00".
Me: "How was it? Did he just fill it?" She has state insurance and went to the university dental center down the street from us.
Mom: "My dentist looked about 14. He wasn't sure what to do so he called Dr. So 'n so in" [I'm assuming this is the dental professor.] "Dr. So 'n so said 'You don't want to mess with a 35 year old crown so just leave it alone... I know you can sandblast it... You're looking at me funny, come with me.' So the 14 year old and Dr. So 'n so leave for like 10 minutes then the kid comes back. I look at him and ask 'So are you sure you know what you're doing, cause sandblasting my tooth doesn't sound good'. 14 year old dentist says 'Ummm kind of, I've never sandblasted a live person before.'"
Me just about dies laughing.
Mo:m: "He says 'I'm usually holding the tooth when I sandblast it.'"
This is only funny because it has a happy ending. Her tooth is fixed and no pain.

2). Check out this video of the girls doing "If You're Happy and You Know it." On one of the cd's we have one of the versus says "If you're happy and you know it NOD your head". Apparently "nod" and "knock" mean the same thing.

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Happy Monday Everyone!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Edamame and Cookie Cups

Happy Sunday everyone. We skipped church today since Tira still had a fever last night. No need to infect everyone else. Its too bad because the church was doing a fundraiser at the Incredible Pizza this afternoon and I was looking forward to taking the brats.

Ohh well next time. To make up for the missed funness I decided to bake up something neat for the girls. I had seen on FoodGawkers earlier in the week where someone had made cookie cups and that sounded delicious and fun. And easy! Simply whip up (or purchase) your favorite cookie dough. Then press a good sized ball of dough into the wells of a well greased muffin tin. Bake according to your recipe. Let it cool and pop those suckers out. Once they've cook fill with candy. I was a little worried because the cookie dough puffed up during the cooking process and they were no longer cups, but once they cooled the middles dropped back down.

Midway through the cooking process I felt a little guilty about the impending sugar rush so I steamed up (read: microwaved)  some edamame. The girls love edamame and ate it all up, even asking for a second helping. And I felt like a good mommy.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011


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Need I say more??

Good Times, Good Music

I'm supposed to be blogging once a week as part of my New Year's Resolutions (just like I'm supposed to take the stairs and eat healthier food HA). But since I did a couple posts that first week of January let's just call it even.

The girls are becoming more and more obnoxious confident. They love to sing and dance. Lanna's still a little shy around others but when it's just me and them they're quite entertaining. Here's a couple videos to brighten your day:

PS. If anyone can tell me if the first song Tira sings is a real song or if she's making it up I'd appreciate it!

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Thursday, January 13, 2011


I love lazy weekends. On lazy weekends I make a big delicious breakfast and I give the girls a bath. After the bath we have snuggle-time. It's like Hammer-time only BETTER! Ok it's nothing like Hammer-time but it is pretty awesome. After their bath I wrap them up in their towels and toss them in my bed for some cuddling. Sometimes we just cuddle, sometimes we read, sometimes we "hid" from Yai Yai, sometimes its only for a few minutes other times it's close to an hour. Any time it's wonderful.

Lanna was too busy hiding to be part of the pictures.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Re-Interpreting My Perspective

NOTE: I wrote this up last Wednesday with the intention of posting it that night. Well that didn’t happen. Wednesday ended up being a L.O.N.G. day – 14.75 hours of work [yeah overtime], and of course I kept forgetting to email this to myself. So here it is a week late but just as true and just as meaningful.

It’s a new year. A new start. A new chance at new opportunities. And I for one want to start it off right.

I’ve decided that what I – and most everyone – needs is a new way to interpret my perspective. So here I go. Here was my day and thoughts from yesterday. The first part is my current old outlook on life and the bold italics is my new, ever improving outlook.

Alarm goes off at 5am. Ugg is it already time to wake up?

Wow I got 7 hours of sleep, in a nice warm, comfy bed, In MY safe, secure, beautiful house.

Off to the TRAX at 5:40 and it’s FREEZING outside. I always cringe when I first sit on the seats of the train because who knows what type of dirt is on those seats. I then get to walk the two blocks from the TRAX station to my office in the frigid temperatures.

Thank goodness that I have a job.

I think that’s worth saying again. THANK GOODNESS I HAVE A JOB. And that my office is close enough to TRAX that I can ride (for half price because my job subsidies the cost) and my parents can have the car. And thank goodness that the train is warm and the seats are cushioned and that I can relax and read and not have to deal with stupid Utah drivers before I start my day.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to give up the elevator and only take the stairs – not just that but the alarm on my computer is set to go off 4 times a day and when it goes off I go walk all the way down the 6 flights of stairs and all the way back up. And as always that first time climbing the stairs in the morning is killer and it feels like it’s hotter than Hades after being outside.

Thank goodness I have a job! (Are you tired of this one yet? Cause I’m not!)

And how great is it that I have a nice cushy job that’s inside a heated building with all the necessary amenities to make my life easier. How great is it that I’m healthy and whole and have the ability to walk up and down the stairs.

I take a moment to look over my credit card statement and cringe at the balance. I notice that the charge for my new glasses has come through. I’d forgotten how much they cost me even after the insurance and my HSA. I’m never going to be out of debt.

It’s a good think I have great insurance that covers my glasses or I’d have had to pay out double what I did pay. And even better that my employer offers me an HSA so I can pay for this pre-tax.

It’s year-end closing time which means tons of work! I can’t get anything done because people keep emailing, calling and stopping by asking me to do this or that. I ended up working 12 and a half hours. I’m tired and sore for sitting at the desk for 12.5 hours. I have a headache from staring at a computer screen and tiny little numbers for 12.5 hours. And ohh joy I get to walk back in the dark, in the cold, in downtown SLC, wait for my train and then sit on those dirty seats again.

How amazing is it that not only do I have a job – but that my job allows me to work overtime and earn time and a half pay! How blessed, lucky, spoiled am I that I don’t have to worry about who’s going to pick up the girls from daycare because I need to stay late at work. That I don’t ever have to worry about them being mistreated, not taken care of, or worse while I’m at work because I have the most amazing, selfless parents in the world, who love my kids. I don’t have to ever worry that they’re not being fed well, that they’re not clean or properly clothed. I know at all times they are loved and happy (even if they don’t realize it), and safe. How lucky am I that my parents provided me an amazing education that gave me the skills I need to do my job and do it well. How lucky am I that I have parents who taught me the benefits of working hard, of always trying my best, and doing what it takes to get the job done. Isn’t it wonderful that we live in a day and age where instead of having to write out our accounting records by hand on pieces of ledger paper that I can use a computer which does half the work for me.

I get home from work and the first thing I notice is the smell of fried food. Really MORE fried food?! After all that grease and oil on Marissa’s birthday just 2 days ago. My mom has made vegetable and fish tempura and some miso soup for dinner.

How amazing is my mom that she not only cooked dinner but that she waited to cook my portion of dinner so that it would be hot and fresh when I got home from work. How lucky am I that I have healthy, delicious, home cooked food to eat and plenty of it. How wonderful is my mom that she makes dinners that she knows I like, because let’s be honest, there’s no such thing as too much chocolate, cheese, garlic or fried foods! And I really enjoyed it once I started eating it!

This isn’t everything but it’s a start. How different would our world be is everyone took a few minutes to examine something from their day they thought was bad and find the good in it? How much happier would we all be? Obviously this doesn’t work with everything, there are some things that just plain suck but it’s also the small things that build up and push us over the edge. Leave a comment about something crappy in your day today and then your re-analysis of it. I hope everyone has a great week!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

I Have Strange Kids

I do! Sometimes they're just plain weird. I have no idea where they get it from.

For example the other day it snowed and it was COLD. I mean it was FREEZING! But they insisted on going out to play. Lanna lasted a whole 3 minutes (and you know it take a minimum of 10 minutes to prep a kid to go play in the snow) before she wanted to come back in because she was cold and needed her "coffee" [ie. hot chocolate]. Tira however insisted on having hers outside. And so she sat there in the freaking cold waiting.

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This is actually one of my favorite pictures. She just sat there peaceful as anything and waited until I brought her some hot chocolate - which was at least 10 minutes because I was in the middle of doing something else. Then she sat out there relaxing and drinking her "coffee". She didn't come in until she was all done.

Weirdness is not limited to my oldest either. Oh no it trickled down to the evil little one too. The other day she was going potty and when she was done she called me to wipe her. This is what I found:

And since weirdness is inherited I of course knew what she was doing. Hiding. You know because if she covers her eyes *I* can't see her. So after a few minutes of "oh no where is Lanna! Did she fall in the toilet?" she "surprised me" and re-appeared.

Now it's an every time she goes potty routine. I wonder how she's going to feel about these pics when she's a teenager?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sushi mmmmmmmmmmm

I thought I'd surprise you all and do one more quick post.

If there's one think I love it's sushi. If there's one thing I love more than sushi it's half price sushi. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!! There's this tiny place on State and 33rd call The Red Ginger that has half price sushi. And it's really freaking good. Ok so it's not the best sushi ever but for $3-7 a roll it's pretty darn amazing. The fish and seafood is fresh - and that's really what matters when it comes to sushi. The waitresses all speak bad mandarin (that's not Japaneses for all you white people) and must be Northwest Stewardess reject because man do they have attitude. But its worth it when you can stuff yourself, your mom and your sister silly on amazing food and only pay $30.

Ohh and stuff your kids. Yes my kids eat sushi! And I love them for it. I'd be sad if they didn't like sushi. They're not super hard core - yet. But they'll eat pretty much whatever I put on their plate. And they like it. Ok ok they eat around the seaweed but they'll grow into that. Here some pics as evidence:


Sippin' on some miso:


See that orange thing on Tira's plate? That used to be tempura sweet potatoes. Now it's just sad:

If you're in SLC go try it and call me up so I can join you!


One of my new year's resolutions is to do one blog post a week. I can't fail on my first week so I'm sitting here at my computer when I'd rather be in bed reading. Actually I have a blog post all written up. It's a good one about being grateful and changing the way you look at the world. Sound good right? Yeah I thought it was quite a nice post myself, too bad it's on my computer at work! So that's next week's post ;-)

Right now you get to learn about the "burella". That's pronounced boo-reh-lah. That would be Tira-ese for umbrella. It was one of the few things that she has been asking for for months. This year for Christmas we Santa tried to only give presents that the girls really wanted. Pillow pets were number one on the list. Ballet shoes and outfits were number two. Underwear number three. And then the "burellas". Where Tira learnt about umbrellas is a mystery - actually not, it was probably on one of her Sprout shows. But for months she would tell me how she needed her "burella" so the rain wouldn't get her wet - even when it wasn't raining out.

So of course I used that as a weapon to fight the evil forces of the terrible 3s a bribe for good behavior. "If you're a good girl maybe Santa will bring you a burella." "If you want Santa to bring you that burella you need to be nice and listen." "You better watch out because mommy's going to bop you with the burella if Santa brings you one." Oh wait no that last one was just something I wanted to say.

The girls were very excited about their presents and had to test them out right away.

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And before you ask. No I'm not super mom who got her kids dressed up so that they would look cute for pictures when they opened presents. Quite the opposite. I'm bad mommy who couldn't be bothered to put her kids into their pajamas when they fell asleep after the Christmas Eve evening service.

The next day they had to try out their "burellas" even though it was sunny out. In their defense they are Asian and Asians use umbrellas to keep the sun off just as often as they use them to keep the rain off.

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This is a picture of me asking them to look at the camera and smile:

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Then it finally snowed and they had to make sure the "burellas" worked.

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Lanna broker her umbrella within 3 days so we had to go get her a new one. Now the umbrellas live on a shelf; high up; where they can't reach them. Hopefully they'll last through this years rain.