Nov 30, 2008

Christmas Tree Time

My mom-in-law is very kind to share to me her talent in making ribbons for the Christmas tree. She taught me how to make them on Thanksgiving girls' activity. I practiced several times here at home and thankfully I was able to make some for our tree. I'm very glad about this new learning. We finally completed decorating our tree yesterday and have some lights up on our windows.





Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for being thankful. Thankful to our God who has given us so many things and blessings. I am most thankful for my loving wife and son. They bring me joy and encourage me to do better and improve myself.

We had lots of fun preparing food for thanksgiving. On the day before Thanksgiving, while Irene was busy making pie, I was making something for me to eat that night. I made some pizza and some salsa.





I spent some time playing the new Call of Duty game with my brothers. It was some pretty funny moments: Aaron left to do something for a moment. He was surprised when he came back and realized that the other 3 of us had created a temporary allegiance and surrounded him, guns pointed at his head, ready for the firing squad. in COD5 when you get a certain amount of kills, you can call in attack dogs. Weston was fighting them off while Braydon was shooting at Weston. When Weston died, he immediately got upset at Braydon for shooting him while he was fighting the dogs. After the sudden burst of anger Weston returned to playing the game. The game was displaying a reply of him getting shot at while fighting the dogs. Not knowing it was a replay, Weston got upset at Braydon again for shooting him. I couldn't help laughing because Weston got so dramatic and upset over the replay. hahaha

Irene was downstairs working on her scrapbooking with the girls. She's got an awesome talent for it. Her book for veyron is one of the best I've ever seen. She got a scrap booking gift for her birthday.

The following day, I went and played Turkey bowl with some co-workers. It lasted about 3 hours. The highlight of the game was when I dunked the ball on a fast break. It was a lot of fun and I'm glad I have the weekend to recover.



First Drawing

Our little Veyron started to use crayons/colors before he turned 19 months old. It was joy to watch him practice what he is being taught. Here are some of the pictures of his work.



Nov 23, 2008

Kev's thanksgiving secrets

Do you know which president declared Thanksgiving a national holiday?
Regan
Where will you spend Thanksgiving Day?
At my family's place
What's the farthest you've ever traveled to celebrate Thanksgiving?
47mi.
Do you put up decorations?
no
What's your best Thanksgiving memory?
Pie eating contest with my bro's
What's your funniest Thanksgiving memory?
same as above ^^^
What's your worst Thanksgiving memory?
n/a
What's your favorite Thanksgiving Day food?
Pie, Potatoes/gravy
What's your favorite Thanksgiving Day pie?
*cream, pumpkin...
What's your favorite food made from the leftovers?
turkey noodle soap...
What Thanksgiving Day food do you most dislike?
Yams, candied (yams by themselves aren't bad)
What's the weirdest thing you ever ate at a Thanksgiving Day dinner?
Rabbit (in the mission field Ormoc Zone)
Do you watch football on Thanksgiving?
No
Do you know what teams played the 1st football game, Thanksgiving 1934?
nope
Have you ever watched the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special?
probably
Have you ever watched The Waltons Thanksgiving Story?
no
Have you ever watched The Mouse and The Mayflower?
probably
Do you watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?
no
Can you recite at least 50% of Alice's Restaurant?
no
Do you even know what Alice's Restaurant is?
no
Do you go shopping the day after Thanksgiving?
I try to avoid it...
What is absolutely your favorite thing about Thanksgivng?
food
What is the one thing you like least about Thanksgiving?
n/a
What are you most thankful for this year?
My Loving wife and son, my job, my health, the health of my wife and son, life

Thanksgiving Survey...just for fun! >IJ

Where will you be eating this Thanksgiving?
> I celebrated my very first Thanksgiving Holiday in the US at my in-laws house. The second, in our own place and this time which is my third is going to be at my in-laws again.

Will you be watching a game this Thanksgiving?
> I'm not sure

How long will you spend eating your thanksgiving meal?
>hahahah ummm I don't know but since I'm pregnant, it's gonna take long...??!haha

Are you worried about putting on weight this Thanksgiving?
> actually no

What do you normally eat at Thanksgiving?
> Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, pies (chocolate, pumpkin)

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?
> probably turkey, chocolate pie

What will you be thankful for this Thanksgiving?
> my awesome husband/kids, wonderful families, good friends, our home sweet home, life and all the eternal blessings it offers me, above all things I'm grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ/the gospel

What is your best Thanksgiving memory?
> just being with family having fun and eating all day

Are you planning on going shopping the day after Thanksgiving?
> yes I am with my Honeypie (for Christmas sales)

Will you be waking up early to hit the sales?
> haha no

Nov 16, 2008

Gems of the Weeks

I'm back! haha I know!:) So here's what transpired for the last weeks.

1. We finally moved to a two-bedroom apartment on Tuesday the 11th. We are grateful for extra rooms especially that our Veyron has his own place to sleep in and have fun. We are grateful for all the helps that were extended to us with the moving of our stuffs. I am still organizing the home and is loving it.

2. We got our internet connection transfered to our new place. I'd like to share with you a cute dialogue (I think) between me and my husband as soon as we got the internet.

I was doing the laundry and organizing the kitchen when...

Kev: Pie-thon, I am almost done with my set-up. (very, very excited! :D)

IJ: Oh yeah...(very, very busy and continued working)

Kev: Are you coming? You gonna see it. It's the awesomest set-up ever :P (very, very anxious for me to see it)

IJ: Okay. Hang on. (just continued working)

Kev: Are you gonna come and see it or not? (fretting a little to his wife lol)

IJ: Of course I wanna see it. (hurried and went there excitedly)

Honestly, I really appreciate how he set up the desktop and that part of the living room was cleaned up by Kevron. I also think that he was so cute as I see his happy face and eagerness for what he has accomplished.

3. THOUGHT OF THE WEEKS: Yesterday is history, Future is mystery, Today is a gift that is why we call it Present (the great Oogway of Kung Fu Panda, movie that Kevron downloaded for Veyron)

4. SCRIPTURAL THOUGHT OF THE WEEK/REMINDERS:

MATTHEW 5:1-16 "BEATTITUDES" > Teachings of the Savior Jesus Christ


1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
13 ¶ Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the alight of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

5. We got to see the family in Roy and was able to take some Christmas pictures.

6. Our little Veyron got to attend the Nursery again. It was a wonderful place for him to learn the gospel and enjoy life as a kid. He's got wonderful teachers. It's funny and great to see how the little children progress step by step. Veyron's favorite things to do for now are: talking on the phone, play ball, do up heres, running in circles, climbing and typing in the keyboard (actvities/interests that are mostly his Dads haha)

7. HYMN OF THE WEEK:

WHEN FAITH ENDURES


I will not doubt, I will not fear
God's love and strength are always near
His promised gift helps me to find
An inner strength and peace of mind
I give the Father willingly
My trust, my prayers, humility
His spirit guides, His love assures
That fear departs when faith endures.




My recent pregnancy picture! Veyron got the camera card and dipped it his cup of milk. hahaha We need to get a new one ;) >IJ

Nov 2, 2008

Thoughts

Today I had a couple thoughts. Two ideas that may help in self improvement, Meditation, and Pondering. On my mission, during study time every morning and evening, I would often let my mind wonder. During this time, I often found myself reflecting the events of the week, anticipating pending events, and evaluating myself. During this time I would recognize many things I can do to improve myself. I also found enlightenment as I prepared teachings in my mind.

In the time that I've been married, I've made myself busy trying to establish our family into a state of self sufficiency. This is as part of my five year plan and even longer. Because of how busy I've gotten myself, I don't have the time on a daily basis for the silent meditation and pondering that I had before.

Anyway, the goal for myself is to find extra time for solemn pondering and meditation.

PS. I just found out today that we are only a couple streets away from Pres Thomas S. Monson. Pretty cool.

Random Thoughts

"Fisher's of Men", one of my favorite LDS movies that I am watching right now with my little Veyron. We went home after sacrament meeting since he is still not completely healed yet from his tongue infection and is not feeling well. We left his Daddy there so he could attend the rest of the meetings (gospel doctrine class and the priesthood). It is first Sunday of November and we were blessed to hear encouraging testimonies from our brothers and sisters including the little children.

It's been a month now that we moved to our new place. Kev and I looked forward to having a great new start in this cute place in Holladay. We are excited to apply the things that we learned from the past experiences and just move forward. We appreciate so much the kindness of those people from our new ward that visited our home. Adversities and trials in different ways are normal part of our life. The truth is they are great for they help us become stronger, smarter and better people. It is difficult sometimes but if we will be faithful, the Lord will sustain us and we will have peace and joy .

We loved all the Doctors that Veyron used to have and currently have. In their own ways, they are great. We trust them for their knowledge and abilities since that is their specialization/profession. His first doctor was an old guy but he is wonderful. He was always ready to answer our questions and inquiries regarding Vey's health status. He did a great job since Veyron was born. But now we moved to a farther place so we switched to a different doctor and that we only have one car to fulfill all the errands we have that require transportation. Anyway, we have been trying ways to help Veyron's tongue recover from bacterial infection. The medicine that was first recommended didn't seem to help him and then he was given antibiotics that helped him a little bit but it didn't kill the infection for some reason. However, we noticed that Veyron is at times would eat at least a little bit, being playful, adventurous and that the infected portion of his tongue was not as big as before which is definitely a good thing. It hurts me so much to see him cry and fight the pain after accidentally biting his tongue in his nap or sleep. His Daddy even tried to make this thingy to help his mouth stay close as he sleeps, hold and hug him until he falls asleep on his breast. Kevron is such a caring and thoughtful Father and it really touches my heart. So now Veyron is taking a different antibiotic after having his blood work done at the Primary Children's Medical Center here in Salt Lake. We are going to see an ENT Specialist this week for further check-up. We are grateful for all the services that were extended to our little boy. Just like the other parents, we'd love to see our child happy and healthy.

I talked to my Mother, my family as always and thanked them for all the encouragements and their best efforts to extend help in any ways they can despite the very long distance that divides us. It helps a lot especially when it is so timely or when I needed it the most. The comfort is just so sweet and pure. We are all hopeful and excited to see each other one day with the additionals in the clan or the little ones that will continue the legacies and histories.

Oh yeah when we went to the store on friday to pick up Vey's medicine and buy some chocolates for Halloween, I went down to this isle and saw Papa's favorite cologne... the Brut! Yes I picked one and smelled it. It made me laugh and unavoidingly remembered the fun times and sweet memories with him when I was a little girl and a teenager. haha that guy is getting older and older now but my love and respect for him will never change. :)

Life is good along with its normal trend of ups and downs! I am an ordinary person, I have weaknesses and shortcomings but there's one thing I know to be sure and that is having the best things in my life that help me see my worth.....my wonderful husband and my children.


This is Kevron when he gets home from work everyday!