Friday, September 30, 2011

Aria Approved

Aria gives her seal of approval in our newly painted and decorated master bedroom tonight. She still loves jumping on the bed and now enjoys lying down to view the "yeeya"s (her whale sound), turtles and fish on our mural.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Getting Into Shape

Aria is getting a lot better at her puzzles. She completed this shape puzzle in just a couple minutes or so.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lazy Girl

Aria acts "lazy" today after her nap. Sometimes she just doesn't want to get up.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hula Girl

Aria plays dress up in her hula skirt tonight. We're ready for that trip to Hawaii (whenever we get it planned out that is)!

Monday, September 26, 2011


Capturing a moment when Aria slam dunks a ball into the basketball hoop at Gymboree, showing how much she has grown since she's started going there this past January.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Merry Little Maids

Aria and Miriya play and clean the house today. What is the fascination with kids and cleaning (and why do we all lose that fascination once we're asked to clean our own rooms)?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

HERS 5K/10K - 2011

Phuong and Aria joined Brian and I this year in the annual HERS Keep Abreast race (our 3rd year in a row running this race). This year was a little more challenging though: Phuong and Brian braved the 10K (his first, and they both finished with quite impressive times - I'm so proud of them) while Aria and I jogged the 5K (Aria's first 5K ever, and my first jogging with her in the stroller). Maybe next year we'll have both families and the kids walk the 5K...

Friday, September 23, 2011

New Office Space

Thanks to Brian (and IKEA), our freshly painted new office space/guest room is now completed!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Neat Freak #4

Aria does a little backyard tidying up this evening. I don't know if it's just play time for her, or if she truly has a little OCD in her.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Aria hams it up for the camera this afternoon.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Rainbow of Water

Aria and Brian multitask tonight: playtime meets lawn watering time. I'm sure the cool water felt good on such a warm night here.

Monday, September 19, 2011

...And a Pear In Our Pear Tree

A single lonely pear in our pear tree detached itself today and is gracefully cradled in its own crook.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Comes With Her Own Carrying Case...

Aria found her way into my duffel bag this morning. Perhaps because of all the moving we've been doing this week, she feels more comfortable in a traveling bag. :-P

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Po Po!

We took my mom out to dinner tonight for her birthday at El Burro. Here she is with Aria looking into the future with her "crystal ball" (i.e. chocolate milk bottle). Happy Birthday to Po Po, who I think looks much younger than the actual years she's experienced. I just hope that runs in the family genes. ;-)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Welcome Home

Aria and I finally made it back home tonight after a week away from the new paint fumes. Here is a shot of our new blue door. :-)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Giddyup Duckie!

Aria takes playing with the huge stuffed duckie at Auntie Jam's house to a whole new level tonight.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sleeping Beauty

Getting today's photo "out of the way" so as to not forget due to busy hectic days at work. Princess Aria's been sleeping with my mom in her large and comfy king sized bed the past couple of nights...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Practice Makes Perfect

Aria builds a Mahjongg wall this afternoon, keeping herself busy at Po Po's house.

Monday, September 12, 2011

New Scenery

Our new photo of the Bay Bridge (taken by Gregory Chong) is up in our kitchen nook area after all the house painting. Now we can enjoy it everyday (as soon as Aria and I move back home after the paint fumes have died down of course).

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Accent on Blue

I hope we continue to like blue: our newly painted accent wall in the master bedroom after a weekend of painting. The house is a mess, but colorful.(will probably post a few more photos throughout the week to reveal the rest of the house's new colors...)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

More Please!

Aria asking for "more" on the carousel at the Great Mall today.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Topsy Turvy #2

Aria doing a headstand by herself in her crib. She needed a little help a few times, but she's definitely getting the hang of it.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

More Casting Humor

Yes, it's been 2 weeks, and I got my cast off today (am now wearing my brace only so yay for that!). Thought this was another cute sign in the casting room...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

An Ah-Ha Moment

I had an "ah-ha" moment this evening while I was making tater tots - the OreIda brand name is after Oregon and Idaho. Not sure why that never occurred to me. :-P

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ta Da La!

A few photos showing Aria doing her "magic trick" this afternoon. She would turn over her "sushi" soy sauce cup, wave the chopstick over it, and then turn it back over to reveal, well, nothing. ;-)

Monday, September 5, 2011

It's Better than it Looks

I may look a mess with my cast and puffy left eye, but I promise, it's better than it looks. :-P Not a very fun way to spend a 3-day weekend, but we all go through it, thanks to Brian's help.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Card Toss

Mike, Brian and Aria do a little card toss competition tonight. The guys may have the experience and size advantage, but something tells me Aria's got an Ace up her sleeve as well. ;-)

Walking the Dog

Aria performs her own "Walking the Dog" trick with the yo-yo today.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Weekend Homework

Jib came back for a visit this Labor Day weekend from college and we promptly put her to "work": we finally got through the party games that Brian created for her 18th birthday but never got a chance to play.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mood Lighting

Another nice evening spent in the backyard. This time I pulled out the lighted umbrella to set the "mood". Not sure why, but lighting in the backyard always makes me happy. :-)