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it's been 10 days since I last wrote. Mainly because I've been so busy. It was the
thanksgiving holiday in the US. It's considered the most important holiday for people
here, and families get together and eat eat eat. The kids were off school since Thurday
and we had a great time together for 4 full days. Timothy had a thanksgiving party
at their school last Wednesday.. and of course he didn't cooperate. He stood there
and just hang around while other kids sang the songs and did hand motions. I am used
to it so I only found it funny. Last week both boys went in for dental cleaning.
Timothy did VERY well. I was really surprised. Last time it was very bad, he cried,
kicked, hit, and screamed the whole way... so I really didn't get my hopes up this
time before we went... I even thought about cancelling the appointment.

But we prepared him a little, by borrowing the books from the library about a child
going to see the dentist. He even cried when I read the story to him :0)

Well, in short, he did very very well. He cried for about 1 minute, then becuase I
held him really tightly, that probably made him feel safe. He stopped crying and
Dr. Mai was able to clean his teeth. We even got him to take some x-rays of his
front teeth. They tried his back teeth but becuase it made him gag so maybe next
time. I totally agree with Timothy though because I myself really don't like having
my teeth take X-rays... so uncomfortable.

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it's been 10 days since I last wrote. Mainly because I've been so busy. It was the
thanksgiving holiday in the US. It's considered the most important holiday for people
here, and families get together and eat eat eat. The kids were off school since Thurday
and we had a great time together for 4 full days. Timothy had a thanksgiving party
at their school last Wednesday.. and of course he didn't cooperate. He stood there
and just hang around while other kids sang the songs and did hand motions. I am used
to it so I only found it funny. Last week both boys went in for dental cleaning.
Timothy did VERY well. I was really surprised. Last time it was very bad, he cried,
kicked, hit, and screamed the whole way... so I really didn't get my hopes up this
time before we went... I even thought about cancelling the appointment.

But we prepared him a little, by borrowing the books from the library about a child
going to see the dentist. He even cried when I read the story to him :0)

Well, in short, he did very very well. He cried for about 1 minute, then becuase I
held him really tightly, that probably made him feel safe. He stopped crying and
Dr. Mai was able to clean his teeth. We even got him to take some x-rays of his
front teeth. They tried his back teeth but becuase it made him gag so maybe next
time. I totally agree with Timothy though because I myself really don't like having
my teeth take X-rays... so uncomfortable.

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Yesterday was my 32nd birthday. I didn't feel any big emotions, as I am used to getting
older and older each day. We pretty much had a very ordinary day until it's dinner time.
In the afternoon after we picked up Jacob from school we went to order the cake for me.
It's made from Chinese bakery and it's 鮮奶油水果. Quite yummy. Because we had to
wait 1 hour before we can pick up the cake, we went to buy 火鍋料 from Asia super-
market.
I reminded the boys several times it was Mommy's birthday... and Timothy drew a picture
for me... I hope when they grow up they will always remember mommy's b-day and will
send me a card then I will be totally satisfied.

I prepared materials for 火鍋 and mom came back and helped me a bit. We waited and
waited but Jimmy got lost and didn't come until 8pm!! Poor Jimmy! Mom had to pick him
up at Kroger. He brought a dozen of 香檳roses and a balloon. What a gentleman and I
appreciated his effort trying to get to our house and took 2 hours. We blew the candles and
ate the yummy cake, and sent the boys to bed.

I got a flu/cold the day before my birthday. Still recovering today(11/19)... so as I siad,
not a very special birthday,, but I guess this is pretty common as we get older. We are
happier to celebrate our kids' birthdays rather then our own...

32 歲的一年, 希望大家都平安快樂!!

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Yesterday was my 32nd birthday. I didn't feel any big emotions, as I am used to getting
older and older each day. We pretty much had a very ordinary day until it's dinner time.
In the afternoon after we picked up Jacob from school we went to order the cake for me.
It's made from Chinese bakery and it's 鮮奶油水果. Quite yummy. Because we had to
wait 1 hour before we can pick up the cake, we went to buy 火鍋料 from Asia super-
market.
I reminded the boys several times it was Mommy's birthday... and Timothy drew a picture
for me... I hope when they grow up they will always remember mommy's b-day and will
send me a card then I will be totally satisfied.

I prepared materials for 火鍋 and mom came back and helped me a bit. We waited and
waited but Jimmy got lost and didn't come until 8pm!! Poor Jimmy! Mom had to pick him
up at Kroger. He brought a dozen of 香檳roses and a balloon. What a gentleman and I
appreciated his effort trying to get to our house and took 2 hours. We blew the candles and
ate the yummy cake, and sent the boys to bed.

I got a flu/cold the day before my birthday. Still recovering today(11/19)... so as I siad,
not a very special birthday,, but I guess this is pretty common as we get older. We are
happier to celebrate our kids' birthdays rather then our own...

32 歲的一年, 希望大家都平安快樂!!

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the boys went to bed a little after 7pm tonight. I let them go to sleep early because
last night they went to bed late and I feel they were lacking sleep today.
This morning I went to have my teeth cleaned. It was such a 折磨. I know it's
for my own good and I still dread it everytime. It was actually quick today.Next
week it's Timothy and Jacob's turns. I wonder how they will react. Jacob should
be pretty good but I am not sure about Timothy. Last time he was screaming
and kicking. Oh Lord Jesus!!

Then I went to Walmart to exchange the laminator. Luckily the staff let me exchange,
and now it's a new model(same brand). I tried it after I came home, it now takes
longer to heat up. But I hope it will last longer.

After picking up Jacob I took the boys to Yale park. I didn't plan on letting
them play but I felt they really needed the happy time. They had a very good
time, and we only spent about 30 minutes there. Bathed them after returning
home, then I started to make 碗稞. I got the recipe from the internet and
actually it was not too hard to make. But Timothy didn't like it very much...
so I will think of something else next time. Internet is such a convenient tool.
I can virtually get any information I need within a few minutes. I made
veggitable soup and surprisingly both boys liked it very much. I am glad they

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the boys went to bed a little after 7pm tonight. I let them go to sleep early because
last night they went to bed late and I feel they were lacking sleep today.
This morning I went to have my teeth cleaned. It was such a 折磨. I know it's
for my own good and I still dread it everytime. It was actually quick today.Next
week it's Timothy and Jacob's turns. I wonder how they will react. Jacob should
be pretty good but I am not sure about Timothy. Last time he was screaming
and kicking. Oh Lord Jesus!!

Then I went to Walmart to exchange the laminator. Luckily the staff let me exchange,
and now it's a new model(same brand). I tried it after I came home, it now takes
longer to heat up. But I hope it will last longer.

After picking up Jacob I took the boys to Yale park. I didn't plan on letting
them play but I felt they really needed the happy time. They had a very good
time, and we only spent about 30 minutes there. Bathed them after returning
home, then I started to make 碗稞. I got the recipe from the internet and
actually it was not too hard to make. But Timothy didn't like it very much...
so I will think of something else next time. Internet is such a convenient tool.
I can virtually get any information I need within a few minutes. I made
veggitable soup and surprisingly both boys liked it very much. I am glad they

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I am going to be lazy and just write today's blog in English.. which saves me
a lot of time. Today is Lord's day. A very busy day for us. In the morning
we went to the meeting hall, dropped off the kids at their meeting, we prayed
and seperated into teams to pass out the door hangersin our designated areas.
Me and Philip and brother Yun Hun Chen and his daughter Amber were in 1
team. By the time we were ready to go out the door hangers were all gone(we
thought they were all taken by the saints, but realized later several boxes
were upstairs), so we took some smaller cards instead. These door hangers and
cards are for people to return and get a free recovery version bible. The whole
church is supposed to pass out all 20,000 door hangers. And hopefully some
people would be interested in the bible and return the cards.

We went out in brother Chen's van, our area is near Jane's house. But since we
didn't have door hangers, we decided it's better to pass out the cards in the
apartment complex 1st, and we went to the apartments that Kathy lives in, since
I know the code to enter the gate. It was very efficient and fast. Me and Philip
passed out more than 100 in just one hour. Then we went to the streets to
pass out to the houses. On our way we saw Victor and found out his sister lives
on the street we were passing out cards, so we went in for a drink of water.

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I am going to be lazy and just write today's blog in English.. which saves me
a lot of time. Today is Lord's day. A very busy day for us. In the morning
we went to the meeting hall, dropped off the kids at their meeting, we prayed
and seperated into teams to pass out the door hangersin our designated areas.
Me and Philip and brother Yun Hun Chen and his daughter Amber were in 1
team. By the time we were ready to go out the door hangers were all gone(we
thought they were all taken by the saints, but realized later several boxes
were upstairs), so we took some smaller cards instead. These door hangers and
cards are for people to return and get a free recovery version bible. The whole
church is supposed to pass out all 20,000 door hangers. And hopefully some
people would be interested in the bible and return the cards.

We went out in brother Chen's van, our area is near Jane's house. But since we
didn't have door hangers, we decided it's better to pass out the cards in the
apartment complex 1st, and we went to the apartments that Kathy lives in, since
I know the code to enter the gate. It was very efficient and fast. Me and Philip
passed out more than 100 in just one hour. Then we went to the streets to
pass out to the houses. On our way we saw Victor and found out his sister lives
on the street we were passing out cards, so we went in for a drink of water.

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每到星期五, 就覺得真快, 一個禮拜就"咻"一下過去了.. 小朋友也一天一天長大...
再過幾分鐘就是Saturday了, 剛才從Cindy家小排聚會回來, 今晚的聚會很享受, 交通到我們基督徒所活的生活乃是一個接枝的生活, 除了我們天然屬人的生命, 更有 神屬天的神聖生命, "no longer I that live, but Christ who lives in me". How glorious. How uplifted. How sweet.
I tried to laminate Timothy's school pictures the other yesterday and the picture jammed inside the laminating machine. I was so upset to lose the precious picture of Timothy. It's rolled up and ruined in the machine. We finally managed to get the broken picture out and it took us a LONG time to put the machine back into 1 piece. I am going to return the machine at Walmart and maybe exchange for a new one. I think they will let me do that... although I've bought the machine for a while but I have really only used it for a few times. It's a good thing that stores in the US mostly take returns with no problem, unlike Taiwan. It's a totally different culture. I know most Americans are very honest and won't abuse this "福利".
Tomorrow Lowes will deliver the Granite tiles Philip ordered. He will put them in our side yard. It's a very big task. With over 200 pieces it's VERY heavy. I hope it doesn't hurt Philip's back. He is such a handy guy. I am glad I have such a wonderful husband because I can do nothing and I don't want to do anything. :0) (hey but I did put the laminating machine back into a whole)
Not sure what we will do tomorrow. Usually on Saturday morning we gather together to eat a better breakfast becuase we have more time(no one is rushing to work or school). I will make sausage crossants becuase the boys love them and they're rather easy to make, and we will eat some fruits... happy breakfast time!
Oh, I asked Howard if I can borrow his graduation gawn, and he said yes!! YAHOO!! So now I can return mine back to the store and just spend under $10 for the string thing(which says 2005) that attches to the cap. I am so glad! Saves a lot of money!! thanks Howard!

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每到星期五, 就覺得真快, 一個禮拜就"咻"一下過去了.. 小朋友也一天一天長大...
再過幾分鐘就是Saturday了, 剛才從Cindy家小排聚會回來, 今晚的聚會很享受, 交通到我們基督徒所活的生活乃是一個接枝的生活, 除了我們天然屬人的生命, 更有 神屬天的神聖生命, "no longer I that live, but Christ who lives in me". How glorious. How uplifted. How sweet.
I tried to laminate Timothy's school pictures the other yesterday and the picture jammed inside the laminating machine. I was so upset to lose the precious picture of Timothy. It's rolled up and ruined in the machine. We finally managed to get the broken picture out and it took us a LONG time to put the machine back into 1 piece. I am going to return the machine at Walmart and maybe exchange for a new one. I think they will let me do that... although I've bought the machine for a while but I have really only used it for a few times. It's a good thing that stores in the US mostly take returns with no problem, unlike Taiwan. It's a totally different culture. I know most Americans are very honest and won't abuse this "福利".
Tomorrow Lowes will deliver the Granite tiles Philip ordered. He will put them in our side yard. It's a very big task. With over 200 pieces it's VERY heavy. I hope it doesn't hurt Philip's back. He is such a handy guy. I am glad I have such a wonderful husband because I can do nothing and I don't want to do anything. :0) (hey but I did put the laminating machine back into a whole)
Not sure what we will do tomorrow. Usually on Saturday morning we gather together to eat a better breakfast becuase we have more time(no one is rushing to work or school). I will make sausage crossants becuase the boys love them and they're rather easy to make, and we will eat some fruits... happy breakfast time!
Oh, I asked Howard if I can borrow his graduation gawn, and he said yes!! YAHOO!! So now I can return mine back to the store and just spend under $10 for the string thing(which says 2005) that attches to the cap. I am so glad! Saves a lot of money!! thanks Howard!

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所以又好幾天沒寫blog了. 每天不知道怎麼回事, 時間永遠不夠用. 今晚七點要去
Richardson School District 辦的REACH progam information meeting,
所以請老媽六點半回家幫我看小朋友. 有點傷腦筋不知道晚餐要煮什麼. 要是可以像
小叮噹一樣吃一粒大力丸多好.... 煮飯好累啊...

早上去UTD校園辦一些關於這學期畢業的事, 也去書店買了畢業袍, 還真貴, 要$70
多哩. 其實我根本不想去, 但是希之說要讓小孩也經歷媽媽的畢業典禮, 是對他們
以後有幫助... 希之真的想太多哩.. 也許這真的是我一輩子的最後一個學位,
穿著美麗的加冠袍走過教授們的面前, 也拍拍照, 也許真的不錯...

This afternoon I watched Thomas for Patti for a few hours while Tom
picked up Jacob for me. It was a lot of work to take care for a baby,
I am not sure if this is what I really want. A child is a lot of work,
and a lot of responsibility, and a lot of money. We will really have
to consider it hard before we decide to have one.

企煮飯吧...


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所以又好幾天沒寫blog了. 每天不知道怎麼回事, 時間永遠不夠用. 今晚七點要去
Richardson School District 辦的REACH progam information meeting,
所以請老媽六點半回家幫我看小朋友. 有點傷腦筋不知道晚餐要煮什麼. 要是可以像
小叮噹一樣吃一粒大力丸多好.... 煮飯好累啊...

早上去UTD校園辦一些關於這學期畢業的事, 也去書店買了畢業袍, 還真貴, 要$70
多哩. 其實我根本不想去, 但是希之說要讓小孩也經歷媽媽的畢業典禮, 是對他們
以後有幫助... 希之真的想太多哩.. 也許這真的是我一輩子的最後一個學位,
穿著美麗的加冠袍走過教授們的面前, 也拍拍照, 也許真的不錯...

This afternoon I watched Thomas for Patti for a few hours while Tom
picked up Jacob for me. It was a lot of work to take care for a baby,
I am not sure if this is what I really want. A child is a lot of work,
and a lot of responsibility, and a lot of money. We will really have
to consider it hard before we decide to have one.

企煮飯吧...


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今天是弟弟同學Mason四歲生日, 我們去參加他在MainEvent辦的保齡球派對, 還蠻好玩的.
剛開始兄弟二人都不太想玩, 一等到丟出第一球才發現很有趣, 就迫不及待等到再輪一次.
我們尚傑還打出二個strike哩, 真是太有天份了....弟弟一直等著要吃蛋糕, 我告訴他
要認真打完才有的吃, 他還真不賴, 一個小蘿蔔頭竟打了第二名(哥哥第一名woohoo!!),
我這老媽樂透了!!

Then we ate pizza, ate the cake & cookie, played a bunch of games,
won some little prizes...then went home happily. We spent 3.5 hours
in there!! Pretty fun event! American parents are willing to spend
tons of money for their kids' birthday parties. I can't figure out
why... I think it's almost competitive for them to do so. I figured
Mason's parents spent at least $200-$350 for today's party. As for
us.. we had a great time and spent about $15 for gift. :0)


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今天是弟弟同學Mason四歲生日, 我們去參加他在MainEvent辦的保齡球派對, 還蠻好玩的.
剛開始兄弟二人都不太想玩, 一等到丟出第一球才發現很有趣, 就迫不及待等到再輪一次.
我們尚傑還打出二個strike哩, 真是太有天份了....弟弟一直等著要吃蛋糕, 我告訴他
要認真打完才有的吃, 他還真不賴, 一個小蘿蔔頭竟打了第二名(哥哥第一名woohoo!!),
我這老媽樂透了!!

Then we ate pizza, ate the cake & cookie, played a bunch of games,
won some little prizes...then went home happily. We spent 3.5 hours
in there!! Pretty fun event! American parents are willing to spend
tons of money for their kids' birthday parties. I can't figure out
why... I think it's almost competitive for them to do so. I figured
Mason's parents spent at least $200-$350 for today's party. As for
us.. we had a great time and spent about $15 for gift. :0)


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Yesterday was Halloween night. I thought about going to the mall to
avoid the kids coming to our door to ask for candies. Since we are
christians we don't celebrate halloween because it's a holiday
associated with ghosts and other unholy things. But I decided we would
stay home and just treat it as a ordinary night. I told the boys with
a very serious tone that I didn't want them to go "trick or treat" for
several reasons. One being that we are children of God, the other reasons
like it would be very dangerous to knock on stranger's doors since we
didn't know who would answer the door(and the example of how a Japanese
student was killed in the 90s on a halloween day when he went to ask
for directions but was shot to death because that house owner asked the
student to freeze but the poor student didn't understand". This story
really scared the boys. I don't think they will ever want to knock on
people's houses. :0)) Another reason is that candies are BAD for their
teeth, and the boys are really good at protecting their teeth so they
decided it's a bad idea to go "trick or treat". So we printed out a
door sign which read "No candy! Sorry we don't celebrate Halloween. Have
a happy and safe night" and we taped it on the door and also covered the
bell with some paper. Amazingly NO ONE rang the bell, I was truly

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Yesterday was Halloween night. I thought about going to the mall to
avoid the kids coming to our door to ask for candies. Since we are
christians we don't celebrate halloween because it's a holiday
associated with ghosts and other unholy things. But I decided we would
stay home and just treat it as a ordinary night. I told the boys with
a very serious tone that I didn't want them to go "trick or treat" for
several reasons. One being that we are children of God, the other reasons
like it would be very dangerous to knock on stranger's doors since we
didn't know who would answer the door(and the example of how a Japanese
student was killed in the 90s on a halloween day when he went to ask
for directions but was shot to death because that house owner asked the
student to freeze but the poor student didn't understand". This story
really scared the boys. I don't think they will ever want to knock on
people's houses. :0)) Another reason is that candies are BAD for their
teeth, and the boys are really good at protecting their teeth so they
decided it's a bad idea to go "trick or treat". So we printed out a
door sign which read "No candy! Sorry we don't celebrate Halloween. Have
a happy and safe night" and we taped it on the door and also covered the
bell with some paper. Amazingly NO ONE rang the bell, I was truly

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