Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Bun Bun loves her daddy.  Her eyes light up, and she runs to greet him when he gets home from work.  She follows him around the house most of the time, like a little puppy.  She loves some of the same things he likes.  Daddy puts her to bed with their bedtime routine, ending with their time on the rocking chair.  It is really cute.

She can say "Daddy", clear as a bell for a while now.  I'm still "Wom". 

I don't mind one bit.
Bun Bun and Daddy earlier this year and ~5.5 years ago.
Bun Bun playing with Avenger Lego "action figures".

Monday, July 10, 2017


We now have a six-year old!  For the first time, we had a birthday party and hosted 14 other children.  The party was a few weeks ago since we wanted to be sure that her friends and classmates hadn't gone off on vacation yet.  It took place at a local play gym and was really easy - no clean-ups!

This summer, Bun Bun is back in school for about 5 weeks, just four days a week.  She'll keep up with everything she learned during the school year.  We'll get in some time away still, between day trips here and there to overnight stays at a local camp site.

Inspired by the British Baking Show, this was my Victorian sponge sandwich cake with homemade whipped cream.  Yum!

Happy birthday, America!

This was taken at Tyler Arboretum in Media, just down the road from us yet our first visit ever.  It won't be our last.

Papa bear, Mama bear, and Baby bear

Friday, April 28, 2017

Bun Bun belts it out!

Play a favorite song really loud, in a room with mirrors, and give a girl a microphone, this is what you get!

Monday, April 24, 2017


Bun Bun loves her Daddy!

Daddy loves his Snugger McSnuggums!

Monday, April 17, 2017


A few more months until Bun Bun's sixth birthday, she has started to lose baby teeth.  The first one came out last week with another one on the way.  Two replacement teeth have already emerged.  Bun Bun wasn't quite sure how she felt at first.  I think she also thought she had done something wrong since after it was pointed out to her, she cried inconsolably for a long time.  Daddy later gave her a dollar with which she bought a hat at the Dollar Store.  It is a very cute purple hat!

After a week off from school, today is the first day back.  Lately, she hasn't really been feeling it.  Her teachers have reported that she gets really tired by the afternoon and refuses to do any more work without bribery.  She is still recovering from back-to-back lingering colds which probably has been making her feel groggy.  So, we'll see if the week-long break will push her through the next few weeks until summer vacation.  Bun Bun brings home school work every day.  I save some of the more colorful ones and take pictures of others.  Some I have taken to work to decorate my office door.  From what she brings home, I'm also sensing that she's getting bored with some of the same work they do.

We've been having a lot more "conversations" lately.  It is really cute!
First tooth in, first tooth out.
A lot of work involves cutting a pasting.  This one taught counting.

Rain-themed April

Bun Bun has been making good progress writing her name.

Friday, March 24, 2017

A conversation

Me:  Do you want to go to 婆婆's house?
Bun Bun:  No, uh-uh.
Me:  Do you want to go home?
Bun Bun:  Home.

I believe this may be the first conversation I have ever had with Bun Bun.  Speech has been and continues to be a struggle for her.  Since she started kindergarten back in September, she has been making slow and steady progress.  I think back around Christmas break, she started to watch tons of YouTube videos with children's songs.  When Bun Bun is muttering to herself and pairing hand gestures, we can clearly see that she is singing her favorite songs.  It all started with "Head and Shoulders" then she added the "Finger Family Song" and "Wheels on the Bus" to her repertoire.  Now, she sings along with gestures to many others.  It's been really encouraging to hear her use more words.  Teaching her sign language is paying off big time since she will use that to help her listeners understand what she is trying to say.

Here are some recent pictures.

We attended the Bobcat Pride Breakfast at Bun Bun's school; it was on St. Patrick's day, and we got our picture taken with the school mascot - the Bobcat.  Bun Bun wasn't quite sure what to make of the creature.  She would not have had the courage to have her picture taken with it alone.
A portrait of Daddy by Bun Bun, circa 2017
Bun Bun works really hard at school.  Here she is tracing and ordering numbers 0 through 10 all on her own, without any help!  She has learned the alphabet, capital & lower case, and numbers through at least 20, most likely more.
One perk of my job is attending fantastic scientific conferences.  The bonus is when the conference takes place in Banff, Alberta, Canada amidst the beautiful Canadian Rockies.  This was the view from the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
I got to fulfill a life-long dream and ice skated on the nearby frozen and very beautiful Lake Louise.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Twinkle Stars

Bun Bun really likes music.  Through most of Christmas break, she watched YouTube videos of kids songs, compilations from Signing Time , Makin' Music, and Super Simple Songs.  Daddy and I now have all of those songs stuck in our heads and hum them throughout the day.

She's also been attending music therapy where she's exposed to all kinds of instruments.  Here's a video from last night.  She was happy as a clam, singing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.  Mr. Jerry is the music therapist.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Jingle Bells

Bun Bun's school held a Holiday Assembly.  The entire school put on a Christmas concert.  The kindergartners sang "Jingle Bells".  There's a lot of talent at the elementary school.

Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Merry Christmas!

It's been a while, Dear Readers.  I had to reset my password.  That's how long it has been!

Waiting for the school bus on the first day of school
When we last met, Bun Bun was getting ready to start kindergarten.  And, so she has and has been thriving.  It was definitely a good move even though I wasn't sure if she was ready.  She has been attending a learning support classroom and spending a little bit of time everyday with typical peers.  We've noticed that she has been talking a lot more, like a parrot, mimicking a lot of the last words she hears at the end of sentences.  She has even learned to write her name!  She loves to sing and dance!  One of her current favorites is "Head and Shoulders".  She is really loving school and is super happy to be there, working hard, and keeping up with her tasks.
Olivia wrote her name in an orange crayon.
On some more somber notes, I am quite pessimistic about the future of this country and somewhat fearful of what changes the new administration will bring about.  Here's my political view - this country has elected a narcissist who has no social skills.  I am fearful because this new administration has targeted, demeaned, and disregarded women, people who are not white, foreigners, folks with disabilities, and scientists.  Do these descriptions sound familiar?  I am fearful because supporters of the new administration have openly assaulted and bullied people who fit these and many other categories; they do so all the more when they smell dissent.  My only glimmer of hope is that God is in control.  He will be in control come January 20th.  That's hope that I am thankful to hold tightly to.

I have always dreaded fall and winter because the sun-lit days are shorter.  And, it's cold!  I think this fall has been more gloomy because of the current political climate.  Even the Christmas cheers have not helped much.  Sorry to sound so depressing...

God is in control!

Friday, September 2, 2016


 I never liked that quote, "God gives special kids to special parents." for a number of reasons.  Mostly, I think it's something people say because they feel sorry for you even though it has never made me feel any better about being a mom to Olivia.  Olivia is very special, but aren't all kids special in their own ways?

I saw this quote today.  I wish I know who the author is to give proper credit.  I like it a lot more because God gets the glory.  He has always been good at giving extraordinary tasks to ordinary people.  This quote also reminds me that I can do nothing without God who gives me just what I need and helps me move forward one step at a time.  I will need to remember this as Olivia starts kindergarten soon.

Bun Bun loves her books.  She will start kindergarten in a few days!  I hope she will always love books and learn to read soon.
Selfies at Longwood Gardens in August