Thursday, February 28, 2013

OOTD Dancing Rock Hero! :>

Finally, my OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) video for Nui Nui's 'boy' tee-shirted cape is here! The video was short, so I added a bonus at the end, bring you more smiles and more dancing :>

It's a myth that boys' clothes aren't as cute as girls'. I think it's because most (not all, I know) women are drawn to more girly things, like pink and dresses, that they can just relate to it better... or maybe I just have no idea what I'm talking about.

Either way, I like my kid mostly in pink (and leopard :>) and sometimes in more manly boys clothes, making her a little well-rounded and edgy and continually a superhero! :>

I love how this thumbnail turned out :> :>

What cute kids' clothes have you spotted lately? Comment below, we'd love to hear! :>

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

17 Month Update! :>

In one of @carahamelie's latest vlogs, she showed us the baby book she's been working on for her daughter's first year(s). Looking at how good it turned out, makes me think I should have done the same. Sigh. Just didn't think of it then. It's funny. You could ask me every single day what the latest is with Nui Nui and every day I will have something. A book, a monthly video, and sporadic blog post won't cut it. Perhaps daily vlogging is the best medium... :> #comtemplating :> :>

I used to take care of and teach kids but nothing nearly compares to being a mom 24/7. It's hard, namely tiring, and though it may not seem like there's always rainbows and sunshine, there actually IS always rainbows and sunshine!

Watching Nui Nui learn and grow is definitely a highlight. And also being able to see her with Mom. It's a blessing Mom gets to be in Nui Nui's life like she is, so, that said, I'll take these videos together for what they're worth :>

Thanks for reading and watching! Enjoy!!

What do you do keep the good memories alive? Comment below, we'd love to hear! :>

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

17 And Blooming! :>

Nui Nui sometimes likes to take out her clothes from a drawer she can reach— that would be her pants drawers. She sometimes digs through to the bottom to catch these pairs of bloomers, which I think came with a dress but which we still had yet to wear. So, on her birthday, when she pulled them out, I put them on her. You know Wonder Woman, right? Yeah, that's about right, I thought. Nui Nui's my little superhero so why not dress her like one? So in public she went. :> :> #youcangetawaywiththingslikethiswhenyourelittle :> :>

What crazy fun things do you or your little ones like to wear? Comment below, we'd love to hear! :> :>

Nui Nui's 17th Birthday At The Puh-Park! Wheeeee!

Here we just arrived at the park. Nui Nui was very excited :>

I love these next two pics. Pau Pau rarely comes to the park with us so it was a treat, especially on the swings. :>

Looking back, this is where I now realize Nui Nui wasn't feeling well :<

And so we left... What did you do this past weekend? Comment below, we'd love to hear! :>

Monday, February 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Christina And The Best Grand/Ma Ever!

Today was not a day I had expected...

Last night, when I got home from yoga, Mom told me upon entering that Nui Nui was sick with a fever. Nui Nui's cheeks were rosy, she was warm/hot, and sitting on the couch with Pau Pau and Grandpa.

I quickly took a shower, took her temperature, and called a nurse. I took her temperature with a digital adult thermometer via her mouth. After a while, it read 102degF. I couldn't believe this day had come— I was waiting for it but, really, was in denial that this would happen to Nui Nui. I mean, you hear about it but...

Anywho, bam. It happened. It's happening. I guess better now than worse later? I suspected it might be croup or just a phlegmy bad cough/cold/fever. She woke up that morning with trouble breathing from the dryish phlegm, which worried me, but lucky with some water and a pillow to incline her, she was ok.

I asked Nui Nui what she wanted to do and she said, 'wee'. She wanted to go to the park— Wheeeeeee! I always say when we go :> Down the slide on the swing swings... :> So I took her and she swung, and ran, and climbed and went down the slide over and over, but by the short while we were there she was exhausted. I should have realized and only looking back now, do I. For the rest of the day though, she seemed like she was ok...

So I put Nui Nui to bed last night, cutting down on our usual routine— skipped brushing teeth (gasp!... there are worse things...) and even washing her feet, which I paid for later. Nui Nui couldn't sleep through the night. At midnight, I brought her to my bed and she woke up every hour. I woke up in the morning, exhausted as brown eyes can turn dark below, and got ready for work but as I was about to step out, I heard her cry. Mom said I could go but I wanted to check on her— she was sleeping in my bed. I went in to check on her and she was hot. Really hot. I couldn't go to work and didn't. Nui Nui comes first.

We spent a low-key day together. Nui Nui has little energy but is a fighter/trooper and tried to laugh as much as she can :> Nui Nui being sick, I see/realize how much she knows me. It's a running joke how I worry she won't know who I am after being away for her for so long when I'm at work. She was very 'deh', translation: attached?.

We brought her to the doctor in the afternoon and the same old info was confirmed. Could be this, could be that, there's not really much we can do aside from the usual...
  • humidifier
  • steamy bathroom
  • saline spray, suction-bulb
  • a little bit of honey
  • a little bit of children's tylenol or ibuprofen
  • emphasis on fluids

  • They did confirm, though, that she did indeed have a 102degF temperature. I could no longer escape my disbelief (or denial).

    Sigh. Alas. I think she'll be alright but I've never seen Nui Nui this low-energy and bummed. Really makes me the same.

    After the doc's office, I insisted we go across the street at Mom's suggestion and get an apple pie from Whole Foods. I got Haagen Daaz vanilla to make it a la mode.

    As mentioned, this wasn't how I expected to celebrate Mom's birthday but Nui Nui's quietly asleep, at least for now and Mom got lots of hugs and kisses so I guess it wasn't a total bomb.

    I had to make this card from a pic of Nui Nui yesterday. Today was not a picture perfect day. And, Nui Nui was rocking these unforgettable bloomers... Gaga-style? :> :>

    How was your day? Comment below, we'd love to hear! :>

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

    Buttery Sweet Delicious! 17 Months!!

    What happened to 16? :> Feels like we were celebrating Nui Nui's Sweet 16 last week... Time flies when you're having... the time of your life.

    For a special treat, I made Nui Nui some homemade brioche french toast with her favorite fruit of the moment— strawberries, which, though early, have been really sweet lately.

    Brioche french toast is a cynch, as most of the work is already done for you— assuming you buy the brioche. We buy it at a local bakery, slice it into thick ~1" slabs, and freeze them until we want to eat them.

    Simply beat some eggs, add some milk and soak in the brioche. Because they're thick, I actually poke some holes in the bread hoping some of the egg-milk combo will be absorbed. Then in a frying pan, spray with oil, heat up, and drop the bread in. Because they're thick, I also cover, though not fully, the brioche so the french toast will heat/cook all the way through. Flip over, heat a little longer, then voila. Brioche french toast is done.

    While cooking, cut up some strawberries or whatever fruit in season and that you fancy. Serve with butter and maple syrup.

    Easy schmeasy 6-ingredient recipe o' love.

    Like to cook/bake? Share your recipes of love in the comments below, we'd love to try them! :> :>

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

    Fryday Night At Kitchen!

    Sisters!... :> :> lmfao.

    Auntie Sera showing off her boys M&J :>

    Why I need a better camera...

    The me in her...

    That's chinese food for you...

    High fives!

    What terrible food did you last eat with family? Comment below, we'd love to hear! :>
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