With guests in town and us traveling over the weekend,Â mei-mei has perfected her skillsÂ of getting what she wanted when she wanted.Â She screamed hysterically non-stop hours no end when she was put down.Â She was ‘mai-toe-da-han’ (whole head is sweating) when we finally gave in and picked her up.Â She can wake up from deep sleep (and snoring) the moment we put her in crib and can also fall back into deep sleep the moment we pick her up.Â It’s almost unreal.
The other day she woke Maddy up in the middle of the night and everyone (sans daddy because he sleeps through everything) was unhappy until I finally just gathered both of them to our bed.
I told daddy the next day that we should move mei-mei to the guest room downstairs if she wakes up so she can cry however long she pleases.
It was as if mei-mei figured me out.Â She smiled at me when I kissed her night-night.Â She did not make a move or another sound until 11 hours later the next morning.Â If only she could talk, she would snicker at me and say “only because I want to”.Â Â She is so different from Maddy.Â Maddy is a typical rule follower.Â It’s all about right and wrong and she prides in following the rules and doing things ‘right’.Â
I can tell that mei-mei has no regards to rules.Â She’s all about charming her way through life and doing things on her own terms.Â We’re going to have our hands full!
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I’ve gone “domestic”:Â cook Potato-crusted Tilapia, New Orleans Meatloaf, Dill Salmon with Lemon Rice, and nacho cheese breakfast burritos so far… and that’s a record for me, actually cooking two nights in a row.
All thanks to Super Suppers.Â I suppose I could make it a girl’s date out to assemble the dishes myself, but why would I do that if there is a discount from work so all my job is to decide on the dishes I want on-line and pick them up at my leisure?
Surprisingly, they’re very very yummy (even after I over cook the fish and under cook the meatloaf a bit)!!Â Maddy ateÂ a lot of Salmon today, and usually she’s not into seafood.Â She even loved the lemon rice although I would have preferred just plain old Jasmine rice.
Who would have known?Â Outsource the worst part of cooking (shopping, chopping and mopping) and put delicious and healthy dinners on table (still able to say “I cook it”).Â I love being pseudo-domestic!
Disclosure:Â Daddy said I am no where near even ‘pseudo-domestic’ and I’m using the word ‘domestic’ way too loosely, especially since I sent him to pick up the orders.
2006 Wake County School Results are out: #1 Davis; #2 Highcroft and # Cedar Fork.Â Carpenter won’t have any results until next year since it just opened this fall.
In addition, congrats to Davis Elementary, a 2006 No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon School, selected by the US Department of Education.Â The Blue Ribbon Program “honors public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior in their states or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.”
After two years of searching and visioning, we finally put up what we thought represent us on the wall of our family room.Â Our girls are gorgeous, and we don’t look bad ourselves
Photos are taken by Dara Blakeley.Â I LOVE her.Â She captured the essence of our families and each girl during our photo shoot, and all the pictures (three rolls of black and white) turned out absolutely wonderful.Â The only downside:Â you paid for it.Â
It’s a typical Halloween day for us… Parade at the school follow by class party; went to dinner and came home to get ready for trick or treating.
We just left the candy out by the door since we all wanted to take a stroll around.Â Neighbor family1 were out sipping afternoon drinks with their dogs, and Maddy was happy to be their first trick or treater.Â Neighbor family2 sent their daddy stand outside with the candy bowl; we teased him because he has three teenager kids who are more qualified to be a candy giver, that and it was his birthday.Â Neighbor family3 had fancy decoration, dry ice and all, with sound effect.Â Neighbor family4 also decorated their front lawn for trick or treaters.Â We chit-chatted and visited neighbor family5, who were sitting outside with their doggies talking to all the kids as well.
Some families really had it all out, but we didn’t go too close since Maddy doesn’t like lound noises (and they sounded a bit scary ).Â Trick or Treaters came and went in waves.Â We saw ’school’ of kids running back and forth next block down.Â It look like they were having a nice party.
Halloween, not my favorite ‘holiday’ given all the possible scary elements; however, making it into a safe and warm neighborhood event, we are making a positive difference…. just the way I like it.