Saturday, April 14, 2018

Spring cleanup - Patio

We decided to take advantage of the good weather today (temps in the 80s F) and declared a spring cleaning-day for our patio. It was a good day overall. We managed to get our backyard - well, the patio area - ready for spring, the only thing left to tackle is the grill.

We gave the walls a good scrubbing - vinyl siding is so easy to clean.

The most dramatic before & after shots are of the ceiling fans - we spent a couple of hours scrubbing the dirt and grime off of them.

Here are some before and after shots:

Hopefully, spring really does come so we can enjoy more time out here.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


So we brought out the Lego sets recently in the hopes of enticing Swe-cha into playing with them and boy, were we surprised!

So first up was the Blue Classic Creativity box which came with pieces and instructions for 3 pieces - a train, a whale and a house. Swe-cha tackled that all by himself in no time - Daddy helped a little by holding the instruction booklet up and flipping the pages.

Amazed, we brought out the Green Classic Creativity box and again, he immediately made short work of the pieces.

We didn't know that he could play with and follow (classic) Lego instructions correctly.  Classic Legos, compared to Duplos, are smaller and take some effort to snap together.

Interestingly, he's been mixing up the pieces and combining them and letting his imagination run wild. For example, pictured here is a train, a tractor and a whale. His train engine is missing a coal tender and a caboose so he is using the tractor and the whale to fill the need.

Notice also that the front wheels of the tractor is really a set of wheels from the train and that the front tractor wheels have been moved to the whale, completing the last pair of wheels on the whale are ones that are borrowed from a race car.

His Daddy, a self-proclaimed Lego afficionado, burst with pride as he nodded approvingly and declared, "that's what Lego is all about". The daddy now has a reason [translation: excuse] to shop for more Lego.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018


Look! I'm a dinosaur, I eat the iPad.


*shaking my head*

Thursday, March 8, 2018

February Art


I was sitting on the floor when an insect - a huge silverfish - came out. I chased it and flattened it with my slipper.

S: Don't bang, Mommy.

Me: It was an insect. It's scary.

S: Don't scare the insect, Mom.

Me: (under my breath) ... Sorry po.

Sunday, March 4, 2018


Hubby / S dropped me off to pick up a takeout order and Hubby drove the car around. I picked up the order and then met them in the other street...

Swe-cha: Daddy, you found Mommy, yay!


Taps me on the shoulder....

Swe-cha: Tap, tap, tap.... mommy, can you play with me ?


We lost power around 5pm last Friday,... at some point, I found S shining his flashlight all over the house and I asked him what he was looking for, ...

Swe-cha: The internet...


Dressing up after a bath,...

Swe-cha: I need socks, Mommy

I rummage around in the basket of clean laundry which I haven't sorted/folded yet and found 1.

Swe-cha: Thanks Mom, I need another sock!

I rummage around some more and found the pair...

Swe-cha: Thanks for the socks, Mom.