The Big News

For those of you who are still following this site, we’ve got a big announcement to make!

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Great and Exciting Things

Some great and exciting things this year for The Lily.

- She turned FOUR in July!! FOUR??!!! Where has the time gone?!
- She started karate classes.
- She started soccer lessons.
- She started her second year of preschool.
- She started official dance lessons with a dance and music academy.
- She has started reading chapter books.
- She was given her very first set of chores: letting Tink out of the bathroom when we come home, and giving Tink her daily water.
- She has a best friend from school.
- She still doesn’t like to swim and won’t put her head under water. :P
- She had Rapunzel the princess host her birthday party!
- She’s met Ariel the princess at another birthday party!
- She met Snow White at a community charity event!


Lily’s First Day of Preschool Part II

The face Lily gave me is a result of this conversation:

Mommy/Daddy: “This is your first day of school! Aren’t you excited??!!”
Lily: “But, I already WENT to school before. This isn’t my first day! (referring to her first day of preschool LAST year when she was 3 years old)”
Mommy/Daddy: “Well, every year, you have a new first day of school, starting a new grade.”
Lily: “But I’m still in preschool?”
Mommy/Daddy: “Well.. um, yes. This year is a bit different since you’re in your second year of preschool. But next year, you will start kindergarten!?”
Lily: “Then, I’ve already done this before. This isn’t my first day. That’s just silly.”

Hence, the look she gave me when I got all excited and took her picture. :P


Lily’s First Day of School

Our Lily started PRESCHOOL today! OH MY WORD, time flies. I cannot express the emotions that were all over the house the past week, and specifically today. There was a lot of bouncing up and down, a lot of excitement, a lot of “YAY!! PRESCHOOL!!”, and a lot of anticipation. And we’re not even talking about how Lily reacted yet! Just kidding…

Miss Lily has been excited about preschool ever since we started looking for preschools about a year ago. She was so excited that we actually got ready BEFORE we needed to. First time ever that she listened the first time when I asked her, “Okay time to get ready!” She finished her breakfast in record time, she got her shoes on in record time, and she pranced around the house in her little backpack a good 10 minutes before we had to leave. She waited by the door and asked me to “open the door, Mommmmyyy!!” before it was time to go.

I took the day off from work today in order to accompany Lily and her daddy to her first day of preschool. We took the bus because this is how Daddy and Lily will be going to preschool and home on other school days, so the three of us ventured out in the late morning to wait for the bus at the bus stop across the street. It was very exciting.

When we got there, Lily read the welcome sign on the board outside the door, and promptly posed for me. What a sweetheart.

We walked in and we found her cubbyhole, where we set her stuff down. She was super excited to have a cubbyhole.

Lily is only at school on Tuesdays and Thursdays for two hours each time. It is a slow transition, and we’re totally super excited about it. We gave her a hug and kiss, and she returned some excited side hugs to us as she was anxious to get going and start playing. She introduced herself to the other kids, and said hi to her two teachers, Ms. Lindsay and Ms. Amber. She fit perfectly in, and just said goodbye to us. We didn’t linger. We hung out around the grounds since we didn’t have a car to get anywhere. On regular school days, Dave/Daddy will be going upstairs to the gym that is also on the facility during the time Lily is in preschool. Today, we just hung out and read books while waiting for her school to end.

When we said goodbye to her, as we were walking away, I started crying. Dave had to comfort me while holding back tears himself. I can’t believe how fast she’s grown, and now she is in SCHOOL. And how well she did without us. How perfectly confident and capable she is. She’s her own little person, and I am so proud, and so heartbroken. Some days, it’s like she doesn’t even need us anymore. Dave and I joke sometimes that it feels like we’re just here to reach the stuff that are on high shelves for her. Heh.

When she saw us at the door when we picked her up, she ran to us, and first thing that came out of her mouth was, “I don’t want to go yet!!!” She absolutely loved it. She ate all her snacks, and followed directions. The teachers said she did fantastic. She can’t wait to go back.

We hopped back onto the bus and on our first stop, we decided to go to the mall and had some late lunch there, since she was only able to have a snack during preschool. She was starving! She was super excited and said she wanted to go back to school “right now!!”


Turned 3 and Disneyland

It’s been a while since we’ve updated on Miss Lily’s life. Life with a now-3-year-old is always busy busy busy, and on the go. She is a wonderful adventure in our lives. Everyday we love her more and more. And we are so lucky, so fortunate, to have such a beautiful soul for a daughter. She has grown from being a happy baby to a happy toddler to now a beautiful and kind, though spunky, happy little kid. On July 12 this year, Miss Lily turned 3 years old. She understood the concept completely, and got right into the mode. When she woke up that morning, she ran into our room and said, “AM I THREE TODAY?!” She could hardly sleep the night before because she kept exclaiming to us, “When I wake up tomorrow, I’m going to be THREE years old!”

Miss Lily got a lot of presents for her birthday. She is a fortunate little girl to have so many wonderful and loving people around her, from her extended family to her kid friends and all. One of the more important and meaningful gifts was a silver bracelet we got for her. In my culture, babies and little kids almost always wear some sort of jewelry their mothers gave them. Lily hasn’t had any jewelry since she was born because we didn’t want to force it on her, and because we were always paranoid about choking hazards, having jewelry caught on things, etc. Now that she is 3 and is so much more aware of herself and her surroundings, not to mention her needs and wants (sometimes she gets the two confused of course), we decided it was time that we could invest in some jewelry for her. She absolutely loves it, and hasn’t taken it off since her birthday. I was very excited to get it for her. I spent a lot of months looking for the perfect bracelet, and finally found one the night before her birthday. Phew!

Miss Lily is reading at grade 2 level. She has begun reading her first chapter books, as the “baby” books with one-sentence pages became too easy for her. She kept breezing through them in minutes. Chapter books we found have been more challenging for her, and thus keeps her occupied and learning. She also loves a good challenge and we often find her trying to sound out bigger words on her own, often reading on her own instead of playing with her toys. She is a “super reader,” as she says.

Lily also loves astronomy. Daddy and Lily have been learning about the solar system, and the differences between each planet. I think that pretty soon, she will know more about astronomy than I do. Heh. We have one smart cookie on our hands.

Among those, Miss Lily is also an avid emotion reader. I couldn’t be more proud, being the psychology nerd of the family. She can read facial expressions, subtle social cues, and predict how people are feeling or believing based on their behaviors and the way their faces look. She has such an intuition about people and things that it surprises us a lot, and often her discovery of people’s manners are either ignored by the rest of us or go unnoticed completely. She is such an intuned little person.

She is our little miracle.

Two days after her birthday, we went on our second plane ride with her, down to California as an extended family vacation with some of my in-laws. We just did our first Disneyland full day today, and she was absolutely stoked and very excited!! We’ve been attempting to hide Disneyland from her in hopes of surprising her when we got here. But every so often, we would hint that we would go “somewhere big” and that it would be a great surprise. We’d ask her if she would like to meet her favorite princesses, or see a really cool princess castle, etc. For the past few months, she feigned disinterest or ignorance, so we took that as ignorance.

Boy were we wrong.

Yesterday when we finally got to our hotel, and when we were having lunch, Dave said non-chalantly, “Hmm, I would really love to see a princess castle. It would be really cool if we got to see one.” Her chosen response was, “Daddy, why don’t we just go to the Disneyland castle? There’s a princess castle there.”

We looked at each other with our jaws dropped to the ground. She was coloring and carried on coloring when she said this, as if this was the easiest thing to know and how silly of us not to have thought of this idea already. We asked her how she knew of Disneyland, and she said, “From Mommy and Daddy, silly. From the both of you. You talk about it all the time.”

Hm, so we did. And now our adventure continues. Pictures to come as we go through our 2.5 week holiday in California!

And Disneyland so far:

The plane ride! She was so good!!

Miss Lily was reeaallly tired by the time we got onto the bus from LAX to our hotel.

The four cousins after dinner. So hyped up. “HEIGHTENED!”

The entrance with Daddy and cousin Reilly!

Mommy and Lily!

The Tinkerbell cousin twins.

In line for the Toy Story ride!

Kennedy and Lily on a ride in A Bug’s Life park! Love that face.. haha…

The two cousins. So cute!