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 Moments 2012

I keep forgetting to update this blog about our Lily moments…

Lily: “Mom, does my breath smells good? *exhales*”
Mommy: “It smells okay, I guess..?”
Lily: “Let me smell yours!”
Mommy: “*Exhales*”
Lily: “^.O It smells TERRIBLE! Did you brush your teeth?”
Mommy: “O.o I did!”
Lily: “Then does it just stay smelling terrible all the time? You can’t help it?”

Everyone’s a critic. :P

Sept 3, 2012

August 27, 2012:

Lily: “I sure wish I can meet Lucy Hale.”
Mommy: “Lucy Hale? Who’s she?”
Lily: “She’s the actress in the Cinderella Story Once Upon a Song. I think it would be really nice to meet her for real.”
Mommy: “You know her real name..?!”
Lily: “Yeah. And her evil stepsister in the movie is really Megan Park. I think she’s really nice in real life.”
Mommy: “Megan Park?!”
Lily: “Yeah. Isn’t that a funny name for a real person?”
Mommy: “Who else is in the movie?”
Lily: “Freddie Stroma plays the nice prince. He sings that Knockin’ song.”

Kay, so apparently, she’s been reading the credits of the movies she watches to see who plays the parts. O.o

August 25, 2012:

Lily: “Where’s my cousin Nick (Nick Terris), Mommy?”
Mommy: “Well, he’s around, babe.”
Lily: “He doesn’t live with Reilly? Or his mommy?”
Mommy: “No, he lives on his own now.”
Lily: “Why? He was just a TEENAGER when I first met him!”
Mommy: “Yeah, now he’s an adult. Neat, huh?”
Lily: “……… Does he look different now?”

August 17, 2012:

While playing Super Special Agent Secret Detective…

Mommy: “What are we doing now, Special Agent Lily?!!”
Lily: “We are chasing the evil scientist in his evil science room, where he has invisible mean robots!!!! (aka Daddy is the evil scientist :P )
Mommy: “Oh! How will we fight them off?!”
Lily: “Well.. well, WELL! We have our very own GOOD invisible robots!!”
Mommy: “How will we know which ones are evil?”
Lily: “Well, we just ask them, of course.”

August 12, 2012:

Lily’s first time camping:

- Lily got to see her first shooting stars (3, in fact! and on the best night of the year!)
- Pointing out the “crescent moon” and how bright Jupiter looks in the pitch black
- Hanging out with her best friend Savannah (whose mom also happens to be my best friend!)
- Seeing the sunrise with my baby girl for the first time ever
- Pitching up a SUPER BIG 3-room tent

- Cuddle sleeping and cozying up outside
- “Mama, the river sure looks beautiful, doesn’t it?”
- “Mama, I love you, and you give the best cuddles.”

- Lily cried because she missed our cat, Tink
- Not eating dinner OR breakfast
- Getting a fever in the middle of the night :(
- Getting about 3 hours o sleep O.o
- Crashing when we got home next morning

Lily said she doesn’t like camping – she missed her own bed and her cat, Tink, too much.

“What if a FEROCIOUS monster with sharp teeth got Tink?!”

“I made THREE wishes, Mommy.”
“What were the wishes, baby?”
“I can’t tell you, or it won’t come true! Oh wait! But I made THREE of the same wishes on each shooting star I saw. So I can actually tell you one of those, and I still have two left! I made a wish that I would meet my handsome prince, and he is kind and handsome and we will fall in love and never fall out of love, ever. And we’ll live happily ever after.”

Sweetest. Girl. Ever.

August 7, 2012:

*Lily getting in and out of her dinner seat, in and out, in and out*

Mommy: “LIillLLYYYYYyyy!! Get back in your seat and eat your dinnneerrrr!!”
Lily: “But.. I just wanted to give you a hug because you’re such a beautiful mommy.” *proceeds to give me hug*

Sneak. :P

August 6, 2012:

During bedtime routine, Lily went to hide after she called me up to her room to give her a hug and kiss goodnight.

Mommy: “Well, I guess since this is such a lovely comfortable bed here, I’m just going to fall asleep.”

*… after a minute of waiting to see if I’d get up…*

Lily JUMPS OUT of her hiding spot, yelling, “SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t forget about me??! Remember me?!! I’m the washcloth girl!! You JUST cleaned my face!!!! Lilias Edwards, remember??!!!”

August 6, 2012:

Lily: “It was very nice that you woke me up last night, Daddy, to watch the Mars rover land! Will you wake me up when there is a VENUS rover.. or even a PLUTO rover??!!”
Daddy: “You wanna be up for that, babe? Of COURSE I’ll wake you up!”
Mommy: “Is Pluto farther or closer to the sun, Lily?”
Lily: “Farther away, of course. What a silly question.”


August 6, 2012:

While eating her Smarties dessert after dinner…

Daddy: “You better hurry up and eat those… Or I’m going to get them..!!”
Lily: “NO, Daddy. Don’t! That’s just… INCONCEIVABLE!!!!”

August 5, 2012:

While coming back to Canada from the states, chatting with the border patrol officer…

Officer: “Anything to declare?”
MIL: “Nope.”
Officer: “Okay. You may go.”
Officer: “Wait wait, ma’am. WHAT did that little girl say? Excuse me, what did you say [to Lily]?”
Lily: “…… Oh.. um.. er… they told us we were going to see WHALES today but there were no WHALES! We’ve been TRICKED!! And LIED TO!!!”

July 30, 2012:

Mommy: “Lily, it’s time for lunch. Please go wash your hands and clean up your toys. Then you can sit down for lunch.”
Lily: “*siiigghh* Sometimes, I don’t like having a boss. I have TWO! I never asked for this.”

More Lily Moments

Lily moments must be remembered forever, and recorded, because they are so darn awesome. She is so witty, if I do say so myself. :)

November 21, 2011:

Lily: “Mother? Oh, mother?”
Mommy: “Yes, daughter?”
Lily: “No, call me ‘Big Girl.’”
Mommy: “Oh, I mean.. Yes, Big Girl?”
Lily: “You are the BEESSTT mommy in the wwhoollllee wide world!!”
Mommy: “Aww, thank you so much, honey.”
Lily: “No, call me ‘Big Girl.’”

November 24, 2011:

Lily: “I only like Ethan.”
Mommy: “Oh? Who’s Ethan?”
Lily: “Ethan is my BOYFRIEND!”
Mommy: “Oh? Does Ethan know that?”
Lily: “No, not yet.”
Mommy: “It might be something he should know about, babe.”

November 27, 2011:

When your 3-year-old randomly says, “I DIDN’T DO ANYTHING!!!”…. it sort of makes you suspicious. Just a wee bit.

November 28, 2011:

Mommy: “Lily, can you clean up for lunch, please?”
Lily: “Um, no thanks, Mommy. But thank you for asking.”

Lily: “I can’t WAIT to get married to my REAL prince!!!”
Daddy: “No rush. I really prefer if you wait.”
Lily: “But I just CAN’T wait!!”
Daddy: “Your real prince has to grow up first. He’s as little as you are right now. He has to grow up and become a millionaire first before he can deserve you.”
Lily: “Yeah, and I will be a millionaire first too!”

Rock on, girl.

December 1, 2011:

Daddy: “Do you need to go potty? If you need to go, you should go.”
Lily: “No, thanks. All I need is to fart.”

December 2, 2011:

Lily’s dentist appointment went FANTASTIC today. She was cooperative, got her teeth polished and painted (whatever that means?), no cavities, and opened wide whenever she was asked. She also held conversations like a big girl, and the dentist and his assistant were sooo impressed and enchanted. :) That’s my girl!

*Lily did a GIANT sneeze with food in her mouth…*
Daddy: “AAHH!! You should have covered your mouth…”
Lily: “But then it would have been all over MY arm!!”

December 3, 2011:

Lily taps on Mommy’s shoulder:
Lily: “Say, ‘AAHH!!!!’”
Mommy: “Hmm? Oh, okay…. AAHH!!!!”
Lily: “It’s just me!”
Mommy: “Oh, phew!”
Lily: “You’re silly. Why did you say ‘aahh’? It’s just me.”

Okay, I somehow forgot this our 3y/o is a genius today. She’s figured out there’s a Santa conspiracy, but she’s not quite sure what to make of it yet.

We went to the mall to get her picture retaken with Santa because the first was so ugly and overexposed (her face was as bright as her white sweater), and then went to pick up some groceries at our local PriceSmart, where they also had a Santa. Lily met Mrs. Claus there and scrutinized and interrogated Mrs. Claus about why there were two Santas, and that she just met the first at the mall. Then she went to sit on Santa #2’s lap, and when he asked her what she wanted for Christmas, she said, “I just told you at the mall. You should know.” :P

Then, at the Christmas parade in Langley, there was a THIRD Santa and another Mrs. Claus, who unfortunately didn’t look anything like the first Mrs. Claus. So Lily asked her to reference the conversation they had at PriceSmart earlier in the day.

Better Than Ever

Friday, November 18, 2011:

Mommy reaching for some chocolates…
Lily: “Mom! You CAN’T have dessert if you haven’t eaten your dinner! See? I ate MMMYY dinner, so now I can have dessert. *holds up caramel popcorn and sesame cracker*”
Mommy: “Um.. well, I admit you’re right…”
Lily: “Good job, Mommy. Now go eat your dinner…”

Hm. How do I break it to her that mommies get to do whatever they want and don’t have to follow their own rules without making her feel she can completely trump my rules? :P

Sunday, November 20, 2011:

*watching Spiderman cartoon for the first time with Daddy*
Lily: “Who’s that?!!”
Daddy: “That’s a bad Spiderman, not the real Spiderman.”
Lily: “Who is that mean lady?!”
Daddy: “Well, she just looks mean, she’s not really mean.”
Lily: “>.< She should be nice!.... Who's that?!!"
Daddy: "That's er, Stan Lee, who is making an appearance in the cartoon because he's an egomaniac."
Lily: "EAGLE?! He's an EAGLE?!!"

Daddy: “Take another big girl bite, please.”
Lily: “*picks up forkful* Is this a big girl bite?”
Daddy: “Hmm….”
Lily: “Well, let’s just call it a big girl bite, kay?”

Monday, November 21, 2011:

Lily: “Mother? Oh, mother?”
Mommy: “Yes, daughter?”
Lily: “No, call me ‘Big Girl.’”
Mommy: “Oh, I mean.. Yes, Big Girl?”
Lily: “You are the BEESSTT mommy in the wwhoollllee wide world!!”
Mommy: “Aww, thank you so much, honey.”
Lily: “No, call me ‘Big Girl.’”

Happy 40th, Hubby

This is written dedicated to my husband, who turns 40 on November, 11, 2011 (11-11-11). To my sweet husband, this is the way we recognize that you love us…

- that whenever you lay a hand on me, it is only with the gentlest touch.

- that you re-arranged your entire life to fit into the keyhole of our happiness.

- that when you look at our daughter, I can see the whole world in your eyes.

- that although you are entirely European, you learn to cook authentic Vietnamese food from scratch.

- that you value love over money.

- that you find behind a parent as the most enjoyable and most rewarding job you’ve ever had.

- that you would give up all the riches in the world just so you can be with your family.

- that we’ve created a life together.

- that we’ve gone from have nothing to our name to building a home and a house together.

- that you’ve supported me through school.

- that you’ve watched me cry and sob and still love me through it all.

- that you can say “I have no idea what you’re talking about,” and still you try to understand.

- that you understand I’m not always like you, and yet you love me anyway

- that you are kind to our cat, Tink.

- that you sacrifice the very core of who you have been just to be with us.

- that you teach me how to be a better parent; how to be more like you.

- that you recognize my weaknesses and still think they are my strengths.

- that you support me in whatever you decision, whatever road I choose to take.

- that you say you would follow me to the ends of the earth, as long as we’re doing it together.

- that you find being in our pajamas and in the same room without saying a word as enjoyable as I do.

- that you proposed to me by giving me a plant.

- that you sacrificed having a small wedding in favor of a big extravagant one because you thought it would make me happy.

- that our daughter calls you her best friend.

- that our cat believes you’re her best friend, too.

- that you are most definitely my very best friend.

- that you make me orange julius even when you’re feeling lazy.

- that you don’t mind that I don’t cook.

- that you’ve learned to speak “Helenese” even when it’s not the most comfortable for you.

- that everything you’ve invested is in us; you have no “Plan B.”

- that you start your sentences with, “When we’re old and gray…”

- that you believe spending time with Lily is infinitely more valuable than playing video games.

- that you remind me to be gentle with her.

- that you tell us we’re both beautiful.

- that you’re not afraid to show you feelings, even when they show how vulnerable you are.

- that you’re a man through and through and through.

- that you have strong arms to hold me steady.

- that you aren’t afraid to express how happy you are to see me happy.

- that you wish you could undo all the hurt that I’ve been through.

- that you would readily sacrifice your life and your freedom to protect us.

- that you’re a father every single man would and should look up to.

- that although you’re not gregarious, you make events and play dates for Lily because she is.

- that you do chores around the house.

- that you love your mom.

- that you believe how important my culture is in our family.

- that you don’t let me make excuses for sometimes wanting to be “less than” what I am capable of.

- that you are my biggest fan in everything I do.

- that you believe in me more than I sometimes believe in myself.

- that whenever I say, “I don’t know if I can do it…” you laugh because that’s the silliest thing you’ve ever heard.

- that I fit into your arms so seamlessly.

- that we’ve been together for over 12 years, and still I seem to learn something new about you all the time.

- that you work so hard to shift your way of thinking to understand the way I think.

- that you help make this house into a home.

- that you know me so well, you listen even when you’re not listening.

- that you’re not just a “Uh huh, yes, ma’am” kinda guy; that you believe I deserve an equal partner.

- that we share the same artistic flare on photography, design, and everything in between.

- that I don’t have to be afraid of telling you my “scary” feelings.

- that you respect my struggles even when you don’t understand them.

- that you never put me down for my feelings.

- that you can get just as angry and frustrated as I can get.

- that you taught our Lily astronomy, math, grammar, photosynthesis, and how the planet works.

- that even when I gained 36 pounds during my pregnancy, you still thought I was the most beautiful creature on earth.

- that you get excited when I have a good meal.

- that you give without ever saying you’re giving; it just comes naturally.

- that I truly believe you can, do, and will love Lily forever, unconditionally.

- that you let me watch HGTV House Hunters even when it annoys the heck out of you.

- that more often than not, you sacrifice your own needs for ours.

- that you are constantly mentally, emotionally, verbally, and physically there for Lily; whether it is with hugs and kisses, or teaching her morals and values, or telling her you love her to bits and pieces.

- that you are happy to see me when I come home from work every night.

- that you think whatever I end up doing, I will be a rock star at it.

- that you’ve always believed in my abilities and capabilities and potential, even when I didn’t.

- that although you’d rather be home playing on the computer, you are rarely home playing on the computer when there is time instead for family time or Lily time.

- that you sometimes still tell me, “You look very pretty today.”

- that you quit your biggest vice for us.

- that you get me my snacks when you go shopping, even when I don’t ask you to

- that you went vegetarian with us so we can all be healthier together.

- that you taught me the value of staying connected with politics and policies; that you taught me the importance of staying aware.

- that you look at us with love.

The way you love us is amazing. The way you are is amazing. I am thankful for every year of your 40 years, because it has led you to me. Thank you for finding me, thank you for saving me. In more ways than you or anyone would ever know. I love you, hubby, and happy birthday. :)