Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Twins are the best!

A good friend of mine just found out that she is having twins! I was excited for her, but she was surprisingly quite overwhelmed! The thought of doubling everything (diapers, stroller, clothing, feeding schedule and CRYING, just to name a few) can be pretty daunting. Also, when major life events happen, major life style changes will inevitably follow. This begs the question, are we ready for this change? This led me to wonder how my parents were able to do it, while at the same time raising a 3 yr old and a 5 yr old.

To cheer up my friend on this exciting news (can you tell that I am a bit biased...), I sent her a few of my baby pictures with Billy. Having twins is a photographer's dream and I can’t wait to help do a baby shoot for her. Can you tell who’s Billy and who’s me in these pictures?

I guess at the end of the day, we will always find time to do what we love most. So, when life changes, we’ll find ways to navigate and thrive.






Saturday, September 20, 2008

Mid-Autumn Festival - "Moon Festival"

Each year, Chinese people get together to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. When I was a kid in Hong Kong, my parents would take us to the store to pick out our favorite lanterns. We would light them up and watch them glow and compete with the brightness of the moon.

Recently at the Lo's, we would cut some moon cakes, drink some tea and enjoy the brightest, fullest moon of the year. This year, we celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival with me wrapping over 100 dumplings. I saw Bobby Flay's Season 4's Throwdown with Sohui Kim on Dumplings and was inspired to make some for the celebration. The secret ingredient for Sohui Kim's dumplings was tofu as it provides softness to the stuffing, giving it more juice. However, after tasting them, I liked them without tofu because it took away the texture of the stuffing (normally just pork and cabbage). I also made dumplings stuffed with shitake mushroom and shrimp, and those turned out well.

A tray of fresh dumpling, Yum-O!
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Steven helped pan fry the dumplings. Look at the nicely crusted dumpling bottoms!
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Here is a photo of the moon under the Foster City sky taken by Brandon with his Telephoto lens. Do you see "the woman"?
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1 for Sally, 25 for Joanne

A couple weekends ago, my friend from work graciously let us borrow her house in Tahoe, and a bunch of friends drove up and celebrated Sally's 1yr Anniversary as a "Lo" and Joanne's "25th" birthday. The house had a huge backyard for the doggies to run around and was perfectly located with beaches 10 minutes away! So we spent our weekend swimming with the dogs, playing lake football, and relaxing in the evening with a delicious BBQ of bacon-wrapped scallops, tri-tips, chicken, and yummy cupcakes from Carol. Newt and Steven also participated in a 72 mile bike ride around Tahoe. Whew, I get tired just by typing that sentence!

Sally's friends came and celebrated with her and Jenny prepared some doggie treats party favors for all of Sally's guests. Also, I surprised Jenny with a photobook of Sally Wally (her nickname) and her one year with us.

Eggs and Sausages...Breakfast time!
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The house had a beautiful deck in the back for eating.
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Joanne finishing up the rest of the Cheetos!
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Sally getting teased by Andy with a dog treat.
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Bonnie was another victim.
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Sally and her beagle pals
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Nothing better than basking in the sun with your cousin.
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The poochies enjoyed an afternoon swim in the lake. Well, really only Brody and Dodger did. The torpedo (Sally) and Bonnie jetted back to shore immediately.
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Brody, show me what's in your mouth!
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Andy messing with Sally again, with rocks on her back. Sally the Stegosaurus dinosaur!
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Carol's scrumptious mango cupcakes!
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Joanne received the same musical Peanuts birthday card three times, including one from Newt!
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The Lo's posing with the Photobook.
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After a fun weekend, it's time for lazy Sally to get her beauty sleep.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sally's Love for the Vet

Sally's Blog Entry...

"Some of my friends like to go to the park, others like the beach. For me, I like to go to the Vet. That's right, you heard it. I like to go to the Vet!

Since I've joined my new family last year, my dad's already taken me to see my vet 5 times. First, there was the initial checkup. I was nervous at first, considering this was my first visit. But once I saw the bowl of treats at the counter, I felt right at home. Then I had an UTI (urinary tract infection) in Winter. Those were some painful moments. My parents left me for two weeks in the Spring to go scuba diving in Thailand and I had really bad allergies. I had my second UTI soon after that. And if that wasn't enough, I just came back from my vet, diagnosed with anal sacculitis, an infection in my anal glands. =(

That's just great. Because of this, now I have to wear a diaper. That's right, it's even a puppy diaper. I ain't no puppy. At least my dad bought me a denim version to restore some of my dignity.

Here is a picture of me defending my tent with my stupid denim on. How am I suppose to look tough against my intruders with this diaper on? Remember my previous stance without the diaper? I looked more fierce!

Sally and Her Diaper

To help me feel better about myself, my dad took me out to paddleboard surf. I think my dad is trying too hard to make me feel tougher; I mean, look how big I am compared to Dad and Brandon.

Oh yeah, speaking of big, my vet said I need to lose some pounds. I am 15% heavier since my last visit. No wonder people call me chunky monkey. Good grief..."

Look cool in her diaper

Monday, September 1, 2008

Sally Videos

Crazy Sally on Command

Sally the Torpedo

Dirt Ball



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