Time Out for Breaking Bread…

This past week, Mommy went to a “food” conference for 2 days, so I got to take Malachy to school for two mornings. It was really cool. We were the first ones there in the morning, and we had some dim sum. Shien had let me know how there was a group of them who ate together and shared their food together each morning, so I was able to partake in that. Malachy shared his dim sum and others shared their McDonald’s pancakes, macaroni soup, and Gatorade. The next day, I bought even more dim sum for everyone, and it was just nice that everyone was with their child starting off the day, eating and sharing with each other. It would have been even nicer if it was for longer than 15-20 minutes…
Watching Jamie Oliver’s, Food Revolution, made me think. Why is it that we only eat one meal together with our kids, if even? How different things could be if we got to eat together more with friends and family?
I remember one Chinese New Year, where my sister and I got to go home for lunch on a school day. That was special. Eating lunch with the whole family on a school day. Maybe we’d all eat healthier if we all got to eat together more and break bread… πŸ˜‰

Time Out for Lights Off!

We have the shades down in our bedroom, so it’s usually still pretty dark when we get up in the morning. On weekends, it’s almost always Malachy waking us up, but on weekdays, it’s usually the other way around. We usually try to get him up by drawing the shades to brighten up the room. Once in a while, I’ll turn on the halogen with the remote light switch, so it gets REALLY bright. When I do that, Malachy usually quickly gets up out of bed, grabs the remote switch to turn the lights off, and jumps back into bed.
Earlier in the week, I turned on the lights, and he immediately turn off the lights. Then he said, “Daddy, didn’t you read my sign?!” I hadn’t noticed. He said, “Read it!” He had stuck a piece of paper on the nightstand (located between his bed and ours), and it read, “DO NOT EVER TURN ON LIGHT SWICH!” Unbelievable! πŸ˜‰
I believe it was over 6 months ago that his uncle had joked around with him saying that he would sleep in Malachy’s bed if he didn’t go to bed. Believe it or not, that worked a few times. Eventually, I told him he could make a sign to say that it was his bed and for him only. The power of writing… πŸ˜‰

Time Out for Tomorrow…

The music teacher in our school was getting ready for the Spring Banquet, and she played some awesome tunes on the piano, while I was setting up her computer and SMART Board. She played Seasons of Love and then she played Tomorrow. Seasons of Love I just loved ever since I saw RENT, and Tomorrow was a childhood favorite. I think we had to sing it for school. I told the music teacher to sign me and Malachy up… πŸ˜‰
Anyways, when Malachy was a baby, Shien and I would always take turns putting him to bed, and we would sing to him all the time. I sang Tomorrow hundreds of times, and when he got older, he would sing along or even request it! πŸ˜‰ I think we are both much braver in the dark. But, here he is with the lyrics in front of him. I should have just let him sing without it, as he stopped every now and then and also sang it a lot higher than ever before! Aiya!

Time Out for Father and Son…

This weekend, Mommy was at a wedding in LA, so it was just me and Malachy this past weekend.Β  It made me feel that much more blessed to have Shien as a partner.Β  It was awesome hanging out with Malachy, but it made me that much more appreciative that we have a team.Β  When one of us is tired or bogged down with work, we have each other, and that makes a HUGE difference.Β  I thought about all the single moms and dads out there, or even the parents that go it alone most of the time, like stay-at-home moms and dads.Β  And… I only have ONE child! πŸ˜‰Β  It makes such a difference when there is support.

So, Malachy and I got to eat take-out (more than once πŸ˜‰ ), played in the tent, went to the library, played in the park, went food shopping at Trader Joe’s, ate out, and I even managed to cook chicken stew, and had Malachy doing his homework at the same time!Β  I got a glimpse of why some parents resent homework so much sometimes.Β  πŸ™‚Β  He even got to pitch in with the cooking after he was done.Β  It was a great feeling to have Shien come home to a hearty cooked meal, and a semi-cleaned up house. Β Β  Trying to be a good Dad, a good husband…Β  Priceless… πŸ˜‰

Napping in the Tent...

Time Out for Wake-Up Calls

Food Visions...

What are Malachy’s favorite two words, when waking up, besides “Good Morning?”
This morning, not only did he say he was hungry, but he said his whole body was empty. We read him a children’s book on the digestive system. (Yes, they do have children’s books on that now! πŸ˜‰ ) This morning, as I was barely awake, he was calling out, “Daddy, I’m hungry. My whole body is empty. I have nothing in my esophagus!” I don’t think I learned about the esophagus until HIGH SCHOOL! Unbelievable! πŸ˜‰
Sometimes, he wakes up with “food visions”. πŸ™‚ The other morning, he was telling me about his latest dessert vision. My dad had brought some Turkey Hill vanilla and chocolate ice cream along with some premium lemon and cherry ice, which he had for the first time the night before. YUMMY! So, he was telling me how he pictured a spoonful of vanilla ice cream on one side next to some ice on the other side, topped with some M&Ms, and a Pizzelle on top, AND it had to be in his ice cream bowl. We’ve made similar things for him, but he owned this one. So, what did we do? On this one, Mommy made his wish came true! There’s nothing like the excitement of having a wish come true, is there? πŸ˜‰

Time Out for Laughs…

In education, you have the “3 Rs” – reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. In high school, I came up with the “3 Ls” in life – Living, Loving, and Learning. Since then, I’ve discovered the fourth “L” in life, which is laughing. Malachy has brought so much laughter into our lives. It’s awesome! πŸ™‚
On the snow day on Friday, Shien and I were SO sleepy. He dragged us both into the living room, after finding out there was no school. We were both knocked out (on and off), while he ate his snack and did some writing. At one point, he asked me if he could use the computer, and so I let him use it for a bit. He pretty much can operate my Mac, as soon as I put him on the internet. Later on, I had noticed that his uncle wrote on my IM, “You guys had no school, right?” Malachy had typed back the word, “yes!” Then his uncle wrote, “Malachy must be so excited.” Malachy read what his uncle wrote and typed back the words, “uh – yes.” When I got on the computer later on, I told his uncle that I just got on, and that he was actually “talking” with Malachy. He was like, “Shut up, I don’t believe you.” I couldn’t believe how Malachy made his uncle think that I was talking to him, without even intending to. πŸ˜‰
Some other funny Olympic moments today…

During the hockey game, Malachy asked, “Why are they playing with a checker?” So, today, he learned the word, “puck.”
After the Canadians received their medals, and flowers, Malachy asked, “What are they doing with that broccoli?” He was right, those flowers that they have been giving out do look like vegetables!
Finally, I was feeling so bad for the American goalie, when they were interviewing him after they lost and received their silver medal. The interviewer was just asking him a ton of questions. I was saying, “Come on. Leave him alone.” Malachy looked at the television and said, “He needs his mommy.” He was right. He REALLY looked like he did. πŸ˜‰