25 June 2010


So this morning, Trinh & Mama had a war... it was the battle of bad breath. Seaweed vs. Coffee. After 5minutes of war which resulted in peals of laughter & giggles Trinh gets dramatic and says that she has a headache. Apparently, Mama's coffee breath gave her a headache.

23 June 2010

Seaweed Kisses

As many of you know, Trinhity loves to eat seaweed with rice. She eats it everyday. If she had her way, she would eat it for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. If you couldn't already guess, seaweed has a distinct odor. Some would say it stinks. It can be especially foul on a young princess's breath. Hence, it has recently been a delight for her to give "seaweed kisses". BLECH!

20 June 2010

Happy Daddy's Day!

I love you Daddy! Thank you for being both my prince AND my pony. Thank you for sleeping with me at nights; it makes me feel safe and I love sleeping on the Daddy pillow. Thank you for coming home from work early despite your meetings and production problems so that you can give me and my brother a bath and put us to sleep at night. Thank you for reading stories to me. Thank you for playing my favorite game, "Daddy Monster," even though sometimes I know you don't really want to run around being chased and beaten up by little kids. Thank you for doing the Single Ladies dance with me. Thank you for making me a priority. Thank you for playing with me and letting me know that you love me. Thank you for being the best Daddy in the whole world! I love you. Happy Daddy's Day!

15 June 2010

Fun in the park with my BFF

Pretty Me

We went to a wedding this week. A Houston garden wedding in June can be hot. But as a kid, it's totally acceptable to dunk your head in the ice bucket of drinks to cool off. And if you are Trinhity, you can still come out looking cute.
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08 June 2010

Daddy's Guitar Lessons

Some of you may have seen that Daddy has been teaching Tai Tai how to play guitar. You may have also noticed that he is working very hard to perfect his guitar face.

Trinh says that this is her focusing face. It is not her guitar face. She says she doesn't have a guitar face.

Some of us are just too cute to have a guitar face.

07 June 2010


Princess turned FIVE on Saturday!!
OMG, how did that happen?!!!??

Mama asked her a couple of months ago what kind of party she wanted for her birthday. Her response was a MERMAID party. So a mermaid party she got!!

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Mama likes the Oriental Trading Company...a lot. Per Trinh's request, our living room was transformed into an underwater birthday haven with roughly 50 inflatable fish and almost 500ft of streamers. She was a huge help in the planning and execution of this fete. She blew up fish, taped up streamers, and even cut out the crab & starfish "place mats" above. When we went to Galveston last month, she personally selected each seashell and rejected the ones that just weren't up to her mermaid standards.

Her BFF had a pinata at her birthday last month so Trinh decided she needed a pinata too. She wanted a unicorn... no princess... no unicorn... pinata. But Mama reminded her of her mermaid birthday theme so we decided that a fish would be good. Trinhity decided that she would like to make her pinata. Mama, not thinking too clearly at the time, said Yes. Thank God for the internet!!

Trinhity drew this picture during the planning stages and decided that this was how the pinata would look:

That's her on the left and her brother on the right. The other two girls were her friends from school. It had to be a rainbow fish that was mostly pink and sparkly and had to have eyelashes because girls have eyelashes and Trinhity likes all things girly.

This was her pinata:

She designed the eyes & mouth and glued more than half of the scales on the body. :-)

It was almost 100 degrees out so we did everything inside. Here are the little mermaids trying to catch the fish:
The birthday girl taking a swing at the pinata:
We made mermaid tails for all of her little girlfriends. Trinhity designed those as well :-). Mama took her to the fabric store and she went up and down the aisles fingering the fabrics. She had definite ideas about the material and rejected all of Mama's suggestions. She chose a glittering blue satin and she wanted it to be a dress, not just a tail. Again, we are amazed at how decisive this child is. She rarely wavers nor is easily persuaded once her mind is set.
The aftermath:
A HUGE thanks to Pirate Captain Robert for helping the little mermaids by dealing the final blows (blind no less) to the pinata...
...and for leading them on their scavenger hunt in search of hidden treasures.

The little mermaids making beaded seashell necklaces:

The birthday cake:

Sadly, Taison missed the majority of the party because he was napping. Trinhity was sad and kept asking for him. He was staying over at Ba Ba's and took an unusually long nap (that, and there was some miscommunication about the time the party started... oops!). But, he arrived in time for the cake and he ran into the house and seated himself promptly next to his sister!
Daddy had to hold back Tai Tai because he wanted to blow out the candles.
(Anyone notice anything different about Pirate Daddy??)

Taison cried when we took the cake away to cut it.
He made everyone laugh because he was putting fist-fulls of cake in his mouth.

Happy Birthday Princess Mermaid Trinhity. We love you dearly... you are our beloved precious daughter. We know you won't possibly remember these times, but we will, and we love creating these memories for both you and for us.

Big Girl Bike

Trinhity got a big girl Hello Kitty 16" bike with training wheels for her birthday... the exact one that her BFF has! She was quite happy about her bike!
Though today we didn't ride the bike due to the pending rain, we played instead, inside the bike box. Some things never change....