Sunday, November 21, 2010


Yay, finally, we have a backyard we could actually use and enjoy :)

About 7 months ago, here's what the backyard looked like:

When we got our house in 2006, this is the most decent property we could afford with a big backyard. 4 years after, we realized that we don't get to use our backyard as often as we want to. Too hot during summer and even during winter, there's technically nothing in there but dying grass and weeds and of course, a big dog run for the 4-legged kids.

Then Mikka came along and she's getting bigger and active. We knew we had to do something as we're outgrowing our little old house and it's nice sized backyard. So we decided we expand a bit, clean up and said good bye to the bigger backyard we thought we want.... - all these for the tot!

So now, much smaller backyard but definitely functional... and here's what it looks like:

our old patio converted was converted to a room addition. now more space for mikka!

the walkway and my empty planters... gotta plant some winter flowers in there! woohoo!

Oooopps the hoops :) Here's the gate of the dogrun in case the waggly tailed kiddos needed to stay in there whenever we have guests who are scared of dogs.

I love the huge wind chime :)
So there... it's one of those gazzillion things that kept us busy... it's so worth it especially whenever we see Mikka running around safely and the dogs enjoying the grass :)

Now if only I could get that thingie they call bbq grill..... hmmmm....

Friday, November 12, 2010

It's Potty Time!!!

We think Mikka's close to being ready to be introduced to potty training so we got her this cute teeny potty :)

 We were told if we really want to train her on how to use the potty, it would only take 7 days (there's also a 3-day version) but it requires for one parent to be at home with the kiddo the entire "training camp". You'd just have to put regular undies on your kid during those 7 days or leave their bottom bare. Since kids hate the feeling of wet bottoms and that there's no diapers to catch their pee/poop, it would leave them no other choice but to "go" potty. I think it's a pretty clever idea! This "technique" works most of the time and I've spoken to a number of moms who swore by this.

However, at this stage, we'd just slowly introduce Mikka to potty training. We're not going to do any drastic steps until we know she's totally ready for it. Introducing the concept might help but I feel that if she constantly sees and understands what potty is, it would be good enough prep for her to do the real thing.

Wish us luck! At least she's not afraid of this and she looks like she can sit comfortably on it ;) Maybe she thinks it's just but a toy... oh well, we'll find out :)

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mikka and her Jigsaw Puzzle

She loved loved loved this puzzle set for the past 2 months that she found it challenging. Every morning as soon as she woke up, first thing that comes out after "Hi Mommy" would be "Puzzle! Puzzle!" Then she'd work on it over and over until she gets tired of it.

Now at 20 months, she have had this memorized already so sometimes she just put them together once and then keep them away.

Here's one of those days she kinda like it but was over it after putting the pieces together once then she's ready to move on with another thing that catches her interest...

Anyhoo, so proud of my sweetheart being the impatient tot that she is, she still could put these guys together, haha!!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

And the Winner Is....

Remember my previous post (about a month ago) when I can't decide which counter tops to use in my kitchen?

I had granite (Tan Brown or Baltic Brown) and Silestone (Mahogany or Coffee) as my choices. Then I went to Home Depot the night before the tops guy come over my house for templating and saw another  type of Silestone top! To make my long story short, I ended up with Sierra Madre Silestone for my countertop! I love love love it!

Also, I ended up getting my choice#2 glass tiles just because I realized it looks nicer and has that little extra pizzaz I subconciously looking for.

Hmmm, anyways, here's a sneak peek of my countertop and glass tile backsplash :o)

I loooooooooooooveeeeeeeeee my kitchen now that I notice that I'm spending a lot of time in there lately :o)

Will post more pictures soon.

Yay!!!!!!! Now it's time to think about paints paints paints!!!


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