Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I love my mother even though I didn't grow up in her care until I turned seven. My grandparents took care of me when I was still a baby because my mother suffered from what they call “ Baby Blue”. She couldn't take care of me.
Here is my beloved mother. Late last year she had a mild stroke due to her uncontrollable high blood pressure. I thanked God and her doctor for saving her life. I think it was a miracle that she didn't get any complications considering she lives most of her life with high blood pressure. She is better now except occasionally she feels weak and tired due to the side effects of the medicine she is taking.
You bet, I miss her so much wishing I was there when she was hospitalized and now that she is recovering. I talk to her and my father on the phone because I feel much better that using the internet. She will be turning 68 this May. I really admire my mother for her devotion to my father and us. Her love, sacrifice and support is unbelievable.What I am today is because of her. I love you, mother!
My only wished for her and my father is for them to live a longer life so they can come here stay with us for as long as they wanted to. But I doubt that they will stay longer than three months.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Jacob was raking the leaves here with Daddy; the one thing he enjoyed doing outdoor on winter time.
Here he is ready to go for a bike ride with us. Behind him is our tandem bike.
Snappy of our individual bikes with out the tandem; isn't it obvious that we love going for a bike ride as family? Great time to bond as family and have fun with just simple activity.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Certain groups, like Think Outside the Bottle, say our country needs to break its bottled water addiction. Here, six reasons why you should kick the plastic habit.
1. Water and oil do mix. Although these two liquids may not get along in the kitchen, oil powers the bottled water industry. The Earth Policy Institute estimates that it takes up to 1.5 million barrels of oil to power the plants that make the plastic for the bottles-that's enough to power 100,000 cars for a year.
2. Natural spring water? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that as much as 25 percent of bottled water comes from municipal sources, a.k.a. tap water. Be sure to check the label and cap of the bottle. If it says "from a community water system" or "from a municipal source," it originates from tap. What's more, the water doesn't always come from the branded source. For example, the water bottled for the Deer Park brand (which originated in Deer Park, Maryland) is taken from counties in Florida and Pennsylvania.
3. Bottled water doesn't go green. The interesting paradox that exists in bottle water consumption is the image it portrays as being healthy and clean, but it is anything but good for the environment.
4. Bottled water gets a pass. Despite astronomical sales, bottled water plants go relatively unchecked. The FDA, which is responsible for regulating bottled water, admits that "bottled water plants generally are assigned low priority for inspection."
5. There's something in the water. The water you're drinking may not be as clean as you think it is. In 2007, the FDA recalled Jermuk bottled water sold in California after finding trace amounts of arsenic, a naturally occurring chemical that can be toxic at very high levels.
6. Support for the tap. Contrary to popular opinion, tap water isn't necessarily healthier than bottled water. After conducting an extensive, four-year review of the bottled water industry, the NRDC concluded that bottled water is not any safer or cleaner than tap water. If taste is the issue, opt for home filters. Depending on your needs, you can choose to install one on your refrigerator or on your faucet or you can simply store a pitcher of filtered water in the fridge. Ultimately, filtering your own tap water can save you money and help the environment.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
We have a great time last year when we went to Salt Lake City for a vacation/job interview. We got to see the Salt Lake Temple, Provo Temple, the famous BYU as well as the Great Salt Lake Valley. I was glad to see an old friend there, too!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
You Were an Inspired Kid
When you were a kid, you tended to see things from a unique, inventive perspective.
In class, you were either asking lots of questions or getting lost in a daydream.
You excelled at brainstorming. People were always amazed with what you came up with.
You didn't do as well with structured activities. Giving you freedom was the only way to make you shine.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Here are a few secrets to warm up an evening of romance:
* Romantic dinners should accommodate both you and your date's favorite tastes.
* The setting is as important as the food. Set the mood with romantic lighting, a white tablecloth, and a pretty table runner. Complete the mood by putting on some of your favorite slow songs.
* Valentine's Day is a perfect time to treat your sweet tooth, and there is no better way to finish a meal than with a decadent chocolate dessert.
Use those secrets and recipes for a three-course romantic meal that is sure to please.