Ella received her very first progress report from day care. She is getting ready to go into the three year old room and the progress report measures where they're at. Ella has mastered everything. She's a very bright little girl and we were very pleased to see how well she's doing. We are almost certain she'll be reading within a year. I cannot believe our little bug is almost three.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
I loved growing up on the mountain. As a kid, you don't really appreciate the beauty of where you're living. I was lucky to grow up in a small town. I was lucky to know all of my neighbors and spend endless hours playing outside. We picked strawberries, blackberries, green beans and anything else our moms would grow. We drank out of hoses, had yard sales, made forts, played dress ups, and had lemonade stands. We also lived right next to what I think is one of the prettiest parks.
I loved living on the mountain and wish that I didn't like city life so much. I just don't know if I could be content in a smaller town. I miss home a lot and I am thankful I can take Ella to my park and my childhood home. Ella seems to enjoy playing outside just as much as I did. She had fun at the park and enjoyed planting pumpkins with Grandma Washie. She picked tulips and blew bubbles with Papa Moosie. I love the closeness that Ella has to my parents. I love how excited she gets when she sees them. My parents are wonderful grandparents and Ella has made so many wonderful memories with them.
Posted by Mikko Yun at 12:19 PM
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The apartment we lived in was pretty small. The master bedroom had a very large closet and that's where Devin had his computer. He would play his video games in the closet and Ella and I would hang out in the bedroom.
Buying a home with four bedrooms meant that he would never have to give up his man cave. He was really excited about this. I think it might have been one of things he was happiest about when purchasing our home. We moved in and put all of his computer and guitar stuff in his cave. He even has a sign hanging above the door that says 'Man Cave'. We had a lot of plans for his cave and how we'd decorate it. I was happy that he had a spot of his own to play his games and guitar.
Well, recently, we've been talking a lot about a second baby. Right now the fourth room is used as the spare bedroom. It only has a bed in it and is used when my parents or guests stay. We really didn't know what we were going to do with the bed that's in there. We haven't done any type of decorating to it as, it's going to be the Nursery in a couple of years. I figured we'd end up just putting the bed in Devin's cave or the loft.
Anyway, as we were talking about it Devin said he wanted to move his stuff to the loft. This would make it so that we would get to keep our spare room and have a nursery. I was shocked. I didn't know why he wanted to be in the loft. He explained to me that in the apartment, he was right there with Ella and I. He liked being able to talk to me and listen to Ella play. He said he doesn't like shouting down the hall to talk to me. He also said that as much as he thought he would like the isolation, he just felt too isolated in the cave. I was still skeptical. We only moved his computer stuff as I figured he'd just want to move back in a couple of weeks. Well, we're a couple of weeks in and he is still there....he sits right next to me. I must say that it makes me happy that he wants to be close to bug and I. I like that he wants to listen to us and talk to us. Even if sometimes he's just pretending to listen, I like that he's right there. I like that we're all in the same room.
Maybe someday Devin will want to go back to his cave but, for now I am happy to have him as my computer neighbor.
I don't write blogs much about myself or Devin and I think I should. I dwell so much on Ella and what Ella's doing I forget sometimes; I suppose it's tunnel vision. I decided to write about this because I thought it was special.
I never go a day without thinking about how lucky I am to have him. He is my rock and he's a wonderful Father. It took a bunch of crappy relationships to stumble upon the perfect guy.
Posted by Mikko Yun at 7:21 PM
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
I honestly can't believe that this weekend marks our first year in our house. Time sure seems to be flying by. We love our house and can't imagine being anywhere else. Yes, we live further out in Chandler but, we wouldn't change a thing. Our area is growing like crazy and we're enjoying watching all of the new houses pop up. I am proud that we have our own home. It has taken a lot of sacrifice and work but, it's worth it. After living in the apartment we lived in, I would not trade our home for anything. We have a very long ways to go as far as decorating but, we'll get there.
I remember the weekly trips that we'd take to visit our house (after placing an offer) and fantasizing about how wonderful it would be to live here. I remember just driving around the area thinking man, I would love for Ella to grow up here.
We love our home and we work very hard for it. So, Happy Birthday house, we can't wait to make more memories with you.
Posted by Mikko Yun at 8:48 PM
We had a nice Easter this year. In the past, we really haven't done Easter with Ella. So, this was her first real experience that she might remember. My folks were here and Ella was so happy. She loves her grandparents so much. It makes my heart happy how close Ella is with her grandparents. I didn't really have that with mine so, it's something that was very important to me to instill in Ella.
Anyway, Easter was great. We had an egg hunt in our community the week before and, the Easter bunny left a small hunt for Ella. Her favorite part of Easter was the Easter bunny eating the carrots. Her Grandma Washie and Papa Moosie spoiled her with gifts as did her Grandma Jody and Papa Han. Truthfully on Easter, she was a bit overwhelmed by all of her gifts. I think she handled it well though. The Easter bunny doesn't believe in giving candy but, clothes and princess attire.
Posted by Mikko Yun at 8:38 PM
Monday, March 18, 2013
I hate swim suit season. It always bothers me when they put out the bikinis now. Even if I were in shape, I doubt I would rock a bikini as a mom. I just think some things are better left behind. I do however LOVE swim suit season for Ella. I love all of the little girl swimsuits. I decided to go with a two piece because, it will be easier for her to go to the bathroom. They have water day at school and I don't want her to strip down completely. I picked this swim suit up and Once Upon A Child (love that store) and she was very happy with it. She was a little self conscious about her stomach being out but, I think she likes to wear it. The kid loves water and will be happy when we buy a sprinkler.
I told her to smile and, this is what she gave me. Modeling already...Oh boy!
Posted by Mikko Yun at 8:28 PM