January – June: The past 6 months in review

After Christmas, PoPo went to Toronto and had to take a break so we are left in LA without her. Miss her so much, but she will be back in July! That also means Mommy didn’t update Maknugget blog for a long long time because she had no time!

In January, Linus started school! In the past 6 months, he has learned English and speaks in both Chinese and English and can even count in Spanish. He knows his ABC song, twinkle twinkle, 5 little monkeys, happy birthday, and you are my sunshine. Everyday mommy is surprised by yet another thing he knows.

Memorial day, we spent the weekend going to Palm Springs. Linus was amazed by the mountains and kept saying, “WOW! 好大石头!” We spent lots of time playing in the sand and water with our cousins Alton and Alyssa at Rancho Las Palmas again.

Singing twinkle twinkle on down the lazy river with Mommy

Swimming with BaBa

Fighting with Alyssa over a squirt toy

Linus started soccer although I don’t think he likes it very much. We enjoyed the beach, hiked often, and rode bikes. We played with our playgroup friends Raymond, Julian, and Lilian. Got into trouble with our cousins Alton and Alyssa. Two of Mommy’s good friends, Auntie Betty and Auntie Wynne came to visit us too! Linus even put on a show in the Toddler room with his friends. Although Linus didn’t do any singing at the Spring show, he didn’t cry and didn’t run away – which is more than we could say for a few of his friends.

3 little monkeys jumping on the bed

November – Enjoying the great weather in SoCal

Every weekend, we pack up Linus and try to get outside to tire him out. Hiking, beach, whatever. Feels so busy but it’s fun!

Linus goes hiking. This little guy can walk half a mile no problem! We’ve got a confident stride now! Crawling? That’s for babies.

This is Linus’ favorite toy. A top BaBa bought from China for 5RMB. He LOVES to say, “转转转!” While spinning round and round. Here’s Linus trying to figure out how to wind up the top by himself, then having a ‘conversation’ with PoPo.

L rides a penny board. Maybe we should ask Santa for one? That kind of makes Mommy nervous. Maybe next year.

And lastly, a video montage of this goofball and his obsession with wearing everyone’s shoes.

October – Halloween and Pumpkin Patch

We went to Tanaka Farms to pick out a pumpkin with our friends! Linus got to feed the goats and ride the tractor and play in the dirt. Good times was had by all.

Then halloween came and Linus got his first taste of CANDY! SO MUCH CANDY!

Linus got to feed the goats at the petting zoo.

And decided this was how he would hand out the halloween candy: “One for you, 50 for me.”

And lastly, a video of L’s dance moves.

July/August/September Update

So, I’ve been lacking in the updating department. Bad bad bad!

So here’s what happened in the past few months in no particular order:

- We went to vegas!
- Linus went to the zoo and met a gorilla.
- We met the pony at the petting zoo.
- Linus went to his first baseball game.
- We celebrated birthdays with Julian, Raymond, Lillian, and Alton哥哥 .
- We had Korean BBQ with 爷爷 and 嫲嫲
- We started a vegetable garden (that the dog then dug up, but we’ll start it again!)

Linus learned to use a spoon. Here’s him feeding BaBa.

Linus says, “Get OUT!”

Linus has his first taste of icecream and learns to nod “Yes!”

Our little Picasso paints his first painting.

Linus slides the big slide at Alton’s party.

Whew! That was a lot of work for me. It was a fun summer!
I will try to be more regular with the updates from this point on. Try being the operative word.