Author: Lala
•Monday, September 19, 2011
Our girls were pretty amazed and entertained when they saw fish for the first time at our family doctor's office a month ago. They both stared at the fish for a while and tried to grab them a number of times. Their excitement was definitely heard by the whole office. So the following Saturday, we decided to visit the National Aquarium at DC. When we got there, there were little kids looking at the aquarium. The girls were more interetsed watching those kids than looking at fish and alligators in front of them. They eventually got interested for a while with the fish but then got tired and mostly enjoyed walking around the dim room while pushing the stroller and making some cute sounds. A number of people enjoyed watching our girls like they were on exhibit.

 Rianne letting us know that she is tired of fish and is ready for something else. Oh, I wish could be as flexible as she is - that would help me in my yoga class!
 Mikelle got tired of pushing the strollers.
 Before heading home, we decided to get some food and hang out outside the Federal Triangle train station for some fresh air and music. The weather was perfect plus with music in the background - ah, it was awesome!
I love these girls!
Author: Lala
•Sunday, September 18, 2011
Mikelle cut her smallest toe on her right foot several weeks ago (August 4). We did not know when or how but I was a bit scared when I saw it while I changed her diaper.We thought it was deep and that a visit to an urgent care clinic was necessary. The nurses cleaned it, put a bandage on it, and wrapped her foot in pink tape. The doctor said that babies heal fast and she should be fine. She was given some antibiotic that she took for ten days and an ointment that we applied three times a day. Mikelle was definitely not happy about her bandage especially since she just started walking. It came off a number of times and we had her wear a stockings to keep her from taking it off - it worked! And for some pictures:

On the other note, my dearest friend from college, Mayet, and her husband Tom came to visit from Indiana. It was so good seeing her again! They visited some museums at the Mall and we all went out for dinner on their last evening here. It was so nice for Carl to volunteer to take the babies home so Mayet and I could have a girl's night after our dinner. A storm was already pouring when they got off from the bus with our babies (Carl said that they are almost not a baby anymore, oh well) and they got home soaking wet with two screaming babies! On a happy note, I had a great time visiting and talking with Mayet. Oh, how I missed our college years!

Mayet brought a birthday gift for Mikelle and Rianne - really cute dresses. It did not take long for the girls to become friends with Mayet. We took some pictures before they left to New York. Thanks, Mayet and Tom, for the visit!

 Rianne in pink and Mikelle in blue.
Nice to meet you Tita Mayet
Author: Lala
•Sunday, September 04, 2011

Disillusionment, the cruelest sensation,
Dreams dashed so gently.
I had my hope, my expectation,
And worked so diligently.

I wanted that yogurt in my hair,
The cracker crumbs stuck to my chest.
I smeared banana everywhere,
and tossed my food around: all the rest.

But oh! the pain. The wet cloth wipes.
I cannot say the thousandth part of what I feel.
But I try.  I cry to the heavens: hear my gripes!
Save me from this cleaning! On me should be my meal!

The cold, implacable Dad continues his heartless task,
To my entreaties he is deaf—he ignores my plea.
I can never get the thing for which I ask,
and am left to mourn for what will never be: a messier me.