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No celebrating tonight December 31, 2012

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for us.  Kind of not our things.  We’ll have a quiet night with a usual schedule.


Vacation wearing thin December 30, 2012

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Still two days to go but Ru-Jun is getting squirrelly.  She has had fun playing outside in the light snow that we got yesterday, but it is cold and we can’t stay out for long.  She has had brief naps the last couple of days but not today.  She hasn’t been the most cooperative today and is tired, even though she slept in.  We need to get back to our regular schedule.  Mom and Dad go back home on Wednesday morning and Ru-Jun goes back to day care that day as well.


1st movie with Ru-Jun December 29, 2012

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Ru-Jun and I attempted Rise of the Guardians this afternoon. She made it about halfway through. The action ended up being too intense for her. It’s the only thing out right now that is remotely a kids movie. It is not for little kids. It is pretty good though. I really want to see the rest of it sometime…


Using my Toshiba netbook December 28, 2012

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as a device for watching Pokemon episodes online.  The sound is pretty wimpy.  Will probably get some speakers for it.


Right-handed? December 27, 2012

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(This was supposed to be posted yesterday but something ate it.)  Ru-Jun has been apparently ambidextrous for a while but in the last week she seems to prefer her right hand for writing and drawing.  We’ll see if this sticks…


Family Pics Jun-Dec 2012

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Our Christmas Tree December 25, 2012

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Merry Christmas everyone!



Christmas Eve activities December 24, 2012

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One half of the kitchen table is taken up with frosting cookies (Grandma) and the other half is Christmas card assembly (me).  Ru-Jun and Grandpa are watching A Christmas Story in the living room and Mom, Shian-Ren, and I are watching A Christmas Story in the kitchen.


Shopping done (mostly) December 23, 2012

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We got the groceries for the next few days.  Tomorrow we need to get a few things at the drug store and Staples (for sending out the Christmas cards).  Here is the text of our 2012 Christmas card:

2012 has been another year of recover for us. Ru-Jun will be 5 soon and has really grown in pre-school, where she is one of the oldest kids. She discovered a love of Pokemon, thanks in part to Shian-Ren and my love for Pokemon while we were in graduate school and some toys we had around from that time. Ru-Jun can write her name and count to at least 30 and should be ready for the rigors of kindergarten next fall. Shian-Ren continued to work through therapy and home exercise, thanks to the loving assistance of our aide Min, and is improving and feeling great. She just got a new walker at home so she can work on walking every day. John had a busy teaching year and is gradually getting back into the lab with a few long term projects. Ru-Jun likes to come to lab on weekends and supervise the Drosophila work. Our home life is very nice and we have a very manageable daily schedule. We had a very easy winter last year so maybe this one will be more winter-like. We were very fortunate to get through Sandy with only a brief power loss and no property damage. Most others were not as lucky and the entire region continues to recover. We hope all of you have a peaceful and relaxing Holiday Season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.


Parents visiting December 22, 2012

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My Mom and Dad arrived today and will stay through New Years.  I have an outpatient procedure on the 31st and they can be with Ru-Jun that day until I get back.  Should be a fun and relaxing holiday.