Chinese New Year Party

We arrived at the venue early and found the place full of sponsor booths with different activities, so Randall got an Elsa balloon and had his face painted with a dolphin and two rainbows. Then at a little past 5:30pm, the show finally started. It didn’t take Randall long though to become tired of the uninteresting performances and keep asking for more “dancing” shows. He also checked the program list from time to time to see which one we’d come to. We told him we had to leave early because it would soon be his bedtime. Randall checked the list one more time and said, “Next time can we come early so we can finish 12, 13 and 14?” “Oh yes, of course!” we replied.

First Ski Trip

Randall made his first ski trip at Snowqualmie this weekend. He wasn’t super brave but wasn’t very bad either. He managed to move around on flat areas. Even though he had decided to do no more skiing after lunch, the obsession with riding the magic carpet got him to ski a few more times with daddy before we were to head back home.

House for Panda

These are Randall’s own creations from the magna-tiles that had sat in a drawer for months. He made one car with flashing lights, another with interconnected gears. There was also a house for Panda, which could later work as a perfect garage for toy cars when Panda went to sleep in Randall’s bed.

Bigger vs. Older

Randall likes to talk about ages but has trouble believing that mom is 33 and dad is 32, and he insists it should be the other way around. This morning, after being told the same old truth which he was not yet ready to accept, he led mommy downstairs, saying, “I need to show you something. Look, in this picture, daddy is much bigger than you!”


Two days after mommy’s birthday, we set out on our Hawaii vacation, and the first thing Randall learnt there was “Aloha!”. After spending four days on the quiet island of Maui, we headed over to Honolulu and found ourselves surrounded by the bustle of Waikiki beach.

Randall did not like the cold water at the swimming pool but instead enjoyed running in and out of the waves at the beach. He called this the “catching waves” game.

He also had a great time building his sand castles by bring back water from the sea. It was our first beach vacation that involved a lot of activities aside from sitting at the beach. While in Maui, we went to Iao Valley with a small water fall as well as the volcano national park of Haleakalā where we drove all the way up to the summit (10023 feet) and saw the crater. Still nothing was better for Randall than an afternoon ice-cream snack.

Our morning routine there was having breakfast on the balcony that offered a stunning view of the sea and the hotel’s pool. And one of those mornings Randall pointed to the palm trees by the swimming pool and said, “Those trees are like hand prints.” Randall also spoke Spanish in front of us for the first time – number one through five. Exactly two years ago, when we were on vacation in Miami, Randall did his first counting in English, “One, two, three, eight, nine, ten.” And now he just told mommy proudly that he could count up to a hundred.

We stayed at Waikiki beach in Honolulu but found Kailua to be a nice escape from the crowd. On our way to Kailua, we stopped by at the Pali lookout and enjoyed a great view of the sheer Koolau cliffs. Mommy and daddy had fun riding the waves while a slope created by sand dunes turned out to be Randall’s favorite spot. The sand was his imaginary snow, the softness of which allowed to him slide down or jump off the slope freely.

That was not all: we went on a short bus tour; we visited Pearl Harbor on New Year’s Eve; and we hiked to the top of Diamond Head. Randall made this hike all by himself and was rewarded with a beautiful sight of a rainbow when we reached the top. Of course, he had to check his map from time to time to make sure we were on the right path.