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Ethan‘s 18-month checkup results: weight– 26 lbs 0.2 oz (11.8 kgs); height– 2 ft 10 inches.

Alexander‘s 4-year-old checkup results: weight– 36 lbs (16.329 kgs); height–3 ft 5 inches.

Ethan had to take 2 shots plus blood test this time. Of course he didn’t like it at all. What made it worse is that the nurses had to call his name twice to go into the lab (they give shots and blood test separately) so it’s twice trauma for poor little Ethan! Other than that, he is just happy and growing strong. Dr. Fan said to keep Ethan’s milk intake under 20 ounces per day.

Alexander didn’t like it when the nurse wanted to check his blood pressure. You could hear him crying/screaming from the registration area. I think kids generally don’t like to go for doctor visits, and Alexander likes it even less now after that accident happened while he was given shots (Somehow Alexander’s hand struggled free and pushed away the needle just as the nurse pulling it out, scratching his skin 3 inches long… ). Anyhow, Alexander had his blood pressure taken afterwards after we explained how it works AND a promise to buy a train for him. Dr. Fan said it’s good to play a little game to have him cover ears and one of his eyes at home, so Alexander would be a bit more cooperated during next visit for vision and hearing check.

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Hey it’s about cake again… sorry to those who are bored by my CAKE blogs!!! 😉

Chinese New Year Cake-- Cherry Blossom

Chinese New Year Cake-- Cherry Blossom

Chinese New Year Cake-- Cherry Blossom

Chinese New Year Cake-- Cherry Blossom

Here is the story about this cake: After learning cake decorating, I wanted to try decorating a cake that’s related to Chinese culture– Chinese traditional art painting, calligraphy etc., and the timing was good– it was around Chinese New Year. I made this cake as part of my new year gift to Uncle & Auntie Chew. I froze some extra flowers from Jenna’s birthday cake project earlier and decided to use them as cherry blossom flowers. The two Chinese characters means “Spring Greetings”. The words didn’t come out as good as I thought– definitely needs improvement on piping Chinese characters so the strokes would show just like calligraphy. The bottom border is just a pink ruffle– a new border that I just learned recently. Because it’s a Chinese New Year cake so I tried to stay with new year colors (red, pink, orange, gold, yellow) for base coat, but I think the flowers and words would stand out more if the cake is coated in green or even blue.

Tips used: cherry blossom flowers: tip#107; flower center: tip#2; outline of the tree branch: tip#2; tree: tip#13; Chinese words: tip#102; ruffle bottom border: tip# 67. Colors used: lemon yellow, pink, brown.

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I’m not a big fan of pizza unlike Richard and Alexander (umm, and Ethan pretty much eats everything he sees!) so sometimes it’s hard to find a eatery that make us all happy when someome is in the pizza mood. But today we tried out Porky’s Pizza Palace and we decided it to be our pizza place. It’s only 5 minutes away from our house. Not only they have pizzas they have fried chicken, sandwiches and pasta too. We ordered a large combo pizza and 2 pieces of chicken for myself– the pizza is loaded with lots of toppings, the chicken are naked fried and very juicy. I believe it’s a family owned restaurant and they have pretty good business– there were 5 restaurant delivery trucks parking on the street. Try it out if you’re in the neighborhood. It’s on Manor Blvd next to San Leandro Library Manor Branch.

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