24 February 2011


We went to Starbucks this morning after dropping Trinh off at school. Daddy has been away for the past few days and it was a rough night. I got a venti. I never order a venti. We sat outside with our coffee and milk (yes, he is allergic to milk, but we let him drink it sometimes because he loves it).

Tai: (sniff, sniff) What is that disgusting smell??
Mama: Oh, that's mulch. They mulched the flowerbeds.
Tai: (sniff, sniff) That STINKS!
(Tai takes a drink of his milk. Ponders.)
Tai: Will the mulch melt my milk??

11 February 2011


Boy meets girl.
Boy and girl fall in love.

Girl makes unreasonable demands on Boy and uses guilt and love to torment Boy for all eternity. Boy is trapped and will spend the rest of his life trying to please Girl by moving mountains and building palaces of diamonds for Girl.

It is good that he learns these life lessons at an early age.

09 February 2011

Old Man

Daddy: "Come here Tai Tai, I need to change your diaper."

Tai: "Get away from me old man!!"

Of course, Mama & Trinh laughs.

[Not sure where he got the "old man" from but we think it may be from the Cars movie. Lightening McQueen calls Doc Hudson "old man".]

Trinh is a Bad Girl

Tai: "Mommy! Trinh Trinh BROKE my track!!"

Mama: "No Tai Tai, Trinh didn't break it."

Tai: "Yes she did!! Sometimes, Trinh Trinh is a BAD GUR-RL!"

[Tai says girl with two syllables. It's really cute. And no, Trinh did not break his train track!]

07 February 2011

Mommy's Story

Every now and then, I ask him to tell me a story. Usually he just laughs or tells me a short (very short) version of a story that I've told him. Well, on January 5, during lunch, I got the following:
One day, Mommy looked outside the window. And there was no food.
Then Mommy climbed a tree.
Mommy saw a caterpillar.... and another caterpillar... and another caterpillar.
And a lizard jumped on Mommy. And Mommy said "AGH!!"
Then Mommy saw a blueberry. Then Mommy ate the blueberry.
Earlier that day, we were outside and a lizard did jump on my arm and made me scream. A few minutes later, he plucked some blue colored berries from a bush in our yard and asked if he could eat them. I told him they were not blueberries and could not be eaten.

I am not sure where the inspiration for the rest of his story lies... but the story is awfully sweet. He repeated it a couple of times for us with only a few minor variations.

Lovestory Lyrics

Trinhity, in anticipation of the Daddy Daughter Dance has been singing Taylor Swift's Lovestory. She has been requesting to have it played on repeat for days on end now. Taison doesn't mind the song. It's got a nice beat to it and he likes to dance so it's been good. He usually doesn't sing along with his sister, so I was surprised when she was singing in the car and got stuck on a part and he filled in the missing piece.

Trinh: "...my daddy said stay away from Juliet,
and you were standing... umm... you were standing... (mumble mumble)..."

Taison: "Staircase"

Candy Cane

Mommy!! Look, I drew a candy cane!
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The Push Up Challenge

Kain takes the Clark push up challenge.... :-)
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Backyard camping

Only in Houston....
...could we go camping in the backyard in December.
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Balloon Cockroach

Sometimes, Taison gets these ideas in his head and there is no budging him. He insisted on having a balloon cockroach. Yeah. Right. Mama can make balloon dogs, turtles, fish, swords, and sticks. But a cockroach? After several creative & feeble attempts Mama came up with something that met Taison's approval. The above is a cockroach on a stick!!
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A tiny sample from his car collection....
...at least a dozen reside in Mama's purse.
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My THREE party

Taison has been waiting for "his THREE" party for some time now. You see, Ong Ba was away on vacation for a couple of weeks and we couldn't have a party without them! As Taison says, "Mommy and Daddy and Trinh Trinh and Ong and Ba Ba are my best friends." And we must share our birthdays with our best friends. :-)

He was very adamant about the cake. He wanted a car cake. He wanted a white car cake with tires. And the cake had to be both chocolate and white cake. And there had to be TWO signs... one of them had to be a STOP sign and the other a DO NOT ENTER. Mama couldn't find the signs, but improvised....
The flame job was a last minute add-on... painted on the cake with chop-sticks. Really. We are not kidding. Mama does everything with chopsticks.
Trinhity wanted her little brother to have balloons... so there were balloons. And of course, there were presents.
Taison was very, VERY excited about the presents!! He was so excited about his presents (cars, trucks, a bike, books, and a Thomas the Train Mega-Block set) that he didn't even eat any cake. He didn't have any of his birthday cake until the next day!

On his actual birthday, January 25, we offered to take him to Chuck E Cheese. We hate Chuck E Cheese. We've only been there once, for a cousin's birthday party. But the place is advertised as the "place where a kid can be a kid". We thought he'd enjoy the bad pizza and video games.

His sister, however had a different idea. She wanted to go to Redfish, which is a local seafood & sushi restaurant. The owners have a son who is in Trinhity's kindergarten class. The restaurant is amazing. If you come to Houston, this is the restaurant that we would most likely take you to. Why Redfish and not Chuch E Cheese? We aren't sure. Maybe because we know them? Maybe because we drive by the restaurant everyday on our way to school? Maybe because we like this place? Either way, we were very surprised when Taison announced he wanted to go to REDFISH for his birthday dinner!! She had been working on him for weeks.

So, instead of bad pizza, we had grilled grouper with bacon wrapped scallops and crab stuffed halibut for dinner. Taison had tempura shrimp in a special salsa & guacamole dip, fried catfish and french fries. Trinhity had rice & seaweed & french fries. And the owner treated Taison to his own slice of chocolate eruption (chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and chunks of cheese cake) cake with a candle on top. We wish we could have had a picture of his face when the cake came out. With his face covered in chocolate and a HUGE smile, he announced to everyone that "this is the best restaurant EVER!!" [Thanks Rolita, for the VIP treatment!]


On January 20, 2011, the most heinous of crimes was committed in our home.

Below is exhibit A:
Taison was bit. (Click on the photo for an enlargement) Taison was bit in the face by Trinhity!! The bruises lasted almost an entire week. We were livid. Trinhity had her favorite toys taken away. The reason for the crime? Taison was making too much noise and bothering Trinhity while she was trying to play music on the little keyboard. Our usually sweet daughter did something very much out of character. She was very much ashamed and begged us not to tell anyone. But well, we are blogging these photos anyway....
Here he is nursing his bruise with an ice-pack (frozen teething ring). The little guy was obviously distraught, hurt, and angry. When he recovered, he took the rest of his sister's toys and put them on top of his toy fridge. You see, we put her toys on top of the refrigerator. Lucky for her, he doesn't seem to hold a grudge.

Ong & Daddy's BDAY

The Pappas

Taison's Godfathers, Pappa Steve & Pappa Joel, spent New Years with our family this year. We are extremely blessed to have them in our lives!!
It took several attempts before we were able to get one nice shot with everyone. But we think there are some gems in the "misses"....
Taison helped Pappa Steve with his morning exercises. Taison is about 33lbs now. We wonder if Pappa Steve will be able to do this next year???

Vu Christmas

Uncle Trevor and Aunt Clara (Di Van) came down from Manchester, NH to spend the Christmas holiday with us.


Now that he is a big boy, he likes to perform "tricks". Here he is in deep concentration. The Clark tongue is always a part of "deep concentration".
We aren't sure what his trick was... but we think he was trying to launch himself from the top of the slide and land on the swing.

06 February 2011

Monkeying around


Big Sis's Christmas Program

Big Sis had a fancy Christmas program. The whole family went and we were pleasantly surprised that Taison sat, laughed, and clapped during the performance.

He brought his favorite stuffy, a mangy white kitten that his sister got from a garage sale for a quarter. He loves this thing. There were theater seats at the Centrum where the performance was being held. One of our friends taught Tai to launch his kitty from the folding seat. Let's just say he was the pre-show entertainment that morning.


We spent a week at Uncle Scott's & Aunt Tina's house in Peyton, Colorado. We took over their house and ate all of their food. They were fabulous hosts!!!
This was Taison's first time to Uncle Scott's house, but it has left quite an impression on our son. We have heard "I want to go to Uncle Scott's house!!" several times a week now, especially when he sees any big vehicles (four wheelers, fork lifts, construction trucks).
As you can see, Uncle Scott has lots of toys. BIG TOYS. Even Daddy loved the big toys.

When it was too cold & windy to play outside in the field, there were plenty of toys to play with inside the house. Cousin Rachel set up the video games for the little dude...
and when she wasn't looking, he got into her scrap booking stamps!!
But we suspect that next to the four wheeler, the two dogs Bandit & Buster were the highlight of the trip for Tai Tai.
We did manage to get out to Colorado Springs for a day and go to the Cave of the Winds. This is his "WOW, that was cool" face. We got suckered into buying a souvenir photo which we'll post as soon as we find the time to scan it....

We drove up to Denver to spend Thanksgiving with Grandma & Grandpa Clark.
Grandpa had a ton of Hot Wheels cars for Taison to play with while Grandma had lots of books. But we think his favorite plaything was the stationary bike.

We are planning a couple of trips back to Colorado in 2011 for Cousin Rachel's graduation in the Summer and Cousin Trevor's wedding in the Fall!!!