Archive | June, 2010

Husband, Wife and Kids

29 Jun

Trying to explain to a 5 year old about being married (husband & wife) is a little tricky.  No matter how much we tried…he still can’t grasp the concept.  And tonight as I kissed him good night he says:

Trinity: I want to be your wife…I mean your husband…

Me: You can’t, you’re my kid, and I’m married to your daddy.

Trinity: I want to be your husband, and daddy can be the kid…


I remember about a year ago, as we were talking about being married, etc…\

Me: How many husband does mommy have?

Trinity: One

Me: How many boyfriends does mommy have?

Trinity: Twenty Eight!! (with conviction)


The Hubby: Excuse me???!!!

Trinity: I mean ZERO….

Thanks kid…for keeping your daddy on his toes…:)

Knit One…Knit Two…Spiderman…Spiderman…

28 Jun

As Trinity was waiting for me to finish my note for tonight, he’s going through my nightstand drawer.  And he came up with one of my knitting needles. 

Trinity: Where is the other knitting thing?

Me: You mean a knitting needle? I don’t know, can you please leave my knitting stuff alone?

Trinity: I’m gonna find the other needle….Oh here is a pencil, I can use this.

Silence for about 2 minutes…

Trinity: (mumbling in the background) Knit one, knit two…

Me: What are you doing? and how in the world do you know knit one knit two?

Trinity:  From The Upside Down Show, Shawn was knitting.

Me: What are you knitting?

Trinity: My Spiderman’s costume…

I guess he’s got a point, because his costume is tattered…see it for yourself at this post below by Kismet Happens

Trinity: What are you doing mom? are you blogging?

Me: Yes…who told you that?

Trinity: You told dad that you are writing a blog. Whats a blog? Are you almost done? can you just do 1 more bloggie only?

So with that my friends…I am calling it a night because I have been summoned… I’ve met my bloggie quota for the night…Sleep well!!

Bambino the Rice Thief

27 Jun

No one can deny that Bambino is my kid for a couple of reason.  I remember when it was just Trinity,  all my friends used to tell me that he looks nothing like me.  He took after the Hubby through and through.  Even though Trinity is half Caucasian and half Asian, when he was younger he looks fully Caucasian except for his hair maybe.  But I’m sure that whenever we would go somewhere as a family, people probably thought I was the nanny.

Now in Bambino’s case, he looks more Asian (thank goodness for I am no longer mistaken for the nanny), he really does look like me when I was little.  Maybe that’s another reason I let him grow his hair longer…so he looks more like me when I was his age.

But the other thing that cinch the deal is that he loves rice as much as I do.  And let me tell you, I love my rice…The Hubby believes that I go through rice withdrawal…which I can’t really disagree with, because he’s probably right.

Everyday we would put away the leftover rice in a container so we can store it in the fridge, and we let it cool on the dining table first before we put it away.  And everyday Bambino would tippy toe to the table and steal rice from the Tupperware container.  Whether he just ate dinner 2 minutes prior or 2 hours prior…he never fails to steal a bite or two of rice.

I would sit there and watch him do it, and he’ll make eye contact with me, and he’ll steal his bite of rice and stuff it in his mouth.  Then he’ll look at me again and he’ll say ‘Hi!!’.  That’s his way of getting out of trouble, he just looks at you and say ‘Hi!!’ (it works most of the time…)

I guess I can put it up on the counter, but I’m sure he’ll be tall enough pretty soon and it won’t work anymore.  For now  I guess I’ll just let him enjoy his rice…

Long Haired Boy

24 Jun

Trinity and I was hanging out before he goes to bed, and the conversation went like this:

Trinity: Hey mom, there are 2 boys and 2 girls in this house (Trinity, Bambino, The Sitter, and I)

Me: You’re right

Trinity: Is Bambino a boy?

Me: What do you think?

Trinity: But he has long hair…

Me: So….?

Trinity: Can you cut his hair please so he can be a boy like me?

Me: ……………………

Beer for my reward….

23 Jun

Ms. Lemon Ears and I were watching Royal Pains, and Trinity wanted to watch his Spiderman movie upstairs. 

Wanting to milk more time from me, Trinity asked if I could come upstairs and turn the light on for him even though he knows how to turn the light on and have done it numerous times.

I really just wanted to stay seated and not leave my comfy recliner, I told Trinity that he knew how to turn on the light in the hallway and told him that it would be sufficient. 

Trinity being the persistent, relentless kid that he is said to me:  “mom, if you come upstairs with me, you can have as many beer as you want.”  

Ms. Lemon Ears and I almost peed our pants….

I then said to Trinity: I don’t like beer.

Then he said: “if you help me, i will give  you a reward and the reward is you can do anything you want”

Looking into my little boy’s eyes and his oh so naive, innocent face, I caved in and got my ass off the recliner and walked upstairs to turn on the light.

First Funny Ever…

18 Jun

The first funny thing I remember was when Trinity was 3 years old or so…

We were teaching him ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ for fun.  He would repeat what I said, and here is how it went:

Me: I pledge allegiance to the flag…

Trinity: I pledge allegiance to the flag…

Me: of the United States of America,

Trinity: of the United States of America,

Me: and to the republic for which it stands

Trinity: and to the republic for which it stands

Me: one nation under God,

Trinity: one Asian under God…

What did he say?!!

 At this point I could not continue…because I was too busy laughing and he just looks at me like I was crazy.  He is ½ Asian…but not 1 Asian…

Purple and Yellow…

18 Jun

Today is the last day of school for the boys.  Trinity came home with a t-shirt from school yesterday.  It’s a purple shirt (my favorite color) with yellow writing that says,

“I will be in the College Class of 2026”.

When he put it on this morning he came up and showed it to me again…and as I’m reading the back of the shirt again…I was hit by the thought that I will be almost 50 years old when he graduates college…WHAT?!!! And as I hyperventilate, and grew 5 new grey hairs at that moment, I am faced with the reality that I am getting older…and hopefully getting wiser at the same time.

Then Trinity turn around in front of the mirror modeling his t-shirt, and he said “Look mom, this is the Linkers colors!”

Me: Who?

Trinity: Linkers!

Me: Who is Linkers?

Trinity: You know the basketball team…

Me: Oh! The LAKERS you mean…

Trinity: Yeah the Lakers…

He then walked back downstairs to tell his brother about the ‘Linkers’…oh Kids…

Promises…promises… (The Hubby)

14 Jun

When it comes to a “bear trap” memory, Trinity definitely has one.  As I may have mentioned earlier, I am in Delaware for 10 weeks of training.  Obviously, it very difficult on me to leave the family, and I know the kids take it hard as well.

Trinity was quite upset when he learned that Daddy would have to leave town, AGAIN, for an extended time.  As a railroad employee, I have to spend quite a bit of time away from home, but 10 weeks is just a little bit excessive.  One of the things that I promised him and Bambino was that I would call them EVERY day while I was gone.  Additionally, I promised Trinity that I would take a picture or two of trains and text them back to  him.
This past weekend, the boys stayed with Grandma for a couple of days.  Trinity and Bambino spent the weekend hanging out and running around with Grandma so I didn’t have a chance to talk to them.  I finally talked to the boys on Sunday afternoon, and Trinity let me have it.
“Dad, why didn’t you call me”?  “You said we would talk on the phone everyday”?  “Are you still going to send me a picture of a train”?
He put me in my place.  It made me realize how much my kids look up to me and  how important it is to be a good role model for them.  I’m working on the role model part….a work  in progress.  Nevertheless, I really miss the boys and my wife, and I will definitely make sure I stay in touch everyday.

Mommy vs. Trinity…

13 Jun

Trinity tagged along with me and 2 of my friends to brunch today.  And we decided to stop by Little Tokyo afterward to peruse at the Japanese bookstore.  On the way there we were talking about random stuff with him, when out of left field he asked “Is God eating peanut butter?”  What???!!! The adults looked at each other and we just lost it.   We told him yes, and his next question is ‘Why does he like peanut butter?’ Sometimes I wonder how a kid’s mind works.  I know a friend’s son who asked his dad if Jesus plays wii.  Those are the kinds of questions that usually leave us speechless.

Anyway, we got to the bookstore and I was looking at the cute trinkets they have in the store, when Trinity pulled my arm and asked if he can get a mini colored pencils set.  I told him that he is already getting some erasers and other little things, so we should hold off on buying the colored pencils.  He proceeded to put them back on the shelf, but then 30 seconds later he whispered to me, “Mom, if I pay you 50 cents, can I get the colored pencils?”  I looked at him then I just started laughing because the pencils it self was $ 2.00, I wasn’t sure if he was giving me the 50 cents to pay for the pencils or if he was trying to bribe me.  In the end I made him put back one of the other stuff he got already in place of the pencils.   

The Hubby has a rule where the kids can’t be screaming or making too much noise in the car while he’s driving.  Since Hubby wasn’t driving yesterday, Trinity decided to push his boundaries (like any other 5 year old would do).  So I decided to trick him into being quiet, I told him that the challenge is that I bet he could not be quiet in the car till we get home.  We were still about 15 – 20 minutes away from home.  He looked at me and pretended to lock his mouth and threw away the key, and we did not hear a peep from him all the way home.  Hubby is a very competitive person, where I would not even play Monopoly with him, because he is way too competitive for me and not a very humble winner when he does win.  And I think Trinity is on his way to become that way as well.  We tried to cajole him and tease him, but he kept his mouth closed while trying to hold his laugh.  As soon as the car stopped, the first thing out of his mouth was, “You lost!!” and I told him “Yes honey, you won, congratulations!!”  (But deep down inside I know that I won, because we got peace and quiet for the last 20 minutes of the ride home.)

Am I proud of myself for tricking him? Was it good parenting? I don’t know, but I definitely am proud of him, because to me it shows that he’s determine to win at whatever challenge there is, and that I still can trick my son into doing what I want him to do with out him knowing.  The question is how long will I be able to get away with this?  Who knows…but I am going to cherish every moment of it.

Dad’s Two Cents…

12 Jun

Your children can innocently say some of the most amazingly funny things.  I’m always looking forward to the next great quote that might come about.  The Wife and I are truly blessed to have such wonderful children.  I’ve had to unfortunately spend a fairly significant amount of time over the last year and a half travelling for work, and there is nothing better than to have The Wife tell me when I call her, “Guess what Trinity said today”.  “You’re not going to believe what Bambino did”.   It really puts life in to perspective and makes you realize how lucky you are to be a parent.

To give you little background on our kids’ names, let me digress for a moment.  Trinity and Bambino were the main characters in the Italian Western They Call Me Trinity and its sequel Trinity is still my name.  Our children are nicknamed as they are based on the eating habits of the main characters.  The 5 year old is Trinity and the 3 year old is Bambino. 

The movie reminded me quite a bit of my own upbringing.  Growing up, when it was dinner time, you better be at the table asap, and the faster you ate, the more you could have.  In fact, if there was one piece of chicken left in the middle of the table, you’d have to brave the risk of forks in the back of your hand if you wanted get the last bite. 

Trinity and Bambino (the movie characters) had eating habits quite similar to my own.  I still eat the same way.  My wife may be a bite or two in to her meal, and I’m already on 3rds.  Our kids take after their old man, for better or worse.  For those who have don’t know our children, if you watch them eat, you’d think we were starving them.  Less talking, more eating.  Why take a bite of pizza when you can put half of the piece in your mouth.  That’s the boys and my eating habits.

At any rate, our nicknames are based on the above.  If you saw us in a restaurant, you couldn’t miss us.