Showing posts from December, 2007


I took the week off from work hoping to get the upstairs organized. I've found that I've run out of time. This week went by quickly...filled with a couple of shopping trips to Baby Style, Pottery Barn Kids, Target and the Paper Source. Also, two trips to Newton-Wellesley Hospital for doctors' appointment. The baby is doing fine and in another month I go in for my scheduled appointment and for an ultrasound. We can find out the sex of the baby at this time but have decided we would rather wait the nine months (more I have decided).

Instead of organizing the upstairs today I opted for making some personalized stationary (I’m just procrastinating). The note cards are from Target and I used Word to print my name and address on it. I plan on writing some thank you notes for all the wonderful gifts we’ve received over the holidays.


Hill Christmas Tree ~ Simply Delightful

While I love the holidays...the energy, excitement, wonderment and joy...I am happy to return to calmer period. Dave and I did not spend as much time in Maine as we had intended (p0or Dave came down with something) we enjoyed the time we had. It's been a busy week which started with a night spent at the "Garden" with the Celtics and then Maine for a few days.

Five Things Amazing Me: The Webkinz CrazeThe Baby CrazeChildren's laughter throughout the houseHow much I enjoy seeing the simple thingsThe noise factor between the Nguyens and HillsWe're starting to receive baby items and I so enjoy seeing things that I have never seen before. One of my favorite gifts this season is theNoonoo comfort blanket (thanks Aunt Shan, Phil, Sara and Jono). I look forward to see little fingers exploring the blanket...the touch, sight and love.

Winter Night

Winter Night ~ First Photo
I received my Christmas gift today and had to try it out. I came home tonight with the intent of helping Dave with the drive way, but was instantly side tracked with the camera. I had to take my first photo with the camera. A new toy that will keep me busy for hours...

Self - Body, Mind & Soul

I'm beginning to feel more like myself again. My energy is slowing coming back and just in the nick of time. My mind was telling me one thing while my body refused every thought. Being as active as I am with my mind, soul and body, I was not sure how much more they could have handled.

While most of us have dreaded the snow we've received in the past week, it was a good thing for me. The snow forced me to stay indoors. With the return of my energy, I was finally able clean the house up and wrap gifts. Some of the furniture took a beating from my spurt of energy. Dave didn't miss a thing when he got home - there are new nicks and dings in our bedroom furniture from my new arrangements. This is even after I tried to hide it with a sharpie (the greatest invention ever for someone like).

Friendships and Connections

Loving connection - cousins Taylor, Maggie, Sabrina, Dylan and Paige ~May 2004

When I was pulling together my blog, "The Other Side", "Reflections" was an idea I had come up with for a theme. I tend to reflect on my life each morning as I make the 15 minute trek to work. This morning I was thinking about the friendships and connections I've made over the years. Websites such asMySpace, Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn and even blogging make it easier for us to stay connected with a high school friend or former co-worker.

There are so many ways for us to stay connected with friends whether it's through emails, on the phone or through instant messaging (IM). I enjoy my connections with my nieces and nephews and former co-workers through IM, the almost daily conversations with Van and email exchanges with family. It's so easy just to send a message asking them how they are or the random questions about what they've written on their blog.

Over the weekend I conn…

The Magic of a Thoughtful Gift

My Gift ~ May 2007

I've been thinking about gifts lately...of course, who won't be thinking about them at this time of the year. I find handmade gifts more special to give and receive. The person giving the gift thought deeply about the perfect gift for the receiver and truly poured their heart and soul into it. I made a few handmade Christmas gifts this year for the special young girls in my life (I'll post pictures at a later date).

While I love handmade gifts, there are some commercially bought gifts that I can truly appreciate. It's not so much the gift but the thought that went into the gift. Dave continues to surprise me and his gift for me this year would have been absolutely perfect if I hadn't ruined the surprise. Dave knew there was a special camera I've been wanting and for weeks he had been telling me to go buy it. I, on the other hand, was holding out trying to find the best price. Last week I emailed Dave a link to the camera onAmazon. Yesterday, I …

Twelve Point Four Weeks

Baby at 12.4 weeks

I had my first trimester screening yesterday at Maternal Fetal Medicine at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. The screening tested for the baby’s risks for down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities. The screening included the Nuchal translucency screening through an ultrasound and a blood test.

Based on my age and the baby’s nuchal fold the doctor told me everything seemed normal. He gave me two options – go with only the first trimester screening which included the ultrasound and the blood test or go with the first and second trimester screening. I told the doctor I wanted option 2. He said, “You didn’t have to make the decision so quickly, but I think you made the correct choice”. He then finished going over the risks.

The baby’s heart beat was 157 beats per minute. From the ultrasound the nuchal fold was 1.7 out of 3 which I was told was very good.

I had to sit Dave down to show him the baby's features in the ultrasound photos. Dave asked me if I was going to get…

That Man is a Blessing

Around the anniversary of my father’s death the family gathers to celebrate his death. This is a tradition that is deeply rooted in the Vietnamese culture. The tradition is the family would gather at the graveside with offerings of food or incense made to the spirits of the deceased on the anniversary of their death. This weekend marked the 4th anniversary of my father’s death..."That Man Is a Blessing"
Yen Nguyen
a man who is a blessing and a success That Man is a Blessing Who has lived well laughed often and loved much; Who has gained the respect of adults and the love of children;
Who has filled his call and accomplished his task; Who leaves the world better than he found it,
Who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauties and pleasures nor failed to express them;
Who looked for the best in others and gave everyone the best he had.
Anonymous Adapted

On the 1st anniversary of a person’s death the feast is more formal which includes all family and friends (typically, everyone who …