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Week 26/52

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Family and friends, Travel | 0 comments

Weekly snapshots of family life in 2016

School finally ended last week. We had a rush of different get togethers with friends from Friday to Sunday, a mixture of catching up and summer kick off. I love this part of the summer when school just ended and the entire season just stretches out before us with promise and possibilities. There’s also the feeling of freedom and lightness that come from breaking away from the usual routine and schedule.

Will we really be that changed come September? A part of me hopes so — that these next few months bring a slightly different perspective come fall. A wiser, calmer person? More fun-loving and adventurous? Hmmm, possibilities…

But in the next few weeks, I hope to be creatively stimulated, rested and re-calibrated in terms of who I am and what I stand for.  I am excited to go back to our house in France, to revisit old haunts and discover new places.

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Week 25/52

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Family and friends | 0 comments

Weekly snapshots of family life in 2016

There was a lot of tween angst in our household this week.  We’re in that territory where parenting feels like walking on eggshells.  You just never know when the next explosive moment of raised voices and slammed doors will take place. While we try to prepare for this stage, we are never truly ready for the heartache of our child breaking away a bit from her cocoon. Yet it has to happen.

But let’s not dwell too much on the negative, that will be for a different post.  There were some precious moments this weekend as we headed to the last week or recitals and sports championship.

…Chiara has fallen in love with playing guitar.  While she still plays piano, I think her heart is in her new instrument.  I am proud of her for making the alternate list for Carnegie Hall especially since she has only taken lessons for seven months.

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…Soccer championships where this girl played her heart out. They came in second after a heartbreaking goal by the opposing team. But as tough as it was for these girls to lose, I believe they’ve learned some life lessons — perhaps the disappointment  will help them become more determined and focused in the future.  Yet, more importantly, I hope that these girls learn that the humbling and grounding experience of failure is where you learn about your limitations, that one cannot be great in everything.  And that’s okay. It’s not just about the final result, or the actual winning, but also about the process of pursuing something you enjoy and are passionate about.

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…A little birthday dinner for me thrown by a dear friend. Isn’t this table setting so pretty?

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…Some Father’s Day celebration on Sunday.

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…Spending time with Brady and watching him grow.

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Hope you had a great weekend!

Week 24/52

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Family and friends | 0 comments

Weekly snapshots of family life in 2016 

It’s hard to focus sometimes at the joys of family life and raising kids when there’s so much sadness around the world.   We talked briefly yesterday with the girls about the massacre in Orlando, gun laws, and terrorist fears.  There’s so much they do not comprehend or grasp yet but I always believe that an open family discussion on these types of matters prepare them for the real world.  Growing up in the suburbs, I am always wary that they live in a bubble or some version of utopia.

Yet, there was much to celebrate this week in our household.  It was a very Ines-centric weekend with the upcoming one being Chiara’s.  Ines performed at Carnegie Hall for the second time on Friday night.  It was tough to get a spot for this particular performance as she competed with more than 300 students in her music school.  So we were quite surprised that she got a spot along with about 14 other piano students.

Her Friday night performance was followed by her competing in the county-wide track championship at 9am on Saturday morning.  I was extremely worried that she’ll burn out halfway through the race after going to bed late on Friday night.  But this little firestorm ended up finishing first place in her division for her age group in the 400m at 1:21 minute while placing second in the 800m at 3:01 minutes.

As much as I asked her to quit one of her activities to free up time and lessen the pressure, she begs me to keep most of them.  Persistence and passion are definitely her key traits; she never wants to give up when she starts something she likes.  We are extremely proud of her as she tackled all her endeavors this past weekend!

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Week 23/52

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Family and friends | 0 comments

Weekly snapshots of family life in 2016

Dance, play, eat and laugh. I feel like that’s what we did all weekend long. Ines had dress rehearsal for her dance recital next week as well as her upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall. Crazy weekend but it was nice to see the fruits of her labor coming together. Chiara has her own set of recitals and end-of-year stuff coming up in two weeks. But after that, nada, rien, zilch.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, dear friends. Sunshine, summery day will soon be coming my way…

It was nice to also spend some family time at the end of the weekend where my girlies had a blast goofing off with their cousins. I can visualize the complicity among these girls in the future.  Growing up, I always looked up to my older cousins for inspiration and guidance.  I wonder if these little munchkins will do the same with their older cousins.

Have a great week!

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Feature in Bentgo Box Blog

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Elsewhere | 0 comments

I just want to share recent work that I did for Bentgo, a bento box option for those who want healthier meals on the go.   Unlike other bento boxes, the Bentgo Salad box (seen below) gives you the option to pack salads and dressing.  It’s a great option to have especially during the warmer months when we crave to eat something lighter and healthier.  If you want to read about the salad dish I made, you can find the post here.

Have a great weekend!

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