Week 52/52

Life lately in 2016 The last week of 2016 is here!  What a crazy year it has been with all the ups and downs in our everyday lives.  As many variables and unknowns face us in 2017, I know one thing we’ll always have is the love of family and friends.   I plan to hold …

Week 51/52

Life lately in 2016 Wrapping up the year and getting our holiday groove on were the main focus of this past weekend. It was festive and heartwarming to be able to celebrate a great meal on Friday night with the girls’ French class, followed by a Saturday night piano recital and holiday meals with friends …

Week 50/52

Life Lately in 2016 So I caught this stubborn cold and coughing bug that I’ve been fighting off this past week and it culminated into a full-blown laryngitis, hence reducing my ability to communicate dramatically this past weekend.  It has not been fun, especially now during the holidays when I’m desperately trying to get things …

Week 49/52

Life lately in 2016 It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Yes, it is.  Our house is decked out for the holidays, along with the appearance of several advent calendars and Ellie, our Elf on the Shelf.    Holiday-related events have also started, kicking off with C’s guitar recital this past Sunday.  We’re trying to make …

Week 45/52

Life lately in 2016 Don’t let these pictures lie. They may seem like images of a happy family of four going on about its daily lives but behind the smiles are a lot of angst and heated discussions as we, in the US, approach a very important presidential election. We try to stay rational and …

Week 44/52

Life Lately in 2016 Press play and repeat, play and repeat.  This is what our lives are like these days.  But within this monotonous rhythm are highlights and precious moments that I need to appreciate to avoid the gloomy state of affairs that permeates our daily existence (election-related, perhaps?).  Dinner with friends and establishing deeper connections, …

Week 43/52

Weekly snapshots of life in 2016 I guess you don’t see how grown your children are until you see them next to little toddlers.  As I was looking at photos I took of the girls with their 20-month old cousins, I realize how big my girls are now and how different our life stage is in …

Week 42/52

Weekly snapshots of life in 2016 This weekend’s weather is the stuff autumn is made of — sunny, slightly cool in the morning but warm enough in the afternoon to allow for a brisk walk without a jacket or sweater.  I tried to break away from the routine of just doing school/activity-related events that we’re stuck in …

Week 40/52

Weekly snapshots of life in 2016 A week where not much happened, just the usual routine of work, school and rushing to activities.  Now that C’s school is a bit farther away from home, she gets backs from school late in the day. So I had to schedule the bulk of her extra-curricular activities on …

Week 39/52

Weekly snapshots of life in 2016 There was slight chill in the air this past weekend, a few days after the official start of autumn. I love this time of the year when more leaves settle on the ground and walks become a bit brisker in pace. I also enjoy the feeling of donning on …