Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas and Such

This is the girl we are seeing more and more lately. One who gets herself ready to go to Starbucks on the weekend, the girl who grabs her magazine to read, and who adds her groovy purse (it really is groovy-made entirely of plastic bags!) before heading out the door. Her independence is growing by the day. Case in point is that after dinner lately, she skips out the door on her way to her friend Stella's house. Makes me smile every time.
And we are starting to get into the Christmas spirit a bit here. Our neighbors bought a bunch of poinsettias, and they happened to be placed right around Sojo's favorite stump, Stumpy. (every kid has a favorite stump, right? this kid cracks me up with her love of inanimate objects!) Perfect for a little pre-Christmas photo shoot.We'll be spending the holidays with family in Arizona this year, and our fingers are crossed for some snow anywhere in the vicinity! Can't wait!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


From the first time I remember recognizing a happy face in a picture to these new details she is adding to her people, it's such a beautiful journey to watch a child making art. Going to a Reggio Emilia-based school certainly helps as art is a huge part of the program. But, look at those feet attached to legs, the hair, the coloring in of the body, and the newest addition--the bellybutton. Too cute.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Qi Pao Cutie

Sojo's Chinese qi pao has definitely been used a lot by us over the years. Sojo wore it to the community Loy Krathong celebration yesterday. She then met me at school later in the day to attend some events at our International Day and then we went to the middle school drama show to see baba playing guitar. Good thing she has had a lot of use from this qi pao because I noticed that it is covered with stains (at least they blend in nicely on this material!). Might be time to buy a new one before Chinese New Year.
And this photo--wow! I love how it captures Dale's adoration. There's a whole lot of love between these two.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Soulful Connections

Long ago, when I started teaching overseas in Ecuador, I was blessed enough to meet a group of people who were not only dedicated teachers, but also good, good people. We are now all over the world, but some of us are working in Asia. Aimee, my dear friend with whom I have traveled so many times and in so many countries, came to visit from the U.S. and so we had a mini-reunion on the island of Phuket. It was nothing short of glorious. Since I was sans husband and child, I took advantage of napping, reading on the balcony overlooking the sea, and reconnecting with friends. We laughed like crazy over old memories and adventures, as well as talking education and life and love.
I'll give Aimee's visit its own blog post soon, but suffice it to say she is one amazing woman who is so generous of heart. We've had a great two weeks together.
Now, if only I could somehow arrange my life to make this my home. So lovely.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mama!

Just a quick birthday wish for Mama. We love you!

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Stats at 4

A few weeks ago, we took Sojo in for her 4-year-old checkup. This was truly the first time she has been completely calm the whole time at the doctor's office, letting them take her temperature (even the armpit used to send her into hysterics!) and do everything he needed to do. Fully a big girl now, it seems.

Here are her stats: 100 cm (39. 4 inches) tall and 13.8 kilos (30.3 pounds). Now that she has sprouted like a weed in the last six months, almost every bit of her adorable chubbiness is gone. Thankfully, she still has those cheeks that are retaining a bit of pinchability.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010


A bit of stillness is just what Sojo needs in her life. Lucky for us an Israeli woman new to the community is a trained kid yoga teacher, and today was our first class with fellow 3-4 year olds. I was unsure if this little girl who is so active could be still for so long, but she loved it. Tiny behinds in the air doing the sun salutation was beyond cute, and Sojo even let the teacher put a rice bag on her eyes while she gave her a short foot massage. I was sure she wasn't going to go for that, but she must have been feeling very comfortable because she was totally into it.

Best part from the parent seat--having her look over at us and give us the two thumbs-up sign with a big smile.