Thursday, March 31, 2011


More photos from Sojo's new, old camera. Now she's got her friend Stella taking pictures of her. Hard to believe this kid hated posing for pictures a while ago.

I love this one. Those eyes of hers are so beautiful, and the guy is pretty easy on the eyes as well. We recently bought her a hand mirror, and when she looks in it, I ask her to tell me what she sees that is beautiful. She always says her eyes are so brown like chocolate.

Speaking of finding random photos, my sweet brother sent me this one from our last trip to Arizona in December. We cannot wait to be home with family in a few short months.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Visions of Summer

Last weekend felt a bit like summer was on the horizon. Still 2.5 months away, there are plans being made, trips being booked and naps being taken. So much fun stuff this summer--my brother's wedding, a camping trip with college friends, and hopefully a hike into the Grand Canyon with my dad and Dale.

Summer vacations are not why I became a teacher, but they are certainly a lovely perk to the job.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Behind the Lens

Sojo has wanted a camera of her own for a while now. So, from the back of a drawer, we resurrected an old one that was missing a battery charger and had been dropped way too many times, and it's all hers. She loves having a camera and is now documenting life from her perspective. We went for a big photo walk the other day, and it was so cool to see what is photo-worthy in her mind. These were her picks of the favorite three photos--the other 87 were either crazy self-portraits, Dale and I making silly faces, or the floor. the favorite disco ball
gorgeous tropical flower
and robot creations.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Dressing for Exercise

Lately, we are spending lots of time concealing our chuckles when Sojo thinks an outfit is simply fabulous. This one started with sparkly pants and then took off on its own to become an 'exercise' outfit for our walk to the grocery store.

All I see is Richard Simmons when I look at this.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Noticeably absent from the blog has been an update about the little guy we are trying to adopt here in Thailand. That is because we are stuck in adoption limbo, a common woe of those who choose this path. Our timeline of 6 months from start to finish has long come and gone, and we have just now been granted an interview with the Thai government social worker. This will take place in May, and we will hopefully have a bit more information then.
In the meantime, we purchased a painting of the bodhi tree, made of little sheets of gold-leaf paper used to cover buddhas. At first, I was a little freaked out that we had bought something that was basically gold lame to put in the dining room, but now I just can't take eyes off it. With the way the sun changes all day, the painting looks different from every angle, and with the sun going down, it's stunning.
Sojo said she'll wait 10 years for Bodhi. Help me, Rhonda--a teenager AND a toddler! Not sure we can wait that long.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The Skin Trophy

With all the skin drama and the diet changes and doctor visits, this kid still manages to be one of the grooviest spirits around. Part of me thinks that walking through this world in a relative state of discomfort is creating this amazing character in her. And even though her skin is showing great signs of improvement (darn well better with the amount of steroids the kid is on at the moment!), we wanted to give her some sort of reward to acknowledge just how hard she is working.

Hence the skin trophy. She has wanted a trophy for a while (golden obsession), and so we thought that a skin trophy would be the coolest thing ever. We talked about it for a few weeks, building it up a bit and getting her excited that when she wasn't scratching as much, we'd celebrate with a skin trophy.
This is literally the expression when she opened her eyes to find it on her lap. Her words-- "it's so golden" with sheer awe in her voice.

Mind you, we've basically ruined her because of the size of the trophy, but this is the one Dale was given, dragged out of the back of a school closet from years past. I can picture now when she comes home with her first tiny soccer trophy, a bit disappointed. "Yea, it's nice, but it's nothing like my skin trophy!"

Monday, March 07, 2011

No Lie

Proof positive that the accessories are insanely fabulous at this moment in time. The first picture is hanging out at home, and the second is what she chose to wear later that day at the International Food Fest at school. According to her, she was the queen of China, and that is indeed a scepter in her hand.

And one more priceless memory...we rode over to the school with a family we know from Bangladesh, the ladies decked out in the full gorgeousness of that country. When they commented on how nice the queen looked, Sojo announced to us all the she is like a pizza--half Chinese, half United States. I love that kind of pizza.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Stylish Scootering

These days, Sojo seems to always add some sparkle before leaving the house. I myself am a firm believer in the fashion mantra of 'a splash of color,' but Sojo has taken to calling me boring lately with my clothes. Forgive me if I don't dress like I'm heading to a Mardi Gras party, kid. Or a matador, for that matter.

The scooter queen has mastered the brake and the hill. Woo hoo!

Saturday, March 05, 2011


Figured we might as well put the kid to work on the weekends. Just so she doesn't get too spoiled having a housekeeper who takes really good care of us.