Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Last Getaway of the Year

Last weekend, we jetted off for a quick trip up to the beach that is only a few hours away. The beach was a bit gross with garbage floating around, but the family time and the simple act of getting away was totally worth it.

Sojo noticed a magic show advertisement at the hotel we ate at and was determined we should go. Sadly, we were the only ones in attendance, and the magician could not perform the show. Expecting a huge, 4-year-old-sized disappointed kid, we asked/begged if he would come out and do one trick especially for her.
Thankfully, he obliged and made a rose appear from a match flame (she later thought this was truly a magic rose that would never die). She has held on to the pamphlet all this week and has shown it to everyone who comes near her, so the one trick did the trick.

We are coming up on our 4th anniversary as a family, so we took a family beach photo to remember this window of time. I think we look so much cooler with the 1960's effect. Dale is also wondering why the 60's effect put those lines on his face. Ha!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Roller Derby Queen

When it's as hot as it is now, we have to get creative about our weekend activities. Other than being in the pool or in the air-conditioned house, there isn't much else to do but walk around the mall. Good thing our mall has a makeshift rollerblading area in the basement, complete with random hay bales.

Being that Sojo has a freakishly good sense of balance, we went to give it a try. She was actually too young to do it, but they bent the rules a bit and let her skate around the waiting area that had astroturf on it. Suffice it to say she loved it and went around and around in circles for about an hour. Dale and I felt like we were back in the beginning walking stage, being all hunched over and keeping her from falling.

We've also found out that there is an indoor ice rink nearby--now that sounds like the perfect Saturday activity for the hot season. Next on the list!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Skype Love

I cannot imagine life without Skype. What seemed like something only the Jetsons would have when I was growing up, Sojo knows only this way of talking to those far away.

This afternoon, we skyped while I was in Turkey. I snapped this photo of us laughing hysterically. I couldn't resist. All because of this:

Sojo: Mama, why did the chicken cross the playground?

Me: Why?

Sojo: To get to the other SLIDE!

Sojo: Get it? (insert adorable laughter)

Repeat 3 more times. Same joke. Same, "Get it?"

Turkey was fabulous, but these two are everything. Can't wait to get home.

Friday, May 13, 2011


Every three years, there is a library and technology conference sponsored by the European council of schools. Lucky for me, this year's conference is being hosted in Istanbul, a perfectly magical city that has me completely smitten. Between all the great library learning, I've had some time to explore the city a bit. Wandering around the old city made me wish for a taste of European living for our family in the future, and the conference sponsored a cruise on the Bosphorus river that took place on the sunniest of afternoons. So beautiful.
My prediction is that I'll be driving Dale crazy with talk of Istanbul for the next few weeks.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

My Family

I'm currently in the charming, gorgeous city of Istanbul for a library & technology conference. Of course, meandering about in such an historic place is just as fabulous as it sounds, but I do miss the heck out of these two cuties.

Good thing I have lots of freshly baked bread, loads of cheese and pistachio nougat to keep me company.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

'Tis the Season

It's the hottest season here in Bangkok. Hot and humid and sweaty and sticky. Not so fun during the day, but we are loving the night swims. Right after dinner, just as the sun is starting to go down, the water is perfectly refreshing.Just the right temperature for some daredevil moves!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011


After about 9 weeks of a very restricted diet, we've begun adding foods back in. We have enough of a baseline for her skin to be able to see the difference easily. Eggs were consumed with extreme gusto but caused hives twice--darn the luck! It was fun while it lasted, and we'll be on the hunt for duck eggs and quail eggs while home in the U.S. as we hear those are tolerable.
Just the other day, we brought back tom kha gai, her all-time favorite food. What a huge bummer that hives appeared almost immediately, so we have to find a way to make it without the package bought at the store. Our hypothesis right now is that any sort of processing or preservative seems to set her off. For example, my pita bread--no reaction. Store-bought pita break--big reaction.

Thankfully, Sojo can eat gluten and wheat without any reaction, so I am still baking pita bread almost daily (with brie melted on top is so yummy for me!), as well as homemade tortillas. Time-consuming, yes, but so delicious that it's worth every knead!

Fish is ok for her, too, and summer plans of devouring salmon are in the works!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Broccoli Beauty

If there is one vegetable this kid has always loved, it's broccoli. And I just can't get enough of the light coming into our house in the late afternoon. Hence, the broccoli photo shoot.