Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hard, Hard Worker

We've been singing this song lately in our house. It's catchy and fits the bill for this hard, hard worker. Take this book she worked on for nearly an hour tonight after dinner. Dale and Sojo were talking about building a rocket out of a cardboard box, and Dale suggested that Sojo make a blueprint of what she wanted it to look like.

That lead to pages and pages filled with ideas of how to make rockets with all sorts of cool things like wings and boosters. Those pages turned into Sojo's Rocket Blueprint Book, also known as the activity that made our kid beam (made me wonder how often we truly see beaming...) with pride.

Getting into bed tonight and looking at her book for the umpteenth time, she smiled and sang, "I'm a hard, hard worker everyday."

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Lifetime of Sundays

There are days when I wish for a lifetime of Sundays.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thinking Ahead

Our girl is getting bigger by the day. And while it is gorgeous to watch, there are moments where life feels fleeting.

A few weeks ago, we were snuggling on the couch when I said, "You know, there will come a day that you won't do this anymore. You'll be too big. Isn't that weird?" This led us to talk about some of the other precious things she does in this moment of time. Like when she covers her mouth when she giggles (so very Asian) and when she sleeps with her two hands folded as in prayer and tucks them under her cheek. Oh, that one I just love to the depths.

Per her suggestion, we have begun photographing these beautiful habits of hers so we can remember. I will always look at this photo and know that we staged it, that we were feeling silly and that there was so much love between us.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

In the Olden Days...

Lately, our eternally curious child is starting many of her sentences with, "In the olden days, how did they ________?" The blank is filled in with random things like "how did they have sinks? did they have toilets? how did people have mosquito repellant?"

The funny part is that these so-called "olden days" are what she views as Dale and my childhood. Case in point was the other day when we were all walking together. We saw a water hose on the ground and one of us said, "You know, when mama and baba were kids, we used to drink water from hoses like that." *

Sojo turned and said, "Why? In the olden days, did they not have cups?"


*I'm sure they still do drink from hoses in North America, but this is a CRAZY thought for the overseas kids.

Can't wait for Sojo one day to look back on this precious school photo of her in the olden days.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Adventure, Part Deux

Having left the watercolor skies of Krabi and bypassing our original plan to fly back to Bangkok, we booked another hotel online and headed about 2 hours to the beach of Phuket. Mind you, after being spoiled rotten in the huge villa, it was a wee bit hard to go back to a small hotel room. However, it did have a fabulous water park right next door, so we couldn't complain for too long.

Sojo had a blast, but she had actually been coughing for the past few days and was getting sicker and sicker by the minute. A trip into town turned into a trip to the hospital with a diagnosis of bronchitis. Yikes! Poor thing.

We had to say goodbye to mom and dad as they were due to head back to the US. Even though we were trapped in our house a lot of the time, we had such a wonderful visit. Definitely stories to tell in the future about the flood visit. We'll remember the oodles of beach time and lots of smiles and love. It means the world to us that they know and love Thailand like we do.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Adventure, Part One

Whew! Finally a bit of time to chronicle the fabulous adventures we had with Popo and Gong Gong. We headed out to Krabi, a stunning area of Thailand that is filled with limestone karsts. Thankfully, Sojo had drawn an elaborate map of our route that included a plane, a taxi and a boat to get to the hotel.

For some random reason that we did not question, the hotel upgraded us to a humongous 2 bedroom villa, which was perfect for us all to hang out together and yet still have some space. We lounged, visited nearby Chicken island, took Sojo on her first kayaking trip, and spent hours in the pool.

Admittedly, it was a bit difficult to leave the luxury of Krabi. With all the flooding in Thailand, we were concerned about returning to Bangkok during the high tide, so we made the decision to hire a van from Krabi to take us to Phuket, another beach town.

Adventure, part two coming tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

When I Grow Up...

I adore hearing what little kids want to be when they grow up. There is a sureness to it that eludes many adults. Dale remembers that he wanted to be a farmer, and I wanted to be a zookeeper.

This adorable kid really wants to be a pizza maker when she grows up. Funny enough, she can't even eat pizza with her allergies. Her desire to be a pizza maker stems from the fact that she is sure she will be able to eat it when she grows up. Hence, she will eat lots of pizza while making pizza.

Here's hoping there are lots of pizzas in your future, kid.

p.s. I love that she set up this photo with all her sock animals. Although, sock squirrel looks a bit creepy with this effect.