Sunday, February 26, 2012


Our little yogini is still taking yoga classes weekly. She has a wealth of poses in her yoga toolbox, and lately she has been practicing the camel pose, which according to her is very hard! As a parent, I am grateful each and every week that she has time to practice something so mindful and grounding. Tali, her teacher, is such a wonderful spirit and a gift of a teacher.

She gives the kids a foot massage during the relaxation time, and this week Sojo fell asleep right then and there. Completely zonked. Can't say I blame her.

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Dale and I had a big night out last the mall near our house. We're classy like that. A bit of dinner, some shopping, some Cold Stone Creamery, and then the real fun began. We plopped ourselves down at a massage chair demo place in the middle of the mall. These chairs were amazing, and the whole experience made us laugh like crazy.

Since we were the only ones in the place, they went to town showing us all their products. Anyone in the market for an electric eye massager? That one was just plain weird, and they tried hard to sell me the belly massager that did nothing but make me laugh so hard I couldn't breathe.

We did leave with one item--a portable chair massager that is, I dare say, nothing short of life-changing. Currently, we all are all sharing very nicely.

In retrospect, Dale and I could have had a fancy date night in downtown Bangkok, sipping drinks whilst overlooking the river at some swanky hotel restaurant, but the mall and some cheap fun is much more our style. And we laughed WAY harder.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Reading Corners

Sojo has never been the kind of kid who can sit down and just browse through books. She always, always prefers to have someone read to her and be with her, even after intense modeling from her library mama of how to just sit and read! However, she is starting to take some time at night by herself to read. (note that I fully realize this is a ploy to avoid bedtime, but I want the reading behavior so badly that I choose to ignore that). Listening to her read her favorite stories makes me want to run into the room, but I try and control myself and let her have some time alone.

She also made a reading corner in her room, complete with her red basket of the super favorite books. The care and time it took to put this all together was precious to watch. She added the tiny jar of calendula lotion in case she gets itchy and because it smells nice. Perfect. Neat. A reading mama's dream.

Until she spent the next ten minutes rearranging things because books in a pile are better than in a basket, according to her. Sigh.

And an extra photo of my favorite peeps. To make up for all the non-blogging of late.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hot Wheels

A certain someone's legs keep growing like weeds, so she was in need of some new wheels. Dale and Sojo went out and chose the bike together, a Hot Wheels brand (Dale has somewhat of an obsession with Hot Wheels) complete with a handle that revs like a motorbike and a fan in the front. Still not sure why there is a fan, but it looks cool.

More and more, it is getting hard to remember Sojo as a tiny person with those super short legs. She is so independent and big now, as evidenced by a million things she does. Proof positive was this morning when she decided she wanted to ride in the van on the way to school instead of with us in the golf cart. Who knows how long that will last, but Dale mentioned that putting her in the van felt like sending her to college.

All part of the journey...

Friday, February 03, 2012


We have quite the little list maker: creating lists for the groceries and lists of foods she will eat for breakfast (suggested strongly by me to avoid early morning conflict) and even a somewhat bizarre list the other day of the fillings in my mouth. For her, it's all about the square box for the check mark after the word. And she takes her check marks very seriously. Case in point is that she got a graphing notebook for Christmas just to practice her check marks.

As she waited for her friends to arrive to the recent Chinese New Year party, she made a list of each of their names and checked each one off when he or she arrived. I snapped this photo of her waiting on the front porch, poised and ready to check away.

As always, I'm a sucker for a photo of her braids. And, as a fellow lover of lists, I can't help but be proud.