Sunday, October 27, 2013

Desert Sunsets

My friend captured this photo of me the other day, and I love it. We were driving down the highway coming back from the beach, and we had to pull over because the sunset was unbelievable.  I love the details in this photo: the tire tracks parallel to the rippled sand, the vastness of the desert next to a busy road, and the way I am holding up my abaya when walking. The whole thing feels very Lawrence of Arabia.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Once in a Lifetime

Overall, the trip to Paris felt very, very special. Being with my parents is what made it more than just a regular trip to a gorgeous city. From riding the metro together to having down time in the apartment to taking in the sights, seeing it through grandparent's eyes and Sojo's eyes made my own eyes a bit teary. It was a trip filled with memories. Sojo drawing in the museum, stumbling upon an amazing restaurant where we all oohed and aahed over the food, walking in the freezing cold at night to the bridge with all the golden locks, and our daily (twice daily) trip to the bakery across from our apartment. I'll treasure all the memories.

What was a hilarious memory was our timed family photo in front of the Eiffel Tower. When my dad checked to see if it was a good one, he was bummed to have found a smudge on the lens. A closer look revealed that a bird had flown across just at the moment the photo snapped. It was so perfectly funny, and something that we could never plan.

For sure, the saying "We'll always have Paris" has even more meaning now. Thanks for the memories, mom and dad. xo

Friday, October 18, 2013

Musee D'Orsay

Many people told us that this is their favorite museum in all of Paris, and it was especially nice for children. Not only is it visually stunning, but it felt accessible to me as an adult and not too overwhelming for a kid. My mom had purchased a book for Sojo this summer called My Little Orsay, and it was a great introduction to some of the famous pieces of art in the museum. It's all about finding those works when you get there, so that made it extra fun. We didn't find them all, but that leaves us something to do next time. 

Sojo loves art and was so inspired a few times that she simply sat down a few times and started to sketch. She was sweet in that she wanted me to stand next to her and not leave when she was doing this. I did manage to take a step back to watch her, and this was about the time I started to tear up. So very beautiful. 

Here is what she was drawing...all of us at the Eiffel Tower. Love how close together we all are. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fabulous Fedora

Sojo has been on the lookout for a brown fedora while we are in Paris. She is wanting to be just like her friend Perry the Platypus from the Phineas and Ferb show. We found one today en route to Notre Dame and the Shakespeare and Company bookstore.

Shortly thereafter, I found the most gorgeous blue doorway and somewhat forced/coerced her to do a photoshoot. Halfway through, I noticed the number 7 on the doorway for her recent new age. This is my favorite shot of the trip--the hat, the smile, the leaning against the doorway, the Padawan Star Wars braid she has asked for lately as a hairdo. Every bit of it is perfect.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Art and the Artist

Paris is so filled with exciting things to do that I'll have to break it up into many posts. We are actually on day 3, and we are loving every day here in this beautiful city. Today we headed to the Musee D'Orsay to find all the pictures in the book my parents gave Sojo this summer called My Little Orsay. It made the museum even more enjoyable, and it was so exciting when we found one of the paintings. 

Sojo loved the museum, as did we all. So many friends told us it is their favorite in all of Paris, and we were not disappointed. Sojo was so inspired that she found various places to sit and sketch in the museum. This photo brought tears to my eyes. She is such an interesting person. 

Wednesday, October 09, 2013


At age 7, you...

still love scrub brushes and sponges and continue adding to your collection*

are in love with anything Star Wars and consider yourself a Jedi warrior

jump out of the car after school to go and run to Eamon's house for a play

finally wear shorts--but only if they are sporty and silky and usually are pants cut off

love when mama and baba stay until you fall asleep (we've made an agreement to do this until she doesn't want it anymore in life--it's time consuming but oh so beautiful)

have mad skills on the scooter but have zero interest in riding a bike

are very, very loved

* works out well for me and my bike that Sojo loves to wash things with her vast collection

Friday, October 04, 2013

The Beauty of Oman

Our recent trip to Oman had me so awestruck that I am having trouble putting into words how much beauty this country holds. From the jagged mountains set in layers that made me want to stop the car and watercolor to the bluest of blue water set against the sand-colored rocks, there was beauty at every turn. And tradition at every turn. Oman's law is that all buildings must be built in the Arabic style in contrast to the steel skylines of many other Middle East cities. There was a palpable balance between tradition and liberalism, which was lovely to see.

We will be back, for sure. With all the outdoor adventures available, we only scratched the surface. Our hike to Wadi Shab with old friends was incredible, and the kids rocked what was a fairly difficult hike in scorching temps. Our reward was a water cave at the end where we had to swim/squeeze through a 'keyhole' to get to the cave.

Next time, we hope to go and see the sea turtles hatch and make their way into the ocean--an Oman speciality. That and about a bazillion more things. Our friends suggested flying to Oman, renting a car and picking up their camping gear next time to get out and do some beach camping. Yes, please!