28 November 2014


Ever thankful for family.  For random acts of kindness.  For the community of parents who help look out for each other’s children.  For teachers who teach with a passion.  For the wonder of learning something new.  For having plenty for which to be thankful .


26 November 2014


I don’t know how it’s happened, but I’ve become more zen lately. Things that normally would get me all worked up –I simply let slide these days.  I still occasionally get irritated with drivers who don’t use their blinkers to signal a turn (pet peeve), but on the whole, things that would generally bother me a lot don’t bother me as much (or at all!) anymore.  I am liking this new zen me a lot.  There is still plenty that I need to work on before I am truly zen, but I’m happy I’ve gotten to this place.

(Also linking up with Little Things Thursday)


25 November 2014

Sweet Dreams…

How I found her the other night.
Fast asleep, holding on to a book that she’s been reading --
The Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories).


20 November 2014

Little Chimp

After watching this video, Zoë got inspired and she’s been working on making her way across the monkey bars.  She couldn’t do it at first, but she would get back on each time until she finally could make it all the way across by her-Zoë-self!  I love her grit and determination.


19 November 2014

A Little Race Action

Here are some pictures from the Team Fear race last Sunday.  I am so proud of Josh and his teammates.  I am very proud of all the children who participated.  It was not an easy race, even for (some) adults. Me. The fact that they finished the race is more than accomplishment enough.  The awesome thing is that, despite how tired they were after the race, all of them want to compete again next year! (Special shout-out to the Team Fear organizers for setting this up and running it year after year.)
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Next year again!

17 November 2014

Team Fear 2

Yesterday, Josh did the Team Fear race with two of his friends.  This is their second time doing this race.  It’s essentially the same race as last year, but with different routings.  This year they started with running, followed by a jetty jump and swimming back to shore, more running, an obstacle course, climbing a gorge, hiking up a hill, biking, then ending with coast-steering.  Apart from that one short hike we did, we didn’t really train for it this year. There were just too many things happening this month.  Despite that, they did pretty well.  They were much more confident and just so excited to be participating.  Like last year, their team completed the race in three hours. 

Because Chris agreed to be the appointed marshal from our team, I was free to run to strategic points to see the team go by and take some pictures.  It was such a great atmosphere everywhere.  Bystanders, onlookers, and marshals were all cheering the kids on as they passed them.  Josh told me afterwards that he felt really good, because everyone was so nice and pleasant and people were shouting words of encouragement and support at every turn.

Zoë was such a good sport and kept me company the whole time we were running around, waiting.  She played in the sand while we were waiting for the boys to get to the beach for the obstacle course. 


She hung out with the younger brother of one of Josh’s teammates and they played hide and seek, went exploring nearby while we stood and waited.

Everyone was tired yesterday, but we all agreed that it was a wonderful day!  Josh says he definitely wants to enter the race again next year.


14 November 2014

Cub Scouts

Watching the troop get invested last night was something.  Everyone was excited to finally get their scarf and badges for their uniform.  They will be going on their first camping trip soon and everyone’s looking forward to that.

I am so glad that Josh is a Scout again.  He was a Beaver Scout a few years back, but we didn’t continue on as after that one year, there was no leader for the troop.  This troop that he is with right now is so greatly supported by four leaders and a senior management Scouts person who is mentoring the leaders. 

Even though we get home late after Scout meetings, it has been worthwhile.  Josh has been really enjoying the experience and he gets extra “play” time with his friends.


12 November 2014

Black and White Wednesday

This month has been so busy, busy, busy.  I am not even talking about preparations for the upcoming holidays.  There are chess meets, camps, and races, on top of regular stuff.  It’s a great thing that the weather has turned cooler lately, but what that also means is that all I feel like doing is just curling up in bed with a good book!

This photo was taken at the occupied area in Causeway Bay.  I might be wrong, but I suspect this man is homeless and found a place to crash at the site.  Or he might also be a sympathizer, showing support for the protesters.  No one knows.

10 November 2014

The ongoing protests here in Hong Kong is somewhat old news now.  Generally, things are back to normal –or as normal as can be, with some of the roads still ‘occupied,’ causing traffic problems.   If nothing else, what’s come out of these protests are some very interesting art.  If you visit the occupied sites, you’ll see many, many of these and much, much more.



Now, please hop on over to Sharon’s blog (here) and check out her photos of the same theme.  Once you are done visiting our circle, please check out our Facebook page and share your interpretation of our theme!

06 November 2014

Little Rascal

Aw, isn’t this sweet? 
Zoë kindly holding on to Josh’s shoes while he walks on the pebble path…

…until she decided to run away with his shoes!


05 November 2014

Hopping Corn

We did this fun CO2 experiment with the kids.  Such a simple experiment, with very simple ingredients/tools needed.  The kids were fascinated.  Of course, they asked to do the same experiment using all the different food coloring we have!  I told them that we needed to save the food coloring for other fun experiments that we will be doing.  So if you know of any fun experiments from which you think the kids will learn and will enjoy doing, please do share! (We will be doing the Ivory soap experiment next.)



03 November 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween is not that big around here.  Yes, the stores sell a lot of candies this time of the year.  Halloween decorations are up in a lot of places.  Some people do dress up.  But pumpkin carving and jack-o’-lanterns?  We don’t see much of that.  Trick-or-treating?  Mainly in expat communities.

Big or not, Josh and Zoë both love getting dressed up for Halloween.  This year we managed to arrange with a few families that we would go trick-or-treating at each other’s houses.  So off we went.  The kids had a blast.  The loot was manageable.  I definitely think we will be doing this again next year!


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