Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
This year, my focus is entirely on my family.
For Jason, I am committed to being a little bit more domesticated. Since school started, I really have had dinner ready for him when he comes home! I've been experimenting with different recipes that I wouldn't have tried last year due to lack of time. For example, tonight we had Crispy Fried Tofu with Vegetable Stir-Fry on Rice. It was really time-consuming to bread each tofu cube, but so worth it in the end. Since I have time to clean during the week, Jason hasn't had to really pitch in as much on the weekend (as was the case in previous years). I've also been able to do some baking, and I know he loves that!
For the kids, aside from the time that we get to spend together on a daily basis, I am working through a journal called, "A Mother's Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words." It is so neat! The journal asks questions that I am able to reflect on and write about. My hope is to give my kids this journal when they are older so they can learn more about who their mama is. Obviously, I hope to be able to personally share things with my kids as they get older, but I think the written word can be a real treasure.
I am also focusing on myself this year. I look at this year off of teaching almost as a sabbatical, a year to get rejuvenated and renewed. I would really like to "grow" this year, which means I need to work on treating myself better. One of the ways I've decided to do that is by joining a gym. I was thinking that this was more like a decision to torture myself rather than treat myself, but I'm going to trust that it's not. I just want to commit to living an active lifestyle. Hopefully, I will be able to follow through...
Thanks to everyone for your kind thoughts and encouragement these last few weeks!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Funny story... I asked Grace whether she wanted a PB&J or a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. She said, "Well, I guess a girl cheese sandwich... But how come we never have boy cheese sandwiches?"
Saturday, August 15, 2009
-Playhouse Disney, Live on Stage (he was squealing and clapping the entire time)
-the cars in Toon Town
-Disney's Electrical Parade
-Enchanted Tiki Room (no one else seemed to enjoy this but him)
-Dumbo the Flying Elephant (first Disneyland ride!)
Jason's Most Memorable Moments
(on Donald's Boat in Toon Town)
-going on the Matterhorn Bobsleds with Grace
Jane's Most Memorable Moments
-did I mention that Jeremy did really well? His disposition made it easier to enjoy the whole trip, and to focus on making Grace feel special. I really enjoyed spending time with her and seeing her get excited about the small things.
-I really enjoyed the "productions:" Disney's Aladdin was excellent, the Electrical Parade and Pixar's Play Parade were fun, Playhouse Disney's Live on Stage was really cute (I loved watching Jeremy- he was hooked!), Fantasmic was amazing, and the fireworks were great!
-Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters (we had so much fun... I would've gotten back in line to do that one again if we had more time)
-how much we paid for our meal at Ariel's Grotto (that was a splurge in honor of Grace)
That wraps up our busy summer of travels! I can't believe it... our Grace is starting kindergarten on Monday! (lots of pics in the slideshow on the right)
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The kids woke up our first morning in Edmonton to a box of Timbits, courtesy of Ba (grandma)... Yum! We got many more boxes in our 3 weeks there. The kids were limited to a few and then Jason and I would finish off the rest of the box.
9. Bubble tea
8. Cooler temperatures
Even though the hottest it got was 85 degrees, it felt a lot warmer because my parents' house doesn't have A/C. There were many nights I couldn't sleep! Still, the weather was nothing like the streak of triple digits felt here in the Central Valley. Edmonton's unpredictable weather always makes for interesting summers. Two major storms passed through while we were there (winds broke trees like this one in my parents' yard). On a different note, we got to see Northern Lights this year (usually only seen in late August/Sept.).
7. Jason went golfing 4 times
Jason really enjoys golfing, but with such busy daily lives, he doesn't ever get to go in Fresno. He even joined our friend Peter at a company tournament and got 18 holes of golf, free meals, a windbreaker jacket, and beach towel.
6. Jason's All-Comers Meets
It wasn't a good "spectator" experience running after Jeremy for the first meet, but the second meet was great because we left him at home. That, and the fact that Jason was awesome!
5. Festivals, in particular, our favorite: the Heritage Festival My last blog post was about this amazing festival. Scroll down for further details!
4. Parks, playgrounds, spray parks, wading pools
We LOVE that there is so much available to do with little kids! Since Edmonton is covered with snow much of the year, when it's summer, people seem to try to spend as much time outside as possible (and it helps that the sun doesn't set until 10:30pm most nights)!
3. Getting our yearly food fixes
I didn't take any pictures of food this year, but of course we totally pig out while we're in Edmonton. Some of these are ordinary meals, but when I can only have them once a year, I crave them! My Vietnamese cravings include: Bun Bo Hue and Pho. Fast food cravings: donairs with fries (tried some new places this year... still looking for the BEST that Edmonton has to offer), Mozza Burgers from A&W (no, A&Ws in California don't have the same menu), Oodle Noodle (why doesn't Fresno have anything like this?!), Edo Japan. Dinner cravings: Brits Fish & Chips, Swiss Chalet, Boston Pizza. Other cravings: Dim Sum!
2. Time with friends
We love spending time hanging out with our friends! I feel blessed that I've been able to maintain close friendships despite only seeing them once a year. I'm not going to post specific pictures because I don't want to exclude people (I didn't take a picture of every single person we hung out with)!
1. Time with family... enough said!
Until next year, Edmonton!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Jason and I loved it, but as to be expected, Jeremy made it hard to fully enjoy the experience. He didn't want to be in the stroller, he didn't want to hold our hands, and he didn't want to be held. For short periods of time, he would be ok riding on Jason's shoulders, but he can't just stay there. If we let him just walk, he would end up taking off because he saw it as a game. I realize that we need to train him, but at a festival with thousands of people everywhere, it really wasn't the time or place. We finally succumbed and tried a "leash" (we bought it after our experience at Capital Ex but hadn't used it yet). Go ahead- I expect people to fully judge us for using one. Plenty of people stared at us when they saw Jeremy attached to a leash. He made it known that he didn't like it one bit, but once he saw that he had a little freedom, he calmed down and it was good. Our reason for using one is simply because with it, Jeremy gets to walk on his own, but we get to control how far he walks from us, and the direction we go. At least with all the walking he ended up doing, he got really tired out. He fell asleep in the car soon after we left the parkade.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Outside of the Legislature's main entry is a huge reflecting pool that is open to the public as a wading pool. There is also a fountain and a smaller water area that people come to enjoy. It was so beautiful here today so it was a great day to take the kids. The water wasn't too deep, but it was plenty cold! It took a lot of coaxing before Jeremy would go in the water. My sister brought us lunch so after the kids had fun wading around, we ate before heading home for naps. Jason and I toured the Legislature together pre-kid, but we'll revisit it again when the kids are older.