I never thought I would take the girls out of town by myself but I did it! We went on a little road trip to see family. The girls did a great job in the car. Not one whine or tantrum during the 4 hour car ride and one pitstop. Pretty good for a kid who has nothing to look at but the back seat and for the other who doesn't really like to watch DVDs for very long. We sang a lot of songs, including all Disney, Top 40 and GLEE. Okay, now get ready for a lot of pictures!
The snow covered mountains on the Grapevine were beautiful.
I will admit, as shameful as it may be, I do not save every piece of artwork Sophia brings home from school. Seriously, she saves every scrap of paper (art or not) in her cubby. I would need a storage unit to keep everything she brought home. However, I just absolutely loved this butterfly she painted. Her teachers laminated it and I decided it definitely deserved a frame.
A book review? This is an odd post for me since I hardly get the chance to start a book let alone actually finish one. But this book, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" by Amy Chua truly caught my attention; mainly because of all the negative publicity and reviews the author received.
Although I am not Chinese, I can relate to how Sophia & Lulu were raised; I think a lot of 1st or 2nd generation Asians can too. But THANK GOD I cannot relate to the extent of their upbringing by their Tiger Mother. There are a lot of things I could say about the book, but then this post would be pages long. So I'm going to keep it short...
I don't think you can or should pass judgement on the author's parenting style (Chinese way versus the Western way) unless you have had the opportunity to experience the dynamics of both and not necessarily in its' entirety. I understand the Tiger Mother's intentions. I DO NOT agree with all of her craziness. I do believe there is a difference between traditional Asian parenting and non-Asian parenting (the term Western bothers me). Which one is better? IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE CHILD. So with that being said, thank you Mom & Dad for knowing when to apply the differences. I am eternally grateful.
This post would have never been possible if weren't for my generous and loving husband. David, I love you!
What an amazing, blissful and relaxing weekend I just experienced at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Marcy, Melike and I had been looking forward to this trip for weeks! It's not an easy task trying to coordinate a weekend that works for 3 mommies and 3 daddies who would be taking care of 7 kids (all under the age of 4). But we found THE magical dates and it was off to Heaven on Earth for 3 days of girly time!
The perfect way to start off the weekend!
Posing in front of Marcy's bubbly : )
Cocktails with my favorite mommies!
I'm going to request this set-up at my next house. : )
Nothing like a morning workout at OUR leisurely time!
It was so nice not having to wake-up at the
crack of dawn to go for my normal morning run.
Refreshing lunch after our spa treatments.
YES...We ate lunch in our robes.
And YES...we ate in the resort restaurant.
And YES again...there were others dining as well.
And NO...no one looked at us like we were nuts.
Melike caught me with her iPhone and
snapped this l-o-v-e-l-y pic.
(I'll be posting about this book later)
Bathing Beauty Marcy
Seriously, when I woke up from my catnap
she had made about 4 new friends.
If only walls could talk ; )
Marcy & Melike,
Thank you for a fun-fabulous girly weekend. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect getaway. You are TRUE & GENUINE FRIENDS! ; ) xo
A growth of only half an inch and a gain
of almost 2 pounds from her one year check-up.
I swear this child eats like there is no tomorrow! Where is it all going?
I mean, I understand the definition of petite, but come on!
I know, I know. Yes, yes. Las Vegas twice in one month?! No, we don't have a gambling problem. We've just been living the rock star life the last couple of weeks. : ) This last trip to Vegas was to celebrate our friend, Lloyd's, 40th birthday. Friends from all over came out to take part in the festivities. A weekend filled with friends (new & old), good food, wine, cocktails, shopping, craps...well I can't list everything! ; )
Kid-less photo op.
I loved all the bright, bold colors in the Encore.