Tagged with being present

The Value of Fun

The Value of Fun

This about captures what life has been feeling like most days. Topsy turvy.  Chaotic.  Silly.  And not so graceful. What matters most at the end of the day though…  We are having fun.  Despite the tantrums and tears.  The mess.  The discipline and hard lessons.  Despite the love-hate battles between brother and sister.  Despite feeling like some … Continue reading

Simple Joys: Playing with water beads

Simple Joys: Playing with water beads

Today was lovely. We are spoiled in San Diego. The sun beckoned us outside and embraced us until we were almost giddy.  Tigerlily quickly freed herself from cumbersome things like clothes and shoes.  Momo ran for the backyard.  Sunscreen slathered on in haste.  Cool crisp slices of asian pear piled onto a plate.  We were … Continue reading

Making a Family Bucket List

Making a Family Bucket List

Parenthood.  It has changed everything. Snot on my sweater goes unnoticed.  Hobbies gather dust in the closet.  Kissing away the boo-boos and wiping away tears become daily ritual.  Screams, laughter, tantrums, and toys crashing to the floor become the household white noise.  All my Facebook status updates are about my kids. Some people manage to continue their … Continue reading

Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light

Toddlers are a fascinating bunch.  They have incredibly strong opinions.  Their hearts are like volcanoes that erupt with fiery emotion at any given time.  They fixate on random details or ideas.  They stick by their no even when they intend to mean yes.  And despite all these manifestations of growing independence, they still desperately crave the safety of a warm hug … Continue reading

When I Forget to Listen…

When children reach that chatterbox stage, no opportunity is wasted.  Momo gives a running commentary on life as his brain knows it.  Tigerlily is his sidekick parrot who repeats the last couple words of everything he says.  Together, their conversations make my heart melt. MM: Mei-mei, do you want to play with Legos? TL:  Play Legos? … Continue reading

The Importance of Play: A reminder from my kids

The other day, my kids were playing with a big cardboard box.  Within the span of 45 minutes, it had transformed into a car, a submarine, a cave, an airplane, a mountain, then back to a car. I am enthralled by the simple act of play.  In a society that is increasingly dependent on television, computer, smartphone, video games, … Continue reading