I woke up to a strangely quiet house today as my husband and daughter are away visiting the grandparents.  I took my time cleaning Ellie's room and what began as a chore turned into an exercise of gratitude.  Seeing her presence in everything I pick up, her old toys that she once loved, her pajamas... Continue Reading →

Top 15 Things to Do With Kids in the Bay Area

All things that go! Riding the ferry Riding the cable cars Riding BART Riding the Tilden Steam Train   Museums!  Chabot Science Center - Planetarium movies are the best! Habitots Bay Area Discovery Museum Children's Creativity Museum Oakland's Fairyland! More places:  Berkeley Adventure Playground   Oakland Zoo Jean Sweeney Open Space Park - awesome new... Continue Reading →

Summer Mood

It's September and school has officially started and I'm about to go back to work at the end of the month, yet these warm sunny days that have finally come to the Bay are fooling me into thinking that summer is still here... Here are a few snapshots of those slow summer days already past.

A Garden Grows in LA

Somehow it always feels like a vacation when we "escape" the fog of the Bay Area and come down to visit my parents in LA.  The sun doesn't hide around here and it's always the perfect temperature for splash pads, pools, and the beach.  All of which are on our to-do list. But the best... Continue Reading →

Cloudy Day Hike with Loup

Ellie's class has a honorary student named Loup or "Wolf".  Every week Loup gets to go home with one of the kids in the class for the weekend and come back with pictures of his (or her?) adventures.  We were so excited to have Loup visit our house.  He played with us, ate with us,... Continue Reading →

Full Moon in Hawaii

While selecting photos from the archives for my portfolio, I found a 7-months pregnant me looking large and in charge in Hawaii, and my sweetie, looking thin and overworked from the long hours he had been pulling at his start-up.  Hawaii was a dream, one of the happiest times in our lives, and these photos... Continue Reading →

Snow Days

Last weekend, we packed up our skis and headed to Tahoe for our second trip of the year.  Unlike the first time back in February where we were met with epic snow storms and epic traffic, this past weekend was filled with glorious sunshine and we stayed through Monday to avoid the crowds. We had... Continue Reading →

The Hidden Sacrifice of Immigrant Parents

He'd board at Canal and watch the train fill and empty at each stop with an ever-shifting mix of different peoples and ethnicities...the only thing uniting them being their newness to America and their identical expressions of exhaustion, that blend of determination and resignation that only the immigrant possesses. The other aspect of those weekday-evening... Continue Reading →

Homemade Noodles

Whenever we visit my mom Ellie always looks forward to "laolao's" good cooking.  My mom always seems to be able to mix up some dough and make noodles in a matter of minutes.  Now that I've tried it myself, I realized that it really is that easy to make noodles at home.  You don't need... Continue Reading →

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