2017 Stories – 21 – Saying Good-bye

There are four kids leaving Nathaniel’s class this year. Two of the moms got together and organized a Good-pie party (named after this book). The whole class brought pies (pizza, savory, sweet) and the kids each signed these lovely boards per kid.

Nathaniel got sick so we ended up having to go home early but this still was the most magical good-bye from his class.

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 20 – Take Your Kid to Work Day

Take your kid to work day was a few weeks ago and even though I was scheduled to take each kid, David decided he didn’t want to miss school. Nathaniel had no such concern so off we went!

We played with this fun Android emoji thing first.

You make a face and it turns it into an emoji.

Nathaniel had quite a bit of fun with it.

He kept trying to stick his tongue out which I think wasn’t a setting they had.

Then he built a lego robot. 

He was very attentive.

putting on the axels I think.

Almost there.

And here we are. He then got to race it down a lego track.


Next up was Coding with Chrome.  

He spent time chatting with all of them.

He got to code this robotic arm to pick up the chess pieces you see in the back and drop them to the green bucket. He did it in record time and it was awesome!

Then he made some paper parachutes and put them into a wind tunnel to see how well they did.

And then we looked at the dinos.

I told him he had to do a different pose and this is what I got.

But of course he can’t help himself 🙂

Looking for fossils.

He was in such a happy mood the whole time.

We went to see a bunch of animals they were showing (from Africa.)

And finally we went back to the cafe to have lunch with my friend Ramesh who was here from Sydney and then had some ice cream (him) and coffee (me) before it was time to head home.

We took some photos together and you can see he really had fun.

And that was it for Take Your Kid to Work Day. All in all, I think we can call it a success.


Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 19 – Tech Challenge 2017

This was the third year David did the San Jose Tech Museum’s Tech Challenge. This year’s challenge was to cross two ravines. Which translated to crossing two tables without leaving any pieces behind. The second table was higher as well. The kids worked really really hard on this extremely tough challenge. 

As always they went to have an interview with the judge before the challenge itself where they were asked a lot of questions. We got to watch this from above. And then they did the challenge itself. Their amazing gondola made it through the first table but then fell on the way to the third. And then they ran out of time, so they didn’t get to fully complete it. 

They were all dejected as they walked away to get their medals and their photo taken. 

But we were all so proud of their incredibly unique design and creative thinking. and incredible work.

As it worked out, they ended up winning an award anyway. They won Outstanding Engineering Journal which was almost funny because it was such an uphill battle getting that journal together this year. 

In the end, it was all worth it and another year of wonderful memories, hard work, and very proud parents!

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 18 – Happy Birthday Nathaniel!

Nathaniel turned a wonderful eight this week!! We started our celebrations with a big balloon and a cupcake to wake up to as we always do. 

I tried to take some fun photos as he ate his cupcake but he was too busy eating it and being mischievous.

Which is Nathaniel’s favorite thing to be.

He then got to open one present before school. This was a fidget cube we’d ordered for him months and months ago. It turned out to be a pretty popular gift.



While he was at school, I decided he needed more balloons so I went and got 8 colorful ones and waited for him at pickup with all of them. It was a hit and he was quite happy to have them!

We took some shots while we waited to pickup David.

When he came home from school, he got to open all of his other presents and have Oreo ice cream cake which was his choice (in the end he ate all the icing but none of the ice cream!)


I love this boy madly. 

Especially watching him laugh.


He got some legos, a circuit board, some other circuit board like toy, a remote-controlled car, and a book this year. He was quite delighted.

Over the weekend, we had a little party for him at a Jumping place and he was in a good mood as always!

How can you not love this boy!

Happy happy birthday little boy! Can’t believe you’re eight now!!

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 17 – A Day in the Life

I was intending to do a Week in the Life this week, but after the day I had on Tuesday, I just decided I didn’t want to do it. So the only day I took a lot of photos ended up being Monday. So I figured it could be a Day in the Life even though it wasn’t really an ordinary day because David had no school and so we let Nathaniel skip it, too. And I took the day off work. None of these are typical. But still here are snippets from our day.

I wake up to find Nathaniel reading on the couch. This is very typical for just about every morning. He’s since started reading the Percy Jackson series.

He also turns on all my shiny lights. I think this is because he wakes up when it’s still dark (and also he loves the lights just like I do.)

A quick early morning shot together. David’s still sleeping.

It’s time to wake up David because Nathaniel and I are very hungry. David got this from HarryPotter land and it’s one of his favorite things to sleep with, it’s extremely soft. The other blue/pink one is his favorite Pokemon which was handmade by a wonderful lady on etsy.

I told Nathaniel that he always has his mouth open in all my photos. Here’s what I got in return. You’ll see he made me live to regret mentioning it.

We went to Cafe Borrone for breakfast, one of our favorite places. His mouth is still open and you can see David didn’t think it’s funny either.

We’re back home and while the kids played, I checked out the new Facebook group for my wonderful Life Restoration class.

Then it was time to do some painting while listening to a book.

During the camp, one of the ladies was wearing LuLaroe and it was so soft that I decided I had to get one (I have since bought one more.)


While Nathaniel played in mine room, David watched some movies on the stairs.


I decided these rocks would be my June art project. I loved the ones I saw at Melody’s ranch.


Shine cards are my May project and my homework for One Little Word in April. I took the time to journal a few.

Then it was time to go out again so we went to Palo Alto for some super yummy food. We love the waffles with nutella and bananas and strawberries at Coupa Cafe.

And I love the cappuccinos, too.

Then we went to Rocket Fizz which sells just about any candy you can imagine. David got a chocolate bar with cake batter and Nathaniel got gummy roulettes.

We dropped David off at his Tech Challenge session and got back home. I love how the tree is so big right now.

While Nathaniel read, I spent some time working on my Life Restoration work.

And planned the rest of my week.

Then it was time to go to Kepler’s to see one of Nathaniel’s favorite authors. The first three rows were full of his classmates.

He spent time chatting with all of them.

And then got to have his books signed and we loved listening to Andy Griffiths again. He is absolutely amazing and if you have little kids and he comes to your town, you must must go see him. He’s amazing.


Then it was time to go home, shower and go to bed. David was also home from his session. He listened to a bit of music while I made lunches for the next day and listened to more of my book. It was an unusual day but also a magical one.

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 16 – Meeting Kathy and Melody

I spent last week at Life Restoration Camp. This is a multi-part story. I need to write about this one for a few weeks but I first need to digest everything so I can write about it. But one of the highlights of the week was meeting Melody and Kathy in person. I’ve worked with these two amazing women for quite some time and it’s been a dream of mine to get to meet them, hug them, and hug them some more. I got to do all that and more this week. 

To say that I am grateful would be the understatement of the year. 

There are thousands of words I will write about Life Restoration Camp. But this week’s story is dedicated to honoring the two women (and many others who work with them) who have changed my life permanently. 

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 15 – The yard

I don’t have a story this week but I have this lovely photo as the weather finally got a bit warmer for a little while (it’s cold again now.) and we decided to take out the hammock and enjoy the warmish days. I love sitting in the yard and so do the kids. i love watching them sit together, laugh together and be together. may they have each other forever.

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 14 – Nathaniel’s New Adventure

At the beginning of this school year, Nathaniel decided he wanted to apply to the same school David started this year. He kept seeing how engaged David was and how much he was thriving and he wanted it for himself. I too wanted that for him. I also would love to have both my kids at the same school again (assuming it’s a proper fit for each, of course.)

So Nathaniel applied, we wrote a bunch of essays, he went to a Shadow day which he loved and to an Activity day, which he also loved. And then we waited. 

And waited.

For him to get in, someone had to leave the school because third grade is not a year where they expand the class. I tried to explain this to him but he was still so excited, and he was counting down all the days. 

When I finally got the call that he was the only boy they accepted to the third grade class, I cried and cried and then got home and gave Nathaniel the very best news and hugged him so tight.

And then two days later, he finally got his envelope in the mail. This particular school puts wonderful confetti into their acceptance envelopes (which Nathaniel knew from David’s one last year.) so he opened his very carefully and saved every single confetti. 

I love you my sweet boy. Here’s to the beginning of a new and wonderful adventure.

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 13 – STEM Fair


Last weekend was the STEM fair in David’s school. It’s a K-12 event and like most things this school does, it was absolutely mind-blowing. The sixth graders had 3 displays. One on ooblecks, one on making little drawing robots, and one on general relativity as in the photo above (oh and something cool with play dough and electricity you can see in the last photo.) Jake tells me the demo above demonstrates Einstein’s theory of how gravity is actually a stretching of space and time, not a “force” and the lycra shows how this works. I had to copy his exact words because I still don’t get it. Science was never my strong suit and I so so wish it were because the sixth grade was a tiny tiny fraction of this incredible day. They had robots, a whole math section, research papers, amazing chemistry demos and on and on. Professors from Stanford. I can’t even tell you because I don’t appreciate the awesomeness due to my lack of science education. But the kids did appreciate it. They walked around, they learned, they loved it. So did Jake who knows a lot more science than I do. 

I decided I needed to take a lot more science classes so I can actually understand next year.

So grateful that my sons get to experience all this!

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 12 – Nathaniel’s Valentine Too

A few weeks ago I posted the Valentine Nathaniel made for Paige, I wanted to make sure to also post the Valentine he received from his friend Emerson. It says: Dear Nathaniel, you are a sweet, awesome, fantastic friend. I like it when you smile because it makes me feel happy when you do it. I like your creative imagination because you can figure things out easily. From, Emerson.

Gotta love second graders. 

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 11 – Inspiration Board

The March prompt for One Little Word 2017 was to put together an inspiration board. This is one of my favorite projects each year and this year was no exception. I love love love looking at this board. I love how shiny, mindful, love-filled, bold and open it feels to me. 

I use these boards as my computer background, i glue them to my notebooks, and i even use them as a wallpaper on my phone. A constant reminder of my inspiration for 2017.

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 10 – Two Days in Los Angeles

Up until last week, my kids had never been to Disneyland. Or Disney-anything. When I was in sixth grade, my family went on this wonderful trip from Paris to New York to Orlando to Miami. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip and I still remember it vividly. It was my first time in the United States. My first time in Disney World. And I loved every moment of it.

My parents did a similar trip with my sister’s kids a few years ago but Nathaniel had just been born so I couldn’t join. Almost eight years later, I still hadn’t taken either kid to a Disney Park and I really wanted to change that. I really wanted to go myself. I still find it all magical.

So I decided we would spend part of our Winter Break there. We drove down to Los Angeles and spent one day in Disneyland and one day at Universal Studios. It was an insane amount of walking and standing and just a lot of chaos in 48 hours but we did it!

David liked parts of Disneyland but on the whole preferred Universal. Nathaniel liked Harry Potterland and some of the rides at Universal but on the whole liked Disneyland better because it had a lot more rides. So I feel it was worth going to both (for our family.)

I wish I’d gone when the kids were a bit younger and might have found it a bit more magical. I will say that the highlight for both of the kids was the Electric Light Parade at the end of the Disneyland day. So there’s some magic left in both of them after all.

Here are some other photos from our adventure:

Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.