Raising a Mighty Girl

"Tell me Ava, why do you think Sistine said what she did about Southern people?" I asked. We were reading the book 'The Tiger Rising' by Kate DiCamillo and Sistine (the female protagonist) introduced herself to her new classmates in Kentucky by declaring southerners ignorant. Her classmates answered back on the playground afterwards. "Does she…

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Waiting for the Hammer to Fall

We're in our final few weeks of living in South Korea. It's a funny thing- living while such an impending life event is on the horizon. Just yesterday, we were out in the Itaewon neighborhood of Seoul, having a celebratory dinner and cocktails with our friend Roori at 'Vatos' before taking a taxi to Insadong…

The New Normal- Living with Air Pollution

School was cancelled last week on Tuesday due to an unprecedented reason- air pollution. I relished in the shiny luck of mother nature dispensing snow days back home while growing up in Minnesota. We'd watch as the snowfall slowly floated down in the evening and then wake up anxiously to see if it was enough…

The End of a Ski Season

There are moments that divide our lives. Milestones of your child's development. A promotion. Moving across the country. The loss of a family member or addition of a new one by birth or marriage. When we look back at these moments, they divide our memories into segments of our time before it happened and how…

Empty Rooms

The great decluttering has begun. Since we brought our cats home to California, we have started going through our apartment 'mari-kondo' style and asking ourselves 'Does this bring us joy?'. If not, the items find themselves on a trip to school to be dropped off at various staff lounges much like how Andy Dufresne unsuspectingly…

Avoiding a “Cat-astrophe”

It's 12:30 am and I can't sleep. The first night of sleep after flying across the ocean is usually a good one, but not tonight. We arrived at LAX at 1:30 yesterday afternoon and after a long wait for luggage, ambled out of the arrivals gate, up the ramp and into the arms of my…

To My Beautiful Ava on her 9th Birthday

Today I woke up to your sweet kisses and warm hugs. As with most mornings, you came to snuggle me awake before school, shimmying your little body under the heavy covers to warm up next to me. As I blinked awake, your sweet smile filled my sleepy eyed view and you whispered that you wished…