Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Photos of the boys' trip to come soon!
Have you ever seen a bigger, more proud smile? This snake now lives with him, going with him where ever he goes. I can't really blame him, it turned out really cute and he did such a great job! Nathan wants me to sew him a snake. I said no, if he wanted one, he'd have to sew his own. He just shrugged and said never mind. Benjamin, however, pesters me all the time to use the sewing machine. I think I've created a monster! No wait... maybe that should be Ben's next project... a monster! Better go check my fabric stash...
Saturday, July 18, 2009
That day I'd taken the boys up to Rocket Ship Park, which overlooks the entire Los Angeles Basin and the shoreline from Palos Verdes to Malibu. Both boys were missing their Daddy, and I found Nathan sitting on the swings, looking at the amazing view. I couldn't resist snapping a photo before I took the swing next to him and asked what he was thinking about. He said there were so many places in the world that he hadn't seen yet, and he marveled over how big it was! I said that what he was looking at was only the Los Angeles Basin, that the world was actually quite a bit larger. Then he asked if we were going to see it all. I asked him if he'd like to see it. He said yes, and I said that we would do our best. It was just this really sweet moment, and I felt so grateful that we have this lifestyle of crazy international moves. It just really made all the chaos seem worth it. Of course, we now know that the whole Macau thing fell apart and even more changes are in the pipeline, but at the time I was bursting with pride and joy that we were raising kids who loved the world as much as their bedrooms, willing to explore whatever was on the horizon. Later that day I saw the Mark Twain quote about boys that is featured at the top of the blog. Between the photo and the quote, I felt inspired to create a whole new blog that featured the boys, and the "wonder" that they experience every day. Mainly it was for the Grandparents, Aunties, and my friends who are fond of the boys but do things like head to Northampton for the summer and can't be with them. Now a year later, Boy Wonder has had over 7,400 visits from people all over the world. If you click the map icon on the left column, you can see the little red dots representing visitors from places like Poland, Lebanon, and Luxembourg. We even picked up a handful of followers I've never met (like Argon One, whose own kids are grown and moved out but stops by Boy Wonder when he needs a touch of nostalgia). Needless to say, I'm shocked that the daily life of the two people at the center of my world would be so interesting to so many people! So I just have to say thank you. Thank you for coming back every day, or subscribing, or passing this along to your friends. It's been fun. And knowing that someone out there somewhere is actually reading this inspires me to keep recording these little moments of discovery, growth, success and failure. Nathan has taken a keen interest in it, and he's generally the one who chooses the colors and new photos under the headline. Before you know it, he'll be the one updating! I'm glad I started the blog when I did as it will always be easy for me to remember that July 17th is also Disneyland's Birthday. Yes, I realize that for the general population this isn't a date that stands out, but when you've spent many, many years getting a paycheck signed by Mickey Mouse, it's memorable! So happy 54th Birthday to Disneyland, and happy 1st Birthday to Boy Wonder! Many happy returns to both!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
In my childhood we lived in a neighborhood where our house was the only one without a pool. My little brother and I would suit up, grab a towel, and go door to door during summer to find someone willing to let us swim, unsupervised, while the occupants went off to work. We always found someone happy to let us use their pool. Things have changed quite a bit since then, huh?
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Ben is still barely learning to swim and the ocean isn't exactly the best place for him to try out his new skills! But he made a good effort with the new boogie board and I'm sure by the end of summer he'll be using it as much as big brother!
Monday, July 6, 2009
It was great to catch up with them and let our kids play together almost exactly seven year after we first met. Of course, none of the kids remembered each other! But toss any group of kids into a pool and they become instant friends, all over again!
Seeing them has made me feel incredibly homesick for so many people that have been a part of our lives throughout the years. Oh how I wish for an unlimited travel fund that could take me on a world-wide tour of our old homes and old friends! One day...
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Michael and I were going through old video clips and came across one with five year old Nathan singing God Bless the USA, while two year old Benjamin dances along. We had just returned from living in Hong Kong, and visiting China where we walked in awe and silence across Tiananmen Square. Talk about a tear jerker for this mama, even with the comic relief provided by the bike helmets they're wearing...
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
That tiny dot at the top of Splash Mountain would be the boat bearing Daddy, Nathan, and Benjamin down a 52 foot watery drop. Mommy decided that one water ride was enough for her! Daddy is game for anything though, lucky boys who love daring drops!
As Chinese New Year approaches (February 10th this year), we bid a fond farewell to the Year of the Dragon. My oldest son was born in the Ye...
I love cloth and fabric, and especially love the handmade kind which is such a beautiful form of art. Here in Shanghai I am lucky enough to ...
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