Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Humidity-Defying Runners!

"We can do it!"
Bedok Reservoir Race. The runners...hoping for a win. The parents...hoping to not die of heatstroke.
The school's first ever cross country team, coached tirelessly by Mr. Andrew, displays uncommon courage (considering the humidity), sense of adventure (there is talk of potential cobras lurking in the reservoir on the bus ride over) and team spirit (let's just follow each other) on the 2.2 km course!
Congratulations runners! And for those of you with desert marathons in your future, I say things are looking good!

P.S. One of the fastest runners, Jessica, is mysteriously not in the photo above. Looking for some shade? Maybe...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

But Why?

When I was around 8, I had this annoying habit of ending each sentence with a question, "But why?" As you can imagine, my parents loved it. Even when I knew it made no sense to ask, I still had to: "But why?" Over and over again.
A habit that was as difficult to break as biting my nails or looking under my bed for the wicked witch of the west.
In hindsight, it wasn't the answer I really craved but keeping my parents' attention for as long as possible.
I remembered that feeling this morning.
"Are we in space right now?" my daughter asked on our way to school.
"In a way. But we're held to the earth by gravity. "(Score!)
"Where exactly is gravity? " (Darn)
"Good question, Eliot (always answer a question you're not sure about with this comment). I learned this technique my first year as a teacher. Puts students in a good mood and buys you time. Win win.
"And where is heaven?"
"That's easy. You see those clouds? Beyond them."
"Before space or after space?"
"Definitely after space. Or maybe before..."
"And where is God? You know, his home?"
"Hmmm, in heaven."
"How do old people die?"
Oh good. Finally an easy question...
"Well, let's see, they go to sleep after a very nice, long life and wake up in heaven."
"Can people speak to each other in heaven? Can they see us? When you die will you still see me?"
Silence. "Of course, I will always keep my eye on you. And cheer you on."
"Like when I run cross country?"
"I almost forgot, if I go to space will I be cold?"
An easy one, thankfully. "No, you'll have your space suit on."
"Those boots look very heavy. Will I sink into the moon?"
"No, pretty sure you won't. Look at Neil Armstrong how well he did."
"How do people know the sun is so hot if they've only been to the moon?"
I love when space is being studied at school. I really do.
And that's when I remember, it's not the answers that count, it's the time spent answering them.
But just in case, I better brush up on the solar system today.

Not Their Best Look...

Never trust the labels on expensive face creams...HappyHalloween!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

If Only Tuscany Weren't So Darn Unattractive...

Chairs with a View,  July 2014 (creds to Alexander).

The man didn't smile this much on my wedding day. Seriously.

Mothers-in Law Plotting the Next Meal

Scenes from An Italian Summer

"And then he said..."

Friday, June 27, 2014

Big Brothers Rule

"He's my brother."
Picking up a little sister has never been so fun, now that Alexander (who goes to another school and already on summer holiday) comes equipped with a soccer ball and all of her friends want to play with him.

Having a big brother can be very cool. Reminds me of when my older brother visited me for the first time in college. "You have an older brother...who goes to Yale...who is on the swimming team?"
I guess the sweatshirt he was wearing tipped them off. These were not Math majors. "And you were going to mention this when?" Commencement?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Holiday Queries

"Maybe the boy does get enough protein."

"Maybe he did learn something in Geometry."

"Maybe I should have read this book before him..."

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

School Over...Almost

Second to last day I wake up at the crack of dawn with Alexander for his 6:50 bus.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Bucket List of a 12 Year Old Boy

(Alexander, age 12)
  1. Go Vegetarian for 1 week 
  2. Rope Swing in to a lake 
  3. Have a snowball fight 
  4. Go to winter wonderland in London 
  5. Watch a tennis game
  6. go to a nutellaria 
  7. send a message in a bottle
  8. let go of a floating lantern
  9. Visit the walk of fame
  10. get a cotton candy frappe (Starbucks)
  11. Go zip lining
  12. Go snowboarding 
  13. learn to fish 
  14. Become a pro at zorbing

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Room With a View

"If only I could remember where I parked the gondola..."