Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Bidding summer farewell

reverie at 17 months
serene at 4 years 10 months, valor at 3 years 3 months, reverie at 17 months
reverie at 17 months
serene at 4 years 10 months, reverie at 17 months
reverie at 17 months
valor at 3 years 3 months
reverie at 17 months
serene at 4 years 10 months, valor at 3 years 3 months, reverie at 17 months
reverie at 17 months
serene at 4 years 10 months
valor at 3 years 3 months
la jolla cove
la jolla cove
serene at 4 years 10 months, valor at 3 years 3 months, reverie at 17 months
serene at 4 years 10 months, valor at 3 years 3 months, reverie at 17 months
la jolla cove
serene at 4 years 10 months, valor at 3 years 3 months, reverie at 17 months
la jolla cove
Summer was a whirlwind for Alex and me. In the midst of it, Serene learned to read, Valor learned to embrace the pool, and Reverie learned to walk. We had one last hurrah in San Diego last week to bid summer farewell, squeezing in a much-needed vacation before Serene starts kindergarten with a homeschooling co-op tomorrow. I used to proclaim vacations with kids are but trips. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this trip, as all the kids seemed to acclimate quite well to new surroundings. It probably helped that they got to play at the beach and pool ad nauseum, eat Fruit Loops for breakfast, and watch TV. Their effervescent joy was contagious, which made Alex and me anticipate future adventures with renewed interest and strength. Thankful for quality family time, and ready for a new school year.

Monday, September 3, 2018

My solo trip to London

london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
london trip june 2018
Summer was abuzz with activity, particularly with wedding season in full swing for Ah, Love. One of those weddings was my dearest friend's, which transported me over to London this past June for a week. The majority of the week was immersed in ravishing wedding festivities and cherished quality time with dear Janice. On my agenda-free days, I got acquainted with the refined city. It had been ten years since we first met, which was a lifetime ago - I was a single college graduate without pressing responsibilities at home. This time around, I was blessed to take a solo mom trip to Europe while Alex cared for the kids at home. It was the first time I had been away from all the kids for that long, which was a sweet, rejuvenating break. I was impressed by London's food scene, which seemed to have grown in quality since the last time I visited. Besides partaking in tasty eats and ambling around aimlessly, I watched Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a production that exceeded my expectations, partly because I was unimpressed by the screenplay I read a couple of years ago. I also went on the Harry Potter Studio Tour, a veritable blast. So fun to soak in all the magic! Incredibly blessed for an opportunity to visit my dearest friend's new home, get to know her community, and stand beside her as she became a wife. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip made possible by grace and mercy abounding.