Posted in Photo-a-day challenge

City Sonnet: August 29, 2019. Reflection/ father and son

A random photo I took of Chris and Elliot. When scrolling through them later did I realize they have the same observational pose.

How can they be so similar, down to details like body posture?! Elliot is a mini reflection of his daddy.

This is one of those photos I cherish for our family.

Thank you City Sonnet for hosting this monthly challenge!

Posted in Personal growth

I can’t have enough planners – ever

Have you noticed all the brightly colored, creative-formatted, and happy-inducing academic planners in stores these days?? Pretty papers are my weakness: the texture, colors, and weight of each page between my fingers. I’m a paper nerd!

I bought a floral planner last year: it reminded me of the upcoming autumn season. I must’ve been in a mellow, winter-y state of mind when I chose that particular one.

Fast forward to this year, and I went the opposite direction. Bright and tropical. Ellis, my 6 year old daughter, said she’d get me a planner for my birthday, so she did the choosing. She immediately gravitated towards the one with the golden elastic band, smaller size, and bright prints. I liked it too.

I might have chosen a bigger one for practical purposes though- easier to find.

Whichever format you use, whether digital, a paper towel, the back of your hand, or memory, hope that this fall semester brings you creativity, happiness, and a heart of contentment!!

Bright and tropical – True to Lily Pulitzer style

Posted in Education, learning with kids

John Dewey and his empowering words for education

John Dewey is one of my favorite progressive educators from the 20th century. His thoughts inspire me to focus on the bigger aims of teaching and learning.

Also, want to give a shot out for my educator friends and dedicated parents working hard for your kids! Hope you know how special you are.

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

Butterfly watching in the Rainforest at California Academy of Sciences


The most important attitude that can be formed is that of desire to go on learning.”

A messy but fun slime experiment. Clean up was a nightmare
Can’t resist poking heads into astronaut’s lab station in space
Journeying together despite the occasional spats and sibling rivalry