Friday, August 28, 2015

just a few more from barcelona..

we were just chatting with our friends about families who travel. and those who don't. 

im a bit torn and frequently argue on both sides. on one hand, traveling with kids is simply not the same as without. the faster you come to term with it, the more at peace you are with the world. its expensive, slower, less shopping, less museum, less fine dining and if that sums up your travels, then it doesn't work so good. but at the same time, its less "oh i miss that little critter at home" and less "i need to take him back", more empowering and definitely more little moments that (to me) triumphs a gorgeously styled photo shoot with color coordinated balloons on brooklyn bridge at the crazy time of the day to avoid crowds and screaming kids. 

and in our lives, we do both. a balance of travel with and without the kid. it works for us better. 

in reflection, we spent a lot of barcelona not doing what should be the done thing. and had gorgeous tapas and drinking and blake spend many afternoon digging through sandy pits and running through playgrounds. arguably all things that can be achieved anywhere in the world. but would i exchange it for the world... no. and the next time you ask us to join you in spain. or russia. or timbaktu. we'll be on the next flight out in a heartbeat. 

just the other evening at bedtime, blake was telling D a bedtime tale (these days, its that way, not the other way around...) about how he enjoyed a new restaurant, a new playground, a pippi longstocking show, picking up someone's wallet and returning it so he would find it again, watching a rabbit mow the lawn and we knew in an instant he was talking about tivoli. 

and right there and then, we knew that there is no value you could place on a memory like that. 


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

barcelona trippin'

im sure barcelona doesn't come as a new destination for most travellers. known for fabulous parties and gorgeous beaches, its no surprise we chose to meet up with our friends there. they were rounding up their long summer spanish adventures and we flew in to crash their vacation and soak up some vitamin d!

didn't look like it but this was the least clothes we piled on for months! and precisely because we've both been to barcelona back in our days, we didn't feel the need to rush around and tick boxes. in fact, we happily passed the opportunity to see la sagrada familia for an afternoon snack and beers while our friends muscled through the crowds. admiring the architecture from the outside and comparing the progress from years before was good enough for us!! might i add that we had a sleeping toddler in his stroller so nap time is also our down time! 

we made a pit stop at park guell (but unfortunately picked the trekky side of the park to enter.. with a billion steps! lol) that's the exact way i entered the park the last time but this time, it was a little harder work with two toddlers to convince. 

point to note though, for conservation reasons, parts of the park is now tickets with restricted entry! must be the influx of tourist that motivated that move! so it's advisable to book tickets online or bring a picnic like we did while you wait for your turn to enter. blake had the most fun rolling in the sand and chasing after bubbles here!

and theres a sandy playground for them to run around with! so it was a lovely way to spend the afternoon!!

our darling friends who overlook our differences in color scheme (team colorful on left and well.. us on the right!) and love us the way we are!! 

p.s. gelato is the easiest bribe in our books these days! don't judge. he really burnt a billion calories running through barcelona. the grubbiness of his clothes is proof. 


Monday, August 24, 2015

work :: le petit society number tees

been a while since i've talked about work!

i've been busy with bits and bobs around while blake is in school! it's been most parts fun and this little project kinda made me super excited!!

we styled a little shoot in bubba's room! 

if you look closely, they're little things in his playroom and his little reading ledge!! if you love the number tees, you can also check it out here at le petit society! ;)

p.s. someone once pointed out (which i never thought of) le petit society has the same initials as little projects in style! are the stars aligned or what! 


Friday, August 21, 2015

my sweet peach

working on a few things at a moment and keeping the (always massively busy) toddler routine going is always a juggle. all it takes is someone to throw another ball into the mix to get me all flustered! 

very recently, D caught a bout of stomach flu. oh! i should probably mention that he's been training in the insane hours of the morning (like half marathons before the bubba rouses) and whenever he steps up on the training, i get edgy about his health. but back to the stomach bug. when he first caught it, i was convinced it was something serious. and went mental on him. so poor guy came back crawling from work with a massive headache and nausea only to find his crazy wife ranting on and on about his health and excessive exercise and brain tumors... yeah.. i went there. then i bolted from the house because that was the only way i could deal with it and was frantically googling EVERY terminal illness that has symptoms of headache and nausea. (do not ever do that.)

after an frantic afternoon of errands, which might i add was very productive cos i work better under stress... it was inconclusive but i felt a lot better because i devised a crackhead plan of what will happen when he is so darn ill. (meanwhile, he was resting with honey lemon and taking work calls still!) THEN the best thing happened. i fell ill that evening with the exact same symptoms. and you have never seen a happier sick and vomity person. i was so happy i swear it was like receiving a birthday present. 

ANYWAY.. what a nutcase. im still making him go for his full body checkup next week. the things he deals with!! but yay! i got a stomach bug! 

wow! that totally drifted off topic didn't it! :) 

now that we know what a nutcase i am, i feel like we can talk about real things!! like what im looking forward to this fall. we are heading to nyc (yay!) and to top things off, popping down to the peach state - georgia! poking our noses around savannah and then swinging by to atlanta to see the queen of hospitality, jen and hanging out with her!! i can't even decide which bit im most excited about!

and wanna hear the best bit? best best bit? we are leaving bubs at home!! can someone say ...

im beyond excited at the time we'll have with each other and the things we will get up to. looking forward to catching up with our friends proper! the last time we were back, it was 5 years ago! 

so, don't fall sick little duck!! hang in there!! it's going to be so much fun!
(sorry blake. maybe next time! lol) 


Thursday, August 20, 2015

blake :: swimming as a toddler

i look back fondly at our baby swimming classes together. because of the novelty of it all and the effort i made to make it happen! remember how little he was? he started when he couldn't even walk!

well, what happened in between was that he fell ill for way too long and was on the nebulizer (we have a family history of asthma) and so back then, our doctor had suggested that he took a break from swimming. which as with most thing... meant that he would regress. and at his worst, he would play around the water but be hesitant to get in. not to mention dip his face in the pool or attempt underwater dives. 


anyway, we got started again! and this time, we found a class a lot closer to home. and with a pal that he and i both love and with a coach that is the right mix of fun and strict. and it took only 4 classes to break him. now he's reformed and is back at swimming with occasional arm strokes, kicky legs and A LOT of talking. there is a lot of commotion happening at swim class and a lot of laughing. i reckon its a sign that they can swim harder, don't you think? 

and the best part is, he requests to go swimming to practice his strokes so he can make his swim coach proud. 

i don't regret starting baby swim classes that young because it served a different purpose. it gave us something to look forward to, promoted water confidence and we always enjoyed post swim catch ups! and made friends along the way. but truth be told, from an actual swimming perspective, it only worked better for us when he could properly understand what to do with arms and instructions could be yelled from poolside. 

just keep swimming buddy! hope you learn to enjoy the pool just like your granddad!! 
we'll show off some "real" swimming skills this christmas to all his pro-team swim folks, yeah!?