Road Trip 2015 - Old Sacramento

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ohh yeah~ Our first family trip in 2015 and it was a road trip! We drove approximately 205 miles (330km, about 3.5hours drive) to one of the most popular vacation spots in California, North Lake Tahoe. Jeez, god knows why we had the guts to do that (partially due to financial constrains, ahem) because our last road trip experience from Portland to Seattle with Chloe was a complete disaster! She N.E.V.E.R likes staying in her carseat. Be that as it may, we're so glad that we decided to take the "calculated risk," she was surprisingly great this round, thanks to Pocky sticks and roasted seaweed.

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#1 Because it was a long drive and we all needed a break, we made a stop at Sacramento, the capital city of California. A very serene and laid-back city indeed.

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#2 Fueling at Tower Cafe. Love its adventurous decor infused with tons of different cultural influences.

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#3 Coloring makes her happy :)

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#5 The foods were decent, nothing extra special, also potentially due to our spoiled palates. Blame all the good restaurants in San Francisco :p

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#6 This store is simply magical, located at Old Sacramento.

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#8 California State Railroad Museum.

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#11 Historical building.

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#12 ❤❤

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#13 ❤❤

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#15 Walking around + sightseeing~~

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#16 Love this one albeit my hideous fringe. Chean (and Photoshop) never fails me, he is the best photographer ever ;)

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#17 Here's the brutal disappointment I encountered before ringing in the new year, I got a less than fortunate haircut, probably one of the worst haircuts I ever had since 12 years old. Sigh. I cincai went to a salon nearby my house because I really, very badly wanted a fresh look for 2015. Fast forward the disastrous experience, I walked home with a super awkward bangs. Sigh x100. Lesson learned, never ever visit a hair salon in haste.

Anyway... Maybe this is a good thing, a lesson in letting go... Hopefully I'll be able to keep my motivation up in blogging and finish the entire road trip posts before my bangs grow out nicely, lol... See you around~~



XOXO,
Bev



Happy 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wait!

I can't believe it is the last day of 2014 already, but at the same time, I can't wait for 2015. Despite three of us were all sick on Christmas week (real bummer, hope we didn't pass the cold virus to Santa), our holiday this year couldn't get any merrier. Fortune enough, we're still manage to check off most of the must-dos on our end-of-year action plan as soon as we bounced back from the cold, yay! To recapitulate the highlights from our holiday celebration, I pick 15 pics, also to welcome 20"15"...

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#1 We built our very first Gingerbread House from scratch, architect at heart :p

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#3 That's Chocolate, yup, Chloe finally gets to taste a little bit of that. It's holiday seasons, I close two eyes lah.

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#4 Unwrapping presents on Christmas Day, down with a cold but still very happy :)

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#6 Wine tasting in Castello di Amorosa, Napa.

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#7 It was a chilly day, around 8'C.

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#8 Alcohol!!! That's what holiday is all about :p

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#9 And good foods, of course. Dining at Bouchon by Thomas Keller. All the dishes were super palatable, even the picky Miss Chloe agreed!

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#10 It was our lucky day! We managed to catch the last carriage ride after the dinner. A truly unforgettable holiday experience!

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#11 Union Square during the Holidays.

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#12 She got a little upset because I promised to take her ice-skating (T___T) It was toooooo crowded baby, too packed.

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#13 Galloping and prancing while waiting for the Noon Year's Eve countdown. Love this one, taken today, fresh from the oven~

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#14 W.E.F.I.E of the day \(*^__^*)/

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#15 Last pic of this post, also for 2014. My baby watching the 3D Nutcracker light show under the dome while waiting for the foods at one of our all-time favorite restaurants in town.

Then my baby walked up to me and said, "Happy New Year Mama! Thank you Mama, Chloe is very happy! I'm excited!" I think that pretty much summed up my "performance review" in 2014, lol...

I'm so so so thankful for 2014, utterly grateful for the smooth ride over the past 365 days and all the memorable moments we created with our loved ones, families and friends, that give me strength and courage to hug 2015 with more love, more kindness, more compassion, more patience, more acceptance, more ingenuity ❤❤

You'll be missed, 2014! Dear 2015, I want to love you harder!



XOXO,
Bev



It's all good

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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你常说 ,怎么还像个孩子,总是活在自己的世界里。
哪有什么不好?
如果这辈子可以永远像个孩子,多好。
就因为你的好让我不用着急成长。

你常说,别老是心不在焉,想说什么就说啊。
很多的话想说,
不过一开口的刹那又被沉默诅咒,多难。
就因为每次说了之后又被当小孩看待。

你常说,伤神又多余的事情不要去费心。
可是费心的事,
多半是我各自伤神而你在叹息,多余。
就因为没经你核实的悲伤是多愁善感。

那天刚好,
天上飘着的毛毛细雨没被你挡着,
一丝一丝地落到我的发梢,
湿了头发,红了眼眶。
我忘了告诉你,喧哗过后的那一片寂静,
我在你的眼睛里看到了自己,
原来你爱的我是长那样子的,多美。

可你却说,在我的眼里你找不到自己。
该怎么说呢亲爱的,
如果你用真心去感受,
你其实一直就住在我的心里,多深。

有一种爱学会放手后会更懂得去爱,
有一种思念懂得心痛的感觉后会更想念。
人生只有在活出了自己之后才会精彩。
倘若我不在自己的世界里过好,怎么还有资格到你的世界里插一脚?

但这一生,我最终想要追求的,
不是轰轰烈烈或凄美的爱情,是你。
所以在我的世界里,一切一切,都很好。
因为我爱过你,我爱着你。
--《贝薇丽的秘密》

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2014年12月16日上。

没关系,痛就放声哭吧!

Monday, November 10, 2014

应该是水瓶座,或者是遗传我妈的关系,我从小就是个爱哭鬼。我爱哭的路线不是嚎啕大哭的那种,而是黯然神伤独自掉泪的可怜委屈风。所以,刘小恩希也得到了我的真传,她是一个不折不扣的爱哭鬼,只不过以她目前的修行只能达到嚎啕大哭的程度。

在她的生活中有着许多莫名奇妙的哭点。。。

像几乎每个早上,起床后就放声大哭地喊着:“我要粑粑抱抱下去(到楼下去)!”
然后我和Chean哄着:“不哭啊,我们都听见了,好好说话,不用喊的哦。你好好说一次。”

像有时候自己在玩游戏时急了,又大哭起来:“想要麻麻帮你(我)fix这个!”
然后我“必需”循循善诱地说着:“宝宝不急,这个很难吗?再努力试试看。”

像我在开车时她爱给我带路:“Not this way!要去那边!不是这边!”
然后我不慌不忙地解释着:“等不急想要回家了是不是? 可是回家是这条路,走那边的话回不到哦~”

在她的生活中也有着许多非常值得哭的点。。。

像有一次,她和朋友开心地追逐嬉戏时不小心被自己的鞋头绊倒,狠狠地跌了一个狗吃屎,额头肿起,她几乎失声地喊着:“麻麻。。。麻麻。。。”
然后我把她抱起,心在淌泪地安抚着,就什么也不说地安抚着。等她哭完了才说:“让麻麻看看哪里受伤了。”

像她最近生病时,发高烧吐了,她被自己的呕吐反应吓坏了,边吐边哭地说:“不要!不要!”
然后我镇定的说:“没事,没事,麻麻在。吐出来了就好了。”

像她因为严重感冒而被逼一周不能上学外出,她午觉睡醒后自己默默地掉泪:“Mama, Chloe wants to play outside.“
然后我只能无奈地对她说:”Chloe is sick, that's why we stay home this week. Does it make you sad? Let's do something fun together, something that will make you happy again.“

但其实在她的生活中,有着更多的是我和Chean都觉得非常值得哭的点,可是她勇敢。。。

像上学至今,都从未哭闹过。每一次和我们拥抱说再见后,就自己忙自己的事。
像跌到擦伤,只要不太严重的,她都不哭也不闹,继续玩乐。
像她最爱的食物被我们吃完了,只要好好解释她都能接受。
像她犯错时我对她说道理,她一般都非常乖巧地坐着听我说。
像被大孩子欺负抢玩具,她多半是被吓到后跑到我身边,或者是自己到其它角落找别的玩具,不争不抢也不闹。

还有很多,很多。。。


那天刚巧和妈妈在谈电话时,宝宝在我身后传来哭声,原来是想要到柜子里拿玩具,手指不小心被柜子夹了一下下。
妈妈说:“哎哟,告诉她不要玩柜子,玩柜子夹到手!”
“她不是玩柜子,她是想要拿玩具。”
“跟她说不可以拿,很危险会夹到手的。”
“没关系,下次她会注意。”
“哎哟,不要哭了!”
“没关系,很痛对不对?很痛可以哭啊,不用忍着,妈妈受伤痛痛的时候也会哭。哭了就好多了。”
“哎哟,叫你叫她不要哭,你就叫她哭。”

不要误会,我妈是超疼爱Chloe的,只是在她那个年代的教育观念里,孩子们都是不应该哭的,哭就是不好,就是不听话。不过对我而言,哭单纯是一种让情绪抒发和缓解的管道,我并没有特别鼓励孩子们哭,但也不觉得爱哭是什么大事。所以想要为那些因为爱哭而常被父母谴责的孩子们打抱不平。

孩子们疼痛了,委屈了,害怕了,伤心了,难过了,现在不放声大哭长大了还有机会这么做吗?
哭一下又有什么关系呢?
只要哭过后学会勇敢就好啦 :)


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共勉之,
Mama Bev


Favorite Pastime

Friday, October 17, 2014

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#1 喜欢刘小恩希的这幅涂鸦作品。恰静、不聒噪且带着一点郁郁的蓝。

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#2 这是刚完成时的模样,宝宝称它为《蝴蝶》。


#3 正在努力作画中认真的小背影,好可爱。

替感冒中的宝宝取消了这个星期的课,让她待在家里休息,我想应该是在家太无聊的关系,突然变得热爱画画。我的女儿是一个很清楚自己想要做什么的孩子,或许这句话套在一个才两岁多的孩子来说很难以置信吧,可是我和Chean从很小开始察觉,她确实是个确认自己想要做的事后就会很非常专注认真的孩子(像粑粑~)。学校的老师觉得如此,家人朋友和保姆也这么说(嗯,我请保姆啦!)。所以,看着她拖着感冒的小身子,一直在那努力地完成“作品”时,心十分纠结,想要叫她休息一会儿,但又不忍心打扰她。就只能站在她身边,一会儿擦鼻涕,一会儿让喝水地伺候着,直到她说:“I'm all done!”

所以,这次的po文全是关于她这星期在家作的画,记录她努力划下的色彩。


#4 The Giraffe Spots《长颈鹿的斑点》。她说,她看见了兔子还有米奇老鼠。


#5 握着画笔的早晨七点钟。


#6 这《At The Zoo》是她用两个小时完成的。涂累了,放着,躺在地上;发闷了,放着,去玩别的。但只要她没说“I'm all done” 我都将她的画摆着,让她可以随时继续涂鸦她的“作品”。


#7 正在用Magic Nuudles建造动物园的栏杆呢,我快笑飙泪了~


#8 用功ing。


#9 你能看见她所谓的《Penguin》吗?她特别强调只有一只哦~

然后,我把这副画分享到Facebook时很多人都能看见那只企鹅耶,连Chean也看到!唯独麻麻我找不着,呜呜~ 于是决定再三请问宝宝那只企鹅到底在哪儿...

Mommy: Baby, where is the penguin?
Chloe: It's hiding...
Mommy: Hiding?!
Chloe: It's A.B.S.T.R.A.C.T!
Mommy: *dumbfounded*

Daddy: Where are the penguin's eyes?
Chloe: *point to the pic* Right here...
Daddy: (turns his head to me) See, told you it's a profile.

深深地让我上了一课,想起了《小王子》著作。唉,我这思想狭窄的大人,必须更努力地解读孩子丰富的想象力。


#10 这是今早做的《The Happy Popsicles》。哈哈,她太爱冰淇淋和冰棒了!很明显还在想念上个周末吃过的味道!

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以上就是刘小恩希最近热爱的事,喜欢涂鸦,喜欢调色,喜欢探索。这或许是天赋,或许就只是单纯的嗜好,其实对于我来说都无所谓,小孩总是对身边的事充满好奇心,说不好下星期又会恋上不同的新玩意,这都没关系,成长是她自己的,要玩什么,要学习什么,选择权当然在她。所以我一直觉得自己在教育上的责任,从来就只是满足她及辅助她完成她想要完成的事而已。优不优秀,成不成才都是其次,我和Chean只想要让她做一个自由的孩子。




#12 ❤❤



共勉之,
Mama Bev