Day 7: Asia Adventures [Hong Kong 2019]

Welcome to the daily recaps from our Hong Kong trip. Each post will include highlights of the day, followed by a summary by Melody (age 12), then photos (by Joyce (mom) and Norm (dad)) with captions by Emily (age 10). We will be sharing reviews to the places and restaurants we visited after the recaps... Continue Reading →

Day 5: Asia Adventures [Hong Kong 2019]

Welcome to the daily recaps from our Hong Kong trip. Each post will include highlights of the day, followed by a summary by Melody (age 12), then photos (by Joyce (mom) and Norm (dad)) with captions by Emily (age 10). We will be sharing reviews to the places and restaurants we visited after the recaps... Continue Reading →

Post-Trip Tips

*Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. We may add to this list, but here are some super quick thoughts we had from our recent trip. Some items are more specific to an international trip to the city like Hong Kong and less specific to...say our time in the Australian... Continue Reading →

Pre-Trip Tips

*Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. We may add to this list, but here are some super quick thoughts we had from our recent trip. Some items are more specific to an international trip to the city like Hong Kong and less specific to...say our time in the Australian... Continue Reading →

Hong Kong Trip 2019 Recap

Last year's trip had us in Oahu in early May. We realized after the trip that it was great timing. Kids were back in school from spring break but school was not out for summer break. It was a great relaxing trip. This year, however, we had quite the tiring trip to Hong Kong, not... Continue Reading →

Summer Reading 2019: Barnes and Noble

[Note: This is a repost of an old post with slight updates.] And so it begins… We enjoy our park playdates and mini-road trips and vacations and bike rides and Vacation Bible School during the summer months, but we’re also super chill and bookworm-ish (read: nerdy), so we enjoy all the different summer reading programs.... Continue Reading →

Empowered

by Melody, age 12 Whenever we read about other people's lives (I'm talking about famous, well-known people in history or the news), we always think "Oh, wow!" Or "How can I become like them? But in reality, these women were human, after all, and it was their strong faith and beliefs that made them brave to... Continue Reading →

Kid Power Volunteer

If you're a middle schooler looking for a volunteer opportunity, the libraries are looking for kids going into 6th, 7th, and 8th grade to help other kids spin the wheel and stamp the board for the Summer Reading Program. (Keep reading for details!) In Castro Valley, the orientation dates and times are Wednesday, May 29th,... Continue Reading →

Outdoor Summer Fun

Summer break may be here already for some families. We were chatting with friends about things to do and places to go! Our post on summer reading programs (and more) will be coming soon, but here are some outdoorsy things to do when the UV Index shows safe numbers.  Some are local-to-us but if you... Continue Reading →

Cherry Blossoms Across The Country

Originally, the Cherry Blossom Festival started when Japan gifted the United States 3,000 cherry blossom trees as a symbol of friendship. These trees were planted in March 1912, in Washington D.C., by the first ladies. They still do this to the present day. In return for the cherry blossom trees, the U.S. sent flowering dogwood... Continue Reading →

What Am I Feeling?

Have you ever not known what to do with your emotions? Or with other people's emotions? This book, What Am I Feeling? describes how we can give each of our feelings a name, and how we can take control of our feelings. *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. *What Am I Feeling?... Continue Reading →

Castro Valley Marketplace

When people ask, "What's good around here?" it used to be a bit hard to answer. There were a good number of decent places, but we come from San Francisco where there are lots of good eats open all hours of the day and night. Slowly but surely, there are some eateries arriving on the... Continue Reading →

Apollo 11

In our school group, we learn and memorize a history sentence every week. In Cycle 3, we learn about US history. Week 21's prompt is "Tell me about US astronauts." The sentence that is recited is: "In 1989, U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin were the first men to walk on the moon." We... Continue Reading →

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