27 Feb 2017

OUR EVERYDAY LIFE: WEEKLY STILLS TRAVEL - TO CANMORE AND BANFF


This trip was a last minute decision. It was successful and enjoyable. The children are so good at road trips. No tears, they can distract themselves for hours. We prepare their favourite that they can watch when they feel a bit restless. They also have books and snack ready. On the way to the Rockies we did a long stop in Drumheller for a picnic lunch, but on our way back we had a drive thru lunch and stopped for leg stretch for half an hour, they are such a great company to travel with. They have always been so good at travelling. I pray they keep that up because we love travelling.

We had a great time, the occasional tired tears but all in all we had a great family mid-term break.















22 Feb 2017

ON THE SLOPES


School break fun on the slopes. They were natural on their first day at trying snowboarding.

20 Feb 2017

OUR EVERYDAY LIFE: WEEKLY STILL





The snow is turning to paddles to enjoyment of the children and despair of this mother. Very unusual to have such warm weather in February, wearing light jacket and playing their favourite place by the garage. I know spring snow can still fall so I'm to proclaiming spring is here yet.

18 Feb 2017

WEEKEND LINKS


I started the gym again.

I went to my first boxercise, it was fun and it made me realize that all the back pain is caused by my increased weight since becoming a mother. I'm giving myself until April to be in a comfortable weight again.

The rest of the day was spent party chillaxing and organizing the garage whilst the children played in muddy backyard.

We still can't believe that the snow is already melting in mid February.

Who doesn't believe in global warming should more here.

Weekend links:

Beyonce, sometimes she's cool with her poetic work and sometimes I just don't get what she is about. For instance her performance on this year Grammy awards. All that references to the scriptures, that were misused. It felt like she wants to be Mary. She wears chains around her body, that made me feel  like she is a chained bird. I don't understand what she wants to represent on earth. The bowing of her dancers at her, the crown, the performance all felt so wrong to me. Then she shows pictures of her backstage with the middle fingers raise.

Zuckerberg in an interview with the BBC, the Facebook founder said that fake news {the era of Trump in power}, polarised views and "filter bubbles" were damaging "common understanding".
He said people had been left behind by global growth, sparking demands to "withdraw" from the "connected world".

In a call to action, he said people must not "sit around and be upset", but act to build "social infrastructures". This interview came along a 5500 words open letter he wrote to address this concern.

Mugabe's wife has something to say about him"One day when God decides that Mugabe dies, we will have his corpse appear as a candidate on the ballot paper," Mrs Mugabe told the rally in Buhera, south-east of the capital Harare.

Then the president of fake news made a press conference and he delivered more fake facts about the great job his cabin is doing to make America great again.

17 Feb 2017

FLASHBACK FRIDAY




My heart is not keeping still as I browse these photos. I'm getting too clingy to my children.

16 Feb 2017

REPOST: THE WOR{D}S THEY CALLED MY SKIN

Eyes like stars
in the  beauty of the night! (Theodora O. Agyeman-Anane)



You have lovely dark skin. There is a shine to it which reminds  me of the colour purple. My grandmothers and mother complimented my skin. These words made me strong like seeds in the soil turning into strong and tall trees. And just like a tree it was difficult for the bullies to break me when they started to attack my skin colour.
Growing up in Ghana, for what I can remember, it was a bliss. Well people called me names because I was too skinny and looked like a boy. But I always saw the glass half full. I didn’t mind having my school teacher call me ONE because he said my face was thin as the number. 
On the other hand the boys wanted to play with me because I looked like one of them. Not so pretty and delicate like the other girls whom had ribbons in their hair. In my opinion every disadvantage came with another advantage.

Then I moved to Italy and the power of words started to make sense to me. The worse period was the last year of middle school – age 13/14 – after which I decided to take a break from my education.
I was not called names because of my weight, I was normal healthy weight and I looked like a girl. But what I had different from all of my classmates was the colour of my skin. My skin became a tool of derision.
The girls were envious because I don’t have hairy arms. The guys and some other people out of school called me all kind of degrading names just for their own amusement. Simple words as: Kaffir, negra, imbianchino (literally translated white-washer), pipistrello (bat), mora (dark girl) and when they wanted to be friendly they called me bella moretina (beautiful little dark girl). I didn’t even know the meaning of some words until I went home to look in the dictionary.
Their words made me wonder would I still be beautiful if I wasn’t mora? Am I beautiful because I am mora? Or am I beautiful because I am a beautiful girl! I always resolved that I am a beautiful girl – full stop.
However, there were months I couldn’t see the glass half full. I managed to pass my exams and get out of that horrible experience. Also that experience helped me love my skin colour even more, and made me feel proud for my background and my life experience. But I don’t wish anyone to go through that period in their lives.

QUESTION: Have you ever had any bad experience in life due to your skin colour, gender, religion or simply for being yourself?

Please share with me :).

Note: First published 25 Jan 2012

15 Feb 2017

MY DOLPHINS






I'm proud of myself. 

It's more than okay to acknowledge some of the things you are doing as a mother that make you proud of yourself. 

"I'm a good swimmer." my littlest said.
"Yes, you are." I said smiling.

"I'm a magical swimmer." My eldest said as she twirled in the water.
"Yes, you are." I beamed, thinking where did she get that word from.

When I see my children swimming like dolphins in the water makes me proud because their love for swimming comes from me. I wasn't a great swimmer but I have a passion for the sport. I remember taking AOI alone when she was tiny little girl. I wanted her to be comfortable in the water so I followed some indication from some friends and some videos on youtube. Initially she would cry but slowly she understood that it was a game. The same thing happened to TOI but having a sister that swims is easy for him to be encouraged.

Now I look at them both on their own level of swimming skills. TOI is fully instructed by me and AOI is learning more skills from one of the local clubs. She loves the water and says she could stay there forever if we let her. Every week TOI wants to show me some of his own skills.

I'm so over the moon for this. 

14 Feb 2017

TRAVELS: SAN FRANCISCO {PART 2} AS LOCALS



On Sunday morning, just as some of the local parents we saw on our walk, we started our day early. We walked all the way from Zephyr Hotel in Embarcadero to Golden Gate Bridge. We stopped at Crissy Field for the children to play on the beach. It's a dog friendly beach so there were some dogs running on the beach and playing in the water. It's a busy area compared to Baker Beach which was so quiet (maybe it was mid of the week).

The children played and got sandy feet and hands. After some hours on the beach we walked toward Fort Mason Center where we had lunch at one of the best kept secret food purveyors in San Francisco: The Green Grocer. It's a family run business and I'm telling you they make the yummiest comfort sandwiches (I would go to San Francisco for this so my waist can be ruined forever). 




The chef (the dad of the team) can be abrupt but one can overlook that mood with just a bite of his handwork. I was still eating and thinking about asking for their social media info when somebody asked the wife if they are on social media and she said no. "People would be lining till the door to get your sandwiches." The guy said. I totally agreed.
The husband mumbled "No, thank you. Don't want to be there." When the man couldn't hear him the husband said to his wife "And that would mean hiring another person and do more paperwork. No, way!" I guessed they've tried hiring someone before but didn't work for them. 

I really enjoyed the way we explored San Francisco as locals. One get to know how life is really lived in this vibrant city. 

Well, here are an overload of photos for your eyes to enjoy.

































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