#Celebrations, San Jose, Things to do with kids, Visits

A Week of Memories with Grandparents

I grew up with the security of unconditional love from extended family members. I want my children to get that same kind of love – the kind that only grandparents can give, the absolutely selfless and unconditional kind, the kind that has the license to spoil grandkids (within reason)…and to have uncles, aunties, and cousins around with… Read More A Week of Memories with Grandparents

Growth & Development, J and E, Motherhood lessons, Okay mom, Parenting, Parenting Stereotypes, San Jose, Things to do with kids, Uncategorized

Concerted Cultivation: What Middle-Class Parents do for their Kids

Note: Using ‘middle-class’ is not my choice of word here. I use it as conceptualized by Annette Lareau in her explanation of the term, ‘Concerted Cultivation’. If popular media, public commentary, and recent articles on parenting are to be believed,  middle-class parents are actively engaged in the lives of their children and nowhere is this… Read More Concerted Cultivation: What Middle-Class Parents do for their Kids

Motherhood, Motherhood lessons, Parks and Recreation, Reviews, San Jose, Things to do with kids, Visits

What’s the big deal with animal sounds? – Stories of Motherhood fails, farms, parks, and railroads

The last couple days have been eventful. On Friday, I took the kids to the local Emma Prusch Farm & Park and today, we visited the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad in Los Gatos. Along the way, I also experienced some tender moments with TJ, a ‘what’s the big deal’ ironic space, and a motherhood fail.… Read More What’s the big deal with animal sounds? – Stories of Motherhood fails, farms, parks, and railroads

Big Changes, SAHM, San Jose

Settling in

It’s been almost two months since we moved to San Jose and we are settling in. Aaron started work last month and has been adapting to his new work. Meanwhile, I am adapting to life as a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM). The first week that A started work and I had to be home all day with… Read More Settling in

Chicago, Great Summer Roadtrip, Home, San Jose, Travels

‘The Great Summer Roadtrip’ is less than a week away

We are less than a week away from embarking on ‘The Great Summer Roadtrip’ of our lifetime and immediate future. Our movers are coming in on Tuesday and all our stuff will be packed away to arrive tentatively between August 14-19. We leave for San Jose on Wednesday, August 5. We have been packing on… Read More ‘The Great Summer Roadtrip’ is less than a week away