This blog is subtitled “Year Two Abroad” and since we are no longer abroad I am thinking this is a good time to draw the blog to a close. It’s been fun! Thanks for following along!

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On Being a Healthy, Active Family

I really want to be that family that eats super healthy by choice and does athletic things. Growing up we ate healthy foods often but we didn’t go out and do active things together as a family so I don’t really have a model of that but I can create it. The other day I passed a car that had their child’s swim team sticker on the back as well as marathon mileage stickers and racks on top (bike rack? for a kayak? skiis? not sure). That is what I want to be! So how to do this cause right now we are far from it. As I type this Coco is watching TV and I am blogging. Not active. For breakfast she had cereal (store-bought but gluten-free and organic) topped with honey and almond milk (also store-bought) which wasn’t too bad but then she wanted a cheese stick. I gave her a plate of fruit but she only picked at it. She used to love my juices in Manila but now that she has been exposed to processed junk food she is getting pickier and refusing to drink them. Time to get back on track and take it to another level. I want this for us. So where to begin?

Well for starters I bought a new juicer. My juicer is in my shipment (which still hasn’t arrived) but it has the wrong voltage so I had to buy a new one anyway. I have been juicing and eating tons more raw fruits and veggies but not Coco and since she is at camp for the sake of ease I have sent more processed things. Come fall and packing lunches for school that will change. My goal is for each meal to be at least 50% raw.

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Breakfast will always start with a juice or smoothie and there will be a ton of fruit in her lunch (she rarely ate the veggies at school) and dinner will always have a huge salad.

The active part is more difficult though. How can we do this together? I can register her for ballet or swimming or soccer but that doesn’t make me active or us active together. I’m thinking on Saturdays instead of sitting in front of the TV and computer when we wake up that will we go for a hike or go to a park and then hit the Farmer’s Market. And then she can do her class later in the day. Another thought is we will go for a walk after dinner each night. I like this idea to help with digestion and to get away from electronics.

What foods does your healthy family enjoy?
What activities do you do together with your children?

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More Frogs

IMG_0538 IMG_0539 IMG_0540 Momma! Look at this baby frog! It’s so cute!!

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I know, I really should get her a dog and we’re in a dog-friendly building but I just can NOT imagine cleaning up after someone else!!! #missing having a live-in yaya 😦IMG_0550 IMG_0549 IMG_0548 IMG_0547 IMG_0546 IMG_0513 IMG_0512 IMG_0481 IMG_0465

Man oh man does she ever love my friend’s dog, Chulo. She would hold him and play with him all day long and was so overjoyed when he would sleep with her at night.

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First Kite

When we were in Vietnam we saw the most amazing and elaborate kites for sale. Coco had asked me for one and I meant to buy one for her but it slipped my mind and we left without one. Well the other day we were out shopping and she spied a container with an assortment of different kites for sale and reminded me I had promised her one. These weren’t as unique as the ones in Hoi An but she was thrilled with the one she picked out.

We went out and tried to fly it on not the windiest of days but she had a great time!IMG_0496IMG_0463IMG_0414IMG_0442IMG_0497IMG_0425IMG_0511Man, I just LOVE the lush greenness of my friend’s backyard. I would spend every minute of my summer out there! Well, if it weren’t for those pesky mosquitoes that is!! 😦IMG_0466Gotcha!

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She’s Still Drawing

Coco is still drawing almost every day. She used to almost always draw animals exclusively but now she is starting to draw people mostly and sometimes flowers, food (well, just ice cream cones!) and vehicles. It’s really fun to see her skills developing. I can’t wait to enroll her in an art class! Here’s a nice picture she drew of someone walking their dog. I love the details on the shoes! The first profile she drew is below that and a few other recent art pieces.

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First Nectarine

She likes them but she tried peaches for the first time, too, and preferred those. I can’t wait to sign up for our weekly CSA box delivery! A large selection of local, organic fresh fruits and veggies delivered every week and supporting organic farmers at the same time? Score!IMG_0377IMG_0379

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