Even though life is anyting but normal, we still try to keep calm and keep on. As we head into summer, the kids look forward to more beach days and tidepool days. We spent one weekend afternoon hiking down to the tidepools just a little south of our normal beach. Kids had a great time, we couldn't keep them out of the water for long. Kepler, however, was more apprehensive. He got his paws wet and maybe even a bit of his belly. But he was happy to stay on the rocks. I still gave him a bath after we came home!
Posted on June 24, 2020
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
Wishing every dad out there a happy Father's Day. We sure love our fathers, including Mr. BAW who have been an amazing father to all of our kids, even the furry one.
Posted on June 21, 2020
There is so much going on in our world right now that it's hard to focus on anything. As we continue to follow protests, call for overhaul of the police system, and the progression of the pandemic, what more do we need to create more caos and uncertainty in our lives???? Well, perhaps the most frightening event of all, cue the scary music, is that school is officially out
!!! With the quarantine still going strong, we have no "away" from home options for the kids. What to do?? Well, a few of my mom friends have been asking me if we were going to use any of the online "summer programs" this year. I think if you are really out of options and are pulling your hair out because the kids are driving you mad and you can not have a productive work at home situation, then you should definitely enroll in these online summer programs.
But for me, I've been pretty successful with the kids being home schooled while I work from home that I will continue with that schedule. The only thing I have to do and fill in new contents. In fact, I will incorporate more contents I've been wanting to share with them including world history, Chinese, and advanced math. I've been collecting some work that they've not completed during the school year, including their math and writing books, and educational shows for them to work on and watch through the summer. We'll see how effective I can be. I know they will push back on me and want more "fun" activities incorporated into their day. I will probably be more lenient and allow them to do more art projects. We've also been discussing some of the current events and issues. I think kids need to learn current events and be aware of their surroundings and what's going on around them. I ususally present facts and we talk about multiple sides of the issues so that they understand things are not one dimensional. That's why things are so complex and sometimes there are no right or wrong answers.
Even with the quarantine, we still try to go out on the weekends and take a break from work and school. We continue to explore new places and this time our outings took us to the Pomona Colleges! Believe it or not, I've never visited these colleges even though they are only about an hour away and I've known so many people who attened or taught at some of these schools. The "Claremont Colleges" are made up of seven individual colleges; Pomona College, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Scripps, Keck Graduate, and Claremont Graduate. Each campus is very different from another but they are all clustered together and are walkable from each other. It's almost as if they can all be one large university if they combined. Campuses are all beautiful and the attached town is lovely and full of restaurants and shops. Unfortunately, we didn't get to experience the real town due to the pandemic. However, the local ice cream shop was open and we were able to grab some ice cream and floats to enjoy on our walk. The kids skated and scooted around the area and it was lovely and warm. We'll definitely go back for a proper visit when things "return to normal."
Posted on June 14, 2020
A sea of turmoil is raging in America. The only thing I can share is to vote
. Vote for peace, vote for sanity, vote for decency, and vote for morality.
Posted on June 4, 2020
Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. Naturally, people want to get out. But this year is like no other years past. With the threat of COVID-19 still weighing heavily on us, we questioned whether we can do any travel during this time. Guidelines from work indicated that we can travel within a 250 mile radius. Mr. BAW was really itching to leave the house and go camping. Since they had just opened up our beaches and parks, we figured that the beaches would be completely crowded. So we decided to head out of LA, about three hours away to Joshua Tree National Park
for an overnight. None of us have ever been to Joshua Tree, eventhough it's really not that far from us. Since the park had just opened for Memorial Day, we figured all the camp sites inside the park were booked. So Mr. BAW found a campsite (more like an RV park) less than a mile outside of Joshua Tree to spend the night. We would then drive into the park to hike and explore during the day. This worked out well, since the camp we were at was practically empty but for a few RVs. The bathrooms were super clean (even had a shower) since we were the only ones using them. Of course the site was not like being inside Joshua Tree, but it was perfect for maintaining social distancing. Since we were only there for one night, it didn't matter that the campsite was not fancy.
The only thing I knew of Joshua Tree was from from the U2 album. I always thought it was just a desert with Joshua trees
. But what we saw inside the park was simply amazing. Turns out there are these amazing rock formations
throughout the park. Each area was unique and amazing. The rock formations were like clouds, with imagination, you can see lots of fun images formed by the rocks. The kids loved climbing on the rocks. Kepler, especially, loved climbing and tries to follow Mr. BAW and the kids all over the rocks. I had to keep him on the ground with me at some of the more challenging climbs. But he was like a billy goat, fearless! Kepler is the complete opposite of Toby. He loves to go camping and hiking
and loves sleeping in the tent with us. This is his second camping trip and he did great!
When I looked up Joshua Tree, I was happy to discover that there is no mosquitoes at the desert! I alway get bitten if there is even one mosquito around! However, this time I discovered another way of getting bitten, even worse than mosquito bites! One our very first hike at Joshua Tree, I felts a sharp pain in my left foot, right by the tongue of my tennis shoe. I thought one of those sharp burrs fell into my shoe. I reached down only to discovered that I had pulled out a GIANT red ant, I swear it was about a centimeter long! The bugger had bitten the top of my foot! Immediately after I pulled him out the pain started! The bite was so painful, it was like there is a needle stuck into my vein! The pain persisted for literally hours! I was pretty miserable, all I could do was hold on to my foot tightly, which provided only slight relief from the pain. After a few hours, the pain went away. But then when we got back to camp that evening, I accidentally hit the bite site and the pain came back! I suffered for another couple of hours before the pain went away, at around midnight! Mr. BAW had found a red ant nest only a few feet from where I was bitten. Luckily, no one else was bitten and we managed to avoid the nasty nest. AVOID RED ANTS!!!
Other than my horrible red ant incident, everyone enjoyed Joshua Tree. It's a small national park, but the rocks are amazing. Enjoy the pictures below. I know it's a lot of pictures but I couldn't decide which to leave out. Enjoy pictures of the blue skies, as June Gloom came right on time!Bright eyed and bushy tail, ready for the road trip!Kepler climbed right up with everyone!Skull RockGolden Retriever RockDo you see the little girl?Do you see the random lovebirds?! I have no idea who they are but wish I could send them this picture.Camel, anyone else see him?Finally, picture of a Joshua tree!The trees look like something out a Dr. Seuss book.
Posted on June 2, 2020
After watching the Challenger launch live back in 1986, I still get fears watching a human space launch! But I wanted the kids to experience the amazing feat of launching humans into space. So we watched the SpaceX launch
of two astronauts into orbit to the International Space Station. It was an amazing experience for all of us! Hopefully, both kids will remember this launch the rest of their lives. Amazing.Picture from SpaceX
Posted on June 1, 2020