Best 6-minute chocolate cake and other winter fun

With a number of January birthdays in this family, I was super excited to come across this very simple recipe that makes a super yummy chocolate cake.  In fact, it was my older son who discovered it when he was over at our friends’ house cooking with their  son.
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At a Baseball Game…finally

20170910_140819.jpgSo after more the two years back in the U.S., I finally made it to a baseball game. Pretty ignorant about it, I nevertheless needed to check it out since: 1) my older son has been playing recreational baseball ever since we’ve moved to the U.S. and loves the game, b) it is such a big part of the U.S. culture and living experience and c) I am a curious person so had to check out the baseball game atmosphere. Since we live in DC area, it had to be the home team – Nationals. Continue reading

Around DC – The National Museum of the American Indian

2016-05-21 18.16.35That rain I wrote about has still been going strong in our part of the world. Considering that kids’s baseball and soccer games got canceled we decided to make the most of the day (and after all, it was a Saturday, weekend, yeah!) , as it was and head to DC to see the National Museum of the American Indian. What a treat it was! Great place for kids to explore. The Inka trail was particularly interesting. For me, it was wonderful to admire the architectural design of the place and then of course the exhibits. Vivid colors of hats, national costumes and many interactive features, knowledge quizzes and a great play area for kids.
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Preserving kids’ childhood memories

So once a child is born, lot of parents keep a baby book with mementos of the first baby years. As kids grow (and once they are out of the first three years, I feel like they start to grow at a faster pace!), and memories and keepsakes multiply, it is sometimes a challenge to find ways to capture the moments, keep some of the precious reminders of the childhood and declutter at the same time. About what we do with the best drawing we decide to keep, I wrote here. For other keepsakes and memories, here are a couple of ideas:

    I bought a couple of transparent 13x7x16inch plastic boxes and labeled them with my sons’ names. Now once a “life” of a “really cute 2nd grade art project or a medal” displayed in their rooms is “over”, it goes into the box. Also medals from skiing competitions, special cards, bday crowns, farewell notes from class mates, team photos, letters and such.  I hope these will make them laugh or remember more vividly special childhood moments.
    So when my older son was about three years old, I came up with the idea to make a special birthday album with few pictures from each of the birthday celebrations. I thought it would be fun, especially since he has been celebrating his birthdays in different countries, often with new friends. So we bought a scrap-book and started filling each page with few photos, decorations, noting places and friends. When my second son arrived, we got another book for him. They love going through their books from time to time, and I keep thinking and hoping they will get a kick out of it showing it to their families and loved once sometime in the future.



Jurassic world mini succulent garden

Jurassic world movie series have been one of my kids, especially older one’s, favorites. To my kids’ amusement, the latest trend (at least here in the U.S.) of planting succulent gardens have inspired us to create a little piece of Jurassic park world here at home. All you need is semi shallow planter (anything would do like this thrift store find I used), three succulent plants (you can do more and make a real jungle), some soil, few rocks or pebbles and of course mini plastic dinosaur toys. Here is the end result!