Category Archives: Back to the US

NYC with kids part 1-where to stay NY or NJ

New York City is one of my favorite places on earth. In this series of posts on NYC, I’ll not only talk about what we did, but give you travel suggestions as well. Not long after school go out, I … Continue reading

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Parent Relationships with US Schools

There is a huge difference between public schools in Singapore and the US, and that is parent participation. In Singapore there is a vibe of “go away” at the schools (or at least at ours) that I was never really … Continue reading

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Kindergarten Graduation

One of the reasons we decided to move back to the US was that while Singapore schools were working out for Elanor, it was blindingly obvious that they weren’t the right fit for Rhiannon. Rhi has some special needs including … Continue reading

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Gold Dust or Bust

At our school, the fourth graders spend the year learning California history. The gold rush of 1848-1855 is a big part of that. At the end of the year, the fourth graders put on a play called Gold Dust or … Continue reading

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End of year gymnastics show

Elanor has continued with gymnastics after our move last year. She’s been in The Little Gym gymnastics program since she was just under a year old, and this is her third gym. Here’s her floor routine.  

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End of year karate show

Rhi switched from gymnastics to karate this year at The Little Gym. Here she demonstrates one of the things she’s learned. One of the best things I did when we came back was to ensure that the girls were immediately … Continue reading

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Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour

  I saw my first “big’ concert in Hong Kong. Prior to that I’d only seen two concerts, both in small venues in Boston. But both the concert in HK and the concerts I went to in Singapore were indoors. … Continue reading

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School Shootings

I worried about a lot of things when it came to moving our family back to the US. Would US schools actually be a better fit for Rhi? Would Elanor adjust okay? Would they make friends? Would their teachers be … Continue reading

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Showers

After all my years of complaining about how much I missed hot showers in the US, after all the boiling showers I took on vacation….. I find myself showering in the more tepid temperatures familiar to anyone in Singapore. Oh, … Continue reading

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California is starting to feel like home

I didn’t expect to ever say the words California is starting to feel like home. But it does. I like our little house. I have traded the occasional ant infestation and the even rarer roach sighting for the occasional spider … Continue reading

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