Thursday, December 15, 2011

December Daily 6-10

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Maya's Quote of the Day

Me: Did you see Santa at your school today?
Maya: Yes, but it wasn't the REAL Santa.
Me: [worried] How do you know?
Maya: He wasn't wearing gloves.
Me: [relieved] Well, it is hot in Malaysia you know.
Maya: But he was wearing boots.

The kid has a point.

Kesler Christmas

Dave's cousins are at it again. This time with another Christmas video.

And in case you missed last year's Christmas video, Deck the Rooftops:

A couple of months ago, you might have seen Kelsi, Dave's cousin on KSL. She was interviewed about why they make these videos. They are such a fun family.

Friday, December 9, 2011

December Daily 1-5

The last couple of years, I have made little mini albums documenting each day of December. This year I had fun pulling them out and looking at them. I decided to continue the tradition this year.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Free Holiday Class

Interested in a free holiday class? Jessica Sprague is offering one right now! Sign up today to make an adorable garland you can hang on your wall, or even wrap around your tree. Self-paced class starts Dec 5.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Pulled this off the website.

Thankful for these ones in my life.

My awesome brother took these pictures last winter. Cool, huh?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wats around Chiang Mai

I'm waiting to see if I get any good pictures from our Diwali party from Dave's boss -- so I'm going to skip those photos for now and dive into our Thailand trip.

Chiang Mai is the 2nd largest city in Thailand, but it still has a small town feel. No real skyscrapers. The wats were absolutely fascinating. Truly as numerous as Christian churches in the US. The bright orange-clad monks were everywhere, even in the markets.

The country is just as exotic as all the pictures you've seen. Carvings and statues of dragons abound. Their culture is very apparent in everyday life.

And now for a little game of "One of These Things is Not Like the Others."

Monday, November 21, 2011

Jessica Sprague + Becky Higgins = Awesome

Whoop-tee-dee-doop!  I am so excited that Jessica Sprague and Becky Higgins announced their partnership. They are two of my most inspirational scrapbookers. For me it means awesomeness on many levels. Firstly, because now I can get all of Becky Higgins' designs digitally, check them out here(yay!). Secondly, because one of my pages is featured on Becky Higgins' blog. (Whoop!) Fun for me.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Today Show

When we got back from Thailand, we noticed a new tent in the park (in the foreground) and wondered what was going on. There was a huge satellite dish set up as well.

About 8 hours prior to show time, I got an email explaining that Matt Lauer would be in the park shooting his segment of "Where in the World?" in Kuala Lumpur.

We watched out the window as they set up and got ready, and when the time was right, Maya and I staked out our place behind the red tape that said, "Shooting in progress."

It was late. It was hot. And it was muggy. Maya was tired, but she waited with me while they shot several segments, dancing, food, etc. Then they came to the crowd and said, "Everyone with a sign, come forward." Mad rush. That ruined our perfectly positioned camera shot (sorry friends). So we lingered only slightly longer before heading home and putting Maya to bed (much too late).

To watch the entire show, go here. Since no flash photography was allowed, all I got was this lousy shot of Matt.

He was eating the nasty durian fruit. We could smell it from where we were 50-75 feet away.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011


I think I'm going to make a hybrid book from our pictures of Disneyland, but I did want to include the highlights in our family album.

Here is another page I did also.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

It's kind of exhausting celebrating holidays from every culture here. Sunday was Diwali, yesterday was Halloween, next week it's Hari Raya Haji, but we're getting out of town for that one and heading to Thailand to celebrate their Yi Peng festival. Super excited about this one -- think the floating lanterns in the Tangled movie.

Whew! I need a Christmas break!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Diwali

In Malaysia, the Indian holiday is known as deepavali. It is also known as the festival of lights. It has been fun and interesting to see the malls decorated for it.

"Look Mom!" shouted Maya. "A rangoli!" Wha-huh? She was proudly pointing at one of the beautiful works of art made of colorful rice on the floor of the mall. I was wondering what those were. Glad she could clear that up for me.

Dave had told me a week ago that his work was holding a Deepavali party and that I needed to dress Bollywood style. I was secretly excited about this, I have always been fascinated with the beautiful Indian women ever since I used to sit in church on the bench backwards and stare at the beautiful new wife of Lance King, Sheila?. She was the first Indian woman I had ever seen.

Anyway, excitement turned to panic when I learned that you have to have sari tops custom made. You just can't go buy one in a store. So I headed to Little India.

I'd never been to this part of KL before, but I boldly took a taxi there by myself and found myself faced with this:

Where do I begin? So I tried to fit in. (haha) After awhile a man approached me and I pointed at one. He looked at me confused and went to get the only guy in the place that spoke English, if only barely. For the next hour he patiently followed me around as he soon discovered that I, indeed, was looking to make a purchase. Or purchases. I walked out of the store with a sari, a punjabi, and some things I don't have a name for.

When I got home to show Maya the new punjabi dress I bought for her she was so excited. "Did you buy me a bindi too?" she asked. I'm really getting my money's worth at that school. She is getting all sorts of an education.

The next day found me back in Little India looking for a tailor. I was worried because I needed the blouse made in 2 days. After a few closed shops and some too busy to meet my deadline, I was a little discouraged. But thankfully I was brave enough to walk pass the guy slaughtering the cow and I found a very nice Indian man spoke great English and was able to custom make me a sari to temple specifications (almost).

Now what? There are 8 yards of fabric here with nary a button or zipper. How do I get this thing on???

Thank heavens for YouTube. I watched a woman teach me to wrap it a thousand times. "It's that simple" she says. Yeah, right.

All night long we tucked and wrapped and pleated and (pinned, don't tell). The end result was this:

And the bindi? Always wanted to wear one of those.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Maya's Quote of the Day

Me: I'm tired.
Maya: You're tired of being sick every day?
Me: Yes.
Maya: You want to be a normal mom again?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hong Kong

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Big Buddha

This is one site that I never thought I'd ever see in my lifetime. It was every bit as amazing as I'd imagined, and the pictures hardly do the scene justice. Some days I'm so frustrated that I'm not a better photographer.

Big Buddha is isolated in the mountains, but I was surprised to find quite a bit of construction going on in the area. Here are some extra pictures of the area.

Maya posing with the locals. It was mighty windy at the top.