26 hours and 14 mins........

or a total of twenty two thousand, six hundred and ninety four point four six kilometers later ......... I'm finally in London along with my mum and brother.

somewhere over Turkey.

 I've been travelling since Friday to go and collect my mum and brother back to London with me.  They've never traveled this far and I couldn't let them do it alone.

meeting them in Singapore .

boarding the plane.
happy to have landed in London.
Why are they here - well they're here for my daughter's graduation, and to also be tourists for a few days.  I'm so excited for them.  They are a little jet lagged and are thankful to be lying horizontally for some shut eye.

As for me well it feels like I'm back home and it feels good.
I 'HEART' London.


favorite things Friday

So another week done and dusted!

Is it just me or do the days seem to be going by quickly?  Or does that only happen when you have like a million and one things to do.

Well it's been another busy week.  Between the things I've committed to do for our little school, to packing, and preparing and doing my karate exam and also making sure that my mom and brother are ready to fly and meet me in Singapore, it's been hectic.

But in the midst of it all I have managed to slow down and get through the week by grace and see the beauty around me and be thankful.  So here's my five.....

1.  This first one is a big one for me......and my daughter cause she has officially completed her exams and now she waits.  I am so proud of her and this accomplishment.  It made my heart smile.

2.  Passing my karate exam.  I'm so thankful for this and I'm so glad that I am sticking with it.  I have bruises and aches but to know that I am acquiring a skill set to be able to defend myself should I need to, well that's motivation enough for me.  The photo below is my sensei, getting the paperwork done before we start.

3.  I finally managed  to run a sub 10 min mile without hurting too much.  Of course now I want to lower the goal....but I think I'll stay here for a little longer.  Another fave about this, is that both my husband and I are out early in the morning getting a run in.  It's a good feeling.

4.  Lovely local gifts.  Do you do teacher gifts?  I know there are many different opinions out there.  Tell me your thoughts.  

5.  And lastly being celebrated!  My hubby and kids made me feel like a queen for a day.  I put my feet up for the day and it was lovely.

How was your week?

Do share....


monochrome Monday

Today my daughter completed her exams.  As a mother I could not be more proud of her that with sheer determination she has gotten through this school year ....all without us being by her side.

Of course we've been a phone call, or a face time call away but for her to stay focused and disciplined to complete her final year must not have been easy but she did it.

So why this picture today for Monochrome monday - well it kind of reminded me that it takes a village.  The little stones underneath the solid concrete reminded me of all the people and experiences that my daughter has experienced in her young life so far have in one way or another contributed to where she is today.
Whether we like it or not the people around us and our individual experiences make us ........or break us.

We decide.

Have a great week.


weekends are for .......

hosting a birthday party for my son, a Das Vidanya street party, bike rides and planning summer vacations.

Also for remembering my Dad and being celebrated for Mother's Day.

It was a pretty busy weekend.


monochrome Monday

Today is Defenders day in Kazakhstan and my husband has the day off.   Yay!!

So we've been out and about on our bikes.


late fave five

May already!  Wow, this week was a blur.

An anxious one for me and my daughter as she began her IB exams.  The final chapter of her school days are now down to double digits.

Oh and I jumped on the bandwagon that is the Whole 30.  Let me just say it was a tough week to go cold turkey on sugar and coffee without dairy!!

Anyway here's five favorite things that made my week;

1.  These beauty's that greet me each morning.  It helps me to remember that 'something wonderful' is out there.

2.  a facetime call from my daughter and hearing her tell me that her first exam (Biology) went well.  You always want the first papers to be good.  I think it sets the tone for the week.

3.  Getting my RUN on.
It's been a while since I hit the pavement running.  Not since I ran 114 miles in 28 days!!  So it feels good to be out there running again with my husband.  Early morning runs seem to be going well for us now.

4.  Drinking my morning coffee without milk isn't so bad.  I thought this would be the hardest part of doing the Whole 30, but it isn't.  Not being prepared is the hardest part actually.  Cause when I get hungry I usually grab for the first convenient snack, which isn't always the healthiest.  So preparation for meals and snacks has been the difficult adjustment for me.  But it got better as the week went on.  Oh and I'm drinking so much more water, which is great.

5.   Enjoying my karate classes.  I've been doing karate for about 3 months now and I'm really enjoying it.  the bruises not so much, but no pain no gain right..... ;)
I'm onto my yellow belt now and I have an exam coming up next week.  I think I'm ready.

I know this is late but I had a good week and we should share when we have a good week.
How was your first week of May?