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Life in DFW

My life as a wife and mom in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and all things fun about it!

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Debora Manusama-Sinaga

2 weekends ago marked the beginning of Spring. The season where a lot of people get sick (including J and Mr. Man) because of pollen allergies and what-not, while others soak up the sun and enjoy the chilly yet sunny weather with picnics and al fresco dining. blueedited-4


A vast majority of people usually do a lot of cleaning and decluttering (especially with their closet, fridge, and pantry!!) at this time of year. Many others usually focus more on getting their bodies toned for the 'bikini season' that is coming in a few months. That's why you'd see a lot of 'bikini bootcamp' tips circulating around pinterest at this time of year. A lot of people also go on vacations mainly for spring break. Or if they don't, they'd probably have their summer vacation planned out already.

I, on the other hand, am currently not seeing the urgency of doing all of the above.



My house is pretty clean, although I will need to clean blackberry stains on my carpet with some vinegar and baking soda soon. I don't have a bikini-body but I don't even wear bikinis. So, all that's left for me to focus on are other urgencies like medical bills, J's health, my mom's upcoming visit and tons of work (events, collaborations, etc) that are due this Spring. On top of it all, I still have to be a good wife, and make room for some quality time with Mr.Man. Dude, my brain could explode any minute!

So  I have only one #SpringGoal : To declutter my mental closet. 


Now, how do we declutter? By throwing away everything we don't and won't need in the future (that's why you look for any expired food to throw away from your pantry right?). Everything that we don't fit in anymore and things that are not relevant for us going forward - they have to go!


If it was an internet browser, my mind would have so many 'tabs' opened in every second of the day. But you know what, not all of them needs to be opened! In fact, most of them are the things that I can toss out of my mental closet. Like J in the picture above. I often stare blankly at one spot like that, while 'trying on' different thoughts that I keep in my mental closet. Some are good and creative (I get so many brilliant ideas during the day), but some are just pure insecurities and worries.



So yeah, this spring, and everyday, I'm hoping to throw away any thoughts that are no longer relevant to who I am today and who I want to become, to what my marriage is and what I want it to become, to who my son is and who I want him to become, etc. 

How about you?


these pictures were taken along the Las Colinas Boulevard in Irving. J's wearing a muscle tee from Ollie and Mave :) 

First Immigrant Trimester. Done!

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

September 8 marked the third month of our moving to Dallas. There are a LOT to be thankful for, since we had next to nothing when we first got here. Today we got all that we need. A couch, 2 beds, a TV (+ a chrome cast to watch films from our iPad on TV), a dining table with its set of chairs, and some clothes for fall. Remember, it's what we need, not just what we want, cause that category will make an unending list. We've had fights like crazy, we have laughed so hard, we have cried, we have been confused, but we are never afraid cause we know who we are and whose we are :) It's safe to stay that our family is God's favorite sitcom, haha!

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The hexagonal shelf is by Urban Outfitters, the faux plant by homegoods, and the adorable quote board is from Altar D State, a clothing store with a cause. Check them out! Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

We got these awesome toys from our friend, Naomi, for J's birthday last month. Been lining them up with the ottoman/coffee table to encourage J to walk. These kinds of toys are also the best distractions I got for J so far, cause they teach him words, they got lights and songs, you should get one! Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

What I'm thankful about is the fact that we don't have to battle with traffic the way we had to in Jakarta. It used to take Mr. Man about 2 hours to come home from work, but now, it only takes him 10 minutes! He can even go home for lunch and quality time with J :) Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset

We took the time to visit the West Dallas area last Monday, particularly the Singleton street. Found this awesome wall that probably belongs to a restaurant, I hope to dine here soon. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Margaret Hunt-Hill Bridge overlooking Dallas' skyline in the morning. Ahh..how I love tall buildings.

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A little workout session at Irving's own Campion Trail on a Sunday morning, featuring a session of doing push-ups, pull-ups, lunges, jogging, and mostly walking and talking (which I enjoy the most).

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The best part of it all is embracing every second of this life we have now. It's funny when people asked me earlier back in Indo, "Aren't you scared of living abroad? away from home and family?" - honestly, it's only scary if you make it scary, right?

Looking forward to making the most of the next decades. Thank You Lord!

First 4th of July Weekend in Dallas

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

Most people who have lived in the U.S.A their whole life would probably find 4th of July celebrations as overrated. But for me, an immigrant mom who had to wait for almost a year just to get here, the whole 4th of July experience is unique! The state fairs, the deep-fried food, the fireworks! I am excited to see one tonight! Anyways, here's the few sources of inspiration and amusement of our first 4th of July weekend here in Dallas, Texas :)  

1. George W. Bush Presidential Center

GWbush1 The admission's $16/adult + the parking's $7/car but it was so worth it! We got to learn some of the most interesting facts about America during the Bush' administration, esp. the 9-11. You can borrow an iPod touch for an audio tour, and if you forgot your camera, you can take your photo with that iPod touch for free! Later, they'll email the link for you to download the photos within 30 days! How convenient.


The names of those who donated to the GW Bush foundation.


A little film about America on the ceiling at the entrance to the museum. Pretty cool.


2. Sprinkle's Cupcake ATM at Preston Plaza

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I've been wanting to withdraw some cupcakes from Sprinkles' ATM since we first got to Dallas. I've seen it all over instagram and today, I finally did it!  The cupcake is SO FLUFFY , the icing is not too sweet which is perfect, and the payment method is actually pretty convenient.

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$4.25/cupcake. They got the gluten free red velvet too. Definitely worth it!


3. Do You Know Any Naughty Words? at Jimmy Kimmel Live


It's been up on youtube since April, but I still find it funny. Actually, funny but not funny. Hahah. I wouldn't want baby J to know these words too soon! The girl with the denim jacket is soo cute tho. And the boy at the beginning of the video who says "butt-nose"! Omagah...


How bout you? What are your sources of amusement and inspiration this week? List them down and don't forget to be grateful :)

Happy 4th, y'all!