When our oldest was a toddler, we often called her Maggie. This is a picture of the beginnings of our “super” family, taken when she was just six months old.
My sister brought her a new book for Christmas when she was two-and-a-half, and it made frequent use of the word, “Magnificent!” She came out of the room after having it read to her and announced, “I am Mag—nificent!!!” We all thought it was adorable. She continued, “And Mommy, you’re Mommynificent. And Daddy, you’re Daddynificent…” She went around the room, proclaiming everyone’s “nificent-ness.” In the egocentricity of a toddler, she thought the entire book was proclaiming how wonderful she was by using her name over and over, and she wanted to share that encouragement with all of us. We loved it, and it stuck. We’ve been a family of “nificents” ever since. My husband has long referred to our three girls affectionately as “Big,” “Middle,” and “Little.” They think it’s hilarious, and when we talked about pseudonyms or “superhero names” for our new blog, they quickly asked if they could be Bignificent, Middlenificent, and Littlenificent.
Like all good superheroes, we do a lot of flying. No, really, we do. (Okay, fine, we ride on planes, but we really do a lot of flying.) We live and work internationally. Before Bignificent was a year old, she had been on more than 50 airplanes! And things haven’t slowed down much since then. We are Americans, but all three girls were born in Indonesia. We now live in Malaysia, where our sons were born, but we do a fair bit of traveling throughout Southeast Asia. Our plan is to give you a taste of our life here and there, including recipes, educational experiences, and other fun Southeast Asian stuff.
We’re really excited to share some of our lives with you. Feel free to share about your magnificent self and/or your super family in the comments below or on individual posts. We’d really enjoy getting to know you!