Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: What to eat for breakfast....I have been trying to eat less carbs which means we have been eating scrambled eggs, breakfast burritos, veggie scrambles and things like that. Which means that breakfast is more than popping a piece of bread in the toaster, and actually means having to do dishes afterwards. But I feel like I am not as hungry mid morning and am liking eating this way.

What I'm reading: I am hoping to get a big chunk read out of my history book.....maybe I can get into the Renaissance by the end of this week...

What I'm listening to: Silence. Everyone is getting ready for the day very quietly. Oh, someone just started brushing their teeth upstairs.

What we're learning: This week in history we are studying Tycho Brahe and Johann Kepler, Sir Francis Drake, and William the Silent. And we always have spelling tests, math worksheets, geography assignments for the older ones and phonics pages for the younger ones.

What I'm watching: As part of our anniversary celebration, my Sweetie and I went to see the new Mission Impossible, and I think it was my favorite one so far.

What's cooking: This week I have two soups on the menu: Italian Sausage Soup and Split Pea Soup. Another day I am making Gryos with homemade Tzatziki sauce and hummus. Yum.

What I'm buying: We ran out of bottled water last night. And so I am off very soon to fill up all of our 5 gallon water bottles at the store....I have a phobia of drinking water from the tap and I haven't had my morning cup of tea yet.

What I'm thankful for: I am so thankful for our children. They make me laugh, encourage me, are definitely not perfect, and sanctify me through my parenting. This is one of the most rewarding, yet hardest jobs ever.

What I'm creating: I am hoping to have some time to start working on my scrap book again. I have scrapbooks from our marriage up until 2007, but then I got lazy and I made one online a couple of years ago. But I missed the three-dimensional, on-paper look that comes from doing it yourself with photos, so that is on my to do list.

What I'm praying: Today I am praying for marriages in general. That God would continue to bless my friends' marriages, and that as time goes on, they would remain committed and true to their spouse.

What I'm planning: We have a quiet week ahead; no 4-H meetings but we do have co-op and the Lego class. And I can't believe it is almost February.

What we did this last weekend: My Sweetie and I celebrated 16 years of marriage; I love that man so much. We came home after church yesterday and relaxed with the kids, ate chicken tacos and played Up the River.

What I'm looking forward to: A friend and her little ones are going to visit with us today, and there is another family birthday coming son is going to turn 15 in a week. I'll just tell you right now that that is not possible. I am not the mother of an-almost 15 year old....

A picture to share:

~My Sweetie and I, 16 years ago, on our honeymoon...

Saturday, January 28, 2012

We never know whom we marry; we just think we do. 
Or even if we first marry the right person just give it a while, 
and he or she will change. For marriage, {being the enormous thing it is} 
means we are not the same person after we have entered it. 
The primary challenge of marriage is learning how to love and care 
for the stranger to whom you find yourself married.

~Stanley Hauerwas

Happy Anniversary, beloved stranger.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That it is raining pretty hard right now. Finally, after a couple of months of dry weather, we have had rain since Thursday.

What I'm reading: Nothing in particular.....I am still reading that history book and just finishing up the book on dangerous plants from the library.

What I'm listening to: Sounds in the kitchen. I told the kids they could make pancakes this morning and so Bookworm has taken charge and is giving orders. I also asked them to make me another cup of tea.

What we're learning: This week we are learning about pterosaurs in science, and waterways, erosion and precipitation in geography. I am having the older children read sections of The Story of Liberty by Charles C Coffin to supplement history.

What I'm watching: My sweetie and I started watching The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett. Our friend is loaning the DVD's to us and we'll watch them over the next couple of weeks.

What's cooking: This week I am making fish tacos, Cheesy Chicken Chowder and a chicken broccoli pasta salad. Nothing exotic or out of the ordinary.

What I'm buying: There are a couple things I need to run out to get and my car needs a visit to the gas station.

What I'm thankful for: I am so thankful for my husband. We are celebrating 16 years of marriage this week; my love, I am so happy and blessed to be your wife.

What I'm creating: I am helping with some creations this week....I am giving advice to my older two and how they should do their presentation boards for this years' 4-H presentation. Mr. Lego's is on rabbit digestion and Bookworms is on rabbit diseases.

What I'm praying: That the Lord would continue to sustain our family and my husband's job during this economic downturn. He is faithful.

What I'm planning: I am planning fun ways to celebrate our marriage later this week, I need to plan out some things for 4-H, and I need to look at some curriculum for next year.

What we did this last weekend: We had a cozy Saturday with a nice fire in the fireplace and a rain storm outside; that night we had some good conversations with the kids and made and ate gyoza using this recipe. Yesterday we went to church and then had a new family to our church over for a spaghetti dinner. We had a great time getting to know them better.

What I'm looking forward to: I am looking forward to going through an upstairs closet and deep cleaning my laundry area this week. But most importantly, I am looking forward to celebrating with my Sweetie.

Pictures to share:

These were taken at co-op last week....we were seeing if we could use our sense of smell to find a certain scent.

This next one cracks me up...there were no disgusting scents so I have no idea why everyone was covering their mouths.

Later that week the girls made a smoothie bar....

...inspired by samples at Costco, obviously.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

This week has been a busier one, and I had a couple of blog posts rolling around in my head; but they just didn't get put out on paper.

Among the many things I did, was organizing all the miscellaneous papers in the school room. And I had to make that awful decision about the countless art drawings that just can't be kept. One solution I came up with was to scan the favorites onto our computer, where they will take up much less space and still be kept forever.

And I thought I would share some of them with you....

 ~The Mushrooms
{by Dasher}

{by Mr. Lego}

Riding Into The Sunset
{by Bookworm}

A Sunny Day
{by Nusty}

A picture is a poem
without words.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That I don't know what to do with those darn rabbits. Yes, we had 6 babies last week, but over the next few days, they all died. I think the mom was feeding them, and she was trying to keep them warm, so I'm not sure exactly what happened. We do have another plan up our sleeve for getting to auction this year....I need to figure a few things out and then I'll share it on my blog.

What I'm reading: So I am crawling through the history book I'm is more of a thinking book, and some days I don't have the brain power to read much of those. I did pick up some lighter reading material at the library last week: Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart. This is a fun but serious look at all the plants we should avoid. Did you know that you can't eat raw cashews because they are a part of the poison oak family?

What I'm listening to: One of my favorite songs right now is How Deep the Father's Love For Us sung by Fernando Ortega. Such convicting words.

What we're learning: We are moving on to studying about Mary Queen of Scots, Jeanne d'Albret, and St Bartholomew's Day Massacre in history. In science we are learning all about bats this week; I have a fun activity for the kids to do in our co-op about bats and their smelling ability. And we are moving onto question #56 in the catechism.

What I'm watching: Over the weekend my Sweetie and I watched Vantage Point. We had seen it a couple of years ago and enjoyed watching it again.

What's cooking: This week I am making Pesto Chicken, Golden Winter Soup with Gruyere Toasts, and Bacon and Butternut Pasta from this months' Cooking Light Magazine.

What I'm buying: I went major shopping last week, and so far I don't think I forgot anything.

What I'm thankful for: Warmth on a cold day. My bathrobe. My lovely cup of Earl Grey Tea.

What I'm creating: I am making my own laundry soap this week! I got the idea from a friend, used a little of hers to see how I liked it, and got the recipe from here.

What I'm praying: That even though parenting can be one of the hardest, most sanctifying roads I have ever walked, I am striving to be joyfully consistent in all I do and trust in God alone for the outcome. Thanks be to God for His mercy, because if the end result was up to me, I would fail.

What I'm planning: This week I want to go through my clothes and take out the things I haven't worn in a while. I also need to space organize in the walk in closet....having a small house means you can't hoard stuff.

What we did this last weekend: We ran a few errands on Saturday, and had yummy Tostadas that evening. Sunday we went to church and Sunday school, then back home for a relaxing afternoon. We ate some munchies, played Aggravation with the kids, and then I made Avgolemono for dinner. Then back to church for our monthly evening worship.

What I'm looking forward to: We have a couple 4-H meetings this week, I am getting together with a friend for lunch one day, and we have our regular co-op and lego class too.

A picture to share:

In Mr. Lego's class last week, they had Robot Wars.

Here is the final:


Mr. Lego and his teammate B named their robot Dave....

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Visit to The City

Our travels around Christmas time usually involve visiting The City.

We do pretty much the same things every time we come; but we still love it.

First stop was Fisherman's Wharf.

This is the BEST place in the whole world to get a loaf of Sourdough bread.

We took our clam chowder and bread to a nice quiet spot and all dove in.

Then it was off to China Beach, on the steep hills, of course.

The day was a beautiful one....

...and the view was gorgeous.

Only in California (and maybe in Florida and Texas) can we do this in December.

Watching the waves....

...making sand castles....

...and digging holes.

It was such a mild day that getting a bit wet was just fine.

"Families fill our lives with happiness and 
laughter leaving us memories to treasure today 
and forever after."

~Author Unknown

Then we were off to our final stop: Japantown.

We were very disappointed, the Taiyaki lady had sold out and there were none left.

So we went upstairs and got a Nutella and Vanilla ice cream filled crepe at the crepe shop.

We went to our favorite store, Ichiban-Kan, which is super fun since it is a Japanese dollar store.

I love this place.

Every child gets to pick out a new rice bowl for the next year.

Here is Nutsy with hers:

And of course we browse around and look at all the stuff. The bento box aisle was lots of fun.

Finally, on the way home we stopped at In-N-Out.

If you have never been to one, you are missing something very tasty.

And that was our short, but fun filled trip. We had a wonderful time seeing family and friends and are very blessed to be able to see them.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Christmas With Family

The day after Christmas, we drove down to see our extended families.

First stop was at our Obachan and Auntie & Uncle's house.

Lots of cousins were there, and good food too.

My mother-in-law and my two sister-in-laws enjoying Appletini's and Lemon Drops....

The cousins, playing with Uncle...

We stayed up late that night, having fun and playing games.

The next day Obachan made us a delicious lunch.

Such good food.

A picture with Obachan and all 10 of her grandchildren. Can you spot the 11th?

Then it was onto Grandma & Grandpa's house.

They saved all of the toys I played with when I was young...whenever we visit I love seeing my kids play with the same toys I did.

Fisher-Price is timeless.

Dinner was Grandma's famous Salmon Fettuccine.

We played Up The River that evening....

...I don't remember who won.

We had a great time with them and left the following morning for our next adventure....

{To be continued.....}

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ten on Ten

{Miso and rice for breakfast}

{Morning Bible time}

{Magnetix on the living room floor}

{Writing assignment}

{Preparing potatoes for lunch}

{Afternoon school work}

{Errands to run}

{Baby rabbits}

{Homemade brownies for our 4-H meeting}

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