Old Friends/ Old Traditions

Oh, the special memories and special times with dear friends… We were so happy to have our Texas friends return to California for a visit.  It was short, but sweet.  Of course, we had to enjoy some fresh chocolate chip cookies like we did in the old days.  And, the kids helped us make our traditional Easter buttermint play dough, which kept them entertained for quite some time.  There is something so special about a friendship that has endured through the years and through a long distance move.  These people will always hold a special place in my heart.

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St. Patrick’s Day 2018

Once upon a time, I was very aware of every upcoming holiday — whether it was big or small, we celebrated; sometimes big, and sometimes small.  This year, I awoke on St. Patrick’s Day with a panic.  Yes, I had already bought the Lucky Charms — but I was suppose to make the green milk and decorate the night before, plus I still had our Irish soda bread muffins to make.  Thankfully, older kids and the time change allowed me to get it all done before they woke up, and the kids won’t even know I almost forgot until they read this!

Ironically, I feel like I was more creative when the kids were little and I was running on little sleep.  Even as I stare at this screen now, I am amazed at how big my kids are getting and how fast time is going.  There may in fact come a day when I forget completely, (but I pray I don’t!)  For now, I am so thankful for every day — every celebration with my kiddos.  Yes, these holidays and traditions make me take out my camera, but they are also a reminder to celebrate the goodness in every day!

Who Should I Be?

Looking at this picture, I really can’t decide who I’d rather be… the 11 year old girl whose biggest concern is which i-pad game to play next, or the cat taking its 3rd nap of the day before noon.  (To be fair, the sweet 11 year old was sick, which is why she wasn’t doing school.)  Still… Tough choice!

My Board

Well… it seems that everyone has one of these letter boards these days…

And although I don’t have an Instagram account where I can post pictures of my clever sayings, I admit; I have thought for quite some time now how much fun I would have with one.  And then!?  My sweet friend got me one for my birthday. Aww…

My kids didn’t even “get” my first post to THE BOARD, But, they were quick to change it out.  Natalie had the first go, and decided to do the Bible verse we are currently memorizing.  Good choice, Nat!

And, after wanting to do this for some time, we fINALLY got around to rearranging our office.  It feels so awesome in here!  More desk space and a few new shelves; what a difference!  (Of course, I still can’t show you Daniel’s side of the desk, but I’ll give him a little grace… after all, he does keep track of all the paper work for me!)

Valentine/ Birthday Celebrations

Our Valentine/ birthday celebration took place over the 13th and the 14th.  We thought we would start to celebrate the 13th because we had so many activities the 14th… Turns out all the activities were cancelled due to sickness!

And sick children meant  smaller appetites, but Daniel and I more than made up for it!  He blessed us with crab cakes, clam chowder, and fresh bruschetta along with dessert from my favorite bakery, 85 Degrees!

The next morning, the kids dug through their Valentine bags with their most special cards coming from their Papa.  Meanwhile, Daniel made his famous quiche and fruit salad.

Dinner was Uh-mazing!  Filet Mignon, Creamed Spinach, roasted potatoes, and individual lava cakes for dessert.  I seriously think I gained a few pounds in 2 days!

As you can see, we mostly took pictures of food!  The poor sickies were mostly in their jammies and on the couch with blankets.

Thank you for yet another amazing birthday/ Valentine celebration, my Love!  Praying you get better quickly!!!

Chinese New Year

It didn’t look like we expected…

Chinese Take-out

Leftover wine from Valentine’s Day

Cute “Year of the Dog” plates from my sweet friend that we didn’t think we were going to be able to use…

And 5 out of 7 family members feeling miserable from the flu!

No, this was not what we were expecting.  We were suppose to be on vacation.  We were so looking forward to our trip and celebrating the marriage of our missionary friend.  Bags were packed.  Reservations were made.  Tickets were purchased.  But alas, the flu got the best of us…

Daniel and I tried to be positive… at least we would get lots of projects done and our home organized!  Then he got sick.  Poor guy.  Yet here I am!  I honestly feel great.  I deep cleaned the kids rooms, vacuuming under beds, washing sheets, and spraying Lysol everywhere.  I organized our laundry room.  I am working on organizing my office; all while saying, “Yes” to far too many videos for the kids, getting medicine and water every hour it seems, and enjoying my free Starbucks birthday drink and leftover cake.  All-in-all not too bad.  But, we will certainly be thankful when this nasty bug leaves our house and the kids can finally sleep in peace without coughing all night!

Not Just Blossoms…

PEACHES!!!!

Every year I am amazed at how early our peach tree blossoms.  But, this year… Early February and our tree is loaded with peaches!!  Many of them are larger than golf balls!  The crazy warm weather we’ve had seems to have confused our tree.  I wouldn’t mind, except that cold weather is coming.  What will happen to our lovely peaches?  To be continued…

Backyard Skate Park

This week we are redoing our pool surface and equipment.  We’ve debated doing this since moving in, but waited due to cost and other factors.  Sometimes it’s hard to wait… we live in such a NOW culture!  But, there are many blessings that come in waiting.  God loves to show himself faithful.  That’s a whole different post, but I am just feeling so grateful for God’s unexpected provision!

I wish I could show you the videos… the kids spent most of their free time this week out in our emptied pool/ skate park.

Malachi:  “If I ever live in a house that has 2 pools, I will empty one and make it a skate park.”

The pool is now jack hammered and awaiting it’s new surface, so our skate park is no more.  But, this fun little childhood memory will linger on!