Friday, January 14, 2011

Favorite Photo Friday... Many Fridays Later

Welcome back (I'm talking to myself here since my three faithful readers have long ago quit checking this abandoned blog for new posts.) Let's jump in with an easy post... favorite photo Friday. This one does a good job of summing up our kids and their personalities -- sweet Jeep sleeping soundly despite his sister's foot on his head and CeCe, so expressive and enthusiastic in all she does! Ah, what a combo.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Favorite Photo Friday

Here is our little gypsy girl, dressing up again!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Memory Monday - In A Pinch

Living in Japan I was constantly asked, "What is your hobby?" Every Japanese friend I met had a quick and easy answer... AND a neat and tidy hobby to go with it. My host mother's hobby was cake baking. She told me that when she first became interested in baking cakes, she baked a cake EVERY DAY for a year in order to perfect her skills. She showed me a photo album filled with photos of beautifully decorated cakes and baked a number of delicious cakes during my summer with her family. But one night, a friend stopped by unexpectedly and she invited him to stay for dinner. In the kitchen, as she stirred a pot of eggs and flour over the stove, she taught me her secret for a great last minute dessert -- cream puffs! Elegant, easy and delicious. Although I've only baked a couple of cakes, I've made cream puffs many, many times and thought of her every single time.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hard to Say -- Even Harder to Do

Twenty-nine days into the challenge, I've finally learned to pronounce NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month.) Even more exciting... I have actually blogged every day so far! Which has NOT been easy. I've been sick. I've been tired. (More than once - including tonight - I've dragged myself out of bed to blog.) I've been distracted. I've been on a long road-trip. The power has gone out. The computer has acted up. But amazingly, even with all of the difficulties and assuming I am able to get a Memory Monday post up tomorrow, I did it! Which makes me think, maybe I can accomplish some other goals I have for myself. Like organize the garage. Or train for a half marathon. Or stick to a budget for once. NaStiTABuMo - National Stick To A Budget Month?!?! Maybe I'll start with the garage instead. :)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Silly Sis

Recently I shared CeCe's bib adoration, but while visiting my folks, she had another funny fashion passion that my mom captured in this hilarious photo shoot:

 And yes, that is her swim suit! She insisted on wearing it over her clothes, like a bib.  :)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Favorite Photo Friday

Jeep riding a family friend's tractor on Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

I've had the following quote on my facebook page for quite a while... minus the last line. I guess when I first found it, that line didn't resonate with me, but today I am inspired by the whole quote:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~ Melody Beattie

After a long road trip with my husband and little ones, spending a few days with my parents, celebrating a birthday, and enjoying Thanksgiving with dear family and friends, I feel like spending some time letting my thankfulness create a vision for my near future. I'm excited to see what goals will rise up out of my gratefulness.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Birthday (to Me)

To all my dear friends and family who helped me celebrate my birthday - THANK YOU!!! My life is so much sweeter because I am loved by all of you. I've had a great day and I look forward to enjoying "the best year yet."  :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Birthday Turkey

People with birthdays around Christmas time get lots of sympathy, but those of us with birthdays on/near other major holidays suffer too! My neighbor's son was born on the 4th of July and while fireworks every year can be fun, it isn't fun when none of your friends can come over to your house on your birthday because they have holiday plans. I can relate. If my birthday wasn't actually ON Thanksgiving (which happens every 5 years or so) then in most cases my friends still couldn't celebrate with me because they were either out of town (often at Grandma's house) or they had company. When I was younger, I really did NOT like it when my birthday feel on Thanksgiving. I wasn't the biggest fan of turkey, stuffing or gravy. And a candle in a piece of pie was not my favorite either! Plus sitting around eating and then sitting around watching football was way too boring. But over the years I've become more fond of Thanksgiving and I am grateful for the chance to be with friends and/or family to celebrate all our blessings. So I don't mind being the birthday turkey... just as long as we can have cake along with the pie!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Memory Monday - Bright Lights, Big City

I enjoyed the movie "Lost in Translation" a few years ago and was impressed with Sofia Coppola's ability to enable the audience to experience jet lag and culture shock along with the main characters, Charlotte and Bob. Watching the movie, I felt like I was seeing the mesmerizing neon lights of Tokyo for the first time. My first night on Japanese soil was at my Youth for Understanding exchange student cultural orientation in Tokyo in 1990. I remember staring at the long, narrow streets with the complex layering of lights, colors, letters and characters and I felt like I could not close my mouth or even blink without great effort. So different from anything I had seen before and yet so facinating and wonderful. I still love the electric feel of Tokyo and I look forward to staring sleepily at those shiny streets many more times in the future.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Raisin Remedies?

Here is a question for those of you who live in humid parts of the world -- When you visit drier parts of the world do you suffer? I do! My eyes feel parched and itchy, my cuticles seem to immediately shrink and curl off, my fingertips feel like sandpaper, and worst of all, my lips chap and burn. Ouch! What are your favorite prevention/solution tips? My go-to plan is to ramp up my intake of essential fatty acids such as fish oil and/or flax oil, drink LOTS of water, and keep a good emoillient moisurizer on hand at all times. Tonight, I ate a whole avacado hoping the "good fats" will help me fight the fight from the inside out.  Please leave your advice - I would really appreciate it!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Road Trip Thanks

The first day of our road trip went amazing well! I am so grateful:

~ that the kids did SO-O well. Sure, Jeep logged a couple of hours of watching videos on the iPod, but he was content and cooperative the whole time and CeCe cried maybe five minutes total during the whole 8+ hour drive.

~ for clear roads. We saw lots of snow on the ground on all the mountain passes and drove through some snow flurries, but the roads were smooth and clear the whole way.

~ to find a bright, clean, HUGE hotel room at our overnight stop. I knew this hotel was newly built, but I'm delighted with the space, amenities and bargain price.

~ for my darling hubby who worked hard to help get us out the door (even with both of us packing, we left 3 and a half hours later than we thought we would -- which was fine) and then he drove the whole way!

Here is hoping and praying tomorrow goes just as smoothly. :-)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Favorite Photo Friday

Billy Elliot and friends!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Toy Pixie

How is it that adding a second child means that suddenly we can't keep track of the toys in our house? We have a small place and compared to most preschoolers I know, my kids have less than the average number of toys. Before CeCe, we knew that all our puzzles had all the pieces, every car had four wheels, games were complete in their boxes, that legos were in the legos box and blocks in the block basket. NO LONGER! In the last few days, somehow we have lost a whole puzzle... except for one piece! Two other puzzles are missing pieces -- one of them is a floor puzzle and the pieces are about 8 inches square. How can we lose something that big?! The other one has large wooden pieces and at least HALF of them have disappeared in the last week. I am completely confused as to where they could be. Seriously, it is strange how we have so many incomplete and lost toys now. It isn't all her fault, but I do think this cutie is the major culprit!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Blog Slog

Don't feel like blogging.
Dumb ole' NaBloPoMo!
Darn Gratitude Challenge.
Ain't doin' it tonight.
So there.