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Simple Joys: Playing with water beads

Simple Joys: Playing with water beads

Today was lovely. We are spoiled in San Diego. The sun beckoned us outside and embraced us until we were almost giddy.  Tigerlily quickly freed herself from cumbersome things like clothes and shoes.  Momo ran for the backyard.  Sunscreen slathered on in haste.  Cool crisp slices of asian pear piled onto a plate.  We were … Continue reading

Making a Family Bucket List

Making a Family Bucket List

Parenthood.  It has changed everything. Snot on my sweater goes unnoticed.  Hobbies gather dust in the closet.  Kissing away the boo-boos and wiping away tears become daily ritual.  Screams, laughter, tantrums, and toys crashing to the floor become the household white noise.  All my Facebook status updates are about my kids. Some people manage to continue their … Continue reading

I’m on a Lemon Kick

I’m on a Lemon Kick

I’m on a big lemon kick.  We recently bought these yummy little lemon Girl Scout cookies called Savannah Smiles.  I let the kids have a few, but I’ve since hidden them away for my selfish self. A while ago, I bought a dwarf meyer lemon tree on a whim at the local nursery.  I plopped … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Traditions

I love traditions, but I don’t really have any. Now, with a little family of my own, I hope to start some.  Although life cycles through frequent changes and stages, family traditions can serve as sweet reminders of love’s constancy through time and across generations. So I’m starting with Thanksgiving.  I’ve asked friends for ideas.  I’ve searched … Continue reading

Cocoon

Cocoon

A while ago, I had found two caterpillars nibbling on my bell pepper plants.  They were tobacco hornworms, to be specific.  We put them in a large jar so the kids could watch them munch and grow.  Our first pets.  We named them Eenie and Meenie. Two things I learned immediately about caterpillars: 1. They … Continue reading

Homemade Christmas Cards for the Orphans

Homemade Christmas Cards for the Orphans

Have you heard of Orphan Sunday?  On Sunday, November 6, numerous events nationwide and across the world were held to advocate and lend voice to the needs of orphans.  These events were locally-led by churches or individuals, varying from sermons and small groups, concerts and prayer gatherings, to shared meals and activities.  The purpose of … Continue reading

Homemade Sriracha

  My thai chili plant has really taken off.  Smartypants will be thrilled.  Spicy foods are a mainstay in our household.  We’ve had to take a step back and cook milder foods once our kids began eating the same food as us, but we have grand hopes to eventually train their tastebuds to take the heat. … Continue reading

The First Pet

The First Pet

Recently, Smartypants and I randomly got on the topic of having a pet.  We used to have a dog before the kids.  She was a quirky but wonderful mixed lab, but getting on in age.  Her hip caused her great pain and she could barely go for much of a walk anymore.  We eventually made … Continue reading