Foosball!

I saw this idea on Pinterest and knew it would be something we’d do… It’s fun, it’s easy, and most importantly, we have all the materials on hand! First we painted the kabob sticks.

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After Sierra and Natalie painted, I poked the holes, Natalie helped put washi tape on the  clothes pins, and Allison fetched the ping pong ball.  We were set!

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Diamond Backs vs. The Butterflies

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Summer Craftin’

Other than swimming, I think crafting is our most favorite summer activity.  (Reading is a close third!)  Here are a few snapshots of some summer crafting…

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Painting our clay figures

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Coloring the American Girl summer poster

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Sierra learning to cross-stitch (I just dotted a teddy bear using a sharpie and she did great!)

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Natalie’s home-sewn and designed bee

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Water-colored paper dolls — always a favorite!

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Making the clay figures we painted in the first picture

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Fashion design-girls; this has been another summer favorite!

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More painting; (I love Natalie’s humming bird!)

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Challkboard coloring

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Painting items cut-out with our Cricut

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And, the easel… Happy summer crafting!

Goodbye, Grandma!

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We said goodbye to Grandma this morning.  Poor Malachi cried all the way home from the airport. Saying goodbye is hard, but we had lots of fun.  While my mom was here, she:

  • changed lots of diapers
  • did all my dishes
  • allowed me to run 11 miles
  • gave baths and bedtime stories
  • babysat while D and I enjoyed 2 dates
  • treated the kids to Chick-Fil-A
  • treated the kids to ice cream
  • folded laundry
  • played lots of games
  • watched movies with the kids
  • went swimming
  • organized all our games and puzzles
  • gave me time to begin my back-t0-school organizing and planning

Thank you, Mom!

Thank You, Chick-Fil-A!

Did any of you go to Chick-Fil-A on July 11 for cow appreciation day?  For us it is an annual tradition, though most years it seems my husband is working.  This year we went with friends, which was a lot of fun.  The kids made their own cow costumes using markers and white trash bags.  In case you’re not familiar with it, if you dress like a cow on cow appreciation day then your meals are totally free.  You still get a receipt to see just how much you saved.  The total for just our 2 families came to almost $70!   What a huge blessing… Thank you, CFA!

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Next, we finished up our reading program at the library.  As part of our prize, each kid was given a free sandwich from CFA.  So, my mom took the kids while Daniel and I enjoyed our date.  Thanks again, CFA!

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Finally, we went to the circus this past Sunday where Chick-Fil-A was a sponsor.  They had a “Guess the number of cows” contest where the winner won a year’s supply of Chick-Fil-A.  Guess who won?  Malachi Yeh!  Thanks again, Chick-Fil-A!  We are so excited!  Here are a few more circus pics:

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Anybody up for a Chick-Fil-A date?

Creepy

There is one thing about growing tomatoes that totally creeps me out: horn worms.  Something about them absolutely gives me the chilly willies.  I’ve known for a while that we’ve had them because their skat is everywhere.  Every time I reach for a tomato that and the plant rubs against my arm, I freak out and am certain I will find a horn worm.  And yet, I have found none.  Sneaky little things, aren’t they?!?!  Then last night I was harvesting yet another crop when I looked up and saw this:

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It turns out horn worms actually chrysalize (probably not a word, but become chrysalises), and then turn into hawk moths.  Who knew?  So, today my husband is going to put them in our butterfly cage so we can see them transform.  Hope it works?!?

626 Night Market

I love Sunset magazine.  A year or 2 ago, we read about a Taiwanese food festival called “626 Night Market” in Arcadia.  My husband is Taiwanese and grew-up in Arcadia — how fun would this be?  We never did make it that summer… or last.  But, this summer we made it!  (A huge thank-you to Grandma for taking the kids to Chick-Fil-A so we could enjoy this date.  I would NOT recommend taking kids here!  It is far too crowded)

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This is the general scene… food booths everywhere and people everywhere!

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We tried to get lots of “little” things so we could enjoy a large variety.  We also tried to avoid things we could get at local restaurants.

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Who would have expected a cool and beautiful evening in late July in Southern California?  What a blessing!

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Because we had no kids with us and no time pressure, we waited in the longest line for a ramen burger.  It took an hour, but it really was worth the wait.  Daniel took one bite and exclaimed.. “Whoa; this really is east meets west!”

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By the time we were ready to leave, the crowds were just crazy.  There were times we literally couldn’t move.  And, the cars and the people just kept pouring in.  We grabbed an organic peach/ strawberry sweet tea, (filled with bits of real peach and strawberry), then headed home.  It will go down as a super memorable/ fun date!

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Grandma’s Here!

My mom coming to visit is always fun for all of us… but this time around it is not only fun but helpful for me.  While the kids play games…

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And have tea parties…

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I will be conquering this mess:

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I am actually very excited to be doing some cleaning/ organizing/ re-arranging of our school items and getting ready for school.  Of course, there will be some fun, as well.  Daniel and I have a fun date planned, as well as a family trip to the circus.  (Grandma will be going to her first circus ever — can you believe it?)  I am so thankful for my mom!