Top 10 Random Pictures of Life this week

I figured it was about time for another random post.  Life is feeling a bit overwhelming at the moment, so I need to sit back and reflect on God’s blessings.  Want to join me?


1.  Just one week away from Easter and we are just now pulling out our Easter decor.  Of course, the big girls immediately dove into a game of “chickers” while Sierra looked for her special stuffed animal to sleep with.  Malachi learned about Jesus riding the donkey on Palm Sunday today.  Other than that, we are waaaaay behind!


2.  While visiting Daniel’s parents, we were sent home with more kumquats than I know what to do with!  Daniel made some tea today, which the kids really liked. Me?  Not so much!


3.  Due to my husband’s busy work schedule at the moment, I haven’t found much of a chance to run, lately.  Today was my first day out in 10 days, and my buddy decided to join me.  While he snoozed away, I struggled in the spring heat but it felt so good to be out again!


4.  We have 2 out of 3 planter boxes built — hooray!  Next up we need to borrow a truck and fill them with dirt.  Can’t wait for the fun stuff — planning out the garden, planting, and harvesting!


5.  I found this little table on Craigslist a few weeks back, and still get excited every time I pass it.  It’s such a fun find!


6.  I will never, ever, ever grow tired of tea parties and art with my kids.  Never.


7.  Now that the warmer temperatures are here, I am hoping my monster jar will encourage me to drink more water and less coffee.  So far, cooler mornings and waking up early are still tempting me with that second and third cup!


8.  Our friends recently came over for lunch, and somehow we got on the discussion of grilling steak.  Apparently, we had been doing it wrong, so they sent us a link to their secret.  Daniel tried it, and oh-my-word!  It really is fabulous.


9.  We are nearing the end of CC, and getting tutor thank-you’s made.  It has been such a fabulous year, and we are SO grateful for our awesome new community.


10.  As final prep for our last day of CC, Allison is busy creating her Pocohontas costume for her final presentation.  Fun times.

I think 10 is about it for now.  My little man is sitting on my lap, and it is time to get him to bed.  I hope to have a garden update, soon!

They Couldn’t Resist…

Our first spring day to dip into the 90’s, and the pool called out to my kids.  Sierra was the first to ask, and when I said, “Yes,” she stammered, “Uh… did you say ‘Yes?’”  Why not?  I certainly was not so brave.  The pool is still freezing.  (And dirty.)  But, they were thrilled…

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I love how they always lay their towels out and read magazines in the sun while drying off.  Sierra even brought out some school books to practice her handwriting!



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For dinner, I wanted to try a new thin crust pizza recipe I found.  I thought it turned out great, and you don’t have the wait for the dough to rise.  (I happen to be a thin crust type gal.)  My kids still prefer our “normal” crust, though they had no trouble polishing off the pizza.  Here is the recipe, (taken from here):

Thin Crust Pizza Dough (Yeast-Free), makes two 10″ pizzas.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil

Mix your flour, baking powder, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Mix your water and olive oil together in a separate small bowl and add into the dry mixture as you stir. When it’s almost combined, use your hands to gently knead the dough together. Add small amounts of extra water if needed. You want your dough to be dry enough that it doesn’t stick to your hands, but wet enough to stay together when you squeeze it.

Once the dough is the right consistency, divide it into two balls, cover, and let rest for 10 minutes.

You can roll out your dough between two sheets of wax paper, but I actually like using a lightly floured counter instead (I think I can get it a little thinner that way). You want to get the dough as thin as possible, but shoot for around 1/8″ thick.

Turn your oven to 425˚F and lightly grease a baking sheet or pizza pan. Place the dough on the sheet and prebake your crust for about 10 minutes or until the crust just begins to brown slightly.

Add your sauce, cheese, and pizza toppings, and bake your pizza for another 10 minutes or until the cheese and crust are golden brown. Slice and serve immediately.

Your crust should be thin and crispy, so adjust your prebaking times as needed to get that perfect crunchy bite. I’m so glad to finally have an easy and quick thin crust option available for when that pizza craving hits.

A Day in OC

Signing all four kids up for ice skating lessons at the same time had seemed like a good idea at the time.  Then came the reality of a long drive right after lunch, waking-up sleepy kids to put on jackets and gloves and hats, then trying to squeeze eight feet into rental skates and get them all tied-up.  And then they would “skate… ” What was I thinking?  Honestly, after the first lesson I thought I was crazy.  Now that they are over, however, I am SO thankful we persevered.  All four kids can (somewhat) skate on their own!

Ironically, right after the kids’ lessons ended, my husband signed-up for a free 4 week ice hockey course in Orange County for firefighters and police.  Tuesday happened to be his last practice, so we drove down with him to watch him play, then we stayed for a little ice skating of our own!

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As soon as we walked in, he saw it… a mini zamboni ride!  Malachi was in heaven.

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I was so impressed with my husband’s ice hockey skills.. he did awesome!  The kids went back and forth between the ice hockey practice rink and the figure skating rink while we waited.

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Once it was our turn, Sierra wore her Minnie Mouse crocheted hat, and Malachi wore his Batman crocheted het — both gifts from our sweet housekeeper.

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Afterward, we went to a place I had been wanting to try for quite some time; Snow Monster!  Oh, yummy!  It did not disappoint.  (In fact, I am craving a jasmine milk tea as I write this!)  My husband always asks me, “So now do you want to live in Orange County?”  And my response is always, “My waistline couldn’t handle it!”

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Ice cream macaroon sandwiches.  Shaved snow.  Milk tea, strawberry lemonade, or Thai tea in a jar.  Yes, it is definitely a good thing that we don’t live too close!

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And, our final atop in OC was to Daniel’s parents’ house.  I’m so happy to have these pictures of the kids with their “Akong.”

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Timeline and the Cat

Our Classical Conversations group is quickly coming to a close.  The kids are totally bummed, and I am rejoicing.  (Shouldn’t it be the other way around?)  Truly, I love the group and even enjoy going and doing the weekly memory work with the kids.  It’s just that I’m ready for a break!

Anyway, the kids were practicing their timeline by writing (and illustrating) it on a long roll of paper…

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… when along came the cat!  Try as they might, the cat would NOT leave them alone.  We even tried putting him outside twice, but his sad meow at the door was too much for us and we let him right back in!

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Aw, the joys of homeschooling!  I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The LA Zoo

A few weeks ago, a sweet friend of mine invited us to go to the zoo with her.  Sure.  The zoo is always fun, no matter how many times the kids have been!  And then it occurred to me…  I had never taken Malachi or Sierra to the zoo before!  The last time we were there was here.  (January 8, 2009:  My how our family has grown!)

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Funny girl… I asked her to turn around and smile, but instead she flew up and ran off… ha!

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These two are in the same Classical Conversations class.

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Alligators!  Reminds me I still have to finish blogging about our cruise.  🙂

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The hippos were a lot of fun to see.  At one point, the two big ones “brawled” a bit, so we got to hear a hippo and see its big mouth open.  The little baby was not quite 5 months old.

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And, in case you were wondering what the back of hippos look like…

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Happy first day of spring!


It started about October.  I had dropped the girls off at AWANA, and was passing by a Chipotle when my then 2-year-old son looked out the window and said, “tortillas.”  I was so impressed that he recognized the place we had eaten just once several months earlier that I exclaimed, “That’s right, buddy!  Do you want to eat there?”  He said yes, and we now have a standing mother-son Chipotle date every Sunday while the girls are at AWANA.  In fact, if ever we don’t go to get burritos and a blackberry Izze, he is quite disappointed.  (Part of me thinks the reason he doesn’t want to potty train is because he doesn’t want to go to AWANA and give up our dates, but that’s another story!)

Meal planning is very much a phase I go through and then get lazy about until I can’t handle it anymore.  This week was the pulling-out-my-hair-what-are-we-going-to-eat kind of week, so I now have a nice meal plan for the next week or so.  I decided to start with “homemade Chipotle-style burritos.”  I just took all the ingredients we normally put in our burritos; black beans, rice, mild salsa, roasted bell peppers, sour cream and lettuce, and made them at home.  (Malachi usually likes chicken, but I had some flank steak and used this recipe to grill it.)

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Natalie wanted to show you her “neat” burrito.  Cutie pie.

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These were a huge hit, and a definite summer go-to meal!  I can hardly wait to plant our garden and have fresh tomatoes…  mmm….

Green Day

My son loves green.  It’s been his favorite color since forever.  Imagine his joy yesterday when he discovered it was “green day!”  The girls were actually pretty surprised to wake up to St. Patrick’s Day, as well.  I hadn’t reminded them the night before because…. well, I almost forgot myself!  Thankfully I had picked up the Lucky Charms about a month ago on a Target run!  For us, St. Patrick’s Day means… 1)  Lucky Charms, 2) Irish soda brea muffins, (which I enjoy, but my kids rarely eat. Why do I make them, again?)  3) Shamrock shakes at Mc Donald’s with friends, 4) green tattoos, and 5)  Watching the Veggie Tales about St. Patrick.  This year we added green shamrock jello.  It was a lovely day!

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Spring Fever

Is it the time change?  The warmer weather?  The new chicks?  I have spring fever soooo bad.  I don’t even want to take a spring break for fear we may not open another book until next fall…

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Spring evenings after supper are the best.  Kids head right outside and I get to clean the kitchen before they go to bed, leaving me  peace once they do go to bed.  Aaaahhh…

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We finally got a start on the yard in front of the chicken yard.  We killed off the grass this fall, and have now got the sprinklers ready and drawn out where we will put our 3 planter boxes; one for growing veggies, one for growing flowers, and one for our little man to have a “construction site” play zone; at least for now!

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My project list is growing, and my motivation to finish the school year strong is waning.  But, we will.  Spring, you are glorious!


Happy Friday!

After a somewhat laborious Thursday, with lots of complaints and grumpers, I ended up canceling our tea party.  After all, it was suppose to be a “thankful Thursday” tea party with grateful hearts, but those were hard to come by.  And so, we wrote in our thankful journals with empty bellies, but with the promise that the tea party would happen Friday if attitudes were changed.  Thankfully, that was the case.  Now I am thinking “Thankful Friday” tea parties are a great way to kick off the weekend, though they don’t have quite the same ring!

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I am not sure why we don’t do scones more often… perhaps because they’re not the healthiest?  But, they are SO easy, and I thought these were incredible.  It took all my self-control to not consume the entire pan.    Side note:  I also really enjoyed having tea with my breakfast.  Perhaps I should switch-up my morning routine and forego my coffee more often?  Nah…

I could’t leave you without giving you this scone recipe: (ENJOY!)

Oh, and note that I didn’t have any powdered sugar on hand so I let the kids use leftover Valentine frosting.  I thought they were awesome with no frosting!


For the scones:

1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1-tablespoon pieces

1 and 1/4 cup buttermilk, plus more for brushing the tops of the scones

1 and 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries

2 tablespoons granulated sugar, for dusting the tops of the scones

zest of one orange

For the buttermilk glaze and topping:

2 cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons buttermilk

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Pinch sea salt

1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted



  1. For the scones: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl , combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Mix until combined.
  4. Add the butter, one piece at a time, mixing well after each addition.  If you are using a food processor, pulse until the mixture resembles coarse sand.  If you are not using a food processor, use a pastry blender or your fingers to crumble the butter.
  5. Add the buttermilk and the berries, mixing until well combined.
  6. Gently scoop out about 1/4-cup portions of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets and slightly flatten each with your fingers.
  7. Using a silicone or pastry brush, gently brush the top of each scone with buttermilk.  Lightly sprinkle each scone with the 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.
  8. Bake the scones until lightly golden around the edges, about 20-25 minutes, rotating and switching the baking sheets halfway through the baking time.
  9. Let cool for about 30 minutes before glazing. (In the meantime, make your glaze.)
  10. For the glaze:  In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, buttermilk, almond extract, and the pinch of salt.  Let sit at room temperature until you are ready to glaze the scones.
  11. Once slightly cooled, carefully drizzle the glaze over the scones Top each scone with a small handful of toasted almond slices.

Tally and Poot

It’s been two years since we last had little chickies running around here… it’s so fun to welcome some new members to the Yeh farm!  We will be getting a total of 6 new chicks this spring, but brought home just 2 today.  They are Dark Brahmas and already have the little feathered feet, though they are just a day or two old.  Their markings actually look a lot like a chipmunk right now, Sierra pointed out.

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Poot next to two fake chicks from Sierra’s farm birthday.

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We weren’t sure where we’d be keeping the chicks at first.  They are quite messy and need to stay warm, but we needed them away from our most curious cat.  Daniel came up with the brilliant idea of keeping them in our shed.  Warm.  Safe.  Secure.  (Of course, they spent most of today traveling around in little hands!)

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Welcome home, little ones!