- We’ve completed our garden and journals, made a poster, and been judged for the Fair.
- We’ve celebrated a birthday.
- We’ve gone camping to kick-off this wonderful new season.
- We’ve been working hard for end-of-the-year memory master.
- We’ve done it all while taking lots of pictures…
….But we haven’t been blogging! Alas, after 4 years on this space, I have once again run out of room for pictures. We have been looking into keeping it up, but I just can’t justify the cost. Never the less, my kids are begging me to keep blogging and I can’t see myself letting go of this little treasure I’ve found. so, I will soon (hopefully) be re-directing you to a new blog where I can continue this journey for free! Thanks for hanging with the Yeh’s!
It’s been two weeks since a sweet mom in our homeschool co-op announced that she was going to have the kids do a musical, “Back to the Cross.” Most of the kids were super excited, including my own — except one. This girl adamantly insisted on not being a part of it, and did not show up for the first rehearsal. Again at the second rehearsal, she made it clear that she would only sit through it because she had to wait for her sisters, but she would not participate. Then this sweet mom found out and personally asked Sierra to be a part of it. I followed it up by letting her know this lady really wanted her. That’s all it took.
Nowadays you can find her sitting next to the cd player on the counter belting out the songs and enjoying every minute of it. She’s thrilled. So thrilled, she is going to request a solo at the next practice. We’ll see if she follows through. Oh, I hope she does! Listening to her brought tears to my eyes. She is so passionate and has such stamina for practicing. That is certainly something we struggle with together in almost any other subject, so to find something she loves has me beyond thrilled! She even asked if I thought she could be in musicals when she was older. (I’m telling you, the turn-around was crazy!) I responded, “If that is God’s will for you, then that would be awesome!”
I know she’s young. I don’t expect her to have her life or passions figured out in the least. But, to see that spark in her eye and to hear her singing the amazing lyrics — they are mostly scripture-based songs — filled my heart! Sometimes all we need is a small glimpse into our kids, and God has given us a huge gift. At least, that’s what it feels like to me; such a gift!
Now to try to get to sleep without the musical soundtrack repeating through my brain!
My friend called it “California Roll Casserole.” I shortened it to “Sushi Casserole” Then my family re-named it “Japanese Tacos.” Whatever you call it, having a dinner that all my kids love, (and that is quite simple), is a definite win!
California Roll Sushi Casserole
-1/2 cup mayo
-1/2 cup sour cream (may substitute with mayo if you don’t have sour cream, which is usually the case at our house)
-1/4 cup chopped green onions (2 Stalks)
-1 pound or 500 g imitation crab meat, diced into 1/2 inch squares (We prefer the Kibun -Special Sea Stix brand found in Japanese markets)
-2 cups of rice grains
-2/3 jar of Nori Komi Furikake rice seasoning
- Cook rice. Sprinkle rice seasoning over cooked rice and mix. Spread evenly onto 9×13 casserole dish. Wet rice paddle to keep the rice from sticking to the paddle.
- Combine all other ingredients and spread over rice layer.
- Broil for 5 minutes. (On High)
- Serve casserole with square seaweed sheets, sliced avocado, and/or sliced cucumber, so everyone can make their own hand roll!
There is nothing like it, really. Cozy comfort food. I recently tried a variation on our standard bread using raisins, cinnamon, and pecans. They loved it fresh out of the oven, but weren’t so fond of the leftovers for french toast. (I’d have to say I agree — there is nothing better than sourdough for french toast!) I think I’m going to try garlic or rosemary bread next!
We also did our traditional Easter bread to share with neighbors back at Easter. Now that we’re talking about it, I don’t think I can wait until next Easter to make it, again!
So…. part 5! (This was before spring break, which feels like eons ago!) For part 5 in our garden journals, I had the kids copy pictures of all the birds we commonly see in our backyard. We used colored pencils, which are my favorite! We learned that the birds I was calling turtle doves are actually mourning doves. I also learned their sound is much like an owl, and I grew up hearing them so they must live near my parents, as well!
My favorite bird, (which I sadly did not capture with my camera this time), was the cedar waxwing. We were surprised to find 4 or 5 of them huddling around a puddle in our backyard one Sunday morning before church. When we looked up their breed, we discovered they are a northwest bird, who were probably just down here for the winter. We have not seen one since! Thankfully, we still see robins once in a while and hummingbirds daily.
It’s not the fresh squeezed orange juice for breakfast…
It’s not the beautiful baskets of oranges…
It’s not that they don’t have seeds…
It’s not that they are organic…
It’s not that they make a perfect snack…
My favorite part of gathering oranges from the orchard we discovered is the smell of the orange blossoms. (Though all the things mentioned above make me jump for joy, as well!) We have been enjoying baskets of oranges for the last month, and will be quite sad when there are no more beautiful oranges to gather off the ground!
Question: What do you do when the house is a disaster and you really need to clean?
Answer: Make more messes. **sigh**
In case you were wondering, we are still going strong with our gardening journals, though we did take a break along with everything else this last week. (Spring break is glorious!) Before break, we did another entry and then had a planting day.
You can see by the last picture that our seeds are actually starting to sprout! I was a little worried because 1) the seeds are old, and 2) the kids planted them without much guidance. (I explained briefly, went to get my camera, and they were practically done by themselves!) Tomorrow we will transplant them into our garden boxes, which are finally ready. Thank you, wonderful husband, for all your hard work on prepping soil and re-building our collapsed bed! I hope to say thanks with a delicious salad, soon!
Since we’re smack dab in the middle of spring break, (ok, it’s almost over, but anyhow…), I seem to be applying the spring cleaning philosophy with me wherever I go. “Use it or get rid of it!” When I had to move our outdoor fireplace to make way for our new planter boxes, I realized we hadn’t really used it in a while. I always think I will remember when it’s cold, but after dinner on a chilly evening I don’t ever feel like going outside! Then it occurred to me. Whenever we camp, my favorite are not the evening campfires, though those are special, too. I LOVE morning campfires! A new day. A fresh start. Brisk morning air. The world is quiet. A cup of coffee… yes, morning campfires rock.
At first they were content reading and enjoying the fire and each other’s company. It was quite sweet! It didn’t take long before someone asked for the obvious; morning s’mores. What the heck; it is spring break!
We’ve since had a couple morning fires, and I think it might be a great new morning devotion spot! Hooray for re-discovering old treasures!
“Are you sad that you have to do dishes on spring break?” one of my daughters asked me. My first thought was, “Yes.” But, what came out of my mouth was totally different.
I explained how dishes meant we had a nice meal, and plenty of food, and family time. I even admitted how I kind of enjoyed the warm water on cold days like this. Of course, my lazy self would prefer no dishes — but if I could just have the right perspective, they didn’t seem so bad. In fact, they were a blessing. As Laura Story so eloquently put it in her song, What if our blessings come through raindrops? Perspective.
Every spring break I take on a project. Last year it was writing the book of James on my bathroom wall. This year’s project was a bit simpler. I had seen a picture on Pinterest of a window looking out over lavender fields. It was gorgeous. Since moving my family into that house wasn’t feasible, I decided to do the next best thing; plant lavender outside our bedroom window. Perspective. I looked for planter boxes and alternatives all over online, but none of the ones I loved were in my price range. Finally, I took the kids to Homegoods. There I found several viable options, but none of them came in sets of 2. (My only qualm with Homegoods!) Then I spotted something I thought might work across the store that I was pretty certain I had seen on the other side of the store. Yes, I found twin trays! Only one was white… but I could paint them both anyway! Hooray!
Next came the planter boxes to go on top. Again, I couldn’t find what I was looking for. So, I drew a picture and asked my husband to do the honors. I am blessed by his many talents! After a few nails and a little stain, voila!
It’s been too cold to open my windows for the smell to come in, but aren’t they lovely? Now when I look out my window I just see the lavender tops and I am so content. Perspective.
On to the next project…