Spring Break 2016!

Spring break is finally upon us… hooray!!!  And, my husband is home the first four days… HOORAY!  He came home yesterday completely exhausted and went to take a nap, when this happened…

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Yes, buried in every pillow, blanket, or sleeping bag around.  Sweet littles get so excited when daddy gets home!  Believe it or not, he was so tired he slept right through this for another couple hours.  He woke up just in time for Friday night pizza, then Good Friday service at church.

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After church, we surprised the kids by going out to froyo.  (It was essentially bedtime).  That was a huge hit, but then we made it even more special; we stopped by a new park we had discovered just the day before.  The kids fell in love with it because it has a zipline.  The park was dark, of course, and empty… For the next hour we zipped and swung and slid and tackled and had the best time.  I am certain it will go down as a historic night for the Yeh family!

Lots more stuff on my spring break to-do list, (including catch-up on blogging!)  My, how wonderful breaks are indeed!

Tomorrow is Easter.  I am  so glad it is so much more than chicks and bunnies and candy!  The Son of God came down to earth and took my sin (and your sin) upon his shoulders.  He died, yes.  But, he rose again and is alive!  Hallelujah!

Happy Easter!

St. Paddy’s Day 2016 (Minus Shamrock Shakes!)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Though we are not Irish, the green milk and Lucky Charms breakfast is a favorite tradition around here.  

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Traditions really are special.  Though I know my kids won’t eat them, I had to make my Irish Soda Bread muffins with green sugar on top.  (At least I enjoyed them with my coffee!)

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And, another tradition of ours… getting Shamrock Shakes with friends.  Well, guess what?  There were no Shamrock Shakes this year!  I have yet to figure out what Mc Donald’s was thinking!  We still enjoyed an incredible day with friends, decorating cupcakes and playing in their awesome yard.

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I guess from now on we will just have to make our own Shamrock Shakes!

Pi Day

Seriously, I thought this was the cutest.  After a day spent at our homeschool co-op, I walked in the door to the most delicious smell.  My husband had made us a chicken pot pie for dinner in honor of “Pi Day.”  Being the former math teacher, my whole geeky self found this a most thoughtful and awesome thing.  The kids loved the dinner, but weren’t as fond of all the circle talk.  Maybe some day.  🙂

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On Pruning

I woke up and just knew it was going to be a beautiful day.  After all, it was a free Saturday with absolutely nothing on the calendar.  The weather was great.  No school to be done.  So… after we had breakfast and I had my morning coffee and Jesus time, I decided I would spend the entire day in our backyard… And I did.  The kids joined me off and on, and it was lovely!
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The first place I started was with our peach tree.  I knew it needed to be thinned out, but didn’t know where to start.  I looked up a few articles, and everything I read said there needed to be just one peach for every 4 inches.  Ok, I thought… I can do that!  Turns out, it was harder than I thought; mostly because my brain kept thinking, “I can’t possibly pull off this many peaches.  My poor tree!  What if I’m pulling off all the good ones, and leaving the bad ones?”  Sounds dramatic as I type it, but truly it was a real struggle in my mind!

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I continued to thin as much as I could, despite my anxiety.  The entire time I couldn’t help but thinking about God, the Master Gardener.  Is it hard for him to prune?  He knows what’s best, and does it for our own good — even if it seems bad.  As a parent, do I have what it takes to prune my kids?  By pruning, I am showing God that I trust Him — that although I am throwing away a lot of fruit, I am trusting He will ultimately still provide much fruit and it will be bigger and sweeter than a tree left unpruned.

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And so a lesson was learned in the garden.  Just one of many to come this season, I am sure.  God is so good.

Baby Chicks!

Little did we know that first time we bought chicks that it would be an annual thing…  First due to wanting more eggs, and then due to bobcats.  Hopefully we won’t need chicks again for a while.  But for now, we bought 3 Buff Orphingtons this week, and will pick up 3 Light Brahmas next week.  I’ve grown rather fond of these sweet creatures, already!  Meet Sunny, Topaz, and Athena Glory:

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