Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mei Mei’s Spaghetti Dance

Dear friends of mine recently returned from China with their beautiful daughter.  Mei Mei is acclimating quite well to her new family and environment in the short 3 months she has been home.  She just turned 4 years old and is the littlest little I have ever seen.  She has personality plus as you can see in this video shot by her gege.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Big Tuna!

For those of you that have followed my blog for a while, you know that January-April 15th is the busiest time of year for our family.  With Captain Daddy being a CPA, “tax season” places its toll on the family.  Add into the mix Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day,  AND the Birthdays Marathon, well it is just plain B-U-S-Y around here!

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Big Tuna celebrated his 19th birthday the other day.  (I know, I’m too young to have a 19 year-old.)  When I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday, he replied, “Mr. K’s cake,”  Big Tuna had tasted a cake at one of our church dinners made by Mr. K.  It was one of those old, southern recipes for a 15-layer cake.  The kind where you bake multi- separate, thin cake layers and put a wonderful chocolate icing between each layer.

I had tried for several months in getting the recipe from Mr. K and his family with no progress.  Finally they informed me that they were not willing to share the “family” recipe with me.

But, being me, I was not about to let that stop me from making my first born the birthday cake his heart desired!  I googled the cake recipe and came up with several versions.  I finally settled on a 12-layer cake recipe and increased it.  My goal was to make a 19-layer cake for Big Tuna’s 19th birthday.  I spent an entire day in the kitchen making this cake.  I ended up with only 16 layers.  I learned much about making this kind of cake.  Even though the cake didn’t turn out exactly (in many ways), it is was scrumptuous!

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(Reminds me of a geologic model of sedimentary layers:)  There was some reverse thrust faulting going on until it experienced the ice age (freezer) and some stabilizers.)

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Happy Birthday Big Tuna!

Philippians 2:13 NIV
for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

You are a child of God, His treasured possession. He created you in His own image. He chose the day for you to be born. He has a plan and a purpose for your life.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Mascot

One of the things that I hope to accomplish with our homeschool is to develop our “theme.”  You know, school colors, logo, mascot, etc.  Something that makes our school more “official.”

We already have a school “principal.”  She keeps an eye on things and makes sure that our school begins each morning.  In fact, she is often the first one in our schoolroom each morning…usually on her “Throne.”

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She ensures that we are adhering to a high standard of learning.

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We affectionately refer to her as “The Mascot.”

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Not to be confused with “The Alarm Clock” that wakes us up in the morning.

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She likes to lick your hair and nibble on toes/fingers.  Very effective method of getting you out of bed.

The Mascot also makes sure that personal hygiene is not ignored.

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Especially those “hard to reach” places.

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The Mascot keeps control over the class.

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She is constantly monitoring our progress

(and how much time I spend on the computer:)

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And the school day is not over until…

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all of our school work is completed.

Or…

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she needs a snack…or

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a place to rest…or

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a sunny spot…. or

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a nap…or

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an Easter basket to sit in.

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I am so not paying attention to you.

Just wait until Monday!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Xin Nian Kuai Le!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wishing you happiness, health & prosperity! 

Happy Chinese New Year 4709!

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Godzilla!

Each year at this time I wonder why I didn’t take a cake decorating class before now.  I am fearful that one of my creations will end up being featured on on Cake Wrecks.  You see, January marks the beginning of our family “birthdays marathon.”  Godzilla always starts planning his “birthday celebration extravaganza” wa-a-y in advance of his actual birthday.

This year the plan included:

Friday:  Roller skating with our co-op, and supper out at his favorite restaurant. 

Saturday:  Bowling with the church youth group, and  cheeseburgers for supper at home.

Sunday: Presents, and Chicken parmesan for supper at home.

Monday:  Cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and cake/ice cream after Scouts.

(Don’t you like how it ALL revolves around food?  That is my boy fer sure!)

Usually, he has the cake design figured out, but this year…no.  He didn’t know what kind of cake he wanted.  So, out of desperation (or laziness) he opted for a previous design from a previous year: 

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a skateboard cake.

But not the same.

So, at 10 p.m. Sunday evening I am staring at a “blank Skateboard cake” and ready to go to bed.  What do you put on a skateboard besides flames and skull/cross bones?  Then it came to me:

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I know the design would look better on a rectangular cake with a Barbie/Princess doll swimming at the top, but I had a skateboard.  So, by the time it was said and done this is the outcome:

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Can’t you just hear the Jaws-theme music in your head?

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Gifts included: Lindor Truffles,

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Alice in Wonderland DVD,

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and Ninjago LEGO Ice Dragon.

Happy Birthday Godzilla!

Sheng Ri Kuai Le!

Godzilla, you are a child of God, His treasured possession. He created you in His own image. He chose the day for you to be born. He has a plan and a purpose for your life.

1 Corinthians 1:31 NIV
Therefore, as it is written: Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.