Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sayonara, 2014!

It's been too long since I've posted, and this thing called LIFE keeps getting in the way of blogging, hee hee. =)

So what's been going on with this LIFE thing?

- Being blessed with a big home, we've been able to share it by opening it up to dinner parties, fellowship, friends, and all sorts of things. Hooray! We even had the annual Lau Christmas party at our house this year, which was way too much fun. I'm so blessed by wonderful relatives, seriously. =)

- I've ran more, and I fit clothes that I used to fit pre-Aiva. WOAH. =) No, I'm not anywhere near marathon ready, and that isn't even a goal in any way, but maybe a half marathon. One day.

- Calligraphy workshops! It might be a regular thing - there's been 2 so far, and it's been fun teaching others to learn this skill that I've had since middle school. With technology all over the place, the whole sitting-down-and-writing-by-hand is something that we shouldn't lose, so it's nice that it's appreciated.

- I've learned to can and make my favorite jam that Cara used to make me - Spiced Caramel Pear Jam. Only I'm still perfecting it, and, and my last batch still came out too liquidy (but the previous batch before that was PERFECT, so idk what I did...). Other favorite things made in the kitchen this past year includes Vanilla Bean Scones. Like the ones from Starbucks, but better - more moist and fresh. =) And Curry Beef Pies. And Redneck Caviar. And Rugelach. And fresh Watermelon Juice with some Lime squeezed in.

- My girls are SO BIG now! Aiva will be 5 in 10 days (we're throwing her a Frozen party, of course! LOL), and Penny will be 3 in April (though she still wears 18 months pants. She's tiny.). They're both so beautiful, smart, caring, and wonderful. I'm so blessed! Aiva had her first Ballet Recital (the Nutcracker) for her class, and she did the best she could, and loved twirling in her sparkly tutu.

- Babies, babies, everywhere! They're either getting bigger, or new ones are appearing - my new nephew Micah, Noah will be 3 at the end of January, and we went to Connie and Perry's 1st birthday party for Dylan this summer. Baby Zoe, Sara, and Mia are getting big and beautiful, Deborah's about a month old, Bradley looks JUST LIKE CHERYL and Madeline will be here in a few months. Kyle though - he's probably the cutest baby I've ever seen and met. His smiling face and round little self is irresistible.

- With Shelton's parents living with us now, we've been able to go out at night more than usual, so we've taken advantage of the opportunities to watch a few musicals - Once, Jersey Boys, and Pippin - eat out with friends and go out on a few dates even. Fun fun! =) (Thanks Mah-Mah!)

- Shelton's dad's cancer is progressing along, which is not a good thing. See, the tumor was growing around a blood vessel in his pancreas, so it couldn't be removed surgically, plus he's older, and surgery can be risky at this age. So the past month and some, we've had quite a few complications that either were related to the cancer, or not, where we had to call the paramedics for help. It's a long story, and you can ask in person; I'd rather not go into detail on here. But prayers and good thoughts are appreciated. =)

- There's been so many changes at work too! Rochelle's up in the DO now, Sandra's going to the high school, Jeffrie has retired, and others have moved here or there. But friends always remain friends. =)

- And crafting! Besides the calligraphy workshops, I've also made a few wreaths this year - all from Dollar Tree flowers, and I don't know what obsessed me to start, but it's fun! Shelton got me some Copic markers for Christmas, so I'm learning to play with those. And I've not made as many cards since summer ended, but plan to get back to it soon enough.

Aaaaaaand I'm sure there's more, but the sun is coming up on a new year, and the kids will be up soon (I'm up because I'm sick. I know, no fun. And couldn't go back to sleep after I got up around 4am, so I came downstairs to grade projects, LOL).

Helloooooooooooooo, 2015! ^_^

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FroYo Reward

Because she was the only one that got two stickers in her Ballet class, due to following instructions right away! (it's rare. Every student gets one at the end of class; I've never seen a student NOT get one. But TWO? Ooo la la. ^_^)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Kurt Chang

Kurt! What can I say about this guy? I've known him since he was a little middle schooler, quite possibly shorter than I am, and now, he's graduated from OTIS, and official artist, starting out to live a life and career that utilizes his passion in art.

He's done some amazing things - check them out at his blog:

Kurt made this sketch of the girls based on a picture I posted; of course, I've commissioned him now to make a finalized version of it - I want it on a giant canvas to hang between the girls' room. ^_^ It is ADORABLE.  And yes, he can do art for you. Contact him. Do it. Tell him you know me. =)

He came over for dinner and to catch up with us, and of course, to see Aiva and Penelope, whom he's known since they were born. "Uncle Kurt" gave Aiva a few drawing tips, and drew some of their favorite characters for them in a quick 5 minutes. The pictures are up in the girls' rooms! =D

Happy Birthday Shelton! =)

Another year older. ^_^

Friday, August 15, 2014

Excavating Nature

Presenting their findings of mini pinecones, leaves, rocks and other random stuff to add into the fairy garden...


Watermelon Juice

Watermelon Juice is SO easy to make, and so refreshing!

It's easy. Get a watermelon - make sure it's ripe, or give it time to ripe.

Get the juice out of it, and use a sieve or mesh to remove any pulp there might be there. You can do this manually, or use a juicer (my in-law has a Jack Lalanne Power Juicer which expedites the whole process SO MUCH FASTER. I used to do this by hand. Took forever, and got less juice than with a juicer) to get all the juice out.

For each watermelon you juice, you'll need the juice from 1-2 limes, depending on how you like it to taste.

That's it. And it is Penny-safe. =)

You'll need to shake/tip the juice if you leave it in the fridge, before service, as it will settle, but it's refreshing and delicious during the summer time heat, and all pretty healthy, as you need no sugar in this thing.

And I'm thinking this would make GREAT watermelon popsicles as well!

Yeh-Yeh and the Penelobeast

He gives her food - not just nutritious stuff, but everything else. Thus, she loves him particularly, hee hee. =) He had to skip the last round of chemo, as his blood count was too low for him to continue. He will start again in a few weeks, so continue to pray for strength in his body.

Meanwhile, though he has days where his stomach doesn't agree with him in any way whatsoever, he still has days where he's uppity, extra talkative, and ready to go out to shop, eat, play and party on, which we are thankful for. =)


Mah-Mah & The Girls

It's nice living with Shelton's mom - she's very meticulous about everything, and loves to spend time with her grandchildren. Even if Penny does get a bit bossy with her, hahahaha, or when Aiva and Penny fight over toys.

She spends her time making thick rice porridge for Penny, so that even if we serve food that she can't eat due to allergies, she always has that available in the refrigerator, nutrient rich, stewed in with meats and/or veggies so that she gets good food into her tummy. And she will read to Aiva, who adores books. And of course, she does a lot of cleaning up after them when we're not around, hee hee. 

Mah-Mah guiding Aiva on how to color things with different colors, hee hee...
Oh, and all three of them love watching babies on YouTube, hahahahahahahahahaha...^_^