Beach in July

Beach time

Here’s a snap from a quick trip we made to the beach this week. Felt weird to be traveling with only two kids, but all our bigger kids were working, and so we took the plunge and went off to play without them.  We missed them all lots, but had fun with the youngest two […]

Featured Recipe

How to make kimbap (Korean-style sushi)

(First posted here in 2010) Korean Sushi Preparation Time: 60 minutes Serves: 6-8 This recipe is a little more time consuming than my average recipe, but it is a fun treat every now and then.  Once you have the various ingredients … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature

Cousin fun

Summertime party!

We have the family tradition of a big 4th of July party complete with a barbecue, games, prizes and a water balloon fight.  Since we moved into the new house, I've been puzzling how we could pull all this off in our tiny back yard. So in planning … [Read More...]

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Blog Olympics

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Apt Slips

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Vaccines and Autism Part 2

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The Bandaid

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Vaccines and Autism

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One of These Things….

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Isaiah 43: 5-6

Tagged– FOUR

How fun! I’ve been tagged by my friend Wendy. We both have Asian and Ethiopian kids and have been on adoption yahoogroups together for awhile. Anyway, here goes: FOUR JOBS YOU HAVE HAD IN YOUR LIFE –McDonald’s hamburger cooker –Nurses aide at a nursing home –Fabric store worker –RN delivering babies FOUR MOVIES YOU’D WATCH […]

Using Stickers and Scotch…

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