Archive for Kids

Salad For Chickens

Ashland had zero attention span for weeding in the garden until I called it “making salad for chickens” — now it’s his favorite after-school activity.



The chicken coop is coming together piece by piece, it’s been quite fun! We do still have to actually attach the roof before rainy season start.


Sunshine in Black and White

Much welcomed warm sunshine in the backyard.




Jam Sandwich

Happy V-day!

Ashland made this for me at school. “I love you because you give me jam sandwiches” …Jam Sandwiches?? Of all things! So I just wanted to clarify to the world in general that I also make Chicken & Dumpling soup [his favorite, or so I thought!] from scratch (takes 3+ hours) pretty much every week. And less frequently but also pizza, made from homemade dough. And we take him on many amazing adventures. And we recently bought him wii u!! But nope, he loves me for jam sandwiches.

Here’s all the candies I confiscated from kids’ valentine loot from school. Sheesh, it’s worse than halloween. They already ate a few before I had the chance to grab the rest. I told them they can have ONE tomorrow, maybe.


Speaking of silly kids, Lucian said the funniest thing the other day it still makes me laugh. He said:

“But Mama, dragons have no lips!”

I had to think about it for a second, but he’s totally right, Dragons have no lips. I never thought of it that way. But since he uttered those words I keep seeing lipless dragon faces in my mind’s eye and makes me laugh during the day and creeps me out in the dark at night. Seriously this kid, he is full of hilariously senseless truisms.


Immi is EIGHT years old today, we celebrated her birthday this weekend. I seriously can not believe how fast time flies on by without my permission. In the past year, Immi triumphed over many disadvantages that came bundled (in otherwise what I see as generally positive package) with autism. She is continuing to sparkle, finding her own place among her peers while being true to herself — not an easy accomplishment even for the rest of us. Happy Birthday Immi!



What Immi wanted to do on her birthday was to make valentine’s cards for her classmates. Making 60+ total between two kids and a few extra by Lucian is a lot of colorful mess!



New Year 2015

Happy New Year!! First bread of the year turned out handsome, if I dare say so myself — I choose to think this is an auspicious sign for the year!


….And Immi learned to crochet. She learned it quickly too — good for her! Right now she is making a scarf. But I know Immi, she’ll make several scarfs (or some such thing) and then one day she’ll have a ginormous and ingenious idea and make it happen. Anyhow I’m excited, if there’s two of us that enjoy crafting with yarn, surely it justifies stash expansion expedition.


Princess, Knight and Ninja

Happy Halloween!



Immi had so much fun handing out candies!


Designed by Lucian

Lucian has been really enjoying beading! Actually he’s been able to thread beads with ease since before he turned one, but at this point his designs are quite nice. In fact cute enough that Immi wants to wear them, which is a huge compliment fashion-wise. Given the jumbled up mostly plastic beading supply, I really couldn’t have made anything better than Lucian even if I tried hard.





We got a piano! With which now our home feels complete. I’ve missed having a piano, since the time I had to let go of a beautiful antique upright piano during my college years in Boston because I couldn’t fathom continuing a semi-nomadic life toting a real piano. Playing piano is my instant happy.


Lego Birthday Cake

Ashland wanted a spiderman & zelda birthday cake, so I made one with legos.


Happy Birthday my little retro-gaming ninja, lego extraordinaire, delightful story-teller and a crayon/scissors/glue enthusiast! I can’t believe he’ll be joining Kindergarten this coming fall.legobirthday

Lego Things

I keep wanting to put away duplo (big) legos now that all three kids are adept at creating using regular size ones. But Ashland keeps making fun things with it that I haven’t been able to do that. Bunny train, how cute is this?


And then this one. A robotic cat!