Monthly Archives: November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!

We are so thankful for our friends and family, and especially at this moment, for health since we’ve been battling the stomach bug that’s made the rounds in our family.  We chose to simplify the menu and split the planned foods into two meals, meaning turkey at lunch time and ham at supper with differing sides.  This time I tried brining the turkey overnight, and it turned out moist and fairly tender.  I think our future roasted turkeys will be brined also.  Our girls happily helped to snap green beans this morning. We also listened to interesting stories of Halabuji’s and Halmoni’s youth, some of it quite remarkable.

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Date selfie

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Dad and Koma enjoyed an evening together. They wandered around campus and dined at the student center and even got a chocolate ice cream treat. They ran into some cheerleaders who apparently had oohed and aahed over Koma’s very similar cheerleader outfit. Mom and Unni went to Unni’s group violin lesson, then also went out to eat (see selfie above). We all met up together at the basketball game afterward.

Bowling for turkeys

Unni completed her two week art class during which time the class made bowling balls and turkeys to knock down. After the second class, the kids bowled in the hallway.

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Quack parade

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These geese waddled across the busy road by our house very slowly, halting traffic for several minutes. The other 7 hung out on the side of the road, allowing us to slip by without fear of hitting them.

“Blast you”

Tonight, Koma sneezed twice while the girls were lying down trying to fall asleep. Unni ever so sweetly said, “blast you.” Koma said, “what does blast you mean, Unni?” She replied, “it means stop sneezing.”

Trail mix queen

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Unni made this container of trail mix all by herself last night. While I cooked supper, she reached up for scissors, opened all the bags of nuts and chocolate chips, pulled out raisins and cranberries from the pantry, and then mixed them together. Her favorite part is eating it, though, like any true “cooker.”

Women’s basketball

We met up with some friends to attend the long-awaited home opener of the women’s basketball team. The girls had been excitedly counting the days, and the addition of their friends made the evening extra-special. The kids love looking for the mascots and at this game, had the opportunity to get up close with them but it was wayyy too close for comfort. Unni finally mustered the courage to give a high five, while safely ensconced in daddy’s arms. Koma, dressed as a cheerleader, eventually waved at the mascot while clinging to Mom.

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Swim lessons

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We are at the end of swim lessons for this season. Unni did great. Her teacher said her kicking is strong and her arm scooping is good. Getting her face wet consistently would really help develop more skills. Hopefully soon….

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