Everyone is starting to complain about heat and humidity and I’m sitting here thinking ‘I’m cold and no way is it humid’ – until I made bread and after a 24 hour soak I had to add extra flour because of all the extra moisture it had absorbed from the air.
For our English Class fun day one of the teachers taught us all how to paint Fuji.
The only reason it looks like anything is not due to my painting skills but her teaching skills. The ladies at my table commented on the pink in the sky saying ‘sunset’ but when they saw the pink on the mountain they said it was erupting…
Also, we felt our first earthquake! The notifications from our phones were scarier than the earthquake. It was a 3 or a 4, but didn’t last very long and I don’t know if I would have noticed it if our phones hadn’t gone wild. It’s hard to believe we’ve lived in Japan for 8 months and hadn’t felt one until now. We missed one of a similar size when we were in Sapporo, though.
favorite recipes// ginger bug // moroccan chicken salad with pistachio encrusted goat cheese // pesto & cheese stuffed (or topped, we didn’t stuff) chicken // hot chocolate smoothies // pumpkin apple-pie muffins (grain free) // healthy ginger ale // raspberry brie dessert pizza // rhubarb chai cream pie (needs more chai) // handroll sushi // aji de gallina (a Peruvian dish Ezra remembers having once growing up) // eggplant involtini (the lemon in this makes it amazing. We used rice instead of breadcrumbs because we had an overload of cooked rice) // curry and yogurt braised chicken // frozen whipped jello (I’ve made this before, but expect I’ll make it again lots this summer!) // legume noodle soup // rhubarb crumble ice cream (used this for the ice cream base, used 1/2 c honey and a splash of water instead of 1 c sugar & 1 c water in the rhubarb sauce, and subbed honey for sugar 1:1 in the crumble) // mint chip cheesecake (a favorite of mine, but this was the first time using a “healthy” recipe! It turned out great. I used real cream cheese and subbed flour for the cornstarch) with this crust, which needed a bit of coconut oil to pull it together //
best of online// 10 Things You Should Know About Motherhood // Should I Self-Publish? // Don’t Serve God // Rescuing those taken by ISIS // What screen time does to kids’ brains // 6 things to stop telling your toddler (not 100% in agreement with all this but good food for thought) // 8 Considerations for Christian Parents // Share Your Knowledge With Writers // Disability Awareness for Kids // volunteers are fueling the growth of orphanages in Uganda // Victims of Boko Haram are shunned by their communities // the first explanation we’ve read of how non-thermal EMF could cause damage that seems legit // some good thoughts on women teaching men // I’m not all on board with hypnobirthing, but a friend was telling me to look into the breathing the baby out technique after I told her how much I hated pushing with S. Here’s a good video (no nudity) // I bought tickets to a ballet here in a few months and was watching some of our favorite excerpts – Le Corsaire, and two versions of Flames of Paris // something reminded me of this song when I was reading to S so I played it for her and she liked stomping along //
reading of late// Resounding Truth – Jeremy Begbie // in the midst of The Knowledge of the Holy (Tozer) and the audio version of Compelling Interest.
what brings joy// falling asleep to the sound of E & S breathing // hand-me-down clothes for S from neighbors // yummy food // nursing S to sleep – treasuring all the moments that will change before or after the baby is born // waking up to S singing
The Munchkins// S is saying SO MANY words and repeats things if we ask her to. She is developing a goofy personality and loves to make us laugh and tease us by offering us food and then taking it away. And is still our social butterfly, waving to everyone and saying “hi” and “bye.”
Akachan is a very active girl, and we are pretty sure we have her name picked out but aren’t announcing it just in case.