Saturday, August 30, 2014

Summer Bucket List Update

I am back! The last two weeks have been full yet refreshing at the same time.

You may have seen some of these photo on my Instagram. Thanks to Didi who lost my old Nokia, I got a used Iphone 3 so now I have a smart phone and can jump in "Instagram" bandwagon.

We joined our church Vacation Bible School. The church nearby our house kindly shared their VBS materials so our small church didn't have to buy anything. So grateful for their kindness and generosity.

After that, we went to Mendocino for family camping.

One of the reasons I love family road trips is the fact it gives us chance to get into deep heart to heart conversations

and make wonderful memories.

more on our camping trip later now onto

Summer Bucket List Update
1. Trip back home. This was the trip where we learned our favorite carry on for International Flights

2. Go to a u-pick strawberry farm. Pictures can be seen here

3. Bi -weekly library and Farmer Market trip.  More like weekly trip I actually. Max has been progressing so well in his reading and keep devouring books after books. Way to go, Max!

4. Play date, invite people over, or visit others at least once a week.  

5. Hit the pool when the weather permit. 

6. Jury duty. Thank you for keeping me in your prayers. I wrote about what to bring on Jury duty here

7. Camping. 

8. Vacation Bible Schools .  The boys have been singing the VBS songs over and over

9.  Light daily learning activitiesreading, phonic, and math. Recent reading on summer learning lost encouraged us to continue learning during summer. You can read more about our summer learning and activities here.

10. Deep clean the house and organize garage. {in progress, I think the house is organize enough, I have been purging and donating lots of stuff lately. Still need to sell a few stuffs on Craigslist, wipe the blinds, get our air duct cleaned}

11. Update Quicken {in progress}

12. Organize pictures and videos {in progress}

13. Work on a few sewing projects {in progress, two more projects to go}

14. Get ready for First Grade for Max. File the kindergarten work.

15. Get ears pierced. I had one when I was a baby but the holes closed up. {not yet} 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Inspiring Videos and Summer Reading List

I will be taking a blogging break for a couple weeks. In the meantime, feel free to browse some pages that I had been working on lately: Work for Us, Traveling, Favorites, and my Google+. 

I like listening to podcast or Tedtalk while doing cleaning the house, washing the dishes, or folding laundry; I call it effective multitasking. Some inspirational videos that I watched lately:
The incredible rescue mission. So grateful for these heroes

From now on, I will start saying we're hackschooling. Great speech, Logan! {in case he came across my blog :D}

Love this interview especially the last part:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Field Trip: Swanton Berry Farm

I learned about this place when I saw my new friend's google+ picture at a strawberry farm. I asked her about it and she recommended us to visit the place: Swanton U-Pick Berry Farm, so we did.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Our Summer Learning and Activities

We are nearly the end of our summer holidays. We spent the first few weeks of summer with our family in Indonesia, followed by Vacation Bible School at the church nearby.

Afterward, the kids spent two weeks at summer camp when I was called for jury duty.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Stir-Fried Water Spinach/ On Choy

This is a well-known veggie dish in Indonesia. Not so much here. It's been a longgggg time since the last time I cooked this dish so when I saw it at the Farmer Market I quickly bought it. It taste soooo good unlike the regular On Choy that I bought at Supermarket. So the following week I went back to the seller to confirm if it's really On Choy.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Our Favorite Carry On for International Flight

We fly back to Indonesia almost every year. The flight is long and expensive but we believe it's important for the kids and us to meet their grandparents and the rest of their extended family so we make it a priority.

After four round trips with kids I found these carry on to be my favorite. Less is definitely more! 
Each person carries one bag except me. I have an extra totes filled with breads and snacks in case the kids get hungry. The rest of our stuff goes to checked baggage.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Two videos to kick-start your week

 I have been hearing people talk about how good Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address. I finally listened to the message and thought he indeed gave a great message. After seeing the video, I also listened Bill and Melinda Gates' 2014 Stanford Commencement Address, which I thought was even more important and inspiring:

"Optimism for me isn't a passive expectation that things will get better; it's a conviction that we can make things better – that whatever suffering we see, no matter how bad it is, we can help people if we don't lose hope and we don't look away. Let your heart break. It will change what you do with your optimism." Melinda Gates

Michael Hyatt recently changed his podcast format, which I like even more. His most recent podcast is such a good reminder. I think the title should be: "Three Questions Every Adult Must Answer to Avoid the Drift."

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hiking Trip: Muir Woods and cameras comparison

A friend of mine had been recommending us to go visit Muir Woods National Monument. Finally, we took the time to check out the place ourselves.

For this trip, we decided to bring two cameras to compare the result. If the Point & Shoot is up to par, we won't bring our DSLR on our next trip. So as you see the pictures, you can guess along whether we take it with Point & Shoot or DSLR. I put the answer at the bottom of each picture.


The towering Redwood Trees


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thai Cucumber Relish

We call it  'acar timun' in Indonesia. I just learned that many people call this Thai Cucumber Relish. It serves as condiment to main dish or quick vegetable side dish that I often make whenever I ran out of time.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

What I buy at Farmer Market and some tips

I loveeee going to Farmer Market. I feel like a kid in a candy store whenever I go there. Fortunately, living in Bay Area gives me access to Farmer Market and wonderful non pesticide produce all year long.

I usually stop by there every other week but since my boys were at summer camp these past two weeks; I got to go there two weeks in the row.

First things first, get the preschooler to help with unloading and arranging the grocery, which is a great practical life skills to have. :)

Things that I usually get there: