Sunday, October 31, 2010

Cafe Korea

Yesterday evening we ate at a new cafe that opened up in Fishers, Indiana. Mara heard about it after reading this article. The food was wonderful! Yes, we had a long wait because the cafe was busy, but it was well worth it. Cafe Korea is owned and operated by one family and when you order your food, they make it from scratch for you. We ate seafood pancake, shrimp and fruit tempura, soon tofu, teriyaki salmon, kimchee, yuk ke jang, and (of course) lots of white rice. We'll be sure to go back soon!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The End of the Day

This is Qixi at the End of a Long Day
It was a Sad Day. She obviously doesn't look happy about what went on.
This is Qixi again. She doesn't look quite so Sad.
Oh look! Sad Qixi seems to be brightening up!
Hmm.....Qixi definitely doesn't seem to be having a hard time in life right now.
Wait, what's this?
Hey! Who uploaded these???
Hurry, quick! Now's your time to laugh at her.
Okay time's up. She's pretending like she doesn't know what is going on.
Yup, she's pretending alright
And now, she is back to normality.
The End

This was taken a year ago. Thanks Esther for the photos!!!!

My Family

You know you've done something of significant abnormality when your Grandmother is staring at you with a look of unbelievable disgust. Hey!
 it wasn't that strange. I was just dancing.

Walk like Groucho Marx for at least one full minute without breaking into laughter. It's one of Moxie's favorite pastimes. Or, I guess you could just do the whole mirror scene:)

Qixi: I have to go pee.
Esther: Let's practice together.

Loss of Time:
Joshua: Has it been an hour yet?
Qixi: Since what?
Joshua: Since I came home from Gabe's house.
Qixi: Well, when was that?
Joshua: I dunno, maybe 20 minutes ago.

Havalah: I lost my time!
Qixi: Your what?
Havalah: My time, I mean.....what's it called again?
Qixi: Oh, you mean your watch?
Havalah: Yeah, that's it(=

After much talk about John Wayne, pseudonyms, and how people change their name to protect themselves (like for instance the Jews), Esther yelled out "John Wayne was a Jew?!?!?!?!"
We made sure to correct that statement before anything was spread around;)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Little Girl and the Turkey

I was reading some Thanksgiving poems and I came upon this one which I thought was too sweet to keep to myself;

The Little Girl and the Turkey
The little girl said
As she asked for more:
"But what is the Turkey
Thankful for?"

                                                                                       -Dorothy Aldis                                                      

Monday, October 25, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Two Things

These links lead you to two things I found today that I absolutely adore;
Tea for Two

Hanging Tree Installation

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Half Price Books

Every other Wednesday, we have harp (Moxie) and piano lessons (Qixi and Moxie). While we are playing away on our instruments, Mom shops around.
She always ends up at Half Price Books.
And every time we get in the car, Mom says, "Guess what books I found?!"
We squeal, and then spend the ride home looking at the new books. Mom always visits the Nostalgic section, where she gets stuck looking at all the books, and eventually tears herself away an hour or two later and purchases a pile of books.
Being a book addict is fun, but it can get rather expensive. Some of the books Mom has found are;
Girl of the Limberlost
Les Miserables
Lorna Doone
Samantha at Coney Island and a Thousand Other Islands
Cheaper by the Dozen
Bells on their Toes

If you haven't read any of these books yet, check them out! They're all great!

Saturday, October 16, 2010


These are some things we want to do before autumn is over;
Taffy Pull
Apple Bobbing
Make Homemade Caramel Apples
Wax Leaves
Fly a Kite
Old Iron Works Days (This was accomplished by our family, however we were not able to attend) 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

From a 4 Year Old's Perspective . . .

 . . . life is very interesting. Here's what age Havalah thinks everyone in our family is;
Dad - 52
Mom - 21
Rachel - 9
Mara - 25
Jonathan - 32
Ian - 23
Naomi - 12
Keturah - 13
Esther - 12
Seth - 11*
Joshua - 8*
Havalah - 4*

It made my day, listening to her talk!

*Havalah got these right!

My Baking List

Moxie and I loooooooove to bake. It is one of the few arts (besides folding clothes!) that I'm good at. During the season of Autumn I want to bake anything that catches my eye. The spices and colors of the foods inspire all kinds of things. Like, bobbing for apples;)

Lately I've been Tastespotting, and going through all our cookbooks to come up with new recipes to try. These are a few things I found and want to bake;

Chocolate Hazelnut Babka
Bosch Bread
Apple Turnovers
Pumpkin Roll
Apple Butter
Friendship Bread
Coconut Cream Pie
Beef Bourguignon 
Cinnamon Rolls 101
Homemade Glazed Doughnuts
Brown Butter Gelato
So, Tallyho!!! It's off to the kitchen we go!!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Linens 'N' Things

My family is back home. How do I know?
1. There is certainly no need to be paranoid about the quiet anymore(don't ask).
2. Clothes, clothing, cloth, blankets, etc, etc, etc.
3. LOTS of it.

I've grown up folding clothes, and although it's not my favorite chore you can definitely find creative ways to pass the time. When I was little, I would pretend all the men in our family were soldiers. I stacked their piles on the outside edge of the couch so that they might fight bravely and fend off our foes. Often times, all the girl piles would have to run away and hide in caves, which meant they were always stationed on the seat of the couch. Ah! yes, tis true this is;)

Now when I fold clothes it often times is a good stress reliever. To me, folding them as close to perfection that I can get them is a sort of triumphant feeling because I know that it requires no great skill. It is a calming effect and they always smell faintly of lavender. Moxie can't quite understand why I insist on folding a whole weeks worth by myself sometimes, but it really is soothing to me.

Another reason why I fold clothes is because I'm angry at someone. Usually I give the clothes belonging to that person a good shaking out. I always do it with a stern face;)

And yet another reason I fold clothes is because everyone else is. Half the time the whole family gets involved and we end up stretching the folding time because of all the conversation and noise going on. Really, how can one be focused on finding a pair of mismatched socks when a fellow folder is telling their latest bathroom episode?

Thank you for bearing with me. If you were worried about only the men taking up arms to protect us women, don't worry, not that I've gotten older there is equality in the fighting(=
Grandma gave Mom a book that had been in the family for awhile. It had been given to our great, great, great aunt somewhere around the 1930's. The book is titled 'Shakespeare Birthday Text Book.'
Here is what is written for Moxie's Birthday;

July 29.
More inconstant than the wind who wooes
Even now the frozed bosom of the north,
And, being anger'd, puffs away from thence,
Turning his face to the dew-dropping south.
                                           Romeo and Juliet, Act i.

Qixi's Birthday;
August 20.
Chaste as the icicle
That's curdied by the frost from purest snow
And hangs on Dian's temple.
                    Coriolanus, Act v.

Is she not passing fair?
Two Gentleman of Verona, Act iv.

Friday, October 8, 2010

A Poem

I was going through my journal today, and noticed a poem I had written awhile ago that I had completely forgotten about. I thought I'd jot it down here, even though it's nothing special. The reality is that I didn't know what to blog about, so I thought "Qixi, just write down the poem, and who cares what anyone thinks about it!"

I do things differently when I'm at home
Sometimes I pretend I'm visiting Rome

When close upon me there comes a menace,
I pretend I'm boating on the canals in Venice

To a friend who was leaving, I said "Goodbye"
Then to mask the pain, I pretended I was a caterpillar, turning into a butterfly

Once, someone gave me a rose,all pretty and red
But it died soon after I had gone to bed

When I wake up and the sky is gray,
I go back to bed and sleep until a sunny day

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

11 Things About Moxie

1. I was born at home
2. I am a Christian
3. I love to bake
4. My favorite flavor of ice cream is pumpkin
5. I play the harp
6. I would rather unload the dishwasher then fold clothes
7. "To Kill A Mockingbird" is my favorite book
8. I collect miniature tea sets
9. I prefer salt over pepper
10. I love to travel
11. Roller coasters that go upside down give me a special thrill :D

Monday, October 4, 2010

Home Alone . . .

Well, not quite. Our brother Ian is with us. (Does he count?)
We had a lovely weekend, though it was fast-paced and went by like a blur. The wedding was wonderful and we saw a lot of people we haven't seen in a while (hello, Emerson!).
So . . . why are we home alone? Well, to put it simply, our family is on vacation, and we had some commitments this week we felt we couldn't miss, so we stayed home. The house is empty and quiet. Instead of the usual ten people occupying it, there is only three. What a big difference!
I'm sure we'll have a great big party every night. :D
This morning for breakfast we wanted something quick and easy so we made biscuits and baked apples. It was delicious. Here is the recipe for the baked apples;                          
                                              Baked Apples - Susan Branch

2 tablespoons oats                                           pinch of cinnamon
1 tablespoon brown sugar                                pinch of nutmeg
1 teaspoon chopped walnuts                            dash of lemon juice
4 teaspoons soft butter                                     2 tablespoons apple juice
2 apples
Wash and core the apple, being careful not to break through the bottom. Mix together all the rest of the ingredients except for the apple juice. Fill the apple with the mixture and put it in a shallow baking dish. Pour the apple juice around the apples and bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Serves two.