Tuesday, July 30, 2013

There's Something About: The Circus

The circus was in town last week and we've never taken any of our kids, so it was the first time for all three of them!



Lightning was soooo excited to see some elephants. The kid loves elephants! We took a family photo with one of them, but he wanted to pet one or ride one so badly. They didn't have elephant rides, only pony rides, which Tink and Lightning happily enjoyed.




Buzz is 14 and a half, so I wasn't sure how much he would enjoy the circus, but I looked over at him several times to see a HUGE grin on his face, which made me so happy!


He's not so happy here - he loves when I take pics of him.
 
 
All smiles here!


More elephants!
 


We all had a great time at the circus. Hopefully, it won't take us so long to get to another one!

~Michiko

Sunday, July 28, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social - Week 60

It's still Sunday - I'm not late yet!

Sunday Social


1. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Ice cream.

2. What's your guilty pleasure/comfort food?
Ice cream.

3. What's the weirdest/craziest thing you've ever eaten?
Hmm, I'm not that adventurous of an eater. With that said, I am half Japanese, so some people would think that the seaweed, or dried squid, or dried plums that I love would be weird/crazy. But it's all normal to me!

4. What foods do you avoid at all costs?
Bell peppers and onions. I've given them lots of chances, but I just don't like them. Although, tiny little red onions in salsa-type dishes are growing on me. But not peppers - yuck.

5. What meal reminds you of your childhood?
My mom's teriyaki spare ribs. Deeee-lish!
6. Share one of your favorite recipes and the story behind it.
I make a chicken stew type dish. My mother, of course, taught it to me years ago and I love it. My family, however, not so much; they're picky. So, unfortunately, I don't make it very often.

1-2 packages frozen veggies (I use California mix - broccoli, cauliflower, carrots)
1 can cream of broccoli soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 package of chicken tenderloins or breasts
About 1 cup of milk, give or take
salt and pepper to taste

Cut chicken into bite size pieces. Brown in deep skillet. I use a little salt and a lot of pepper. I like pepper. Add soups and enough milk to whatever consistency you like. Add frozen vegetables. I like a lot of veggies in my stew, so I use 2 packages, but 1 package is probably sufficient also. I cook to a low boil and make sure the vegetables are cooked. Then I serve over white rice or pasta. Enjoy!

~Michiko

Monday, July 22, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social - Week 59

Busy, busy, busy weekend, so I'm doing my questions on Monday - again. Here they are!
 
 
Sunday Social


1. What was your favorite TV show as a kid?
Probably aging myself here, but I loved Punky Brewster! A headstrong, outspoken, fashion-forward kind of girl. Love Soleil Moonfrye! And look - she's a blogger!




2. What is your current favorite TV show(s)?
Grimm, Once Upon A Time, White Collar and Covert Affairs.
 

3. Which reality show would you NEVER do?
I don't really like to watch reality shows. Too much drama. I feel like I watch TV to escape from reality, not watch someone else's reality. Although, I've recently discovered Duck Dynasty; good old family fun. Uncle Si and Jase crack me up!


4. Which reality show would you LOVE to do?
I guess game shows could fall under reality TV and who doesn't like some good competition? But I'm not really sure which one I would do. American Ninja Warrior, maybe? Nah.




5. What is the TV personality/character that you feel is most like you?
I've been told that I'm like Monica from Friends. Maybe not as much of a clean freak as she is, but probably a little neurotic.



6. Which TV character would you want to date?
Chuck from Chuck or Neil Caffrey from White Collar. I tell my husband all the time that Neil is my boyfriend, but he just doesn't know it yet. And Chuck is pretty cute, too! ;-)

~Michiko


Thursday, July 18, 2013

There's Something About: The End of Spring

Or is it? Recently, the spring t-ball and softball seasons ended. We are very sad that we aren't so busy anymore. Not really.


There was an Allstar Day for the t-ball kids where they competed on how fast they could run the bases, how far they could hit the baseball off the tee, and how far they could throw the baseball. Each team got medals at the end of the competition. The boys had a blast!



 




Tink is in an older division of softball and they get to participate in an Allstar game, which was rained out and has been re-scheduled for the end of summer. The softball picnic was also rained out, but hopefully, that will be happening this weekend. We went to trophy night the other day and each player received a softball trophy. The coaches also had to pick 2 players to receive Coach's Awards and Tink was one of the recipients. She was so excited!






So, just as I thought there would be a reprieve for a few weeks, summer t-ball started and so has cheerleading practice.




It's never-ending, I tell ya! But like I always say, I'd rather be busy than bored.

~Michiko

Sunday, July 14, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social - Week 58

This week's questions are all about music!


Sunday Social

1. What is your all-time favorite song?
Seriously?? How can anyone pick just ONE all-time favorite song?! I even asked the Major if he had an all-time favorite song. His answer? No way! I think maybe this could be answered by music genre, i.e. favorite pop song, favorite rap song, favorite metal song, etc. But I'm still not sure I could come up with just one.
2. Who is your favorite singer/band?
Ok, now this one is easier - Bon Jovi. Loved them since high school. (All-time favorite Bon Jovi song? Don't even ask!)


3. What song reminds you of your childhood?
Physical by Olivia Newton John. I used to make my mom call me in from playing outside every time the song came on the radio.
4. What songs put you in a good mood?
Definitely stuff from the late 80s and early 90s. Hearing stuff from the school years always makes me groove.
5. What is your music to rock out to in your car?
Anything that's good to sing along to. I have satellite radio, so I can listen to almost anything I want to. I constantly scan the radio to find something good, because that's what you do when you drive - you sing out loud!
6. What is the most embarrassing album or song you own?
I have "The Very Best of Cher" and Rod Stewart's "Stardust: The Great American Songbook Volume III", although admittedly, I haven't listened to them since I got them. But I definitely love me some Cher and Rod Stewart!



 ~Michiko

Friday, July 12, 2013

There's Something About: June!

I know it's almost the middle of July, but here's a little recap of the end of school!

We had a dance recital. She was the best dancer there, of course!


 
 
 
There was the Kindergarten Aloha program: "aloha" to kindergarten, "aloha" to first grade. They sing some cute songs. It was really sweet.
 
 
 
 
 
Then, of course, it was field day for Lightning and Tink. However, since Lightning's kindergarten program was in the morning, we missed part of Tink's field day. She got 1st place in the 50-yard dash! The kindergarteners, however, get "participation" ribbons, but Lightning did great!
 
 
 
 
 
Lightning had a "dress-up" day where the kids could wear sports uniforms, fancy clothes, or costumes, which was nice since the schools were closed on and around Halloween due to Hurricane Sandy. Take a gander at Darth Vader sans mask.





Tink had a "crazy" dress-up day. She chose long sleeves with a skirt, mismatched socks and shoes, and there are about 5 ponytails in her hair. I had fun helping her get ready that morning.





On one of the last days the parents were invited to watch a DVD of the past year of kindergarten and there was an ice cream party afterwards. Don't tell, but I went for the ice cream. Actually, the ice cream was a nice distraction from the tears I was trying to hold back after watching the kids and all the wonderful memories that were made. I can't believe my baby is not even in kindergarten anymore.  :-(





We had a couple of church-related award ceremonies which resulted in some very happy kids.





And the last day of school for the little ones. Yeah, yeah, I know. They're not little anymore.

 
 
So, like I said, I know it's a little late, but now you know what we were up to - in June! Let's see if I can get some July stuff posted. Don't laugh if you end up reading about the 4th of July around the 14th of August!
 
~Michiko

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

There's Something About: Nothing

I don't know what it is, but I feel like I have nothing to blog about lately. Which is weird since I also feel like we've never been busier.

Sometimes, lately, something will happen throughout the day and I think, "I should blog about that." But by the time I get home and think I have 5 minutes, I have no topic in mind.


So right now, this post is about nothing. (Sounds like Seinfeld!) But I don't want anyone to forget about me. You know, that one follower I have - and you're not even my mom!

I'm gonna have to be better about planning my posts and writing down my thoughts when they come.

Follow me on Instagram and you might get an idea of what's going on in my life. And maybe my next post will at least involve a list of what's to come!

~Michiko

Sunday, July 7, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social - Week 57

It's still Sunday! I did it; I'm on a roll! This week's questions: all about vacations. Have fun!

Sunday Social


1. What is the best trip you've ever been on?
I've been on lots of trips that were great, but the best in recent memory was this past February when my husband and I went to Vegas after he returned from a 5-month deployment. It was nice to spend some quality time with him.

2. What is your best idea for a girls weekend trip?
That's a tough one. I went to Vegas with my besties a couple of years ago, after our 20-year high school reunion. But they live in the west and I'm stuck on the east coast, so getting together for a quick weekend doesn't really happen. I guess, just getting together with your friends at all would be a great idea for me!
3. What is your best idea for a couples trip? 
My husband and I have done Vegas a couple of times for a long weekend trip, but I'm really looking forward to doing something more exotic one of these days. Since he's a high-flying pilot, he's well-traveled. It's time for him to take me to some of the exciting places he's been to. On my list: Hawaii, Caribbean, Europe. I don't think it's too much to ask!
4. What is the best vacation on the cheap?
Something you can drive to. Airline tickets are. not. cheap. So, an overnight in the big city would be great. You can drive or take the train, eat at a fancy restaurant or a "hole-in-the-wall" type of place, see a show, go dancing, then back to the hotel and home the next day. Wonder if I can schedule this soon??

5. What is the place you most want to visit?
I think I answered that in #3. ;-)

~Michiko