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thanks to the encouragement of my hubby, i started going to this power/vinyasa flow yoga class closer to town on tuesday nights.  i have been to this studio many times before, and was just about to give up and try another one (or just stick with my free online classes) when i found kara miller’s class.  from day one i was hooked!  it takes awhile to find the kind of teacher you like, and a level that is just right for you.  some classes do too much om-ing for me; others are too slow/fast, and sometimes you just don’t like the instructor’s delivery.  every time i go to her class i feel so happy afterwards, even though i just got my butt (gluteus maximus, as kai would say) kicked.  it is the perfect balance of sweat workout, muscle working!, balancing poses, personal inversion time (handstands, etc.), and stretching, all with a kripalu twist.  i am tired now, but so grateful for this precious time for me.

we always have the most perfect zucchini’s at the farmer’s markets here.  finally i wanted to try something different from our usual pasta with zucchini, or our korean style zucchini.  i found this cool idea to make zucchini pesto from a saveur recipe.  since i already had a bit of sun-dried tomato pesto from the day before, i combined that with the zucchini pesto recipe and the result was surprisingly great.   there is actually a whole zucchini in it!  you should try it.

rick and i really like to eat, but i rarely blog/document these things!  so i am going to start.

last night i made chinese style steamed fish.  yellowtail was the freshest looking thing at don quixote’s, but  unfortunately i didn’t realize they hadn’t de-gutted the thing! thank goodness for youtube (i knew i should have paid more attention after our family fishing trips).  i stir fried some bok choy and mapo doufu (to be pictured another time) and we had a feast!

here was the finished result:



Kai and I were reading a book where there was a picture of someone holding a sandwich (the meat lettuce and cheese were depicted by 3 different colored lines).

Kai asks, “is that girl holding a piece of jello?” (it did look a bit like the multi-colored layered jello people make here.)

one of kai’s biggest interests (besides tigers, dinosaurs and buzz lightyear) is in bodily functions.  this is no surprise coming from a 3 year old boy and definitely entertaining.  the other day he asked for a good night hug.

kai: “mommy, i need a hug goodnight”

(i lean over his bed and hug him)

kai: “not a soggy one!”

(i lean over and almost picking him up, give him a huge squeeze.  he lets out a huge toot. roars with laughter.)

he recently earned a special treat because we went to the dentist.  he decided he wanted to pick out a whoopee cushion, because it had something to do with ‘toots’.  needless to say, it has kept him busy all day.

Apparently we have already started Kalena’s bug killing training. Check out what Kalena does when given a magazine (she even rolled it herself!)

it is getting harder and harder to trick kai with some of our stories or explanations for things.  sometimes he calls us out on things that we are making a double standard on, like eating on the carpet or not sitting properly at the table.  and he always seems to catch us when we are trying to sneak chocolate.  he loooves chocolate.

the other day there was an ant on the table while he was eating lunch with tutu (hawaiian for “grandma”).

kai: “tutu, there’s an ant!”

tutu: “oops!  not anymore, the ant went to heaven.”

kai: “no he didn’t.  the ant is on your finger!”

kai has recently been telling everyone that he wants a brother.  apparently he has already told that to his nursery leader at church and to rick’s  parents.  now i think i am beginning to understand why.   whenever i ask him who did something that was not good (like lose/break a toy, spill the milk or push kalena), he responds with “it was my brother, caden”.  caden happens to be one of kai’s best friends, whom he is convinced is his brother.  of course, it was impossible for caden to do all that when he is not even here.

today was another example of his brother blaming.  i asked him if he drank all his milk from lunch (while I was changing kalena’s diaper).  he says “yes!”  i ask him to get his cup and show me he has drunk it all.  he runs over as i am coming out to check, and shows me an empty cup.  it looked too empty to be true so i checked the sink and sure enough there was evidence of spilled milk in the sink.

me: “kai, did you really drink all the milk?  please tell me the truth. it looks like milk was poured in here.”

kai: “yes, caden did it.”


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