Much as I love poetry, sometimes a simple chart says it way better.
These three are some faves these days:
-- Essential Oil Use chart --by oil--from Family Essential Oil
-- Essential Oil Use chart --by need-- from Heritage Essential Oils (this whole site is great, as is Linda, the owner)
-- Nutrient-Dense-Food Source chart from the Nourishing Gourmet (the last 2 links in this great little post are to a handy-dandy PDF chart!)
I'm excited about some classes I'll be taking soon... on lacto-fermentation & on soaking grains... enjoying learning about using essential oils, continuing to explore my new sewing machine with new projects, kicking into nutrient-dense-meal prep gear after the holidays and the Newborn Exhaustion. Just packed away the Christmas decorations a bit sadly... soon I'll have to post about our wonderful Advent & Christmas 2012!
Sunday, January 06, 2013
For Epiphany this year we had some friends over to celebrate "the Last Day of Christmas." I reeeeally wanted to make almond cookies or at least a "Galette des Rois" like I remember from my childhood in France, but everything I found had gluten in it... and I didn't have the time to make every single component (like almond paste) from scratch. This year.
The kids didn't mind. :) We made crowns, and I read about the Magi coming to worship the King, and how that was so amazing-- that finally God was telling all people everywhere how to be forgiven! I taught them how to play "Find the Baby King"-- I hid Baby Jesus and we all mounted our camels and trotted off to find him, with me giving "hot" or "cold" clues. They really got into this game, though the littler ones didn't exactly "get" the hot-cold concept, hah. But they seriously would have kept on playing for an hour. I should also point out that Eowyn didn't want to be a Magi-- she insisted on being Mary. Not sure what that means about her mothering skills, if she kept losing her own child...
My friend Sarah (mother of the other munchkins at our celebration) had pulled up some blogs of friends of hers who are missionaries abroad, and we talked about how our job is, in a sense, to bring Epiphany to everyone. Lots of people still have not heard of the Messiah who brings Light into our Darkness-- and it is our joy to tell them about Him! I think the kids made the connection better than I expected, between a Baby King revealed to faraway Gentile star-gazers, and a Reigning Forgiving King revealed to faraway pagans today.
Of course I didn't think to take any pictures during the actual party, but I did manage to prop the kids down in front of the tree before we took all the ornaments off and said goodbye to Christmas. Next year I'd like to do a little celebration every day of Christmas through Epiphany, but at least I'm glad to have managed a party to finish off the season.
“Never," said Hagrid irritably, "try an' get a straight answer out of a centaur. Ruddy stargazers. Not interested in anythin' closer'n the moon.” :)
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Thursday, January 03, 2013
|Tia Christina, Addie Mae & Nina|
|E with her favorite gift -- a real live DORA backpack!! That Tia Nicole is so good at getting great gifts. :)|
Mid-way through our chuchitos, we headed out back for a family photo session with one of my mom's girlfriends, who happens to also be a photographer. The results were amazing and can be seen over my parents' mantel. I snapped a few shots of the action myself, just because everyone was having so much fun...
|I. love. this. picture. If you know my parents, you know this captures them so well.|
|Mom & Linda|
|Don't ask, because I have no idea. "Sisters" about sums it up.|
|Anna giving us some modeling tips... or something...|
|Liam sporting one of my favorite of his gifts-- a full-body sweater!|
|Chillin with the Ads.|
|Not much more entertaining than watching GB with his grandbabies|
|Flying the babies!|
|Eowyn trying to tell GB (who was playing her little boy at the time) it's time for bed.|
|Nicole cut my hair!|
|Liam going to sleep on Nina|
|Eowyn thought her brother looked lonely in the pack n play so she climbed in|
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
|Boys waiting for instruction|
|Papirucho (my grandfather) reading our family Christmas newsletter|
|Dining room table-- including my Aunt Sylvia & Uncle Joe, and grandparents|
|The Map that threw such a wrench in Nicole's & my plans ...and that has been such a fun conversation piece for my parents|
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Guatemalan tradition is to make "chuchitos" (like Mexican tamales) for holidays like Christmas and New Year's. Chuchitos are cornmeal-filled husks with a kernel of yummy meat & tomato sauce at their center, boiled and served piping hot. They are a bit work-intensive but not hard... if you know how to do them. Which is the hard part-- they're kind of a lost art! So my mom had the idea this year to have as many as possible come over and learn from my grandma --known as "Mama Lulu"-- and then enjoy eating the fruits of our labor together as our Christmas feast.
|Mom ("Nina" to her grandkids") getting everything ready|
|Step one: soaking the corn husks|
|Mama Lulu washing & soaking|
|Nicole... being... critical?|
|Colin & Andrew, supervising with Boy Power|
|Browning the meat, simmering the sauce, and making the masa (dough)|
|Tia Anna tending to the adorable nieces & nephew|
|Hard to get work done with this much cuteness!|
|Mama Lulu & her oldest grandchild (me!)|
|Simmering one more batch of sauce while 2 batches of chuchitos boil|
|Explaining how to make strips of corn husk to tie off the chuchitos|