Sushi-Making Party

This is what happens when Norm’s in a festive mood. He plans a sushi-making party for his birthday. :p

For a sushi-making party, you need rice. Lots and lots of rice.

Spam is also involved.

Rollin’

The spread…we need to learn to make some baked rolls. We had chow mein, potstickers (aka gyoza), inari, assorted rolls, spam musubi, miso soup, and edamame.



Another year wiser ;) There was ice cream cake and lots and lots of mochi. Noticing a theme here? :p

Us

And I guess our new tradition is to take a group pic followed by a silly group pic. :) Missing is my older sis and her fam since they left a little early.

A few more photos can be seen AT THIS LINK.

Moy Garden 2014

We have spring break this week, so I figured we finish all the “work” so we can “play” all week. :)

On Saturday, I spent all day cleaning stuff inside the house…as in laundry, Swiffering, vacuuming, cleaning mirrors and windows, scrubbing the sinks, etc. Norm gave the lawn a much needed mow. Melody picked weeds. Emily? I’m not sure what she was doing. I think she was probably crafting or making sure to move our to-do Post-its to the completed side once we were done. :p

And since spring is indeed here, it was time to take a trip Evergreen Nursery.

None of us have a green thumb, so some plants don’t make it, but tomatoes have never failed us. :)

Even if you aren’t picking any plants up from the nursery, it is a fun place to visit. I think they have workshops from time to time. I think maybe we need to attend some of those workshops. :p

Sisters

Taking a break?

Taking another break? :p

To be continued… come back to see what other plants the girls chose to plant in our garden this year. :)

Are you growing anything in your garden? What will you be growing?

Related posts:
*How Does Our Garden Grow
*Gardening Workshop

Our Week in Photos (Week 15)

What Happened?
*Stitch Fix shopping with friends
*Norm’s Birthday!
*Evergreen Nursery

What’s Happening?
*Car Maintenance…woohoo! :p
*SD’s 7th Birthday Party

What We Blogged This Week
*Parents’ Night Out

We finished off a busy weekend with shopping on Sunday at Stitch Fix…well, I did anyway. It was the Family and Friends sale. And we celebrated Norm’s birthday with both our families by making sushi together. (If anyone has tried any baked recipes, we’d love to try them.) We ended our week with a little bit of deep cleaning before we have some fun during spring break. Did you have spring break already, or will you be on spring break soon? What did you do, or what will you be doing? (Also, photo captions are by Melody this week, so watch the slideshow and enjoy her captions. She cracks me up! And also, I guess it’s our new tradition to take a silly pic during family gatherings.)

- Joyce

Click here or on the image(s) below, and then click on slideshow on the upper right hand side. My creative captions are a must-read. :p

*Note: If when you click on the slideshow, it brings you to the photo album, just close it and continue to watch the slideshow on our blog.

Parents’ Night Out {April Date Night}

Being more intentional about getting time together as a couple sans kiddos meant we had to put it on the calendar. At the end of 2013, I added a monthly date night onto our Google calendar for the 3rd Monday of the month. (I wrote more about Marriage Goals in Action at Next Level Mama.) We haven’t planned the dates much beyond that point. Most of our date nights have been having dinner out (because we’re wannabe foodies), but we have stretched ourselves to be creative before, so hopefully we can vary things through the year. Any date night ideas?

April Date Night
Our church’s children’s ministry had a Parents’ Night Out last Friday. After Melody’s choir rehearsal, I went to get Norm who just arrived home from work. We headed to church, and got the kids settled in. They were going to have a pizza dinner, crafts, and movie night. All the couples gathered to get some ground rules. We were not allowed to talk about our kids, our in-laws, work, or money. Then, we all headed off to our dates. The only other parameter was that we would be back by 9:30PM to get our kiddos.

The Place
During our February Date Night, we wanted to try iSushi, but they were closed on Mondays. You are probably noticing a theme with our date nights. Food is usually involved…although there are going to be more of these Parents’ Night Out, and I think it is long enough for us to catch a movie next time. We haven’t been to the theater since before we were married…2004, I think. iSushi is a small restaurant in Castro Village. Norm made reservations, so we were sure to get a seat.


The Food
They had the usual rolls there, but we decided to try some of their specialty items. Norm will probably do a review of the place soon.

Eric & Lori ~ Club K9: Tempura scallop & asparagus w/ 3 special  sauces

Here is the owner showing the jumbo prawns!

Norm was lucky there was botan ebi this particular day. Usually there is only the amaebi. I tried botan ebi for the first time.

Danielle: Hand torch Kobe beef with tuna & fresh wasabi
and
Rene & Spring, which I can’t remember what was in it, but it is something with chocolate, strawberry, and salmon…

Green tea ice cream on the house

The Activity
It actually really took us the whole time to have dinner. The place was super packed since it was a Friday night, and it is a popular restaurant. The dishes we ordered also had a wait time on the menu. We didn’t mind since we were kids-free! Since there were the few things we couldn’t talk about, we ended up chatting away about our upcoming vacation and future vacations. I think we might also talked about sports, because that’s obviously what you do on a date, right? We were also wondering what some of the other couples were up to. I think another couple also went out for sushi, and another went out for BBQ.

Us
We failed at getting an “us” photo again, but here we are on our date night. I still think this is an interesting pic of me because it looks like I have bangs and layered hair. I don’t have bangs or layered hair. :p

A huge thanks to our children’s ministry director and some of the college students at our church who hung out with our kids for the evening while we went out. :)

Related:

Our Week in Photos (Week 14)

What Happened?
*Joyful Children’s Choir performing
*Parents’ Night Out
*Melody starts up choir rehearsals again
*Oakland A’s game!
*Veggietales Houseparty

What’s Happening?
*Stitch Fix shopping with friends
*Norm’s Birthday!

What We Blogged This Week
*Pictorial Timeline of Norm’s Pedalboard
*MOPS and Pops {March Date Night}

Whew! What a week! I might need to become a recluse after this jam-packed weekend. :p We are so blessed with such awesome friends and family. It is so fun doing life with those around us. We were blessed by our church’s children’s ministry department with a night out while our kiddos had a blast watching the new Veggietales movie. Bummer the A’s lost the game we attended, but we had great company. And it is so fun seeing how our girls connect with friends who they don’t see very often. They have really only played with each other a few handfuls of times, but it’s like they never missed a moment in-between those times. Now, for real, give us some date night ideas for our next date! Thank you. :)

- Joyce

Click here or on the image(s) below, and then click on slideshow on the upper right hand side. My creative captions are a must-read. :p

*Note: If when you click on the slideshow, it brings you to the photo album, just close it and continue to watch the slideshow on our blog.

MOPS and Pops {March Date Night}

Being more intentional about getting time together as a couple sans kiddos meant we had to put it on the calendar. At the end of 2013, I added a monthly date night onto our Google calendar for the 3rd Monday of the month. (I wrote more about Marriage Goals in Action at Next Level Mama.) We haven’t planned the dates much beyond that point. Most of our date nights have been having dinner out (because we’re wannabe foodies), but we have stretched ourselves to be creative before, so hopefully we can vary things through the year. Any date night ideas?

March Date Night
We were planning a date night on our usual 3rd Monday, but with an unexpected trip to the ER (not that they are ever expected), we decided to have a low key week and just keep our MOPS and Pops night as our date night for the month. MOPS, the mom group that I’m a part of, has a yearly event. There have been different things planned in past years (bowling night, themed dinners, etc), but this year we had a Retro Night. There was childcare for the kiddos (the Gomez family rocks!!) and they had pizza. All the parents got to hang out together for dinner, play some fun games, and heard a great talk by one of the mentor moms and her hubby.

The Place
We were at Redwood Chapel for MOPS and Pops. I liked that this year we were in a smaller room, so that we didn’t seem so far away from other tables. Some of the leaders did a fabulous job setting up the room according to the Retro Night theme.

There were TVs with Atari games that we could play.

The centerpieces on the tables and on the buffet table were great!

The Food
Our food was catered from Texas Roadhouse! Yum!

It was a great spread of food along with the Texas Roadhouse meal – fruits and chips and salsa.

The mashed potato bar was a great idea from MOMcon.

Hostess cupcakes

Activities and Friends
We didn’t do too well on the trivia questions, but our table won Pictionary.

There were some great retro outfits. We were boring and didn’t participate. :p

Great talk about mentoring our kids

A wonderful evening with some great people :)

Us
Woohoo! There’s a photo of us for this date night because there was a photo area. :) Thanks Genevieve for some great pics from the night.

A huge thanks to my sister who came at the last minute to hang out with the girls since E’s wound was still pretty fresh and sore.

Related:

Pictorial Timeline of Norm’s Pedalboard

For you guitar geeks out there, enjoy a pictorial timeline of my pedalboard from its current state to the beginning:

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Pedaltrain PT-2 with ATA Hardcase (powered by Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2)

  1. Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner
  2. Diamond Compressor in Custom White/Chrome
  3. Electro-Harmonix Micro POG
  4. Fulltone Custom Shop Fulldrive 3 – 20th Anniversary Edition
  5. Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker
  6. Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal
  7. Strymon Timeline
  8. Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb

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pedalboard

- Norm