Thursday, January 29, 2009

Another Snow Day

Brian making a snow angel.
We've been enjoying more snow here in MO. Asia really enjoys eating it.

Chinese New Year

We celebrated Chinese New Year on Monday! Of course, we don't get a vacation like we did when we lived in Taiwan...but we dressed Asia up and ate some "shui jiao".

Posing in a typical Chinese manner.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Who's the King of the Jungle?

Asia is becoming quite the singer and dancer... She choreographed the steps to this number all by herself.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Australia Day

As many of you don't know, tomorrow, January 26 is Australia Day. It commemorates the day that Captain Arthur Phillip landed where the city of Sydney now stands, and claimed Australia for the British Empire.

Now, I didn't know that either, even though I had an Australian roommate in high school and have had several Aussie friends.

One thing that we really want to do with our kids is introduce them to other cultures, and there's no better way to do that than with food and celebrations. In order to celebrate Australia Day, we decided to have some Aussie food.

What did we eat? Well, we were watching PBS (yes, PBS) and the travel show guy said that if you're ever in Sydney, the place to go for food is Bill's.The best part about Bill is that he doesn't believe in keeping recipes secret. One of his best dishes is Ricotta Pancakes-- and that's what we made for supper tonight-- and believe me, if I can have these pancakes, I'll celebrate Australia Day every year.

Here's a picture that we borrowed of the pancakes-- I think ours looked just as good, and tasted amazing. Hopefully you are reading this on January 26, because if you are, grab some ricotta cheese and go to and get the recipe and celebrate Australia Day in style. Oh, and if you want to find out more about Australia day, go to

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Snow Day

Ok... Don't laugh... I know we only got about an inch...but Asia had fun. It was also about 14 that's pretty impressive for Missouri. She was so bundled up that she could hardly walk.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Kosher Pig

For those of you who missed Capitalism 101 in college, Christmas is big business. Even in a recession, Americans spent ridiculous amounts of credit card cash on gifts that we probably could have survived without.

But one of our gifts was really cool. It was from my parents to my kids, and it is a Little People manger scene. Ok, most manger scenes I have seen are basically looking things, not touching things. They’re pretty, but not for playing with.

Our new manger scene is made for hands-on toddlers, and that’s exactly what we need. About the only thing that weirds me out is that, as usual, it’s made in China. I guess it’s a Capitalism 101 thing.

Actually, there’s one other thing that weirded me out when we got our new manger scene. Right in the middle of the sheep and donkey and Magi and angel and baby Jesus, is a little pig.

Ok, I went to Bible School long enough to know that one thing that is not exactly welcome in a Jewish household is one of those decidedly unkosher pig animal things.

For a while, we were thinking it was kind of a funny mistake and wondered what in the Shanghai they were thinking to put a pig next to baby Jesus.

But as we thought about it for a while, as usually happens when we think about things a little too long, a little light started to come on.

Ok, first of all, very possibly there were Gentiles living in Bethlehem at the time. We know there were pigs in the general area, (does the man possessed by “Legion” and about 2,000 drowned hogs ring any bells?)

And, how do we know that it was a Jewish stable that Mary gave birth in?

Brooke and I talked about this one for awhile. In the Mary and Joseph movies, it’s usually some Jewish grandmother or older orthodox looking guy who quickly ushers a Mary-in-labor and a freaked-out Joseph into a spotless-enough-for-surgery stable. Well, I’m thinking smelly, dirty and not exactly fresh hay in the manger. And not necessarily orthodox.

Piggies could have been present. The Bible doesn’t say.

How do we know that it wasn’t a good Samaritan-type Gentile innkeeper who told Mary and Joseph that his stable, unlike all the kosher but crowded inns, was available for them and their unborn baby.

It’s surprising how often the most helpful people we meet are not church people, (I guess at that time “temple people”). In our experience, we’ve sometimes been helped in major ways by folks who would be far from the Sunday School teacher ideal.

I’m not saying that the Nativity story has a Gentile stable with a non-kosher pig in the wings next to the Hallelujah chorus of angels. I’m just saying that the Bible doesn’t say it didn’t.

At first glance, our little pig looked entirely out of place in the manger scene. But, the more we thought about it, we realize that we’re going to keep little piggy right where he is.

It’s a good reminder that it’s often not the person that we expect who really makes a difference in our life. It’s often not the “kosher” individual we really learn to appreciate. And it was a Roman Centurion that Jesus said had the greatest faith he had seen in all Israel.

Wow. I guess our little piggy taught us a good Christmas lesson.

Peter had his vision of a sheet full of unclean animals on a rooftop, we have our Little People manger scene. Apparently both were a reason for some rethinking. And that’s not a bad thing.

Until next year, Merry very late Christmas. (Hey, if you had 3 kids 20 months and under in the house, your last Christmas post would go out in mid-January too.) I’m typing this one-handed with one baby in my lap, another at my feet, and a daughter climbing onto the window sill…yikes. I gotta go.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Our Gingerbread House

We finally made our Gingerbread House... Yes, I know it's a little late...but that's our life right now... Better late than never. Asia had a blast...she was covered in icing and ate a TON of candy!

She was really into the candy!!!

Showing of our house...notice the candy in her mouth.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Two Months

For those of you that are interested...
At 10 weeks...

Weight: 11 pounds 6 ounces
Height 22 1/2 inches

Weight: 10 pounds 7 ounces
Height: 22 inches

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

2008 in Review

January February

Friday, January 2, 2009

The Holidays

Here I am...playing catch up again...these are pictures of between Christmas and New Years Day.

Making Crab Rangoon on New Years Day...
The boys in their "Gone Fishing" onesies...with their Gramps(aka...the Fisherman).
On a walk...enjoying the beautiful weather.
Checking out the was really windy.
This is Slater...right before he rolled over for the first time @ exactly 9 weeks. Leif rolled over the next day.

More Christmas

The Tiegs Clan
Brian with the boys MN Twins hats.
Asia with her kitchen from ebay...she loves to cook.
Our little Christmas tree.
Uncle Bran with Asia.
Asia decorated our birthday cake for Jesus...she kept sticking her fingers in the frosting...
The munchkins...
Asia loves to sit in her brothers' seats.
All ready for the Christmas Eve service.

The Johnson Family @ Christmas

Perry and Mary came for, here's some pictures from when they were here.