Tuesday, February 21, 2017

What to do on a rainy day at the Q's

What can you do when its stormy outside and you can't go out and play? Build a fort, of course!

Then gather everyone inside the fort...
get nice and comfy....
and start the scary movie!
Looks like fun to me. 

Bambino's Skybridge Train Track

Here is the Bambino, building his sky bridge train track....

Here is the end product, ready for grandparents "show and tell"....

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Being carried with the wind - the toddler and his bike

This video kind of amazed me. It is the Bambino toddler riding his bike, but now, he has become more proficient and lifts his feet to glide almost effortlessly. I was in awe of such a dramatic change in such a a short period of time. It is one of those moments when you recognize the wings have spread a bit more, and that ability to soar and take flight of freedom and independence is that much closer.

Eureka! Brussels Sprouts Appetizer

Eureka Brussel Sprouts are the best vegetables I have ever had. And I'm old, which means I have had (or been exposed to) a lot of vegetables in my life.

We discovered these babies at the new Eureka! Restaurant in Concord, CA, which is a new restaurant chain in Northern CA. The restaurant is a wonderful surprise with some pretty tasty goods, and these brussel sprouts, well, it was one of those moments you didn't expect from a vegetable. It was as if it got all dressed up to meet us, and then put on quite the show. It tasted pretty darn amazing.

I found the Eureka Brussel Sprout recipe via a google search, so I am sharing it because I can. You will definitely want to try this by either going to the restaurant or cooking it at home. Be ready for a surprising moment with your first bite. I mean, it's a vegetable from the cabbage family, so your expectations are already pretty low, but then, WHAM!  So, be prepared to be amazed....

Go here to watch the video http://www.nwcn.com/life/food/recipes/eureka-crispy-glazed-brussels-sprouts/394121709

Eureka! Brussels Sprouts Appetizer
8 oz Brussels sprouts (ends trimmed and quartered)
2 oz Orange-chili glaze (recipe follows)
1 tsp Chimichurri (recipe follows)
1 tsp chopped macadamia nuts

Fry Brussels sprouts for 30 seconds in skillet with some canola oil. (Adjust fry time based on the size of the sprouts.)
Toss Brussels sprouts with warm orange-chili glaze.
Drizzle chimichurri and sprinkle with macadamia nuts. Serve warm

Orange-Chili Glaze
1 qt. orange juice
1 bottle Mae Ploy sweet chili
1/3 cup Sambal chili paste

Place orange juice in medium sauce pot over medium heat and reduce by half. Once reduced, add the sweet chili and cook for another five minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat and add the Sambal. Blend together until smooth.

Chimichurri Sauce
2 cups parsley, chopped fine
1 cup cilantro, chopped fine
½ red onion, diced
1 Tblsp chili flakes
2 Tblsp minced garlic
2 cups olive oil
½ cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt/pepper mix

Combine all ingredients except vinegar in mixing bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined. Add red wine vinegar. Stir to blend.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Kiddo's go on a Bike Ride to a Farm

"Dad, let's go on a bike ride!" says the Bambino.

"Hey, where are we?" asks Bambina.

"Cows!" shouts the kidlet.

"I'm hungry."

"What kind of farm animal is this?"

"I want to go home. I'm tired. Can you just give us a ride home?"

"That was fun!"

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Full throttle brain action

Deep concentration requires the help of ones tongue. Even on craft night when one is making a stuffed snake.

Makes me smile.

Snakes can be a fashion accessory, too

Our little granddaughter likes to accessorize, so it was obvious the newly crafted snake her brother created was soon going to become a fashion statement.

I got him right where I want him

Oh, this girl is good! She already knows she is in charge of this domain and has her Pop right where she wants him.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Sad face

Even this little sad face makes me smile. I love his broad pallet of expressions.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Collector

ARQ has become quite the collector.
At times, she is the queen of pacifiers with an abundant stash scattered on her throne.

and other times she may collect fistfuls of trains to be used in negotiations with her bro.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

One Republic - Love Runs Out

I think we all need this....the beat alone is enough to make you feel alive...a nice pick-me-up.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Parting is such deep sorrow

The 3 year old grandkid is going off to his new preschool, giving his younger sister lots of hugs, as if he is going to be gone for weeks, rather than just 3 hours.  I think this is darn cute!

Monday, January 2, 2017

The Magical Blue Hat

The 2 kiddos both got to wear the magical blue hat on days that became filled with delight and fun.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Welcoming 2017

The Japanese have a tradition where on the first day of the new year, they greet and welcome the rising sun. JRQ follows this same tradition and I'm sharing his lovely video of the first rising sun in 2017.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Jingle Bells - Kiddo Style

Some celebrate with dinner and a movie. Others celebrate dinner with a distracted singing of tinkle/jingle bells.

Munchkin is left under the Christmas Tree

Looks like Santa left a munchkin under the Christmas tree!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Giving a Shout Out

"I think I'll grab one of these megaphones and give a shout-out to all my friends and family," declares the Bambina.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

At Santa's Workshop

I told Santa I wanted some little munchkins for Christmas, and I think I'm getting them in a special delivery!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Official Soccer Team Photo

Can you tell which soccer player belongs to our family?  Yep, the one refusing the uniform and to look at the camera. Ya got to love that independent nature!

He continues to crack me up.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The 3 year old meets Santa

Many people must have received the notice that Santa was coming for a special visit in Silicon valley.

Even some we know went out to brave the crowds to get a chance to meet Santa.

FINALLY, the moment came when it was our hero's turn! But this was not the Santa the 3 year old was expecting. This one was real and not a cartoon. And was wearing rabbit fur. And he seemed kind of scary.

Our hero refused to get close, didn't want to sit on his lap, and the thought of whispering his secrets into his ear was something he refused to consider. He used all the gyrations and squirming he had learned from tantrum class....

BUT THEN, there was a mention of a TRAIN, and our hero succumbs and becomes like putty.

 He even received a candy cane prize from Santa for getting through this ordeal.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Q's in Hunting Season

These are the hunters in the family.
The most seasoned hunter is taking the lead...

And here are the results of being out in the wild and braving the cold. 
They got 2 big ones.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Comparing John Muir's Yosemite Trip to Mine

John Muir decided to go see Yosemite and recorded this in his journal in 1868.

I decided to visit California for a year or two to see its wonderful flora and the famous Yosemite Valley. Arriving by the Panama steamer, I stopped one day in San Francisco and inquired for the nearest way of town and was directed to the Oakland ferry. So on the first of April, 1868, I set out afoot for Yosemite. I wandered enchanted in long wavering curves knowing by my pocket map that Yosemite Valley lay to the east and that I should surely find it. 

In the next paragraph, he is at Pacheo Pass, then across the San Joaquin Valley, up the Sierra foothills and the next page he is describing Yosemite - "The Valley looks like an immense hall or temple lighted from above, but no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life.”

He has walked over 230 miles over a couple of months with no mention of food, shoes, clothes, health, shelter, trail conditions, or even other people AND described his entire journey in a mere 3 pages.

This is a map of his walk-about, starting at Oakland, CA, and ending in Yosemite.
From http://www.muirrambleroute.com/
Here is MY journal of MY trip to Yosemite.

Starting Place
Google maps says it will take me 4 hours to get there! I thought it was much closer. What should I wear?  What shoes shoes should I take? Is it going to snow? Are there bears? What music should I bring? Will I need chains? I better pee.

1st hour
OMG, where is a Starbucks? How is this even possible to NOT have a Starbucks in this town?

2nd hour
WTF, a 2 lane highway??  Why is this dude going the speed limit? 

3rd hour
Where is a bathroom? 

4th hour

I concluded John Muir and I are very much alike - we don't use many words but focus on the important stuff.

One, two, pick-up sticks

This kiddo is on a quest to pick up all the pine needles in Yosemite.
Me thinks she is a neat-freek.😀

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Story time in flight

The kiddo's mom reads her a nail-biting adventure story....

The times of reading "see Dick run" are so over. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My New Qi Cultivation Class begins in Jan 2017

If you are in the bay area of San Francisco, I'm starting a new Qi Cultivation class series in January, 2017.  For me, when I had my first experience with Qi, it was life changing. I'm hoping that for those who attend these classes, they will feel the Qi and experience their own personal life changing moment, too. In addition, each class provides tools and methods to work with Qi, which will help a person better navigate through some of life's challenges.

The class will be at Golden Circle Acupuncture in Walnut Creek and goes for 10 weeks, starting on Jan 3.  You can get more details here and if you want to attend, let me know by posting a comment.

Here is a description of each class.

Class 1 – Jan 3, 2017 - What is Qi? How to sense it, use it, and direct it to improve your life experience
Desired Outcome: To be more aware of subtle energy and train yourself to receive, accept, and interpret these subtle energetic communications.

Class 2 – Jan 10, 2017 - Qi and your emotions – how this impacts your health and life experiences 
Desired Outcome: To recognize how different feelings impact Qi flow and ways you can manage your emotions by better managing your Qi.   

Class 3 – Jan 17, 2017 - Sensing, using, and moving Qi in your PHYSICAL body
Desired Outcome: To learn ways to sense imbalances in your body and use the tools of movement (Qigong), nutrition, and meditation to help keep your Qi balanced and flowing.
Class 4 – Jan 24, 2017 - Sensing and using ENVIRONMENTAL Qi
Desired Outcome: To learn ways to sense and interpret different types of environmental Qi and learn to protect your space. 

Class 5 – Jan 31, 2017 - Sensing and receiving SPIRITUAL (subtle Qi) messages
Desired Outcome: To receive and interpret spiritual messages, such as sensing truth, sensing the future, regressing to the past, command projection, dream interpretation, astral travel, and telepathy.

Class 6 – Feb 7, 2017 - Tools to cultivate the development of spiritual gifts  
Desired Outcome: To learn about the tools that can help you develop the skills for different types of spiritual gifts.

Class 7 – Feb 14, 2017 - Sensing and receiving guidance from your HIGHER SELF and SPIRITUAL GUIDES
Desired Outcome: To learn methods to connect, communicate, and be guided by your Spiritual Resources and improve your ability to cope with difficult life events.

Class 8 – Feb 21, 2017 – Trying out some new types of Qi experiences
Desired Outcome: To have a variety of different types of Qi experiences to help you learn which type of Qi resonates the most closely to you.

Class 9 – Feb 28, 2017 - Creating more time and space for moments of wonder
Desired Outcome: Learn ways to create more opportunities of wonder with Qi (such as soul expansion, OOBE, meetings with Spiritual Beings, automatic writing, travel to other dimensions, etc.)

Class 10 – Mar 7, 2017 - Expanding the possibilities with your Qi Cultivation

Desired Outcome: Find out what can happen next as you continue your cultivation of Qi.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016

No Swearing Here

There are sometimes I'm glad the kiddo's vocabulary is still limited.

The Kiddos Learn new Computer Skills

The two kiddo's took a new computer course.
Bambino (GDQ) intently pays attention to the course material while Bambina (ARQ) initially thinks the mouse is a phone. She tries to call Kansas.

After a while, they both get the hang of this and successfully complete the course.
The next skill for Bambina was to receive a secret message - arriving through the window.

Message received! Bambina messages back with a thumbs-up.

The Bambino's next course was about trains.

Where he got a whole lot of new ideas on what a person can do with trains and imagination.

The computer world is one of wonder and continues to change and expand. It is going to be fascinating to see where these experiences will take the next generation. So far, this is a space they both like to participate in.