Musings of a wife and mother, born and raised in Hawaii. Far away from home now, but creating and discovering bits of sunshine and paradise in everyday life.
Adventures
Chanoyu, The Way of Tea (Part 2)

Chanoyu, The Way of Tea (Part 2)

After the Japanese Tea Ceremony┬ádemonstration, it was time to set up for the students. Here are the ladies unpacking and setting up on the school desks. The tea bowls were stored and transported in these wooden boxes. I’m told the tea bowls sometimes cost as high as $1000 , but not these bowls brought in...
Chanoyu, The Way of Tea (Part One)

Chanoyu, The Way of Tea (Part One)

Chanoyu, Japanese Tea Ceremony, is a highly artistic presentation of the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha, powdered green tea. I was able to participate, along with Kallie, Laurel and Quill when the Omotesenke School of San Francisco came to present Chanoyu for the girls’ Japanese class. Matcha was a popular drink in China during...
Life is Sweet and Filled

Life is Sweet and Filled

My life is like Ichigo Daifuku- Fresh Strawberry and Sweet Bean filled Mochi from Shoki Ramen It’s been a bit crazy here lately. I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the school year. Seems like Laurel and Quill have had project after project after project due– big, major ones in science, language arts, history!...
Doughnut Plant NYC Visit and Baked Donuts

Doughnut Plant NYC Visit and Baked Donuts

This is the result of what happened after we got back from a visit to Doughnut Plant in New York City a few weeks ago. Cole and Kallie had been telling Laurel and Quill about this doughnut place, and they were all excited to try it out. Early one morning, we walked into Doughnut Plant...
The Statue of Liberty & Pomme Frites

The Statue of Liberty & Pomme Frites

Breathtaking. Our national symbol of freedom. I finally got a chance to see her in person. Over the spring break, we took a little trip to New York City! Still slowly recovering from jet lag and all the hustle and bustle of NYC. Laurel and Quill both had homework and projects due. Boy, what’s with...
Mochi Love

Mochi Love

Earlier this month, I was in charge of putting together a fundraiser for Laurel and Quill’s Japanese school. I threw everything together in a week, and we really just had two weeks to sell. The school already does a really successful mandarin orange fundraiser in the fall, and a tamale fundraiser in the late spring....