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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Amish Country in Ohio

Our long vacation  to Busch Garden and Virginia Beach got cancelled so hubby and I  decided to just hit  different places while he was on vacation leave.  We went to Hershey Park for two days then we came home.  Then we  drove to the Amish place in Sugarcreek, Ohio on July 17th.  It was our first time visiting an Amish place.  Hubby have been to one when he was a kid though.
 It was raining when we left home and we were praying the whole way though  for the rain to stop when we are there and it did!
 One thing that we love about road trips especially to places with lots of farms is seeing the  farm animals that we don't normally see in the city.
 There are so many interesting to see when you go on a road trip.
 Going to the Amish  place was not planned, it was just a random urge that hubby and I had.  I have been wanting  to see how Amish lives since I only see it on TV so I was excited on this trip.
Our GPS took us to the back road and we were starting to think we were lost again, lol.  We were driving in the middle of nowhere but  glad that we were on the right path.  
 When we finally reached Sugarcreek, we were  relieved!
 The kids were very excited when we  stared seeing horses.
 The first place that we went and see  was the oldest  Amish house that was built in 1869 but was reocated.  This old horse buggy was fascinating in the eyes of my son.
 The old Amish house was relocated  near a cornfield.
 It's amazing that  the house was relocated  with  its foundation and every thing still intact.
 There was a couple Amish who  are entertaining guests inside thehouse.
 I will  makea separate post of what is inside.  They have so many display that took us back from the olden days.  Those things that we see in old movies were on that house
 I asked the old guy if he foundation were just added whern it as relocated but he said that   everything is original.
 Before leaving, we  wanted some photos  by the horse buggy as we don't see  this things in our place.
 The couple who were atending to guests were very sweet and kind.  I love that they are still  maintaining the house for furture generations to see.
 OOur son was in his ornery mood ofmaking those poses, it makes us  laugh, lol.
 I will  post some more  photos of our  adventure in Amish land next time.  Juky  brings us interesting  adventures.  We were in Sweet rush hunt, from Hershey o Sugarcreek, they are all sound so sweet

Monday, July 20, 2015

Fun Tenth Birthday at Home

I now that  leaping from one digit to  double digits is a big thing so I made our  simple celebration a bit  special by decoratring  even though we did not have a big party.  Only the  four of us celebrated at home.  I woke up early that day  and  decorated our dining room with the  Hello Kitty theme birthday in a box that I got for her earlier.
This is the DIY  birthday  card that I made for  Rye Bean.  The blak heart space is for my husband's message for her, I know that he love to write so I reserved the biggest one for him.
She was all smiles when she woke up,  Glad she loves it even though it's not as frand as her friends birthday  party celebration is.
She love Hello KItty so this was perfect for her, make her day  extra special.
 
Here's my goofy little lad  trying to  pose for us.
I cooked some of her favorite food for us to eat at dinner time.
My husband had to work  that day so he was also suprised when he arrives home as we didn't tell him that we prepared something.
After we ate dinner, we played  ball at the backyard and had some pgoto fun.
 My son is almost  tall as his big sister.  I can't believe how big they are getting.  They will be taller than me pretty soon.  It makes me happy and at the same time sad, lol.
Five more years and she will be driving, ugh.  I can already ell that she will be a hot rod.  If I am scared to drive, I am sure she is not!
I love that both of them are growing up  liking each other.  They argue once in a while but most of the times, they  get along.  
 I am so glad that she had fun, we all did!   

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Peaceful Farm Living: A Day of Experience for Our Family

When we visited Wellsburg, West Virginia in June, for my husband's Veteran interview, we happened to met a Filipina.  We asked her where the museum was since we got a little lost and we were looking for it on foot.  We exchanged  contacts and we added each other on facebook.  Few weeks after iur meeting, she asked me if we would like to buy fresh eggs from the farm.  I immediately said yes because we love  fresh eggs from the farm.  I told her that we can pick it up so she gave us her address.
She live a little ways   in the sticks and as our luck has it with direction, it was hard for us to find it.  Besides, our GPS took us to the wqrong house!  We called her and she  gave us direction to find her  in-laws who live   on the road before her house.  We passed through that (again) and then we turned around.  It was a hard drive because it was raining so hard.
We finally found her in-laws house and her Mo=m-in-law tried to explain to us how to get there but her Dad-in-law was very nice to  led us to the actual house.  I am so glad that he did because I don't think we could have found it ourselves lol.
They live in a farm in Cross Creek and it was beautiful out there!  It's the kind of living I am dreaming to have.  I love  a house with  a big land so I can plant all the veggies that I love to eat.  I also would like to raise farm anuimals, just like when I was growing up.
She gave us a tour in their farm.  They have chicken coopsm  bee yard or apiary, and quail farm house.  They have  some  hens and two roosters.  She said that they used to just let the chicken loose  but the  fox are eating them so they  now   keep them safe in the coop.  She told us that they used to have quail but they let them go in the wild. The apiary is a new thing for me, I have never seen a bee yard in person before.  Growing ip. we would find beehives from trees and my father would get them.
The last thing that we went to is where their cows and hunting dogs were.
They have plenty of cows and they are all feed  with corn that they also grow from their farm.
The kids got the chance to feed the cows.  This is the  second time they experience this as we were invited last year to a friend's farm as well.
My son saw this ornery cow and said  "Whoa he is trying to ride  on the other one" , my husband murmured "He is trying to make beef", lol.
We picked the wrong day to go there as it was a wet and rainy day.  Nevertheless, we had fun!  Eden  took us to this  beautiful lake with so many  blooming  lilies.  These water lilies reminds me of Korea.  Eden mentioned that they are planning to remove them but I said "I would keep it" if I were them.  I mean, it adds beauty to their farm.  Not many farm has it.  
This is the tractor we all rode in to get to the cow farm and see  the other side of the farm.
This is the machine where they  process the corn that they feed to their cow.
We only paid for the eggs but Eden also gave us some  ground beef and  a big jar of honey.  I tell you, farm  eggs tasted really different from those we buy from the store.  The beef are sp lean it is so much better than the commercially  packed meat!  
The honey brings me back to my childhood memory.  It tastes  so much better  from the store bought honey.  

Thank you so much Eden for welcoming us to your home, we had a great time out there.  I do believe that my kids would  do just fine if we live in the farm.  They love being around farm anmals.  

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Teaching Your Kids Healthy Skin Habits

From the time they’re born, we’re charged with protecting our children’s skin. We make sure to use only the most gentle cleansers and lotions. We take pains to buy the softest clothing. We slather them with sunscreen every time we even think about leaving the house. Then, as they start to grow up and learn to take care of themselves, we need to stop doing the cleaning for them and teach them how to care for their skin on their own. Here are some tips to help you do that:

Face Washing

Every child goes through a phase where he or she hates getting his or her face wet. This is true whether we’re talking about swimming, playing in sprinklers, having water fights and even during bathing time. The problem is that dirt is not going to be respectful of your kids’ wishes and that dirt? Needs to be removed. To encourage even the most stubborn child to wash her face, the best thing to do is to teach her how to wash without having to actually put her face in the water. Show her how to get a washcloth wet and use that to moisten her face before she cleanses it.

It’s also a good idea, when they are still young and in this stage, to teach them how to cleanse around their eyes so that you don’t have to worry about them accidentally rubbing soap into their eyes when they get excited about being able to get clean without dousing their faces with water.
When they get over this phase, make face washing part of the regular bathing routine instead of a separate event that accompanies brushing the teeth. When it happens during bath time it becomes more ingrained. Then, when they’re older and switch to morning bathing, they’ll be so concerned about their skincare anyway that they’ll likely keep up the nightly cleansing on their own without prompting from you.

Acne

Hands off the face! Acne, in spite of what you might have read, is not caused by eating oily or fatty foods. It is mostly caused by hormones and by dirt and debris getting into a person’s pores. How does that dirt and debris get there? Sometimes it is simple environmental absorption. A lot of the time, however, it is by your own hands! Every time you touch your face, rest your face in your hands, etc, you are transferring oils and whatever your hands have touched that day into the pores on your face!
Make “hands off the face” a house rule along the same lines of “don’t bite your nails,” “don’t pick at scabs,” etc. You might not be able to totally prevent face touching, but you should be able to reduce it!

Skin Tags, Warts, etc.

Sometimes our skin just decides to spontaneously grow extra stuff. It is inconvenient but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world...though it will seem that way to your kids. A lot of these problems can and should be resolved naturally. For example, instead of just letting a skin tag hang linger, try using skin tag removal products to reduce the tag’s size and help it heal. With warts, instead of using ice or burning them off yourself, use an over the counter wart remover.

Obviously, if the problems are severe, you should take your son or daughter to the dermatologist to have the situation evaluated and the skin issue removed professionally. The same is true for acne.

Sunscreen

Kids do not like the feeling of sunscreen. This is a universal trait. The thickness of the sunscreen, combined with it’s strong smell can cause even the most mild tempered child to resort to a tantrum to avoid having it applied to his or her skin. To combat this, try using one of the sport sprays (make sure it is safe for young skin). Sprays feel better on the skin and offer more even coverage. Whatever you do, though, don’t skip it! If you skip the sunscreen now, you’ll have a harder time convincing them to keep up with it when they are older.
Once your kids are old enough to handle washing their own faces, they are old enough to start learning how to apply their own sunscreen. Make them start doing it themselves so they get into the habit of reaching for the bottle on their own.

Remember too, that with most kids, it is positive reinforcement that wins the day. Scaring them with pictures of skin that hasn’t been properly cared for won’t go very far. Praising them for caring about their skin’s health will have more of a lasting effect.


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