Wednesday, December 28, 2011


I'm behind on my blog update-in', here's the last month, Seuss style:

"Straight hair-in', body bare-in'...

Josh's trail blaze-in', for Nana- hair raise-in'.

Snowball injuries sustained,

Family traditions maintained.

Decorations by the dozens,

Crazy, crazy cousins.

Sand dune playin',

Christmas dayin'!

The end.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


This year, the girls celebrated their birthdays in a somewhat unusual way (for our family).
There was no butchering a pig.
There were not 100 neighbors at the house.
They were not sung a 10 minute rendition of 'Happy Birthday'.
No, this year we definitely veered off the well-beaten path of Filipino-style birthdays, and enjoyed a nice romp in the woods of 'traditional American birthdays'.

There were lots of firsts for the girls at this year's birthday celebration.
First time both sets of grandparents were there, AND all the Moffit aunts and uncles!
First time opening birthday presents in front of people!
First time having a 'restaurant' birthday!
First time a cousin has been born on Ally's birthday!

Not to be outdone by my sister, I too custom-made the kids cakes. For Daisy, I went with a rectangle, and for Ally the more rare, but always adored, square. Dad may or may not have done 80% of the work.

This guy does it all...from piano lessons to billards, my kids are going to be very well-rounded! Daisy gets her pre-party pool lesson from her paternal grandfather, as the maternal side looks on.

Now it's the maternal grandfather's time to shine as he presents the girls their birthday gifts via magic, as the paternal grandfather looks on.

As the party rages on, my brain slowly begins to melt (have I ever mentioned I'm not much of a party person??), so I hand the camera off to Kevin, and he gets some amazing action shots of the 'present-ripping-into' event.

Ally holds up a birthday card from her cousin Devon. Due to the fact that Devon's mom gave birth to Ally's cousin ON Ally's birthday, they weren't able to make it to the party - we'll considered that an excused absence!
While the girls partied and the adults visited, Neo played nicely with his cousin.

I always love being a Moffit, but some days more than others- like the day I try and throw an American-style birthday party for my girls, but have no idea what I'm doing, and forget to bring a knife to cut the cake, and forget balloons, and forget candles, and so my poor mother-in-law has to make 2 trips to the dollar store to help her party-challenged daughter-in-law save face, and my sister-in-law has to tell me how to arrange the birthday candles on the cake, since apparently I'm also geometry-challenged. Ah. Thank God for the Moffits.

All in all, I think our foray into the wonderful world of American birthdays was a success. There was family, there was food, there was fun, and my 12 year old and my 10 year old came away with arms full of presents, hearts full of love and a special memory to carry with them no matter how old they are or what continent they find themselves on!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

"I Love It!"

Sometimes it's just so fitting to follow up an event with , 'I love it!' This week has been full of those moments.

Starting with the Christmas Light Show....

Taking in the Christmas lights with Grandpa and Grandma Di...
Love it!

A bobcat just sitting in the driveway...
Love it!

My baby girl turning 10...
Love it!

My baby girl's cousin being born on her birthday...LOVE IT!!!
(this is baby Tyler, isn't he PRECIOUS!!!)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ting Pasko!! (Christmas Time!)

Isn't the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas delicious?! The anticipation of Christmas is almost better than the actual day!

So, a few days ago Josh boldly braved the bat closet and pulled out the tubs of Christmas decorations. Alas, there's no tree yet to decorate - but doesn't the outside of the house look happy!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Family Time

Papa Bear Moffit started a twice-monthly Moffit dinner. We do it at a different home each time, and we eat different food, but it's always the same! Oh how we are enjoying family time! It was at our place a few weeks ago, and like all good Moffit get-togethers, there was...

Showing off for Grandpa...

Yoga with Grandma...
And music somehow worked its way into the evening too!

Monday, November 14, 2011

I Fought the Yard, and the Yard Won.

I love working in the yard. I love weeding. I love mowing. I love using the weed-eater. I love it all. But it doesn't love me back.

First, I threw my back out a few weeks ago, trying to start the lawn mower. Which never did start. Rrrr.

Then, last week...poison oak.

Day one:
Looks like a botox job gone bad.

Day two:
Scary, puffy eyes.

Day three:
Looking better.

Day four and five:
Looking and feeling great!

Day six:
Are you serious! Josh - take me to the doctor!!

5 days on the meds and I am feeling like I almost have my face back to normal! Whew. And, the yard isn't all bad, check out this beautiful visitor from last week!

Saturday, November 05, 2011


The fun part of being back in the states after nearly 7 years, is experiencing American culture with new eyes. One of the things that has struck me this furlough, about our culture, is how artistic we are. We decorate for every holiday, and Halloween alone has carving and costumes! We are a creative bunch, we Americans!

After our pumpkin-carving party at Grandpa's a few weeks ago, we continued the artsy Halloween festivities with a pumpkin-painting party with all the Moffits. It was impressive. I like to think of us as the VonTrapp family - but we paint instead of sing!

Then, on Halloween, we dressed up a Native American, a Cowgirl, and a Pirate...and off we went to trick-or-treat. First stop - Grandpa's!

We got a lot of candy, saw some very cool Halloween decorations (like dry-ice bubbles!), and finished our 'tour' with a stop at Uncle Caleb and Aunt Taylor's and of course Grandma's.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011


It came!
It came!
It came!
No longer a green card holder, our son is a full-fledged U.S. citizen!

I went to the post office today with a receipt for certified mail (and a few other things to mail while I was there). The lady gave me the envelope containing Neo's certificate, and also a customs slip to fill out for the package I was mailing. Well, I moved over to another counter to fill out the customs slip, but I was so teary and sniffley from opening Neo's COC , that she brought me over a box of tissues and said, 'This is nice, usually people are upset when they get certified mail, it's nice to see someone so happy about what they got!'

Then, the man behind me in line came over and said, 'Before I go I wanted to come over and say, 'Congratulations!'' (I may, or may not have yelled out to everyone in the post office, 'It's my son's certificate of citizenship!').

Friday, October 28, 2011

"What is that Animal?"

That's what Ally yelled out while we were eating dinner the other evening. So, we all jumped up to see what she was talking about and there, right outside our window, was a herd/family/group of elk (can you tell I'm not a hunter??)! First the lovely ladies came into the yard, first one, then another, then another...

Then, the bull came following behind! So BIG, and so majestic. What a special treat for us to see!

Also, just for the record, if you want to look like an ignoramous, respond to the question 'How big was he?' with, 'Super big!' Apparently, the correct way to the answer that question is to say how many points are on the antlers!

Friday, October 21, 2011

More Harvest Happiness

I really do LOVE this time of year, and find it absolutely delightful to be able to enjoy it this year in the western hemisphere.

One of my more recent pleasures...decorating the banister. I have to laugh when I think about what my friends across the ocean must think of tying 'dead' leaves to the handrail...but in the culture I happen to be in today, it's considered pretty!

Another delicious delight - apples! All kinds of apples! Although I do miss pineapples and papaya and the other tropical fruit we've gotten used to in the Philippines, I am thrilled at the apple variety on this side of the world! But the best part of apple season?- Dawn's amazing apple pie!!

And of course, pumpkins! Mounds and mounds of pumpkins at every grocery store! The kids (with a little help from parents and grandparents) carved up some pretty awesome jack-o-lanterns! And Grandpa cooked up some yummy seeds! In our other home, we cook pumpkins and serve them over rice, but making faces out of them is pretty fun too!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


When we're living overseas, the slippery slope into holiday homesickness always begins with my sister's blogpost about their trip to the pumpkin patch.

Dad and my sister's family go to the Baggenstos Farm corn maze and pumpkin patch every autumn, and we just watch from afar. But...this year, we were invited to go along too! It was a blast!

There was a playground, and bales of hay to play on, a country store, hay rides, a jack-o-lantern corn maze and a great, big pumpkin patch!

The kids tried to find the biggest pumpkins they could lift!

Papa and the grandgirls head into the maze!

Meanwhile, back at the hay bales, Neo defies gravity.

The big kids jumped, and jumped...and jumped!

Happy Fall!