nesting and then some


△ the kids brought back fresh lavender from the farm... heavenly!

 biggest sister and nine month baby bump

△  little baby clothes... we have a few things saved from each of our babes and it's kind of sweet seeing blue stuff thrown in with all the girl clothes and remembering baby henry!

△  found the most perfect little gold frame for violet's first artwork I've been saving to hang up :)

I've been in full blown nesting mode over here and it's finally starting to feel real that we'll have another little baby in the house soon. This whole miracle of life thing just never ceases to amaze me! It really is pretty incredible. 

I was fluffing pillows and cleaning the microwave at ten o'clock the other night and told Kenji I think I'm finally nesting! and he said no, you're always like this. So I guess I'm kind of a spring cleaner at heart... but really, I always tend to feel anxious and put off all the baby stuff until the last few weeks. Its been such a rough nine months, it's like being in survival mode the entire time and then suddenly, whoa this is really happening! All of the coping and stress kind of slips away and we start to get excited about meeting this new little person.

So, little baby, this week we finally picked a name for you and washed your tiny clothes and the kids picked out the cutest little stuffed koala and I think we're pretty ready to hold you in our arms.

What a blessing this new life is!

recipe: salt + pepper tofu


Sharing an old favorite of ours today.. salt and pepper tofu! Tofu can be tricky to learn how to cook with but once you have it down, it's really super easy. Our kids love it, especially Akemi, it's right up there with strawberries as one of her favorite foods! BUT there is a secret! To get your tofu nice and light and crispy, you need to freeze it first. I buy packages of tofu and pop them right in the freezer, then the night before I want to bake some up, I put it in the fridge to thaw. Freezing and thawing gives it a lighter, more spongey texture, like fried tofu, but without the frying :) We like to eat this with rice and bok choy, but really it goes with anything!

serves about 3

1 lb tofu, frozen and thawed
3 tablespoons coconut oil
fresh ground salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Open and drain thawed tofu. Squeeze excess water from tofu and cut into cubes.
3. Toss tofu cubes in dish with coconut oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Spread tofu cubes on baking sheet and bake approximately 15 minutes or until golden and starting to crisp. 


scenes from summer


A few scenes from our days lately... we've been enjoying the sunny weather with evenings on the beach and fresh berries and vegan doughnuts (my fave!). The kids are sporting summer tans and sandy feet and I have to say they are pretty happy living outdoors. 

Being on bed rest during the summer has definitely been rough on me this year, even though I'm in my last few weeks and the end is in sight (thank goodness!) it's so hard missing out on so much with the other kids sometimes. My mama heart breaks a little when they are so excited to do things with me and I have to sit out. They may be growing up, but they're still my babies! Henry's first overnights on the sailboat, or Naomi learning how to swim underwater, or seeing Akemi's delight at the new art exhibit... I just love going through life with them and I want to be there! I just keep telling myself this is a season in our lives. The past 8 months have been hard, but years from now, I know it will seem so momentary. So we do what we can to get through. The little things make such a difference... like friends dropping off dinner, or Kenji taking us all to the beach so I can sit on the sand and watch the kids running in and out of the surf and not feel completely left out... little reminders that life is pretty wonderful even though the days are sometimes a struggle right now. I know we will get through this. And I know it will be worth it in the end!