Oh hi there– you made it.

You arrived at the Lin Dynasty throne family room.

We have chopsticks & silverware in the same drawer. We like onions in our pancakes and we also like hamburgers and watermelon. We like dim-sum and grilling by the pool. Our kids are also really, really pretty.
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Real Talk

So you got a situation? Grab it
by the throat and then tickle it till it can’t breathe anymore. In life’s painful moments, let’s stare it down together and tickle
its little britches.

Let’s Take the Kids to a Restaurant… it Will Be Different This Time…

“Boys, we’re all hungry and we’re near our favorite sushi restaurant. Who wants to go?”
“Meeeeee!!!!!,” they all cheered in unison.
Dave and I squatted down and got on their level. “OK, guys, so if we do this, you have to promise us you’ll try your best and sit still so we can all have a nice time, right?”
“Yes mom! Sure, uh-huh!,” they all consented enthusiastically.

October 8, 2019 at 9:11 PM

Dear awesome mom: you saw what was going on… my youngest decided to throw a raging fit in the middle of the crosswalk because I made him hold my hand. While he threw himself down on the ground, you locked eyes with me, pointed to Sam and said, “I’ll watch this one.” I grabbed TJ, […]

October 4, 2019 at 6:50 PM

From my spot on the bench I said under my breath, “Oh, I wouldn’t do that if I were you.” I watched as all the kids lined up and one of them did “Go!”

September 24, 2019 at 4:36 PM

Sam: “Mom, remember that time God stopped the rain for 3 days?”
Me: “Hmmmm… I don’t really remember that one…”
Him: “Yeah, there was a bad king too.”

September 17, 2019 at 7:48 PM

So, I told TJ that if he pooped in the potty, he would get M&Ms. I hear the toilet flushing over and over again and then he runs out here with cupped hands expecting his treat. He must think his mama’s dumb. Habeas poopy little man or no treaty-treat.


Tempura Batter Up

Step right up to the plate because you are about to hit a home run with your dinner. Tired of steamed, roasted, grilled, sautéed and stir-fried veggies? I present to you tempura-ed fried veggies. Oh my goodness. Make this deliciousness and serve it with any dipping sauce you want and your kids will scream for […]

Magic Sugar Cookies

Magic Sugar Cookies

Why do we love this recipe? Does not need to be refrigerated. Can re-roll dough with no issues. Creates sharp cut-out’s that hold their shape. TASTES AMAZING (even without the icing) It seems like these sugar cookies would be too good to be true, but here we are. Occasionally, you just run into a magic […]