weekend at our “country house”

July 11, 2010 |  Category:   cooking family growing up half life

Some random shots from my parent’s house out here in Lawn Guyland.

Lettuce, perilla leaves and some other greens we don’t know the English word for all came from my dad’s garden and onto the dinner table for lettuce wraps.

Yes, Claudine still sucks her thumb. And she can’t suck her thumb without twiddling her left ear. She once drew a picture of a girl with one hand over her mouth and the other over her left ear. It was a self portrait.

Speaking of drawings, this is Claudine’s latest portrayal of me and Mia. I’m the one in the striped dress because, well, I was wearing a striped shirt today. Mia is wearing a ruffly dress (and yes, she was in a dress today that had ruffles at the neckline). I am a fairy doctor which is why I have a stethoscope plugged into my ears and I am checking out Mia’s head because she has a scrape on her forehead. The object between us is an ice cream truck. We’re standing in the street and behind us in the field is a flower, a pitcher of water and a bunny. The bunny’s name is “Hank”. You gotta love the imagination of a 3 year old.

One of the best parts about coming to our “country house” is the home cooked Korean meals. My mom made cold noodles for dinner tonight (Naeng Myun) which is a summer staple. It has pickled radish, cucumber, asian pears, apples, pine nuts and a cold icy broth (aided by an ice cube or 2 right in the bowl) mixed in with some spicy mustard. One of my favorites.

We totally did the suburban thing today – went to Target for various sundries, Michaels for craft supplies since Mia doesn’t go to camp for another 3 weeks, and then the mall in search of some kid sneakers. In the afternoon we blew up the kiddie pool and let the girls splash around while we watched the soccer game. We get to enjoy the perks of the suburbs without actually having to live in the suburbs.

So this summer is turning into the summer of starts and stops and shakeups. For the time being, once again, I will be living the life of leisure (oh freelance, you are so crazy). So we’re staying out here one more day and after deciding that it would be too crowded on a Sunday, we’ll be heading to the beach on a Monday morning. Just because we can.

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  • ChantaleP July 12, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Enjoy enjoy enjoy! Wish we could enjoy just one more day of ‘weekend’. The food looks amazing! As for Claudine sucking her thumb photo… it freaked me out cuz it’s the exact same way my kid does it. Holy frig. Is this a korean thing? Except my kid’s variation is the 2 middle fingers for sucking+the ear thing. Have fun at the beach!

  • Denny July 12, 2010 at 6:01 am

    Jealous! Your homemade dinner looks comforting!

    I’m currently going through a serious kim chee jiigae phase. 3 times last week.

    Claudine is the cutest. Please don’t grow up so fast!

  • Yamila July 12, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Jenna : beautiful pics …and its shows the fun that all family is having ,nature ,simple things, enjoy all….really nice 🙂

  • Pawan July 12, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I LOVE the picture! Drawings are so developmental – Typically little ones make body-less people with legs coming out of heads and such. This is quite sophisticated!

  • Betsy July 12, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    the thumb sucking and kid drawing are making my ovaries ache!

  • lindsey July 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    i always leave your blog hungry. wishing for more. and dreaming! your girls are adorable – loving their artwork!


  • Meaghan July 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    The picture of your foot is awesome! What weird amazing bodies we have.

  • Ange July 12, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Hey there, just wanted to let you know the girls room is on Design*Sponge today in the best kids rooms roundup.

  • Erin July 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    The blogger at Door Sixteen (home/design blog) found a rabbit a week ago and called it Hank.

  • Jiwon July 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    My 2.5yr son does the exact same thumb sucking thing and with the same hands, right thumb in mouth, left on the ear. Both hands go up at the same time. I always thought my son was weird (but cute) for it, but now I see he’s not the only one.

    I love your blog, and your girls are adorable!

  • Jenna July 12, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Erin, the bunny drawing is indeed, an homage to Hank, the bunny.

  • Anna @ D16 July 12, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    HANK!! Awwww. Please tell Claudine thank you for making such a nice drawing.

    That all is some really delicious-looking food. I wish I had gotten myself organized enough to have a garden this year. Next year, next year…

  • Lani July 13, 2010 at 2:43 am

    I love the detail in that drawing.

  • jennifer July 13, 2010 at 11:09 am

    What are the puff rice corn cob looking things? And where can I find them?.

  • Jenna July 13, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Jennifer, they’re like puffed rice cakes, but in cylinder shape. Very slightly, subtly sweet. You can get them in Korean supermarkets. Or come over and I’ll give you one to try. My mom sent us home with 2 packages.

  • tracey July 14, 2010 at 12:05 am

    yum yum, i was going to ask what you were eating – Naeng Myun!

  • Julie Alvarez July 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Hey, my girl is almost five and still sucks her thumb when she drifts into sleep. They say that it’s good that she does it only then and not all day long, I don’t know… There’s nothing I can do about it anyway, except talk to her.
    The drawing is so darling!

  • christian August 12, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Lovely post. And the girls, my god, they’re just beautiful.