This summer was a little different from summers past. We had family and guests stay with us the majority of the summer break and so time really flew. There were countless mouths to feed, time-outs, dirty dishes, loads of laundry, crumbs on the floors, toys strewn about and of course tantrums! BUT, there were tons of memories made, lots of helping hands, deep belly laughters, food comas, sun tans from the beach and pool, and late night conversations. I’m really grateful for this summer in more ways than one. There were definitely some unexpected hardships thrown in the mix and I believe it was God’s plan to fill our home with people that could walk with me, talk with me, pray with me. Jesus always has a way of showing up and sometimes we don’t realize it until we look back so my heart is feeling grateful for it today.
As you probably know, traditions are a big deal in this home. I want my home to be full of them so that my kids grow up associating holidays and events with food, family, and faith. For the start of the new year, we make homemade Korean dumplings. For the 4th of July, we bake a patriotic dessert. Now that school starts tomorrow and we have family who moved into our neighborhood, we wanted to start a new tradition with them. There is something really special about cousins growing up together. It feels like my kids added 3 siblings overnight and I absolutely love having my nephews near me. We decided to bake a simple boxed rainbow cake and have a pizza party with the cousins.
If you have little time to bake or feel intimidated by baking, do it straight out of the box! You really can’t go wrong as long as you follow the directions. I just used a white cake mix and food coloring gels.
We made a 4 layered cake with different colors and I made my whipped cream frosting. Thanks to my sweet friend, Hye Jong for dropping a beautiful kalanchoe plant off at my house. I have some really thoughtful friends.
JJ and I decided the cake needed a lil something extra so we piled on some sprinkles.
We ate pizza, prayed over the new school year and then feasted on cake. Emmy be like, “Stop this photo nonsense and get me a peez uh dat cake lady!” Do you have any back-to- school traditions? If so, what are they?
But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14