Finding Happiness in Paradise- Five Simple Ways to Make the Most of Island Life

July 25, 2015

I'll just come out and say it- we live in paradise.  Seriously, this is the view out my front door most evenings:

High Five for Friday #19: Coming Home

July 24, 2015

Happy Friday everyone!  How was your week?  Ours was good, mainly because this was the week that D and Fire were coming home.  It is so great to be together as a family again!  The house is messy and the Sky and Fire are having to work on getting along but we're whole.

Here are some highlights from our week:
The screen capture above?  That's my whole shopping list for baby #4.  It's crazy to think that we've been doing this long enough that we just need some bottles and a new cover sheet for the Moses basket and we'll be ready to grow again.  Someone made a joke the other day about our family hot racking our kids through the crib but it's almost true.  That poor thing has been in almost constant use for four years now. 

Surgery Update

July 22, 2015

Fire had his hernia surgery early this morning.  D said that it only took about 20 minutes and that Fire handled it beautifully.  The only problem so far has been managing Fire's pain and it sounds like it just took longer than expected for the medicine to kick in.  They are back at our friend's house in Kailua and D is doing his best to keep Fire calm- he's feeling well enough to want to run and jump all over the place!
Thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers for our sweet boy.  Even routine procedures like this one can be nerve-wracking and we appreciate your support.  Fire and D should be on their way back home tomorrow and we can't wait to have them back!

Home Made Baby Food, Round Two

July 18, 2015

  Who would have thought that it would take this long for me to get home made baby food figured out! I tried it briefly before when Fire was a baby and it was not a success.  Fire ate store bought baby food until he graduated to real food.  When Water was ready to start on solids, I headed to Ebeye again but found that the store I'd bought from last time didn't have the same variety as before.  I've looked into ordering baby food online before but I just couldn't justify spending the money so that left  me making Water's food myself.
  While I miss the convenience of processed baby food, I'm kind of glad for the push to make my own.  I like that we're saving money and I love knowing that Water is eating real food that I made myself.  I stumbled onto some great websites (HomeMade Baby Food is my favorite) and went easy on myself by sticking to basic fruits and veggies. 

High Five for Friday #18: The Single Parent Edition

July 16, 2015

  Happy Friday, y'all!  With some help from my friends, I made it through my week of single-parenting.  One more weekend and 3.5 days to go until D and Fire get back.  Speaking of Fire, that boy's my number one this week:

Other than being homesick, Fire is doing great in Hawaii with D.  They're staying with our friends in Kailua and Fire has been eating up the little boy play time he's had with their sons.  D was able to get him an ENT appointment for Monday (which might lead to some answers about all the screaming, the recurring ear infections, and maybe some insight on his verbal delays), and he'll have his hernia surgery on Tuesday.  They are scheduled to fly out on Wednesday which means they'll arrive here on Thursday.  I'm a little nervous about Fire flying so soon after his surgery, especially with the limited medical facilities that we have here but I guess we'll have to go with the experts on this one.

New Beginnings

July 15, 2015

  Two wonderful new beginnings have happened since I posted about Sky and I and our argument.  As far as the time they took, they were very little things but I'm guessing (hoping?) that the effect they will have on our lives will be pretty big. 

  The first one is that I found Sky's birth mother.  Such a short sentence to capture such a big moment.  We've never met Sky's Mommy A but I knew her name so I've done internet searches every once in a while to see if I could find her.  I didn't know if she would want anything to do with Sky or us but I knew that someday Sky would have questions that only she could answer, so I kept looking.  I was shocked to find an active f@cebook profile for her, since I've looked there before.  I sent her a friend request and a message and later in the evening, this happened:

Butting Heads

July 13, 2015

  I have so many blog posts in my drafts file that I could be sharing- the one on making baby food for Water is almost ready to go.  I finally go the pictures loaded for the post on Water's baptism, only 3.5 months after he was baptized.  There's an update on the kids and a post about how we handle TV in our house waiting for some editing but none of those feel really pressing to write about right now.
  What I do want to write about is my relationship with Sky.  I knew that it might would be challenging for us to be together while D and Fire are in Hono.  I hate it, from the bottom of my heart, let's be honest, I knew in advance that she and I would fight, I just didn't think things would come to a head quite as quickly as they did. She loves D, likes him better and is missing him fiercely.  I tried, I promise, to avoid the fights, to not rise to her button pushing.  I made plans, relaxed some rules but kept the usual daily structure, and tried to be understanding, and we still only made it to 4pm on Sunday before we had a fight.

Leavin' on a Jet Plane!

July 9, 2015

These two caught a plane for Honolulu tonight

Making Plans

July 8, 2015

  D and Fire are flying out to Honolulu tomorrow, which means that Sky, Water, and I will be on our own for about two weeks.  Sky doesn't always do well with change so we've been preparing her for this trip as much as possible by talking about it and I've been doing some brainstorming to come up with ways to help the time pass faster for her.  Here's what I've come up with so far:

Camping on the beach:

High Five for the Fourth of July!

July 5, 2015

I'm combining my usual High Five for Friday post with one about our Kwaj Fourth of July (and yes, just like last week H54F post, it's late.  In my defense, not much happened last week AND the Kwaj Fourth of July party was on the fifth because of a weather delay. 
  As usual, we celebrated at the beach.  This year all the activities were in the late afternoon or evening, a welcome change from previous years when everything started at 1 in afternoon (AKA when Kwaj doubles as a frying pan).  There was a bouncy house, a giant slip n slide, crafts, vendors, a weaving demonstration, besides the usual beach and playground fun.

First 4th of July as an American!

Marshallese Language Videos

July 2, 2015

  I've always loved languages and I seem to have a talent for learning them.  I was fluent enough in high school and college to be able to read Don Quixote in Spanish and I picked up the basics of most of the languages of the countries I traveled in over just a few days.  I made the assumption when we moved here that Marshallese would come just as easily as other languages had, and boy was I wrong! 
  I started studying with the LDS missionary sisters three years ago and have just become barely fluent in the last year.  I've studied Chinese and Arabic and learned a little Thai and Hindi and with all that practice, I still have trouble with Marshallese.  Really, I probably sound like Fire, who's just starting to talk now, when I speak Marshallese.  I can make myself understood but I constantly leave out important parts of speech and just don't know all the words I need to express myself. 
  With that glowing introduction I wanted to share these videos that I made, at the request of some other adoptive families.  In them, I share basic vocabulary and phrases that visitors to the Marshall Islands might need as well as tips on how to say some of the more challenging parts of speech. 

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