A Week in Packed Lunches

September 30, 2016

Bag or bought- the great question in school lunches.  Right now, I'm making packed lunches for Sky and Fire every day and while I don't enjoy the time and mental energy it takes to do it, I do like that I know what the kids are eating.
  I've made Sky's before (and blogged about it here and here ) but the big challenge for me right now is pack food that the kids will eat with packing a whole bag of processed food.  Although both kids would love to eat peanut butter and jelly for lunch every day as long as it was made on white bread, I do to try to send something different every day so that they're getting a good variety of food in their diet.
  Here's what a week in packed lunches looks like at our house:


September 28, 2016

Look at that baby go!

Water's Second Family Day and Some Great Weekending

September 26, 2016

I've said it before that we love weekends here!  Sure, we had weekends on Kwaj but for some reason, they just weren't the same.  We are definitely making the most of it and this past weekend was no exception.  We started by celebrating Water's second Family Day:

2016 Family Day photo with Mama

Floor and Kitchen Renovation 2016: Getting Ready

September 25, 2016

  D calls me a stress junkie and he's probably right.  It wasn't enough for us to pack up our whole family and move halfway around the world right after bringing home a new baby.  No, we have to go back around the world to Thailand for a wedding not even a year later.  You think that's a lot?  We don't go half-measures in this family so we're also renovating our kitchen and all the tile floors at the same time.  Yup, we're nuts.
  Since we moved to this house in January, we've redone the backyard and done a few small projects in the house while we worked on the kitchen design.  In the current layout, which is standard for this model of home, there is almost no prep space and a lot of wasted (inaccessible) storage space.

High Five for Friday #35: In Pictures

September 23, 2016

  High Five, friend, we made it through another week!  Did this one feel particularly long to you?  Mine wasn't bad but every day seemed to last forever. Maybe it was D's long hours at work, maybe it was the extra things we did this week, or maybe I was looking for to D and I's big date tonight (yay!) that made it seem so long.  Whatever it was, it's finally Friday so let's celebrate with picture review of the week!

Earth's First Birthday!

September 21, 2016

  Happy Birthday Earth!  You've ridden our planet one whole time around the sun and gone from being a tiny little baby to a crawling, babbling, engaging, into-everything little person! 

My Favorite Post: Earth is Home

September 20, 2016

  Just in time for Earth's first birthday, I wanted to re-share his homecoming post.  While the Thoughts on Traveling with a Two Year Old post is still the most popular one here, and I've loved sharing our travels with you (in Thailand and Singapore/Malaysia), this one is my favorite.  I think it best captures all the anxiety and stress that can surround an adoption and the joy of homecoming.  It also shows how much love our island home expressed to our family on our special day.

----------------------------------------------From  October 2015 --------------------------------------------------

I spent the last three days just waiting for this day to come.  I kept thinking that Entry/Exit would find a problem with their paperwork or that Elizabeth would change her mind but in the end, nothing went wrong.  A friend came over to Ebeye with me and brought her 11-month-old daughter with her.  It was so wonderful to have L along for support and baby M broke up the huge amounts of awkwardness and tension at the house.  When it was time to go, Elizabeth changed Earth's diaper and clothes, wrapped him up, and placed him in my arms.  I told her we'd be back to visit on Monday and said, one last time, "Emon?" (okay?).  She said, "Emon, sister" and we said good bye.

We stopped at Sister Schaffer's apartment on the way back to the ferry.  She's been a wonderful mentor to me and I knew she would want to see Earth

New Family Pictures!

September 17, 2016

  I love having family photos taken.  It can be stressful ahead of time to find the photographer, pick the clothes, and then rally everyone for smiles (we bribe with Skittles!) but I really enjoy capturing our family in the moment.  We were able to do that in our last photos taken right after Water came home.  I wanted to have new ones done right after Earth's homecoming but D wanted to wait and document our move from the island to the desert.
  We finally got our act together a few weeks ago, found an amazing photographer who has a real way with light, and got up at the crack of dawn to have these wonderful photos taken.  If you live in the Tucson area and are looking for a photographer, you should definitely check out Jacquelynn Buck.  She really captured our family and has been great to work with.  These pictures were taken at Saguaro National Park East and definitely show our new surroundings.

Thailand and South Korea 2016: Travel Planning

September 15, 2016

    We are getting ready to hit the road again!  All six of us are heading to Thailand and South Korea next month.  The kids' godparents are getting married in Chiang Mai and they've asked Sky and Fire to be in the ceremony.  We're all excited to be heading back to Thailand and looking forward to exploring some place new during our layover in Korea.

Sky's School Pictures

September 13, 2016

  It's school picture time again!  My favorite things about these annual photos is the chance to look back at last year's photo and see how much Sky has grown. 
 2011 (21 months)

Decorating for Fall

September 12, 2016

   Perhaps if I put up fall decorations, it will start feeling like fall?  Although it is starting to cool off a bit at night time here it's still not quite fall.  I decided to decorate anyway so that we'd be able to enjoy a little fall spirit before I have to pack them, and everything else in the house, away for our kitchen remodel next month.

Hgh Five for Friday #34: Summer Recap

September 10, 2016

  One of the reasons for my little blog hiatus was because we were BUSY this summer!  We had so much going on that it was hard for me to find the time to sit down at the computer and record any of what we were doing.  Now that school has started I have a little bit more free time (and free brain space!) so this High Five is a look back at our five biggest moments from this summer

The Blessings of a Broken Dishwasher

September 7, 2016

   About a week ago our new dishwasher just stopped working.  That's a real crisis for a family our size but at the time, we also had family in town so the poor thing was doing double duty. Luckily the dishwasher was new enough to still be under warranty and we were able to get a service appointment.  Initially I was a little miffed at having to stay home all day since the repair man could come any time between 8 and 4 but then D, Sky, and Fire left for the day and a whole block of time with just my little boys opened up and I realized what a gift it could be to just be with them for a day after such a busy summer.

Water and I had a mini-dance party to my new favorite song:
 Everything Comes Alive by We Are the Messengers

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