A Slice of Life

January 31, 2017

The other day, Sky pleaded a bad cough and I let her stay home with me for the day.  Since Fire was home sick on my first "Day in the Life of a SAHM" post, it seemed fair to let Sky be in one too.

The behavioral therapist recommended using light and music to wake the kids up (I'll be doing a post on that soon) but since they "lost" my Mozart CD, I woke them up with a little Shakira this morning.

It Takes Two to Fight

January 26, 2017

  I love this girl with all my heart but she really knows how to push my buttons.  She will seek out a negative interaction with me on purpose (a common pattern in kids from traumatic backgrounds) even when she knows it won't gain her anything and until recently, I didn't deal with her behavior very well. I used to dread her coming home from school because I just knew we would fight. I just didn't know how to redirect her off of a negative path and would let her keep pushing me until I exploded.  It became a standard pattern and I hated it.


January 24, 2017

I've said it before in other "weekending" posts and I'll say it again, we love weekends here!  There's always so much to do in Tucson and we cram as much fun into a weekend as we can.  This one was a busy one, even for us.  We kicked off the weekend by having a friend and her kids over for dinner.  One of her sons is Fire's best friend and her older boys are great with all the kids so they all played pretty nicely while the adults talked.  It was so nice to have one of those wide-ranging grown-up conversations (my conversations these days typically revolve around why you can't wear pajamas to school and why we can't have candy for every meal!).
 On Saturday morning, D took Sky to gymnastics while I took Water and Earth with me to Tucson March for Women.  It was an exciting event and last longer than I thought it would so the boys ended up getting their nap in the car on the way home.  That meant that instead of an hour or so of quiet time to do school work with Sky and Fire, I had four bored kids on my hands.  After a rainy morning, the sky had cleared.  Since there was a nice breeze blowing, I grabbed the kids, some snacks, and announced that we were going to the park to fly a kite.

Tucson March for Women

January 22, 2017

  On Saturday I took Earth and Water into down town Tucson and we joined with thousands of others to march for women!  I was super nervous because I'd never done anything like this before but it was great to be part of it, even at the fringes.  I wish I could have brought all the kids but Sky and Fire would have complained about the cold (it was 40 degrees- they're such island babies!) and the wait.
  I was able to keep the little boys happy with giant chocolate chip cookies and then lunch during the speeches and they happily waved at everyone while we marched.  Because I had the stroller, I ended up at the front of the march and didn't have any trouble maneuvering along the route.
  I didn't carry a sign or start any chants but my boys and I were there, showing our support for those who did and standing up against misogyny. 

Kitchen Renovation: Finally Finished!

January 18, 2017

Our kitchen is finally done! 

Talking to Sky about Dr King and Race

January 16, 2017

  Sky has off of school today.   Unscheduled time and changes to her daily routine can be challenging for her so we try to talk about things like this ahead of time.  Being a very curious seven-year-old, she wanted to know why she had off of school so I her a little about Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.  How do you explain racism to a child who has equality ingrained in her heart?

Adoption Talk Topics #1: Introductions

January 12, 2017

  I'm going to try to keep up with the Adoption Talk Link Up this year and the first topic of the year is Introductions.  I've done a few of those here on the blog (how we got to the Marshall Islands, why we chose adoption, and 99 things about me) but my life has changed quite a bit since those were written.
(There is something photo-worthy about a popcorn bucket bigger than your head...)

Hiking in Madera Canyon

January 10, 2017

Sky has always loved hiking and her favorite place to do it around here is Madera Canyon.  It's a short drive away, tucked into the base of the beautiful Santa Rita Mountains.  We had rain around Christmas which meant that there was a bit of snow in the canyon!

Playing Catch Up: Earth's First Family Day

January 7, 2017

For so many reasons, I couldn't get my act together around Earth's family day.  Maybe because it was his first, maybe because it fell just after we got back from Thailand and then it got lost after the excitement of Halloween.  Can I blame on Earth being the fourth child?
  To tell you the truth, I didn't remember exactly when his Family day was.  Earth had already been living with us for a while by the time we went to court and the whole process was messy and so much didn't go as planned (see my Island Adoption post for more on that).  I did remember that it was in early November but when I went to look for the exact date, I discovered that we don't have a copy of his adoption decree (note to self: fix that!).  
  I had to look on this blog to find it- we finalized Earth's adoption on November 4th.  We celebrated about a week after that with his favorite dinner- sausage and pepper sandwiches but for some reason, I just couldn't remember to take our annual photos.  Finally, two months late, here they are:

D and Earth 2017

From the Draft File: Easter and Water's Baptism

January 5, 2017

I can't believe I never posted this one!  This was the year that I was in charge of organizing the sunrise service on the beach and I guess this post just got lost in all the busyness.
 These sunrise services were one of the many things I loved about Kwaj and the fact that Water was baptized at this one made it extra special.  Since I was working in the background I didn't get any pictures of the service but D got some great pictures of Water's baptism. I'd forgotten what a chubby, happy baby Water was!

From the Draft File: Oahu's North Shore

January 2, 2017

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope you had fun celebrating, however you did it (I was in bed by 9:30, so you know we lived it up!) and that you're looking forward to a wonderful new year.  Sky will be on school break for another week and half so I'll be taking a short break from blogging but to tide you over until we get back to our regularly scheduled programming, here is a post I found in the draft file from our trip to Hawai'i in early 2015 for Sky and Fire's US citizenship.  I hope the pictures of green grass and beaches brighten up your winter day!

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