A Phoenix/Tucson Stay-cation

February 27, 2017

Some very good friends of D were in Phoenix last weekend so we decided that he should take a few days off and that we'd make it a long weekend stay-cation.

On Wednesday afternoon we loaded up the boys, picked Sky up from school and headed up to Legoland in Phoenix

Planning for Summer

February 21, 2017

  Am I the only one already thinking about how to handle summer break?  Sky and Fire will be done with school at the end of May so I have just over two months to figure out how to fill June and July.  I'm going to have all four kids home with me this summer and I would like us to all still love each other at the end of it.
  For my family, that means staying busy and having a schedule.  I'm already talking to one of our favorite baby sitters about being my mother's helper three days a week.  When he's here, we'll do our school time

In the Seoul Airport

February 19, 2017

I was looking through pictures from our trip to Thailand last year and found this one of Fire watching planes take off. 

Looking at it tickled something in my memory and quick search led me to this picture
I'd taken the same picture, in the same airport, at the same gate, two-and-a-half years later. 
Fire still loves to travel, still loves airplanes, and we still love exploring the world with him!

A Happier Fire

February 17, 2017

  This boy, my friends, has had a rough couple of years.  Remember this post about the issues we were going through just before we moved back to America?  Well, I think we're finally on the upside of things here and it feels so good.

Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day, sweet friends!  My day was a little extra special with flowers from D and cards from the kids.  I hope day was full of love and joy!

Happy Fifth Birthday, Fire!

February 13, 2017

  Birthdays are usually small family celebrations in our house with one exception: the fives.  If you turn five, 10, or 15, we're going to throw you all the party you want.  When Sky turned five, we rented the gym and the biggest bounce house on the island and had about 75 kids at the party.  Sky had a great time and we loved celebrating her in a big way.
 A few months ago, we started thinking about how we were going to celebrate Fire's fifth birthday.  We wanted to throw him the same big party that we had for Sky - we were going to rent the whole Children's Museum (it's Fire's happy place right now) and invite all the kids from his Pre-K class, Sunday school, and soccer team.  When the time came to book the party though, we asked Fire one last time how he wanted to celebrate he said that all he wanted was to have his friends at his house to play.
  We were surprised but more than happy to give him just the party he wanted.  We sent invitations to his best friends, ordered a race car cake, and planned a few games.  Fire spent an afternoon playing with 10 other little kids, eating flaming hot cheetos and cake and was the happiest little birthday boy.

  Happy Birthday Fire, we love you to the moon and back!

   Fire modeling his favorite gifts: a plasma car and a Storm Trooper helmet

Decorating for Valentines Day

February 9, 2017

I love decorating for holidays but kept thing simple for Valentines day: a few table decorations, some things in the window, some fun throw pillows to brighten up the living room.

I found this table runner and candy jar at Target last year.  I didn't feel like having to worry about the kids sneaking candy this year so used some stickers and cloth flowers to turn it into a cheerful vase.
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