Water's Family Day

September 29, 2017

Water's Family Day fell on a Monday this year and we kept things quiet and low key.  We spent the morning at the park with friends and then had an easy afternoon at home.  Water request noodles for his special dinner so we ramen (Thai shrimp soup for D and I) and had ice cream and brownies for desert.  Nice and simple, nothing like his first family day: racing through the rain to make it to his court date and then worrying about all the rest of the things that needed to happen just right. Although I prayed hard and did everything I could to make it happen, I was terrified that something would go wrong.  In the end, everything went smoothly so that I cried with relief in the Seattle passport office.
  I can't say often enough how this boy is a light to our family.  He has a sweet and tender heart and loves so big.  We needed this boy in our family and are so blessed to have him.

D and Water, 2017


September 25, 2017

We do love our weekends here in America!  They've been quiet over the last month while we adjust to our new regular schedule but this weekend, we got back into it.
Friday morning started with a run

School Pictures 2017

September 21, 2017

  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 the kids have grown. 

 2011 (21 months)

Earth is 2!

September 18, 2017

Happy Birthday, Earth!  Our unexpected, and unexpectedly male, last child is rambunctiously, energetically, terribly, joyfully two years old.
  Earth started the day early- this picture was taken at 5:30am, hence D's bleary eyes.  He helped D walk the dog and then we got all got ready for church

Decorating for Fall

September 15, 2017

 Just like last year, maybe if I decorate for fall, it'll start feeling like fall?  It may have worked because it looks like we're done with 100 degree days for the year.  I'm sure 95 doesn't sound that cool to you but those five degrees make a big difference here and pretty soon, it'll be cool enough that we can open up the house at night.  It's almost my favorite time of year here and I can't wait!
  I added some decorations out front this year; not much just a sweet door sign and some sunflowers but I think it cheers things up a bit

Just a Regular Day

September 13, 2017

Wow, it's been a long time since I've done a "regular day" post!  I think this was my last one and that was in May of last year.  Things have definitely changed since then so here's what a regular day looks like now:

Sky and Fire put on their uniforms for school and we did the usual morning stuff before heading out to the bus stop

We Have a Reader!

September 11, 2017

   I couldn't find Sky on the playground after school yesterday and when I did, my heart just about burst with happiness
It was just like seeing myself 30 years ago: hiding away on a playground and lost in a book

Super in 2nd Grade and Rocky in Kindergarten

September 7, 2017

We're about six weeks into the school year so I figured it's about time for an update.  Really, the blog title says it all: Sky is doing fabulous and Fire is doing not-so-fabulous.

A Little Me Time

September 4, 2017

  My friends, this summer started to get a little long at the end.  While it was a great one overall and while we made the most of it, towards the end my patience was running out and my temper was frayed.  I felt like I was always tired,   that I was yelling all the time,  and like nothing was fun anymore.  When I found out that a friend was going to be in Iowa for a short time, I looked into tickets and found a great deal with my airline miles.  A few text messages later and my trip was planned:  I was flying to Iowa for the weekend to see my friend, stay with my mom, and just be away for a bit.
Can you tell we're in Iowa?!

Violin Lessons

September 1, 2017

Towards the end of the summer, Sky started asking to learn to play the violin.  While she's always loved to listen to music, she's never expressed a desire to play an instrument herself and because of that, we held off on lessons until we were sure it was something she really wanted to do.  She asked several times and even said she still wanted to do it after I told her how much she would have to practice every week.
  Since she was so persistent about it, D found a teacher and rented her a violin
She takes lessons every Sunday afternoon and is slowly learning how to play.  Lesson time has become her one-on-one time with D which is hard to come by in a family the size of ours, so it's pretty special.

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