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Quote from N

May 28, 2015

Today, N said, ‘I was just thinking. It’s almost as if as you grow older, life gets harder.’

Hmmmm. Enjoy those Legos, buddy because you’ve stumbled on some truth!



Ski Weekend Part 2

March 3, 2015

Day two of our ski trip was also fun. But, this years trip wasn’t as magical as last year’s but last year’s would be near impossible to beat. Lets just say this trip was more ‘reality’. Again, ski boots and squatties don’t mix. We had a few cultural moments on day two that made us worse for the wear. For example, loading into a gondola should never resemble a mash pit, in my opinion. Also, when you go to pick up your French fry order at the counter, it never sits well to see a stranger eating them while you walk up. Not complaining about culture is a cardinal rule around here but I also don’t want to make it seem like life is all roses when it’s not!

This picture is my favorite. Apparently SK’s too because right after we took it, she announced that it should be our Christmas card picture next year. Way to be a planner!


We also sledded because throughout the entire trip, SK kept asking to ride the ‘tricycle’. She was such a trooper on skis that we didn’t want to let her down. So, she sledded awhile while the big kids continued to ski.

At times like this, I am so thankful for the life we are living, each day a unique gift.

Unfortunately, though, the trip didn’t end so well for sweet J. On our second to last run, she twisted her knee, pulling ligaments and landing herself here.

She’s supposed to keep her leg elevated for 5 days and then can use crutches for the next 5 before going back for a checkup. We are only on day 2. She’s uncomfortable, in pain at times, bored, frustrated and discouraged. I know each day will be a bit better for her but from this vantage point, 10 days seems like forever! Send her an email, voxer message, text, or what’s app text!




Ski Weekend

February 28, 2015

We have looked forward to skiing together all winter and finally the weekend arrived!

We aren’t staying on the mountain this year but in a city about 30 minutes away due to this trip falling on a weekend during peak season.

By lunch, little girl was exhausted. Last year, she rode between Baba’s and my legs but this year, we have a harness for her allowing her to ski in her own. But this also requires her to exert more energy!

The other two are doing great!

An unplanned adventure was trying to take two little girls to a squatty potty! Lets just say some things aren’t meant to be together and skiing and squatty potties fall into that category!

We are only skiing two days but after being so tired after the first day, this is ok! Time for games, hot chocolate and an early bedtime to be ready to go again tomorrow!

This is what someone has worn all evening in the hotel room!


Week 2- Baba’s Hometown

February 20, 2015

It was wonderful to see extended family in Baba’s hometown.

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Beach Time

February 14, 2015

During our first week, we spent a couple of days at the beach with my parents. The trip was so special. In some ways, it felt like a dream. It was hard to believe that less than one week before, we had been living half way around the world.

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We even got to watch Frozen in a private theater!

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I LOVE N’s reaction when this fun dessert arrived!


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Jet Lag

February 12, 2015

Or, Jet Pack as SK mistakenly called it. A neurologist once told me it takes one day per hour’s difference to adjust to a new time zone. We have an 8 hour difference and her estimation usually seems to be about right. We have also learned that if you wake up in the night, wide awake, sometimes eating a snack can help. So, when we returned this time, I put a banana by each child’s bed and asked them to try hard not to get up but to just eat the banana and go back to sleep. SK still claims “jet pack” and asks for a banana every once and awhile. The novelty of food in bed was entertaining for her!

We hit the ground running when we arrived in the states. Well, all but one of us did. Little SK’s body just couldn’t keep up!

These pictures were all within the first week.

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First Day of School

February 4, 2015


Today was SK’s first day back to preschool. She is attending the same school she attended last year. Today, I was thrilled to learn that one of the two teachers in the classroom was in her class last year as well!

This weekend, we went to breakfast in a small village about 30 minutes away from out city. We ended up striking up a conversation with another family there and finding out that their daughter was in the exact same school, age group, then CLASS that SK would be in! We hit it off with this family and ended up moving to a table together for tea while our children played.

Only our Sovereign Father could have orchestrated for us to meet this family the weekend before we sent SK to school! I’ve said it before, but I’m so proud of her. It takes courage to attend school in your second language!

What a gift it was to see our new friend’s smiling face today when we arrived. And, her family is coming to our home this weekend for tea and desserts!

Celebrating new beginnings today. Here’s to SK rockin school this semester and to new friendships!

Back to Blogging

January 28, 2015

After a 4 month break, I’m back! I didn’t really intend to stop blogging while we were in the states but life came like a 3 month tidal wave and all we could do was hang on. It was wonderful.

We have been back for about a month and have slowly adjusted back to life here. There were definitely challenges: problems with electricity, water, more water problems… As of Tuesday, we have a working depo on top of our house that will provide water when the water is cut off, which unfortunately, has been happening more days than not in a week’s time. It isn’t enough water to shower or run a dishwasher/washing machine but at least we can wash hands and flush the toilet.  Small victory!

We also have heat this year for the first time. This is a huge quality of life changer and has made our adjustment back SO much more pleasant. I remember this time last year thinking that there was ice in my shampoo. I’m so thankful for a warm home this year. Huge victory!

It took us about a month to figure out what our routine should be. One thing we have learned in our transience is that people move on, with or without you. So, we have spent this month patiently discerning exactly how we should enter back into life here. Which friends to strike back up relationship with, which activities to join etc.

***Let me just take a moment to vent. New topic. I’m at a cafe alone just  now. My first time alone since we have returned. I was so excited to drink a nice cup of coffee and blog. Blog post begun, as you can see. Coffee just arrived. Evidently caffeine free to the waiter meant coffee free. Yes. My late is a cup of steamed milk. I’m super annoyed. But, alas, culturally “the customer is always right” doesn’t prevail here as it does in the states so, I’ll drink my glass of milk while I write. I’ll choose to be thankful for my alone time and not begrudge the lack of coffee in my mug as I sit in a coffee shop, smells taunting me.***

We really value sports for our kids because it is a great physical outlet for them, language learning tool, and opportunity for them to interact with kids their age and make friends. Upon our return, N choose basketball while J and SK chose rhythmic gymnastics, of all things! Thus far, everyone’s classes are going well.

We have hired a language tutor for the kids and she starts this week. She will come once per week and teach language for an hour but stay for four so that I can have some time out of the house to visit other ladies. With Baba working more hours now, this is a great solution, allowing me time in the community as well. We love the tutor and trust her fully; it is because of her that this scenario is even feasible.

***Side note number two. The hot milk totally made my stomach churn.  So, I decided to go for it. I politely explained that when I had said caffeine free I had wanted coffee not just milk. After a couple of rounds of defensiveness they agreed to add coffee! It was worth the effort and I’m excitedly awaiting an actual coffee now! Things don’t always go as badly as we think they will!***

SK will hopefully start preschool next week, completing our integration back into life here. She will attend the same school she attended last year and I am hoping that by now she is throughly bored of being a half-participant in home school each morning and will go with enthusiasm. One can hope.

Here’s one of my FAVE cousin pics from our time in the states.

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Now that you’ve been updated, I’ll start blogging from the beginning of our time away. Enjoy…

***Arrgg. Before I go, side  note number 3. The coffee was, in fact, NOT caffeine free. They must have just put coffee in there to save face. I already have caffeine jitters. Guess I’ll be blogging later tonight that I’d planned. You win some, you lose some!***

Cuties and Modern Technology

September 24, 2014

One day, several months ago, I Facetimed my Dad. When he answered, he happened to be a Wal-mart. He was talking to us as he walked around the store and had the fun idea to let the kids each pick out a tee-shirt. they picked their shirts over Facetime and then he mailed them!

Obviously, we won’t frequently shop over Facetime. But, it was a fun treat and a great way for the kids to feel connected to their Grandpa! Isn’t technology amazing!

Here are the kids walking to the bus in their Grandpa shirts.


Little Surfer

September 21, 2014

Catching the wave with a little help from Baba

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Gaining speed

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In for the landing

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Celebrating victory

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