Today Might Just Be the Day…

What happens in the daily life of the family.. the drama of foster care, the adventures of parenting, & pictures to share with everyone!

Family

September3

I always thought I would live forever in my childhood home. Sure, I’d move out for college & a couple years of travel, but then my parents would downsize & I would move back in.

No clue where I thought my siblings would be, but I was always going to live in the house in the woods.

I am pretty sure we’d like that house… It is big enough to fit us.

But, my parents sold that house long before it was time for them to downsize. And we have all moved more than a couple times since then.

And I am not the only one not in Iowa. We all left. In fact, we are scattered clear across the country.

My parents have made it their goal to see each grandkid at least twice a year. But, with 9 grands in 3 different states it’s not always easy. We’d love to go see them more often, but flying 5-6 of us is expensive & we need a rental car, too…

So, this summer they made it out our way for a bit. And then my little brother learned he had training in SanDiego & my parents started making plans to see him & his wife and little girl. And SanDiego is only a few hour’s drive for us so we decided to tag along. *And* my other little brother used to live in SanDiego, too, & his girlfriend is from there.. So, they decided to make the trip, too!

All told there were 13 of us enjoying the sun & cooler weather (cooler for us–at this time of year in PHX we are getting really annoyed with 100+ days).

We checked out a couple museums in Balboa Park, relaxed on the beach, swam, ate, drank & got to know each other. This was the first time that my brother & his family had ever met B & V!

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Back to School

August26

I missed posting these a month ago when school started..

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Going, going back to Cali, Cali…

August22

We are on the road again.

Very excited about this little get away. We did a weekend in CA over summer break. We played in the sand and went to Universal Studios.

And we were done with travels… That is, until Nana told us that she was making plans :) One of my brothers is in San Diego doing some training. So, Nana & Papa flew my sister-in-law and niece out to see him. Nana & Papa are meeting us there, too. *And* if that weren’t exciting enough, my other little brother and his girl friend are coming down from San Francisco, too!

This will be the first time my brother & his wife have the chance to meet V & B! Yes, you read that correctly–they have never met my youngest two kids!

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What a Whirl Wind!

August13

School is already in week 4. How did that happen?!?

So far we have had 3 notes about behavior from a teacher, 1 letter from the principal & 1 trip the ER.

Thankfully, I think that they are calming down as the notes have slowed.. And D is healing O.K.

He was playing football before school & was pushed from behind and ended up hitting his head (face) on a wall. This happened on Friday and each day it has looked a little worse, but I think we reached the apex & it’ll start to come around. Another mommy-first was his cut… No stapes or stitches, just glue for this wound.

I know what you really want to know though… How have I been spending *all* of my free time? Well, I wasted a good week or so getting really sick. It started in my sinuses & turned into pneumonia :( The more fun stuff = sewing! I have made 2 weighted blankets for local kids–one with autism, the second with some anxiety. The blankets are supposed to be calming. I also have been running around (literally!) at the Adventure Run. I have been volunteering this season– they pay us in free shoes! I just earned a pair that I will be using for my half marathon in November (training started yesterday).

What have you been up to?

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Happy Independence Day!

July4

Hope you’re enjoying your freedom with some friends & family!

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What does an AZ storm look like?

July3

Storms here are not the same as the Midwest.. In Iowa, you can smell the rain & feel it in the air before it comes. Here you don’t want to smell a storm coming–if you have allergies the air is brutal! Storms kick up all sorts of dust and dirt.

But, it does look pretty cool!

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‘Merica

July3

Are you ready?

I love Pinterest! It’s sort of an obsession… However, you’d never know it based on my pins. I mostly just scroll and scroll. But, I do absorb some ideas.

And to get ready for the 4th we tried a couple :)

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This is the little dude’s shirt. I will attempt a photo of the kids with theirs tomorrow. It was a really easy project & I thought the results were cute.

Then tonight, Bean & I baked cupcakes..

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What are you doing to celebrate?

Tomorrow we will avoid the crowds & likely just relax at home, but we’ll have cute shirts on ;)

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Does it Spread?

June30

Could organizing my day have caused more organizing…?

Once again, Pinterest inspired me to tackle my fabric hoard pile. I have uhlot of fabric. I think that if you want to be a crafter of any sort, you have to be a bit of a hoarder. And it comes in handy… My stash is where I found the fabric that I used as the background for my organizer :) It also has tons of memories, scraps from hundreds of prior projects.

Anyhow, I think it’s much more manageable now! And I ended up with an empty bin! This is only a fraction of what I have, but look at how pretty it looks now…

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More Organized

June30

One of the things that has cracked me up this summer is seeing a new side of D. He has always been the kid with the most energy. He doesn’t like to just veg out with the tv. But, I had no idea how much he relies (thrives?) on my keeping the family busy.

There are a bunch of blog posts floating around about making your kids play and letting them be bored. And while I agree with that in principle, I think having independent kids is awesome, I keep the kids busy for my own sanity. When we are busy we have less time to trash the house, less energy for fighting, an incentive to get chores done (to get to the fun!)… Basically it works for us. Busy kids = happy mama :)

Anyhow, D knows we keep busy, but he wants a plan. So, I have made a little Pinterest inspired creation to show him the plan.

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To Hell and Back

June26

Just found this one! Forgot to post the other day…

Well, at least that’s how it feels temperature-wise!

I left the kids with my parents on Wednesday in Flagstaff and went back to see my husband and work for a couple of days and drove back up with the husband last night. The highs in Flagstaff were in the 80′s, Phoenix has been 106-110 or so, and now we’re in Sedona, the highs here are low 90′s.

And I am sure you’ve heard of the “dry heat” of the desert, well, our mountains are the same. I expect the 90′s to be just beautiful.

While I was home the kids have been golfing–mini & at the driving range. They’ve been swimming at least once a day & playing lots of games with Nana. No clue what is planned in Sedona, but I am sure it’ll be fun.

None of us have spent any real time in Sedona before so it’s a big adventure! I can tell you that the drive in was beautiful… I have seen it before & there are photos of the red rock famous world wide, but seeing it again first hand is almost breath taking–makes me wish I brought my real camera instead of my camera.

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