Thursday, February 26, 2015

Old/New Toys

In 2015 we are really trying to cut expenses in attempts to save more aggressively. Mostly this means me sticking to a grocery budget, not buying clothes unless we need them, not buying toys but using what we have and not letting myself buy anything else school related. Of course there will be exceptions, but basically we are drowning in a house of stuff and so we don't really need anything else... we just need to enjoy what we already have (and maybe get rid of some stuff along the way).

Last week Davey brought down our felt people and both she and Naomi enjoyed playing with them. If I was a really organized person, I would have some sort of system for rotating toys because the toys seem new when you bring them back out. Maybe someday.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Locks of Love - Malia

For over a month Malia has been ready to chop her hair. Whenever I was brushing it out and she was cringing, I was ready too. But it was so long and pretty that I had a hard time making the appointment.

Last Friday was the big day.

She looks super cute with short hair and it is so easy to care for. When people tell her they like her hair cut, her usual reply has been "Me too."

Friday, February 20, 2015

Outdoor Painting

Over the last several weeks we have had a couple of really nice days each week. One day, painting got one someone's brain. One thing led to another and soon we were all out back painting.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Snow Trampoline

After snowmen were built, the girls and Andrew hopped on the trampoline for some more snow fun.  
 Action shots of Davey falling (on purpose)...

 Action shot of Malia throwing a snowball at me...

 Action shot of Andrew jumping Naomi...

Thankful for a fun loving dad for these girls.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Yesterday over his lunch, Andrew took the girls outside to play in the snow.

 The snow was perfect for rolling and making a snowman.

 Davey with her snowman head.

 Malia with her mini snowman.

 Naomi giving "warm hugs" to Olaf.

The four final creations.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Sleep Issues

 The past 10 days have not included a lot of regular sleep for some members of our family. Naomi has been struggling and waking up for stretches in the middles of the night. A good night she is back down in 30 minutes and on bad nights we have been up with her for 4 hours.

She did have a nasty cough for part of the time but it seems like waking up has just become a bad habit now.
 The few days she was sick, she was falling asleep in random (uncomfortable) spots like this...

And these were taken at 3:45 a.m. when she was up for several hours and she asked for something to eat. I couldn't believe how pleasant and smiley she was (I was not feeling that way).

Dreaming of sleep filled nights to come...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

USPS Field Trip

Last week we had a field trip to the big USPS facility with Malia's school. 

 Our group. Field trips are optional with Malia's school but about 150 people signed up for this one. It was a great experience... I think most of the adults liked it more than the kids!

On our way out, Naomi chose the rocky path to the car. This was the premiere of her new favorite outfit. Davey's old bathing suit, with leggings and her cowboy boots and shirt. Seriously she would wear this 24/7 if we let her (and we have let her this week!)

Sunday, February 08, 2015


We are up for recertification for our foster care license in March and with 20 hours of continuing education to complete, we have spent a lot of our spare time in the last month with our noses in books.

At first I was annoyed that I had to read all of these books, but then I realized how valuable the information was to me growing as a parent and I actually became thankful for it.

Above are most of the (non picture!) books I have read in 2015. The top two were read alouds from Malia's Sunlight curriculum that we both loved. The Wheel on the School made me laugh aloud with its clever writing and characters.

The third, The Read-Aloud Handbook I think I actually read in 2014 but I loved it. Maybe I loved it because it is a book full of research and testimonies of how valuable reading aloud to your kids is. That is a big part of the way we already were homeschooling, so it gave me some rationale for why we do what we do.

The fourth, Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, was given to me by friend Heidi to read. A worthwhile read for any adoptive parent, but warning: it is not really a feel good book.

The fifth, I Love You Rituals, was on the city's recommendation list. It was a good reminder that our kids need our time and our attention more than the latest, greatest _____ (fill in the blank). 

The sixth, When Your Kids Push Your Buttons, was a great tool to help me think through some of my triggers for anger as a parent. While I didn't agree with every idea in the book, it was a very helpful read for me.

Malia loved this biography of George Muller. While I read it to her one day, she decided to build an orphanage like the one that we read about.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Pizza Helper

Naomi is a very eager helper in the kitchen these days. She is quick to go grab the bathroom stool so she can see what is happening on the counter. Earlier this week, she helped me add pepperonis to our pizza.

Naomi's camera ready squinty smile.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Half Birthday and Tatooes

On Naomi's half birthday we sang to her and had ice cream that she had picked out. Pretty simple, but she was impacted by it and keeps talking about her half birthday.

Love this one.

We are in a tattoo phase at our house. Naomi, in particular. She has become strangely good at applying them by herself and we convinced Pops (who was over for dinner) to let her give him one.

 A grandpa's love!

The final result.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Davey and The Mitten

Recently I had some time at home with just Davey (which is rare). She wanted to read some books and one that she picked was The Mitten by Jan Brett. I remembered that I had a bunch of printables that I had used with Malia for this book, so I dug them out. At first Davey was not into the activities but she ended up completing them all and wasn't complaining the whole time, so I'll consider it a win!

Here's the post from when I did them with Malia. Fun to flashback 2 years.