Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hot Tub

We are a part of a program where we get sent free stuff to review. It is kind of amazing. We have gotten a lot of really practical stuff (shampoo and diapers) and really random stuff (inflatable paddle board).

Recently we received an inflatable hot tub. Yes you read that right, a hot tub that is inflatable. On Father's Day we busted it out and tested it out with the cousins. It was a hit. It actually occupied my kids a lot this week. Amazing how a little bit of bubbly water can entertain.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Simpsons Legos

For Andrew's birthday, I got him a 2 month subscription to NetBricks (it was a Groupon deal at the time). It is a company that basically rents out lego sets. He generously let the girls help him pick out what to get. We both thought they would pick out some of the Disney Princess sets but instead they thought the Simpsons House looked cool. 

They have never seen the Simpsons, but now know the main characters names (Bart was called Bert for several weeks). It was such a fun thing for them to build together. It took a few weeks but this week they completed it. 

It is an expensive service normally but if another Groupon became available, I would highly recommend it.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Mario Kart

For the past 6 years, Andrew's number one item for me to look for at garage sales has been Mario Kart for Wii. A few weeks ago I finally found it... for $4. I thought maybe we should wait and give it to him for Father's Day, but the girls were so excited about it... so we gave it to him as soon as we got home!

We don't play video games very much here, but Saturday morning tradition for awhile has been to play Mario Party (while I sleep in!) Mario Kart has definitely become a fast favorite for the girls and Andrew seems to be enjoying it too!


We get comments daily on baby Drew's hair. He has a lot of it and it almost has natural (hipster) style. Occasionally it will go crazy like this.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Puppy Facepaint

On Malia's last day of school (a month ago), they had all sorts of activities for the kids to rotate through. One was faceprint and so I came home with a puppy that day!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

House Update

So our house sold... in 48 hours... for $5,000 more than we were asking. That is how crazy the housing market is out here. We are grateful to not have to keep our house show-ready for longer than a weekend.

Now we are looking for a house. We basically have a week to find one or else we will have to double move (which I really do not want to do). We offered on a house over the weekend but it wasn't accepted because of the contingency of our house selling. And there isn't anything on the market that is tempting right now so we are praying for a house that suits our needs to come available sometime this week.

I am trying not to get overwhelmed by the uncertainty ahead of us but it is hard. I was doing laundry today and was struck by what Malia's VBS shirt said "Unknown to us, known to Him." It exactly what I need to be focusing on. God's in control. Even if a double move is in our future, things could be worse... I could be having to keep my house show ready for months!

New Costumes

A few weeks ago, I piled all 4 kids into the car and went garage saling. They did great and we found some great stuff. Naomi's favorite finds were dinosaur and Supergirl costumes. I think I paid about $2.50 for both and have already gotten our moneys worth out of them.  

 That very day, Naomi insisted on wearing the dinosaur (even though it was hot and the costume is a big snug).

And that same night, she switched to the Supergirl costume on our downtown adventure.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015


With four kids, I am not finding a lot of time to blog. And a week ago we decided to put our house on the market, so we are in a race until this Friday to get stuff cleaned up and out, and to make it look like no one lives here (which is kind of hard when 6 of us are living here!)

We have been wrestling with moving for awhile and feel good about the decision to move forward. We love our current home but are wanting more space so we can continue to work from home, homeschool and foster/adopt. There are many things in this process that need prayer. If you think of us, please pray for a quick sale and for us to find the right next house. 

Hopefully next week, life won't be so chaotic and I can start posting pictures again!