Dear Edric-2017…

Hey buddy, it was 2 years ago today that we met you for the first time in a crowded little hot room in the middle of Seoul. A journey that had literally begun 3 years before was finally approaching the end in that little room.  You were just a tiny little peanut and really not…

Homeschool Ready…

The countdown is on, we are going to start year #4 next week. This will be the first year that we are teaching 2 kids, Caedmon for Kindergarten and Leighton for 3rd grade. I’m actually looking forward to getting into a routine and getting some learning going. We’ve got the classroom set up in our…

Cooking With Kids…

It’s a bit crazy. But I believe that cooking with kids is actually possible. And granted, at least in my kitchen its not all Martha Stewart/Betty Crocker/Julia Childs like…sometime my mommy growl comes out and says “ (Insert child’s name here) if you (eat the dough again/throw the flour in the air/pick your nose/etc) you…

2×2…

Um so what’s more fun than 1 2-year-old? How about 2 of them? And actually we still have 3 weeks till Coppelia is fully 2….she’s just trying it on for size right now I think.  One night recently Paxton went to bed sweet and easy going and then woke up the next morning with very…

A Chair And Stitches…

Because all good scars need a good story to go behind them right? At least that’s what I tell my patients when I’m sewing them up that they need a really good story to go along with whatever their injury is. I’m not so sure Caedmon has the greatest story to go along with his…

Obstacles…

Saturday morning found 5 of the 7 of us running through obstacles and over and under all sorts of things and getting muddy and wet and covered in bubbles in the process. The other 2 served as the cheer squad….kind of. I had found a kids obstacle race a number of weeks back and signed…

Tough Adjustments…

There have been days these past few months where we have laughed because only 3 kids cried during dinner (all over a fly-swatter…don’t even ask) and we consider the day a victory, and there are days where I have literally just cried by lunch time and been ready to throw in the towel. It’s when…

Chasm Running….

Last Friday Clint and I went for a good trail run/altitude training/time without kiddos/refreshing moment up to Chasm Lake at the base of Longs Peak. It was all in one. And much needed. It was nearly 3000 feet in altitude gain in the 4.3 miles up, but we had a gorgeous day and got an…

Coppelia-3 Months Home!

Our little dinosaur has been home 3 months! We call her our little dino because she still growls a lot and kind of walks like a T-Rex (or how I think a T-Rex would walk). We’ve made up a song to “I’m A Little Tea-Pot” only we call it “I’m A Little Dinosaur” and sing…

Happy 8th Birthday Leighton Reid!

This past weekend we got to celebrate Leighton’s 8th birthday with plenty of water balloons and ice cream. And while his arrival 8 years ago was a bit dramatic….5 weeks early, 41 hours of labor, 12 days in the NICU with bilateral pneumothroaxes, the past 8 years have been a blessing watching this boy grow…

More Attachement…

Each of our three little blessings grieved differently and has attached differently. Edric went into total shut down mode for months and had a lot of anger and fear. That fear is still there and I think unknown to him with new situations I think he still has a fear that everything he has ever…