Freedom!

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Wednesday was the day. The day we’ve been waiting for since we first started Jude’s castings on July 2nd. Maybe Jude wasn’t so much waiting for this day as he had no clue his casts would ever come off. But I was counting the days. I took the casts off myself after the local orthopaedists […]

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My big girl

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After two weeks of me driving her to and from school, Isabelle started riding the bus on Monday. We had been talking about it, visited the bus driver, toured the bus and Isabelle was ready. I wasn’t so ready. This stuff is hard on me, she is like a tiny peanut on that big ol’ […]

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1 1/2 years old

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Jude turned 18 months old this week. Since we weren’t able to celebrate his first birthday with him, we decided to celebrate this day, his 1 1/2 year birthday. We had a special dinner, flank steak and potatoes, and no, Jude didn’t eat any. He seems to be content for now living strictly on GoGurt, […]

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In case you’re wondering

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I created a long post, recording what all four of my school-attending little ones were up to on the much anticipated first day of school. But that left several of my brood out. So in case you’re curious what those three were doing while their siblings were bravely facing the first day of school, wonder […]

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Back to school!

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I can’t believe it’s really time for school to start! Our school system is eventually going to a year- round school schedule and I have to say, I think it’s probably a good idea. My kids, even though their summer was only about 2 months long, was long enough. For them and for me I […]

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We’re baaackkkk.

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We finally arrived home veeerryyy early Wednesday morning. It was one long drive. We left Iowa City at 12:00 PM Central time and didn’t arrive home until 5:30 AM Eastern time. Yeah, it was way too long to be in the car with 5 kids under 8. But we made it! I am SO thrilled […]

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Kids from Gutian

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And we’re OUTTA here!!

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Caretaker gifts purchased? CheckNew shirts because I’ve worn the same ones for the last 2 China trips? CheckHair freshly colored? CheckToenails painted? CheckLaundry done? CheckQuilt squares sent off to be quilted? Check (I know, I’m late, especially considering she’s quilting Jude’s AND Sophie’s OHGW quilt ;))Many, many notes scribbled down for husband to follow while […]

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Isabelle’s birthday

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No, it’s not really her birthday yet. But we did celebrate it today. Luckily, she has NO clue, so it didn’t bother too much. Since we will be in China on her official b’day, we decided to celebrate early since things will, I am guessing, be pretty darn crazy when we get home. The cousins […]

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Happy Birthday Asher

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My sweet Asher turned 8 years old today. For his big day he wanted his best buddy, Eli, to come over for the day. Chris took the boys to see Surf’s Up and then we all hit the pizza buffet for dinner. Nothing says “Happy Birthday” to an 8 year old boy like all- you- […]

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