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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A moment with Sophie

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Sophie is hilarious. She is always asking questions and spends a LOT of time wondering about things. She’s bright, for sure. But also, just flat out nosy. She likes to be in the thick of things, where the action is. Lately she’s been asking a lot of questions about China. We’ve talked about China from […]

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Big girl Belle

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Isabelle is (almost) potty trained! It was all her idea, she started coming to me to tell me she needed to go and then taking me by the hand and leading me to the bathroom So I figured we’d go with it and see how it went. She has been good about going #1 on […]

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Graduation Day

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On Saturday, Tori graduated from high school! It was such a special day. We attended the graduation and hooped and hollered for her when she crossed the stage. Afterward we had a celebration for her with some yummy food catered by one of our favorite local restaurants and a delicious, very chocolatey cake, just like […]

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