Sunshine and Rainbows

Jun 27, 2017

Our profile often shows us in the best light. That is, when we're hanging out being happy, on vacation, or visiting friends and relatives. But we'll be the first to admit that family life is not all sunshine and rainbows. Families aren't designed to be happy all the time. They're designed to be a supportive environment for everyone involved ... during the great times, and the not so great times.

Are there meltdowns? Absolutely. (And not just from our 5-year-old.) Are there frustrating moments? You bet. But those times are always eclipsed by the wonderful times. Like yesterday, when we picked up Tempe early from school and went to the pool. Or when we made the Wonder Woman movie a family event. But there will always be challenges in life - and we're there to face those challenges together.

One of our current challenges is the transition from preschool to kindergarten. Tempe has been with some of her classmates since she was 6 months old. The group of girls in her class are like sisters to one another. So it's really hard for her to see them move on to different schools. It's been many a recent morning that she's cried while eating her cereal because one of her friends has moved on. And in those times, we stick together more than we ever have. We talk about all the wonderful things we have to be thankful for - and most of all, we talk about family and how it will never go away, no matter what the challenge.

So it is always sunshine and rainbows? Of course not. But for a large percent of the time, it is. 

The Backyard

Jun 26, 2017

Some of the best family moments are had in the backyard. Don't you agree?

A Bedroom in the Morning

Jun 23, 2017

This morning we decided - just for fun - to stay home. 

Yes, Tempe could have gone to school. Yes, Kris could have worked. But we decided to forego everything and just relax. After all, it's Friday. We're calling in crazy.

So while we were planning our day, we walked into the hallway and saw this ...

Clearly these dogs need attention.

Poolside

Jun 22, 2017

Our neighborhood pool is officially open! Pretty much every weekend for a few hours, and sometimes during the week after school, we can be found poolside. We pack a bag with snacks and drinks, sunscreen and towels, and camp out by the pool - though we spend most of our time there in the water. They have a baby pool, a shallow end for kids Tempe's age with two splash pads and other 'get wet' features. 

Kris grew up with a pool at her house, and was on the swim team, so loves the water. Since Tempe was just a baby, we've been taking her to the pool. She's always loved it. And once she took swimming lessons, she wanted to do away with her swimmies. She wanted to join swim team, but since practice was every single day, we thought it might be too much for all of us. We decided she could take lessons again, which will start in just a few weeks.

We're looking forward to bringing your child to the pool too as much as he or she wants. We're hoping swimming will be a part of their life as well!

Happy Father's Day

Jun 18, 2017

To this awesome Dad, who is there every day without fail for hugs, laughter, support, guidance and maybe a bite of cheesecake or two.

You're the best, Robert!

xoxo

Rogue One

May 28, 2017

Kris and Tempe drove home from Kentucky on Saturday. When we arrived home, Robert had prepped an entire smorgasbord! We both took baths to wash off the day, then headed downstairs to pick from shrimp, chicken wings, cheese, carrots, radishes, cucumbers, watermelon and grapes. After we filled up, we were ready to relax together. Tempe had an idea: "I want to watch Star Wars." Robert clarified, "Which one do you mean? Who is in it?" Tempe replied, "Dark Vader and that girl who is named Stardust." The three of us snuggled up on the basement couch with Hermione and Chalky, and watched Rogue One. No matter how many times we watch it, the action always keeps us on the edge of our seats. What a great homecoming.

Morning Scenes

May 28, 2017

In the mornings before school, Tempe and her doggies climb into Kris and Robert's bed, where they proceed to watch Sesame Street. Kris takes a shower and gets ready for the day during this time, but stops to celebrate the "word of the day" and the "number of the day." This little ritual takes about 30 minutes, after which, Tempe gets up and gets ready for her day. Kris and Tempe eat breakfast together then drive to school. Having a regular schedule and eating together is important, don't you think?

Road Trip

May 28, 2017

Every few months, Kris and Tempe take a trip together. This past week, we drove to Kentucky to see one of Tempe's cousins graduate from high school. We've got our road trips down to a science. We pack snacks, movies, activity books and of course download music, then head out as early as we can. Our road trips are the best. Can't wait to share them with one more!

Boogity boogity boogity

May 21, 2017

This weekend, we had two fun adventures. First, since Tempe and Robert love to watch the car races on the weekend, we decided to visit the Dominion Raceway.  The track itself is small, and no matter where you sit, you have a great view. We got there around 5pm, grabbed a bite to eat, then sat out on the bleachers to watch the cars roll. We were surprised Tempe didn't fall asleep on the way home with all the fresh evening air and the excitement of the cars, but when she got home, she immediately wanted to read one of her books. It was a fabulous evening.

The next morning (Sunday), we woke up and drove out to our friends' farm. They have a sick family member, and are going to be out of town, so we went down to help them out with a few chores, from mowing their fields, to fixing fences, to planting flowers, herbs and vegetables, and spreading mulch. At the end of the afternoon, Tempe got to ride on their old horse, DC. DC retired last year from a girls' camp that our friends own, so he was happy to have a little girl riding on him. Tempe rode bareback and even got to practice her "round the world" trick. Some of our work friends were there too with their kids so it was a fun-filled adventure and fun helping out some friends.

You can see our farm pics in our photo album. The pic attached here is from the racetrack on Saturday night.

Our 2017 England Trip

May 16, 2017

(Image from Port Lymphe website: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/attractions/port-lympne-reserve/8620)

Remember we said we're planning a trip to England this year? Well, it's booked. We're going in August. (But believe me, if we are fortunate enough to adopt, our plans and priorities will change swiftly ... that's what trip insurance is for.) We can't tell you how psyched we are to be going, as we've booked an adventure.

Port Lymphe is an animal reserve in Kent, England, where animals roam on over 600 acres of farmland. We went last year, and took a safari. We saw cheetah, lions, giraffe, orangutans, wild dogs, hyenas, zebra, European wolves, Bengal tigers and countless other animals. We also noticed places where you can "glamp" or stay in a treehouse. We said at the time, if we have the chance, we'll stay overnight. And guess what ... we are!

We've booked an overnight stay in one of the Port Lymphe treehouses. The three of us plus GiGi and Pop will check in, get settled, then start our adventure. We'll have our very own golf cart to drive around the reserve and (best of all) will be able to look out over the entire park from our treehouse!

Of course this adventure doesn't even come close to the adventures we've had building our family. Every day is fun and full of connection, even at home. While we're looking forward to some family time with Robert's parents and brother (who lives in Utah ... have we mentioned him yet?), we can't wait to welcome another member to our family. Oh what adventures we'll have throughout the years. 

It will be a few months before this England adventure begins. Until then, we have preschool graduation, gymnastics, lots of pool time in our neighborhood, backyard camping, July fireworks, a day trip to a girl's camp in Southern Virginia, two drives to Kentucky to visit Kris's parents, and more!

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