March 3, 2015
Day two of our ski trip was also fun. But, this years trip wasn’t as magical as last year’s but last year’s would be near impossible to beat. Lets just say this trip was more ‘reality’. Again, ski boots and squatties don’t mix. We had a few cultural moments on day two that made us worse for the wear. For example, loading into a gondola should never resemble a mash pit, in my opinion. Also, when you go to pick up your French fry order at the counter, it never sits well to see a stranger eating them while you walk up. Not complaining about culture is a cardinal rule around here but I also don’t want to make it seem like life is all roses when it’s not!
This picture is my favorite. Apparently SK’s too because right after we took it, she announced that it should be our Christmas card picture next year. Way to be a planner!
We also sledded because throughout the entire trip, SK kept asking to ride the ‘tricycle’. She was such a trooper on skis that we didn’t want to let her down. So, she sledded awhile while the big kids continued to ski.
At times like this, I am so thankful for the life we are living, each day a unique gift.
Unfortunately, though, the trip didn’t end so well for sweet J. On our second to last run, she twisted her knee, pulling ligaments and landing herself here.
She’s supposed to keep her leg elevated for 5 days and then can use crutches for the next 5 before going back for a checkup. We are only on day 2. She’s uncomfortable, in pain at times, bored, frustrated and discouraged. I know each day will be a bit better for her but from this vantage point, 10 days seems like forever! Send her an email, voxer message, text, or what’s app text!
February 28, 2015
We have looked forward to skiing together all winter and finally the weekend arrived!
We aren’t staying on the mountain this year but in a city about 30 minutes away due to this trip falling on a weekend during peak season.
By lunch, little girl was exhausted. Last year, she rode between Baba’s and my legs but this year, we have a harness for her allowing her to ski in her own. But this also requires her to exert more energy!
The other two are doing great!
An unplanned adventure was trying to take two little girls to a squatty potty! Lets just say some things aren’t meant to be together and skiing and squatty potties fall into that category!
We are only skiing two days but after being so tired after the first day, this is ok! Time for games, hot chocolate and an early bedtime to be ready to go again tomorrow!
This is what someone has worn all evening in the hotel room!
February 24, 2015
After 2 weeks of travel, we were ready to settle into our own temporary home. We did our best to really root ourselves into life in our old city. One of the things we established was a weekly home school co-op with a dear friend to keep things consistent each week. During one of our first co-op weeks, we visited Dewberry Farms!
Love this fall!
Even the car ride was a blast for these crazy kids, so happy to be reunited!
February 22, 2015
We had fun shooting arrows together in Baba’s hometown.
Such a look of concentration!
February 20, 2015
It was wonderful to see extended family in Baba’s hometown.
February 18, 2015
During week 2, we also went to a Texas Ranger’s baseball game. This was especially exciting for Baba who loves a good baseball game!
Someone hadn’t fully recovered from ‘jet pack’ yet!
February 16, 2015
Our second week in the states was spent with Baba’s family. First, we went to Great Wolf Lodge. The kids have wonderful memories there and it was such fun to return!
February 14, 2015
During our first week, we spent a couple of days at the beach with my parents. The trip was so special. In some ways, it felt like a dream. It was hard to believe that less than one week before, we had been living half way around the world.
We even got to watch Frozen in a private theater!
I LOVE N’s reaction when this fun dessert arrived!
SO MUCH FUN!!
February 12, 2015
Or, Jet Pack as SK mistakenly called it. A neurologist once told me it takes one day per hour’s difference to adjust to a new time zone. We have an 8 hour difference and her estimation usually seems to be about right. We have also learned that if you wake up in the night, wide awake, sometimes eating a snack can help. So, when we returned this time, I put a banana by each child’s bed and asked them to try hard not to get up but to just eat the banana and go back to sleep. SK still claims “jet pack” and asks for a banana every once and awhile. The novelty of food in bed was entertaining for her!
We hit the ground running when we arrived in the states. Well, all but one of us did. Little SK’s body just couldn’t keep up!
These pictures were all within the first week.
February 10, 2015
We spent the first two weeks of our time in the states on vacation, re-uniting with our families. We had one week with my family and one week with Baba’s. It was such fun to spend time with cousins.
It was also fun to eat at some of our old favorite spots.
We rode some crazy animals in the mall with the whole fam!
Celebrating togetherness was so special!!