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HENRI LATELY

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i volunteer at the school on fridays. as i was leaving henri’s class his teacher said check the wall outside. his class has a baby come in once a month. they touch the baby’s toes. ask the mom questions. they are then asked a question and draw a picture to go along with their answer. this month was why do babies cry? henri related back to when jack was in the hospital. most kids said   “i cried when my sister took something from me” or “when i fell.” all of my kids always relate back to jack in the hospital. it always makes me tear up. that time affected them so deeply. its sometimes hard to hear them talk about it. it shaped who we are and we are closer as a family. for that i’m grateful. but to know it still hurts them hurts me.

 

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henri was baptized this saturday 1-16-16. such a special day. unfortunately we didn’t have any family come up but we do have an amazing ward family that came to support us. i love these kids and the love they have for the gospel. i’m a proud mama.

 

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ivan made sunday dinner. carbs + meat. the meat was really good too!

 

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allergy testing. this is alway the pits. they only tested a few things. since we already know he’s allergic to every plant/grass/animal we tested for things like mold and of course peanuts again. we also tested for the dtap. henri had a really bad reaction when he got his 3rd dtap vaccination. his entire leg swelled several sizes larger than normal. it was hot and red. i told the dr. back in az and she said we should not give him anymore and reported it to the cdc. that was probably 6 yrs ago. he hasn’t had once since. a few weeks back the kids had well checks. i talked to the new dr. about what happened and he decided that since henri had no reaction with the first 2 rounds of the dtap he should be fine to get the shot. we saved the shots for another day and when we went back to get them i just had a bad feeling. i couldn’t do it. i talked with the injectionist and she told me to ask his allergist to test and see if he was allergic. well we did and he is. this is one of those times i am so grateful i trusted my gut. i was so close to just giving it to him. he’s still allergic to peanuts. bummer!

 

we also talked a little about ivans sinus problems. he’s had chronic sinus infections for months and has really been feeling pretty awful. the doctor said its because of the rain and humidity. when the rains kicks in some people get inflammation in their sinuses and have reoccurring infections. he said he’d probably get them every year. seeing how it rains for 9 months straight we aren’t sure what to do. he has an appointment with the allergist in february. we’ll see what happens.

 

henri also became a member of the boy scouts of america. he’s super excited and we are so proud of him!

 

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trying on suits. this handsome boy was in need of new church clothes. now that he’s baptized ivan told him he’s got to step up his sunday game. no more vans to church.

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FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY

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our first week of the new year has been a pretty great one. i’m liking 2016 already! jack and i spent half the day volunteering in the older kids classrooms and the other downtown on friday. i was picking up a present for a friend and thought i’d stop in barnes and noble and let jack play with the trains. i always did this when the older kids were little and they loved it. i could spend the whole day in the bookstore so this really is the perfect hangout spot for us. the downside is they don’t have a bathroom in the store. so we have to venture out to find one. jack has a habit of having to go 5 minutes after we settle in somewhere. city bathrooms are the pits!! we drove downtown and can i tell you street parking is like finding gold. $8 in a lot for 30 min or $3 on the street for 1 1/2. or theres always target parking.

 

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this city is heaven for little boys. one big construction zone. diggers, cranes, drills everywhere. i’ve never seen a city under so much construction and i’m curious how its going to feel once its done or will it ever be done? i’m also curious what seattle looked like 10 years ago. probably half as populated. i hear from friends all different stories about the old seattle and its seems as though amazon took over and brought hundreds of thousands of people with them. turning a somewhat sleepy town into a bustling city. we all wish we would have gotten in on a house years ago, we’d be millionaires. prices have gone through the roof. i’ve been thinking a lot about our move to seattle lately. its such a beautiful city and henri is doing amazing, as in you’d never know he had horrible asthma back home amazing. but i can be honest here, right?? if you know me then you know this is just me. constantly questioning if i’m making the right choices for my family. if raising kids in the city is the right choice for us. there are real problems out there. ones we see everyday. i hadn’t realized how sheltered i’d kept my kids living in our safe suburb back home. we see a lot of mental illness. a lot of drug use. a lot of drug deals. even more homeless and hungry. its hard to see day in and day out. we’ve talked a lot about all of these subject the past six months. at first the kids felt scared of certain situations. i don’t blame them, i felt nervous initially too. when someone is screaming or throwing their things around and you’re not used to seeing it, you don’t know how to react. we see people get arrested, that can be shocking for a child. there have been several shootings within a mile of our house. we live in the most desirable neighborhood in seattle, full of hardworking families. but our proximity to downtown makes us close to crime. just last night on the news a man was shot at a lookout so close to our house. he was wielding a knife and an officer shot him. this is a lookout we go to often to see our beautiful city. swarms of tourists are always there. it feels too close to home to have this stuff happen. i hope i’m not coming off as complaining because i’m not. i feel so lucky to live in this amazing city. it is the most beautiful city in my opinion. we have the best of the city with a beautiful landscape of the mountains and nature all right here. we feel so lucky to have so much culture and diversity. as a mom i just worry is this where i should raise my kids? on the other hand we have amazing schools. with more opportunity for my kids than i could’ve ever imagined. they are so lucky to have involved parents that come into their classrooms and share theirs skills. they get the best field trips and learning experiences. they see all walks of life. like i’ve said before the kids in our neighborhood and school are some of the best!! i mean it too, these are the most kind, inclusive, bright, fun group of children we’ve ever been around. is that because they’re growing up in the city? are city kids different? or did we just luck out? i don’t know. this topic weighs heavily on my mind. but i’m guessing raising children weighs heavily on every parents mind. i know we can’t venture too far out into the suburbs, as far as henri’s asthma goes, city is better. or hawaii, theres always hawaii. thats been on my mind too. warm hawaii with a laid back lifestyle. spend the days at the beach in the warm water. we are headed there in 10 days, i can’t wait!!

 

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jack wore his backpack to help me volunteer. he keeps telling me he’s a big boy. not big enough to leave my side. he’s still always right there, but big enough to wear a backpack.

 

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oh and it snowed last week!! jack couldn’t believe his eyes. i couldn’t either! we spent our sunday sick with colds, resting on the couch. watching the snow fall with a warm fire going. it was actually really nice aside from the head cold. the kids ran out for a second to catch some snow flakes on their tongues. it was pretty sunny this past week which was really nice for this az girl. the weather seems to be warming up. we might even get to 50 this week.

 

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CHEERS TO 2016

we spent new years eve skiing. it was the first time for me and the kids. living in arizona i had just never really cared to try it. the closest slope is 3 hours away. it only has snow sometimes and seemed like more of a pain than fun. we’ve got a great skiing location just 45 min away here. we decided why not give it a try. so many people love skiing up here. we all got the hang of it pretty fast. we stayed in the area with the magic carpet. next time i think we’ll venture off to the bunny slope. ava really enjoyed herself, after a few tumbles she seemed to figure it out. henri got the hang of it right away. for as mellow as he is he really is a thrill seeker. elle did great too. every time she would fall i’d have to try and get her back up but with us wearing skis it was pretty difficult. it amazes me how quickly kids can pick up a new skill. they catch on so easily.

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poor little jack was frozen. he and ivan played in the snow the whole time.

 

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we went to our good friends house for a nye party. we ate yummy food. played super fun games and ate candy. we had so much fun! the kids had a great time playing with their kids. we are so lucky to have such amazing friends here in seattle. we’ve made some of the greatest friendships and have met so many people that we love and cherish. at 11:45 we decided to head down to the space needle and catch the fireworks. we made it just in time! happy new year! its going to be a great one, i can tell!!

 

 

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LIFE LATELY DECEMBER

wow this year flew by! i can’t believe how much catching up i’ve done on the blog over the last two days. feels like a weight lifted! seattle is treating us so good. the summer was amazing, the fall was beautiful and its been a treat to have an actual winter. i am cold a lot. i’m not used to that. in my mind december should be a nice 70 degrees. i’m really craving a warm day. for christmas we decided on a family trip to hawaii. we surprised the kids with a swimsuit and few hawaiian trinkets. they guessed it right away. we leave in 2 1/2 weeks. i’m so glad its not a secret anymore. i almost slipped up so many times! henri is doing so well. ivan on the other hand has terrible allergies. i’m not even sure how since nothing is blooming. i told him he needs to get allergy tested maybe his constant congestion is a food allergy??

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henri got his tonsils out. we talked to his doctors back in arizona and they said he needed them out. they are constantly infected and he gets strep far too often. they said it would help with post nasal drip irritation and snoring. his doctor here agreed. he recovered like a champ and is doing great.

 

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henri also got a haircut. doesn’t he look so handsome and 10 years older! he loves it.

 

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meat and bread is in seattle! we’ve only been to the vancouver location. so nice having one down the street. i got the meatball and loved it. ivan got the traditional porchetta.

 

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i’ve had trouble finding great donuts in seattle. i like the traditional pink box donut shops from back home or a gourmet donut. seattle can’t seem to get it right. mighty-o are good cake donuts but they don’t have those light fluffy fresh donuts like other places. another big chain up here makes the donuts at a separate location and ships them up, thats not fresh! general porpoise was pretty darn good. the vanilla is my favorite. its not the kind of donut shop that you order a dozen. i want to say they’re almost $4 a donut but for a sweet treat they hit the spot.

 

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my cute little ramen date. i love this hat on him. he really is so much fun!

 

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ivans brother and his wife came to visit. we had the best time with them. i wish they’d move here! see what i mean i’ve got 20 layers on and i’m still cold.

 

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love for paris

 

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jacks figured out what rain boots are for. he loves jumping in puddles.

 

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via tribunali has easily become our favorite date night spot. its close, usually not too crowded and delicious.

 

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