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LIFE LATELY

summer is coming to a close. man was it a good one. lots of staying up late, sleeping in, beaching and outdoor movies. it went by too fast and its officially come to a close tonight. the kids start school tomorrow. they are finally all at the same school. hallelujah! elle got in the last day of last year, we were both so excited! her sweet teacher came to the house over summer and met her. everyone is in such a great spot, it feels really good. jacks home with me for one more year then off to kindergarten. that gives me a lump in my throat and knot in my stomach. i can’t imagine not having someone home with me during the day. i love having a buddy.

 

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ivans crazy busy. which is awesome! i’m so proud of him. he’s so good at building a company from the ground up and amazes me every time. i got my real estate license in california over the summer. i still have it in hawaii and now california too! i joined with keller williams and i am so happy i did. the classes and training are some of the best. not to mention my office is great and the people are awesome. real estate and kids are keeping me busy but thats how i like it.

 

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i also joined pta at school and room mom for ava’s class. we had our first meeting last week to kick off the new year. i’m excited to really get in there and get to know everyone. its gonna be a busy year but a real really good one.

 

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we are back to house hunting. our lease is up at the end of this month and we don’t want to re-sign so i’m looking everyday. i jump on mls every morning. the benefit to being a realtor! but the inventory is sooo low. there are so many great cities in california. we are really liking san clemente right now. its got that hawaii vibe. lots of kids and everyone seems to know everyone. sort of a small town feel which is hard to find in a state of almost 40 million people. lots of good food too. i’m staying positive and telling myself whats meant to be will be, because really what else can i do.

 

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our disneyland passed were blacked out for summer and they’re finally back on. that means lots of disney trips. september and october are the best months to go. everyones back to school. the park clears out a bit. we finally went on guardians of the galaxy and oh man it was insane! jack was trembling the whole ride but ended up loving it after we got off and made us ride it again. he hasn’t stopped talking about it since.

 

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fall is right around the corner and i just can’t wait. i love cooler mornings and the holidays coming up. i’m starting to drum up ideas for halloween costumes. jacks into everything star wars and of course the other kids want to be something scary. i wish they would let me dress them. i’ve got some fun family costume ideas, the trouble is getting everyone on board.

 

 

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HERE WE ARE

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gosh its been so long since i blogged. i really love blogging but man as my kids have gotten older and life busier i have a hard time finding time. i started this blog after i had jack. tapvr was the reason i started it. i wanted to document our journey. i love having this online journal to look back on. i love the people who have reached out to me through this little space. so rather than catching up or promising i’ll blog more i’m just going to document where we are today and update when i can. here we go.

 

we are in orange county right now. a place i used to dream of living and also a place i at one point in life said i’d never live. funny how life works like that isn’t it? we left hawaii in a snap second decision sort of like how we make all our decisions. ha! i know its weird for a lot of people. for us thats just how we operate. like when people say will you go back? or are you here for good? i have no way of answering that. we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to move when we want and thats who we are.we moved to hawaii on a whim. we were living in the most difficult winter in seattle and went to hawaii on vacation in february to escape. while we were there we decided we wanted to move there. came home sold all our stuff and left by april.

 

so how’d we decide to leave hawaii? well initially we were waiting for ivans contractor license to come in hawaii. we’d been waiting months and months, just playing at the beach everyday. we thought lets live somewhere new while we wait. we didn’t even know exactly where we wanted to live. we made the decision to come back and traveled a good month through washington, idaho, utah, az and eventually california. none of those places felt right until california. i have a sister here. its familiar and close to az. we’ve vacationed here so many times it feels as close to home as it gets. i’ve also realized over the course of the last few years i’m a warm weather gal and i need sun. like really need it to maintain my happiness. so we found a place. which isn’t easy. harder than seattle and hawaii. you’re in line with what feels like the other 39.5 million people that live here for the same place. we found a home and decided to give it a year.

 

ivan did everything he needed to get his contractors license and got up and running right away. he’s super busy and doing so so well. i’m so proud of him. i got my real estate license here too. we joke we are just going to get our licenses in all 50 states. ha! ivans gone back and done work in hawaii while i stayed here with the kids. but work in hawaii isn’t like work here. they don’t move fast. no one is in a rush and things drag on. the opportunities are so much greater here. we can build the business we dream of and want here. hawaii feels restrictive, like we are holding ourselves back from our true potential.

 

so while hawaii is amazing and beautiful and the people are the best. at the same time vacation is very different than real  life. you don’t live in a resort. you deal with the same problems you do anywhere else. i’ve realized over the course of all the moves we’ve done that life is good where you make it. hawaii, california, arizona or seattle. it really is about you. right now california feels good. really good. the kids are in an amazing school they otherwise wouldn’t have been in. they’ve made really great friends. we love going to disneyland and the beach. the sunshine is good for me. we are all thriving here. is that to say we’ll stay forever? who knows! for now this is home.

 

we get asked all the time for advice on moving or how we did it. its scary initially. really scary. i remember our first few months in seattle, all i wanted was to go back home. but its also exciting and fun. we love change. we love experiencing life in a new place. you really just have to do it. theres no easy way. its taking the leap and doing it. the worst thing that can happen is you fail, you go home. but if thats the worst thing that can happen isn’t it worth trying? be brave! we don’t regret one single decision. if you want something in life– go for it!

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ECZEMA, STAPH AND OTHER SKIN ISSUE’S

we have had our fair share of skin problems on the island. our pediatrician and dermatologist have both said it takes a while to adjust to hawai’i and staph is a big problem here. the weather is a perfect breading ground for germs. jack broke out into a weird rash while we were in seattle. i took him into three separate doctors and none of them had any idea what it was. initially they thought chicken pox but it never went away. i had an appointment with a dermatologist but we moved before i could get him in. the bumps were itchy and he would scratch until they would bleed and scab over. this went on for months. right as we were moving they seemed to be going away. i figured it was a virus and was glad it was over.

 

mosquitos are everywhere in hawai’i and jack seems to be their favorite treat. he keeps getting bit and he scratches to death. he ended up scratching a few bites that ended up swelling and oozing. i kept them covered with an over the counter antibacterial ointment. the bites seemed to only be getting worse. i took him into the doctor and he said it was staph. he explained to me that staph is super common here. not to worry and to put mupirocen ointment on it and start antibiotics. he gave me 10 refills of the ointment so i guess it really is super common.

 

we finished the antibiotic and jack started getting the weird bumps again. the same ones he had in seattle. i made an appointment with a dermatologist who got me in right away. hawai’i gets a bad wrap for their healthcare but i can tell you the doctors offices and er’s aren’t overcrowded like they are on the mainland. we’ve been to the emergency room several times here and never have a wait. the doctors are friendly. we’ve met a few that went to school or did their residency in seattle. we’ve always gotten our issues resolved and been happy. i know there are some procedures they don’t perform here and you have to go back to the mainland for but for your regular illnesses they’re fine. the dermatologist said the bumps are eczema. i was shocked. this isn’t the eczema my other kids had. jacks looked more like chicken pox than dry itchy patches. the doctor gave us a steroid cream and said to come back in a few weeks. we repeatedly asked if it was something in his diet and he said no. i have a hard time believing i can’t clear up his skin by clearing up his diet and what he comes in contact with. i don’t want to coat him in steroid cream nightly if i can cure him naturally.

 

i decided to talk to my friend. i’ve mentioned her before when i touched lightly on jacks eczema (enlightened homemaker on instagram) and we came up with a plan to get rid of whats causing the flare ups not just mask it. she helped me chose supplements that will clear out the candida and settle the allergies and inflammation. i’m also cleaning his diet up. focusing on eating vegetables, fruits and healthy meats. cutting out dairy, gluten, corn and soy. i’ve already noticed an improvement. i’ve been using lavender and melaleuca essential oil on the bumps that haven’t broken through the skin to soothe and help stop the itching and inflammation.

 

we are keeping on this path and trying to heal him from the inside out naturally. that poor boy has been through so much and needs to detox all the medicine that he had with his surgery at 2 weeks old. theres nothing worse than feeling hopeless and having doctor after doctor tell you they don’t know whats wrong with your child. its such a blessing to have an answer and see we are making progress. any of you moms out there with kids that suffer with eczema here are a few tips i learned early on, when ava and henri both dealt with it- don’t use any detergent with synthetic fragrances and chemicals. i’ve talked to a lot of friends about eczema and the first thing i ask them is what detergent are you using? stop right now! i’ve even had them tell me just stopping that made a world of difference. there are a lot of all natural, dye and fragrance free detergents that work great. make the switch. i also got rid of any soaps, lotions, shampoos, conditioners that contain fragrance and dyes. exchanging those chemical filled products for natural ones made a world of difference in my older kids. jack seem’s to be a little more tricky. probably because his start was a lot tougher and from birth he was pumped full of medicine. i’m so happy to be seeing improvement in him so quickly.

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VANCOUVER

for our anniversary we took a weekend trip up to vancouver bc. we took the kids along with us. we really like taking the kids on vacations. its fun to get away for a date night but we love bringing them with us to make new memories and have fun experiences. vancouver is only 3 hours away so the drive is easy. the weather was beautiful and sunnier than seattle. our first stop was tacos at our favorite spot then off tho the hotel which was right in the middle of gas town. gas town is a super cute neighborhood in vancouver. lots of shopping and cute restaurants.

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we like taking the kids with us on vacation but we don’t like sharing a room with them. their room looks like a bunch of hard partying rockstars stayed in it. the kids had a suite adjoining ours. while ivan was out grabbing dinner and i was relaxing in my bed they were trashing the place. our room had sort of a twisty hall leading from ours to theirs that did a good job muffling the sound. i walked over and was surprised to see these party animals having the time of their life. not to worry i cleaned it up.

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we grabbed treats at thierry. the place was packed! the dessert were tasty and elle felt so fancy picking out her own box of chocolates.

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the view from our room was beautiful. we were on the 28th floor and coaxing ivan out onto the balcony was no easy task. he’s very afraid of heights. he inched his way out for a good 3 seconds to check out the view before heading back in. vancouver is one of my very favorite cities. great food. canadians are the nicest people ever and the shopping is pretty great.

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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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CHRISTMAS IN SEATTLE

christmas in the city is absolutely beautiful. i love all the decorations around the city. there’s a never ending supply of christmas things to do too. i sort of wish we could keep the christmas decorations up all year.

 

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trains at the macys window. the boys loved this. all the macys windows have a different christmas theme. of course trains won them over. i loved the baking one. they were all really cool!

 

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we ice skated a few times. elle found a friend out on the ice and the two stuck together. they were so cute out there. elle was so brave and wanted to be out on her own without a walker. she did great. we ran into a few of avas school friends too and they were so sweet with elle, holding her hand around the rink and teaching her how to skate. i swear seattle is filled with the sweetest most helpful children. i feel so lucky to be raising my kids in such a great environment.

 

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we made blankets for the childrens hospital again this year. this is another tradition we all really enjoy. ava was able to help me sew them this year. i love watching her learn a new skill and she enjoys sewing so much!

 

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we stood in line for a good 2 hours to see the nordstroms santa. its a beautiful set up and santa was so sweet. but they told me the wait would be a half hour. the unlimited supply of free cookies and hot cider is so not worth it. i’ve heard that line can get up to a 7 hour wait. my kids were exhausted. we were exhausted and it was a school night. we ran over to pacific place to grab some chowder for dinner. heres a fun seattle tip for you -the famous pike place chowder down in pike place that has an hour long wait also has a location in the top of pacific place with no wait. of course its not in the market so if ambiance is your thing then maybe the wait is worth it. but if you’re just looking for a great bowl of chowder pacific place is where its at.

 

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the pacific place santa doesn’t have a line at all and comes down when the snow starts falling and the music turns on. he takes pictures with all the kids. next year i know where we will be. this was a much more enjoyable experience. seeing santa should be fun not excruciating.

 

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we went downtown for the figgy pudding christmas caroling. we had so much fun and got to sing along to all of our favorite christmas songs.

 

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the downtown sheraton puts up gingerbread houses every year. this year was star wars themed. they are really impressive. that is all candy! the detail is amazing.

 

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we opened our christmas eve jammies and the kids each exchanged their presents to each other. this year they drew names. this is the first time we let them open their gifts to each other christmas eve night and i think its a new tradition we’ll keep. it was fun for them to have something to play with the night before and it got the excitement going a day earlier.

 

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some friends invited us to light lanterns and let them go over the sound. the lanterns flying in the sky were so beautiful and the kids had so much fun holding them and getting them ready to fly.

 

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the market all lit up at christmas time. the fruit and vegetable christmas lights are my favorite.

 

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THANKSGIVING IN ARIZONA

initially we were going to arizona for christmas but ivan ended up having to start a big job two weeks before christmas and didn’t want to stop working for vacation just after starting. so we decided to  go back for thanksgiving. we needed to bring our dog pearl back to az to live with my parents. we don’t have a fenced yard and she hated the rain. it really was so sad. i’d open the door to take her for a walk, she’d poke her head out and if was raining turn right back around. she wasn’t happy here and she loves my parents and their 2 acres she can run around on. we actually got her from my parents so they are a familiar place for her. we get pictures of her from them all the time and will take her back once we have a better place for her. since we had to take her with us and she was too big to fit under our seat on the plane and i did not want to put her with the cargo, we ended up driving back. wow, that drive! its a long one. we left wednesday night after i taught a class at church. we were going to leave thursday morning but we were too excited to get there and thought we’d get a few hours out of the way. we drove straight through. stopping only a few hours to sleep in the car. we landed in phoenix friday morning. dead tired with kids who slept just fine and were ready to play! the minute we pulled up to ivan parents house we handed them the kids and crashed for 3 hours. ivan went in to work and we visited with family.

 

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ivan put this giant tv in the car ontop of the cooler so a + h could play xbox while the other two could watch the tv in the car. way to much technology happening here. typically they can only watch tv or play xbox on saturday so you can imagine how happy they were.

 

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we played at our best friends house. they have the best backyard and toys! this board was a big hit with my kids. unfortunately for them this toy is not practical for seattle! henri loves that phx shirt. its actually a phoenix marathon shirt from those same friends. she is the race director for the phoenix marathon so we are always big supporters!

 

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my sister in law braided jacks hair. ha! he’s the prettiest little boy. he hasn’t had a haircut yet and i know he needs one but we really have become so attached. with everything we’ve gone through it feels very emotional to cut his hair. we are headed to hawaii in a few weeks, i figure we’ll cut it when we get back.

 

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matta’s for lunch! we’ve really missed this place. seattle just doesn’t do mexican food like az. that sunshine too! when we left seattle it was pouring all the way to the california border. the sun felt so bright!!

 

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soda shops are popping up left and right in az. of course it makes me laugh because a soda shop wouldn’t last 2 minutes in seattle. i had to give it a try and may have stopped by a few more times after that.

 

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thanksgiving morning i ran the turkey trot 10k with my sister in laws. i haven’t run much here in seattle so it was killer. every thanksgiving ivans family hosts the child crisis center. the child crisis center is a place children can go when they have nowhere else or when they are placed in cps custody. its a temporary place while they wait to go back home or are placed in a foster home. we usually host the east valley crisis center but this year we hosted phoenix too. its such a wonderful tradition. i love watching my kids serve these beautiful children. they each get assigned a child to help get their food, make them feel comfortable and be a friend to them. of course its very emotional and we all want to take the kids home. at the end santa comes and hands out stockings full of christmas gifts. this is one of the best days of the year.

 

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i ran into target on the drive home to grab a few activities for the car. if you can believe it the kids were burned out from all the movies. i had to snap a shot. the target was massive! all on one level, no elevators or escalators. it had every food you could ever imagine down to anything you could want for your home. i love super target and its probably up there with one of the things i miss most about home.

 

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all this snow!! utah, idaho and eastern washington were covered in it. we had to drive through a pretty big snow storm in utah. that was scary! we are not used to driving in snow so of course we were scared to death. we drove about 15 miles an hour for hours. it made the drive feel like forever.

 

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did you know idaho has a grimaldi’s pizza??!! it does! we were so happy. grimaldis is a favorite and we have several locations back in az but non in seattle so this was a welcomed surprise. i actually really like idaho. its clean, beautiful and feels like a small town with some big town amenities. great shopping too!

 

going back to az felt so comfortable. we picked up right where we left off. the kids didn’t want to go back to seattle, a few tears were shed. i was nervous about coming back. i didn’t know if it would feel like home or if we’d all still be longing for az. we pulled into the city and saw all the bright lights and big buildings and it felt good, it felt like home. i breathed a sigh of relief. we were back in our house in our city.

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LIFE LATELY

 

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ivans parents came to visit and we ended up playing basketball at the WAC with the senior citizen league. i was cracking up, it was my little kids and about 10 65+ year old mens league. we don’t play basketball often and seattle doesn’t have an nba team so they never watch it. it was really funny watching them throw the ball in the air. sometime it would get close to the net and other times it would just come bouncing back down on top of their heads. lots of granny shots. they had a great time. we grabbed milk shakes in the cafe and rode the elevator up and down.

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seattle from this view isn’t one i see often but its one i do love. this city is pretty great. i love all the tall buildings and big city and if i turned over to the left you’d see the sound. the water and nature so close make it feel like like the best of both worlds.

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we tried hello robin for dessert one night. i liked it. its molly moons ice-cream between two cookies. ivan doesn’t like molly moons so he’s not a fan. i love their vanilla its not too sweet and super creamy. the cookies were delish!

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well i bit the bullet and got a van. i resisted for a long time. i convinced ivan to sell the suburban, i hadn’t drove it in months. it was way too big for the city. i couldn’t park anywhere. i felt like i was going to run into everything. i told him i’d just bus or walk. which is very do-able. and i did for over a month. until you have a kid who see’s a cardiologist over at the childrens hospital or need to take your kids to their dr. that is all the way across town. or when your friends want to meet up for dinner and you have to start asking people to pick you up. i could’ve gone carless but its just easier not to. we searched for weeks. i would not commit to the minivan. the kids were pushing hard but i wanted a cute small suv. we drove to the dealership to test drive the van. i told the kids not to get their hopes up. ultimately they won. the van had me at automatic doors. the seat warmers, the tv, the doors for heaven sakes!! no more slamming their doors into other cars. no more realizing the door is too heavy and asking me to get out, walk around the car and shut the door. plus the van feels like a car the suburban was too bulky for the city. my only question is why’d i wait so long? the van rocks!! lets be honest any shred of cool i had left when i had my 4th child. i’m a minivan mama and i like it!

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our best friends came to visit and of course i took 1 photo. whats wrong with me?!! we loved having them and showing them around our city. this picture of q and jack is so sweet.

 

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HALLOWEEN

seattle has got to best the best place to trick or treat! the city is so beautiful in the fall. the trees, the cool weather the overcast skies. its all very dreamy. i’ve lost all control picking out ava’s costume but she decided on a really cute one on her own this year. of course i always want the kids to coordinate but they don’t and thats a battle i don’t care enough to win. henri had his heart set on a sumo wrestler which i thought was cute and so fitting of his personality. they got to bring their costumes to school and dress up in them the last hour of the day for their party. i showed up for his party and he told me he didnt want to put his costume on. he was worried what one boy was going to say. i mentioned it to the teacher and she gave a little speech on being respectful and kind to each other. he ended up putting it on and i was so glad he did. everyone loved his costume including the kid he was worried about. elle wanted to be anything fancy and jack didn’t care so they were frankenstein and the bride of frankenstein. i really loved their costumes!

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jacks other costume was a minion. he’s obsessed with them and calls them minyets. he wandered the streets of capitol hill as a minion.

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the kids school had a halloween bash. we all had a great time. jack figured out how to win the marshmallow eating contest.

 

 

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i really need to start using my camera. i phone pics just aren’t great. especially at night. this is the best i got of them all together. those leaves!!

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we were heading to dinner after trick or treating and stumbled into this halloween parade in freemont. police escorts shut down the street to let them pass so we got to watch the whole thing.

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jack insisted on trying on henri’s costume and he loved it!

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NEW SCHOOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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we got an extra long summer in 2015. we ended in may back in az and seattle doesn’t start until september. the teachers ended up on strike so we got an extra 9 days of summer. we’ll make up for them over the school year and will have a shorter summer this year. we walked by the school when all the teachers were marching out front. elle’s teacher spotted us from across the road and yelled out elle. we ran over to chat with her. elle thought it was so great she saw her new teacher. thankfully everything got sorted out and we started school. the kids have really enjoyed their new school. they’ve made friends and all the families are really great.

 

 

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the first year we’ve ever worn winter clothes to school. we live close enough to walk to school. we’ve never been able to do that. it feels really nice to have that time to talk about their day with no interruptions. for some reason they start fighting in the car. the walk home is always enjoyable.

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i snapped a quick pic and sent this to my sister. this was for elle’s kindergarten class. read the last line -no weapons. i know this isn’t a joking matter and its very serious but i didn’t get that on my older kids homework. really, kindergarteners?? coming from the suburbs already worrying about raising kids in the city i saw this and was like what??? well i can now say with confidence these are the same sweet kindergarteners i saw living back in the 3rd safest city in the country.

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the girls started ballet. they are so sweet together. ava gets to help in elle’s class and she loves that. i took them to the nutcracker this year and we had a really great time. the production amazing and the dancing so beautiful.

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henri finished an entire soccer season. i felt like shouting from the roof tops “he did it” he’s never ever finished a season. two games in his asthma flares and he’s done. this year nothing! not a cough a sneeze or wheeze, nothing. i imagine if we had always lived here he wouldn’t have asthma. i want to tell all asthma sufferers if you suffer from environmental allergies and asthma (not mold, if you suffer from mold allergies this is the last place you want to live. az might be the place for you) move to seattle! your life with drastically improve. you will be able to breathe without an inhaler or steroids. i feel beyond blessed to have been able to pick up our family and make this transition. it hasn’t been easy, most days ava dreams about moving back home. but it was so worth it.

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