Monday, January 15, 2018


A new year... brings new adventures. Last year, was tough. It was filled with a lot of trial and error, navigating this whole family of 7 thing. The twins brought along a ton of fun and laughter (and of course amazing cuddles) but caring for two so little drained a lot of our energy. Getting out of the house to go anywhere takes about twice as long, and we never know which one is about to meltdown at any given point.... so 2017 was a year of being hesitant and slow, and intentionally staying near home. We didn't want to take our chances... create unnecessary challenges for ourselves. We used to EMBRACE adventure before kids... and then slowly as we added another, and another... and then boom boom two at a time... the idea of adventure, elicited more fear than excitement. But, that is no way to live.

We spent the second half of 2017 trying to figure out how to balance our health with our kids' routines. Being consistent in our working out... working out always combats stress and it's nice to keep off those extra pounds, not to mention, gives us a boost in the energy department. Forming a routine of "getting our workout in" has been great... it's encouraging and empowering... and we've been doing it together (the hubby and I) in our garage gym, for the last month. We're figuring out how to encourage one another, how to hold each other accountable, and it's a clear example for the kids to stay active. Putting that time aside to better ourselves, is also reminding me, how much adventuring plays a part in who we are. 

So this 2018... we are going to try our best to jump back into this thing called "adventuring"... because I've surely missed it. The kids have hearts for exploring, so it's time we stoke that fire that burns within them... reawaken the part of us that has been "sleeping" for the last few years... and to do it without worry or fear. 

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." - Martin Luther King Jr. 

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Seattle Aquarium

We ventured into the city to check out the aquarium before the year was through. It was fun to be in a place filled with tons of critters found locally. Beautiful fish found in the Puget Sound, harbor seals and otters, jelly fish and octopus... It was definitely worth the visit, at least one time... the view from the aquarium is unlike any other, surrounded by the Sound on all sides, and a view of the wharf.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas 2017

I'm pretty certain every year, I think the same thing. Christmas comes... I blink... and then it's gone. It flees all too quickly. The beauty of the season is so magical... so beautiful... and this year, we even had a "White Christmas"!

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Monday, December 18, 2017

the Hopeful

When we first adopted our Charlotte... she was completely nonverbal. She didn't speak any Ukrainian or Russian... Her room in the orphanage was right beside the music room. When we were walking her back to her room during one of our visits, just as we passed the music room, she started humming a sweet tune to us. She was in perfect pitch. It completely warmed our hearts to hear her voice for the first time. Language came over the months following... and it became evident that this girl had an amazing talent with her beautiful singing voice. We found out when she was homeschooled in Kindergarten that she needed hearing aids for her sensori-neural hearing loss. We were completely blown away by the fact that she was on pitch, even with having a hearing loss... in both ears! People have told us throughout the years that this girl needed to be part of a choir, and to have voice coaching/lessons. When the opportunity presented itself, that she could join a chorus... I plugged her right in. The very first time she practiced and came home, she announced to me, "Mom, I found 'my people'... " with a huge smile beaming across her face.

Her first concert was 2 weekends ago... The Christmas Concert. Marley and I created a bravo bouquet just for her. It was full of roses (because they're Charlotte's favorites), and tied up with fancy strings. Not sure what possessed me... but I really believed that the kids would do alright watching Charlotte perform. I was little disillusioned... optimistic... hopeful. We made our way to the chapel where it was held, and immediately began trying to figure out how we were going to make it through a performance where every little tiny human was melting down over something different. In the end, we sent Daddy home with all the littles...thankful to him for handling the littles so I could stay to listen to the rest of the concert (it was 2 hours long!) with my sister in law, Courtney... ate a quick cookie during the reception that followed, and took a Lyft home after that. It was the craziest thought... that we could all "enjoy" Charlotte's singing... and maybe in a few years, we will be able to. I'm not losing hope... Call me Karen... Karen the Hopeful.

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