Looking for peacocks…

I felt a little down this afternoon, missing pretty, green Washington, our home and friends, cool weather, our backyard and park, and so on…

So I decided I needed a pick-me-up and suggested a family walk to find the peacocks we hear every morning and night. (They like to hang out on a street nearby.) A walk always lifts my spirits and it worked it’s magic again…
Charming gave us our second Spanish lesson in preparation for our trip to Mexico in a few weeks.
He quizzed each of us on our lesson from yesterday.

“How do you say hello and introduce yourself?”

Hola, amigo. Me llamo Heidi.

“That’s right!”

Then he started on new material.

“Now, tell people where you’re from.”

Soy de America.

“Now, for something very important the kids need to know… Where is the bathroom?”

?Dónde está el baño?

Then we started making requests…
How do I ask, “Where is the peacock?”

“?Dónde está el pavo real?”

Where is the real turkey?

There it is!!!!

How do I say: Peacock Indian Chief!

And: Peacock Indian Chief Jedi Master!

Man, alive, can you imagine having a tail full of these feathers?

And how do you say: I love your cute smile!

Watch out! A peacock feather sword fight!

Awww… Joo-Jee saw me admiring these pretty blue flowers and immediately picked some for me. Thank you, sweetie!

Right after that, a woman came out of her house and called down to us from her porch.

“You have such a beautiful family! I’ve just loved watching you from my window as you walked by. I just had to tell you how adorable you are.”

Then she pointed at the stroller.

“Is that a boy, too?”

We told her no, it was a girl, and she cheered for us. Then she talked about having six boys and then a girl (though we didn’t catch if it was her or someone she knew) and that it was possible! :)

Then she waved goodbye and said, “You have the sweetest family!”

It just warmed my heart that she would be so kind.

It also struck me that while she sat in a gorgeous, probably multi-million home with an incredible view of San Pedro Bay below, when she looked out her window, she thought WE were beautiful and wanted to watch us. She loved our family and our kids.

That said something to my little heart that had already started to lift.

All the way home Shoo-Shee gave me the cutest little smiles every time I looked at her.

And I had to agree with the kind woman as I watched all of us.

God has given us an adorable family. I’m so glad we’re all together. And I’d rather watch my kids than anything else on Earth.

And it’s good that we’re here. With wonderful people that remind me that what really matters is hearing my kids tell Dad all about their day and giggle and play with him. That’s why we all made this trek. So Dad could have his dream job and we could still be all together.

Thank you, kind woman!

Saying Hello Again :)

Dear Readers,

Well, actually, I probably don’t have anymore readers after saying goodbye three years ago… But in case someone comes along, I wanted to post some current family pictures. Because a lot has changed in the last three years and there’s someone very special I want you to meet.

Our sweet Princess Muffin Cakes.

She’s six months old and such a dear. I had a bit of a panic attack when we found out we were having a daughter after 10 years of all sons, but once we had her I realized there was nothing to fear. What do I do with a daughter? Just love her with all of my heart.

We are doing very well. I love staying home to raise our children and homeschool them. They are getting so big and are so much fun. They are absolute treasures.

This was the day before Princess Muffin Cakes was born. Thank you to my sons and husband who took such good care of me while I was pregnant and disabled. I couldn’t move my legs or walk for the last few months and these boys were my legs. Thank you so much.

They absolutely adore their little sister and it’s so fun to see.

Well, I better say goodbye again. These dear children will be awake bright and early, so I better hit the hay.

Take care, my friends!




The Surprise Party

I got an email last week from a woman at my husband’s work. They wanted to throw a surprise baby shower for Charming and wondered if the boys and I could attend. I was touched and said, “Of course!” It was right after we went to my last OB appointment before the birth and the perfect way to celebrate! (She also took these great pictures and shared them with us afterward.)

The hardest part for me was keeping it a secret. I wanted to tell the boys, but knew they’d tell Daddy. (Boots thinks it’s okay to tell a secret as long as he WHISPERS it to you.) So I had to wait until after the appointment and Daddy was driving off in his own car to tell Boots and then Brother and Potatoes after picking them up from a friend’s house.

They LOVED it. We made a big deal of sneaking into his work and whispering, so he couldn’t hear us. Then we hid in a dark room with his colleagues until he arrived.

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And man, was he surprised!

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He had no idea and felt badly that he’d kept us waiting for a bit. Brother and Potatoes ran to greet him and Boots waited for him under the table, because he’d bonked his head in all the excitement. (Poor guy!)

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They had  a beautiful diaper cake with a number “4” up top and a talking lion, fun balloons, light-up duckies for the boys and very generous gift cards.

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They even had some games that Potatoes scribbled while playing with his light-up ducky. :)

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Charming was introduced to a classic “guess-the-candy-in-the-diaper” game that was too funny.

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And the whole time, Boots (I love his face in this picture) kept trying to figure out whose poo-poo’s was in the diapers, why Daddy was smelling them and why everyone kept laughing.

The boys behaved so well and enjoyed the snacks, cake and swiveling in the chairs (though poor Potatoes and Boots caught their fingers pretty bad while swiveling and Potatoes hugged me and cried, “Go! Go!” until I pulled out a bag of kettle corn for him– then he sat in my lap and ate it in the picture above).

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What a wonderful way to celebrate our new son! And what a treat for Charming to have a turn in the spotlight for being a New Daddy. Thank you to everyone at his wonderful job who planned and carried out such a great party! We are so grateful for you and for how much Charming loves his job and co-workers. Thanks for making our day special and sharing in the joy of our miracle.

San Juan Island

My best friend and I celebrated our 12th Anniversary this week. My parents were in town and they graciously watched our three Jedi Knights, an Ewok puppy and 14 chickens while Charming and I took a day to ourselves. (Thank you!!)

We enjoyed a sunny day trip to San Juan Island and fell in love with the gorgeous farmland and sweeping views of the water. I saved Charming when I saw a bee in his hair while he was driving. And he saved me when the bee flew onto my shoulder and he whacked it off with a water bottle. Then he made me laugh so hard when he sang banjo music as the soundtrack to our little adventure.

Someday, I am going to write a historical romance novel set in this magical slice of heaven, with a Cousin Vinnie from Brooklyn who makes authentic New York subs that I can still taste.

And someday, Charming is going to buy a farm there. And pile up all of his rocks right in the middle of the field, just like an islander.

Happy Anniversary, My Love! You’re the best decision I ever made.

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