Friday, June 28, 2013

Pool Time

The pool is really the place to be these days- it is sooo hot here. Fortunately there are lots of amazing pools around and we've been to 6 of them so far this summer. 

Josiah just completed his first of two swim classes for the summer. Here is a video of his progress. 
We are so proud of him!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Living Full

Apparently we’ve had a slow leak in two of our tires. No surprise that I didn’t notice as I am too distracted while driving to be bothered with such details (“stop touching your sister”, stay on the left side of the road, “almost there baby”, which lane do I need, “no you can’t have a snack now”, stay on the left etc. . . ) After repairing the tires today I couldn’t believe how differently the car rode. All smooth and perky. 

Sometimes I feel like I have a slow leak. I get so used to functioning in a tired, get- through- the- day, go- through- the- motions sort of way, that I forget what it feels like to be "filled up".  I don’t see the leak. I don’t even know it is there. But I am riding low. 

I named this blog “In the Moment” when Josiah was born because I so wanted to cherish what was right in front of me.  Most summers we go back to our parents’ homes in America. It’s kind of like we’re still in college. We eat their food, ride in their cars, and relax on their patios. Pretty awesome. Staying in Hong Kong this summer, I am afraid I won’t get that break.  My days can feel like meal- clean up- meal- clean up- meal clean up or pack bag- unpack- pack- unpack or diaper- spit up- diaper- spit up.  As much as these things are necessary, they can “leak” the life out of me. Yesterday God whispered to me "taste and see that I am good". So my goal for the summer is to live full. To sing in the elevators (great acoustics), laugh at the messes, splash in the pool, savor the ice cream and live fully alive.

floating a cereal box boat

getting to hold the wheel on our sanpan boat ride

May you enjoy the moment this summer!

Monday, June 17, 2013

14 out of 16

The teaching staff at our school produced SIXTEEN babies this year! A normal year may have 1 to 3 births, so this was epic. Last Friday we got all (but 3) of them together for a very lively photo. Annabelle was #14, followed by the grand finale of precious and long awaited twins, Emma and Lily.

 This is really more of a movie than photo, lots of crying and wriggling as you can imagine (:
 The sign Jason is holding says class of 2031. We are hoping all these babies don't make ICS go broke in free tuition!
** By the way if you tried watching our Springtime video but were unable- I changed the privacy settings so it should work now**

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day . . .

 . . . to the most fun, energetic, patient, loving daddy!!  We love you!!!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

I love photos, but am not good at taking, watching or organizing videos.  Sooo, I've decided to try to slice together some clips at least 4 times a year. Here are some moments from our spring (a lot of the filming was done while nursing on the couch!) The song is "This is What You Do" from Bethel Live

Thanks Shalimar and Jenny for the country recommendations- I have been enjoying them!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

And That's a Wrap

- School's OUT! Nobody told me that mom's get that last- day- of- school high that kids have. No more packing snacks, checking newsletters, chauffeuring back and forth. Of course, I'm guessing this high only last until the first "I'm bored."  I will probably be skipping back to school in August, but for now I am embracing the change of pace.

- Nothing quite gets me in the summer mood like cruising with warm wind in my hair and country music blasting. So this week I added some country to my playlist. Mostly my favorite Tim McGraw songs circa 1998 ("I'm gunna live where the green grass grows"). If you have  a favorite country song let me know.

- When Annette doesn't want to finish her food she says she has a "tummache".

- I'm going to start running next week. It has been a looong time. There is a really pretty path next to our house, but I'm afraid I might cross a banana spider in the wee hours of the morning .  If you don't know how big a banana spider is, just think of a banana. I'm not kidding. There are a lot around where we live right now.  Does anyone know if they are poisonous?

- Jason is on a big granola/ granola bar making kick and I am loving it, yum!

- Our church just finished a series called "Faith Online" and it has made me think more deeply about my "online life". I want to be more intentional in how I use social media and see it as a tool build community and connect with others.  I definitely can use the internet as a place to escape or compare. Yet my mind doesn't necessarily need more information, it needs transformation.

- Annabelle is loosing her new born look and at 11 lbs is looking like a big baby. Why do babies grow so fast?

Monday, June 3, 2013

2 Months

Doesn't Annabelle look like a doll in this photo!?