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July 25, 2017

I'll Show You My Vacation

Six kids, limited budget, Momma with anxiety... We don't travel. Not for a typical vacation that is. But we are all about the "staycaton"! Chris takes a week off of work and we take some day trips and spend lots of quality family time together! 

This summer our kids did two separate weeks of VBS (vacation bible school). We took them to our community's pool. Hiking at a local Water Fall spot. Spent a few days at the lake swimming, playing in the sand and fishing. Chris took the kids to the Splash Pad (I was home with a sicky baby). And a trip to the Fair! 

It may not sound too exciting compared to the trips to the ocean, cruises or cross country trips some of our friends have taken this summer. But it's what works for us and we enjoy it. It doesn't really matter what we're doing, as long as we're together. Some of my favorite memories as a kid are BBQing for dinner and making s'mores over a fire, sitting outside watching the fireflies with my parents.. And that's something we do every weekend! 

What did you do this summer?! 
Comment down below! Or join our link up! 

July 21, 2017

4am Chit Chat

For months now Christopher has been sleeping longer chucks of time at night. But he almost always wakes up between 2 or 3 to eat and has a hard time settling back down. So my body had just become acustumed to being awake from 2/3-5am every night! It's a little bit frustrating because I'd prefer to be sleeping.. but it gives me a little peace and quiet and time to think. Which as I'm sure you can imagine, doesn't happen too frequently! 

Chris asked me the other day why I haven't been blogging and I told him I really want to, I just haven't had a ton of time! I did the update recently just filling you all in on what we've been up to. And finding time to sit and blog with all 6 kids home during the day is challenging. I'm keeping up with my monthly collab and trying to throw a little more content out there. But I'm not as active as I was and I doubt it will happen until the start school. 

I've got a few things in mind, you know me.. always planning! But getting it from my brain to my fingers and then editing and getting the blog posted is the part that takes time! I've seriously considered vlogging, I know I've mentioned this before, but the editing is what really stresses me out! I could walk around all day with a camera documenting our lives. I could absolutely do cooking videos and cleaning routines, but again, editing and posting is time consuming and right now I just don't have any extra hours in the day. 

I've got a to-do list a mile long of things to complete before the end of the summer. But once fall is here and things calm down a bit, I promise I'll be much more active on here! 

What's going on in your lives? Summer keeping you all super busy as well? Leave me a comment down below! I'd love to hear what's new with you! 

July 18, 2017

I'll Show You My Heritage

This months topic is a bit complicated for me.. We're sharing our Heritages with you all and since I was adopted I'm not exactly sure what they are. I actually talked to my parents last night about getting me one of those DNA tests for Christmas this year, because I'd really like to see what I am. From what I've been told, my biological father is Irish and my biological mother is German (Pennsylvania Dutch). But I'm not sure how accurate that information is. So I think it would be cool to find out for sure! 

My Mom is Irish and German. Her mother was 100% Irish and her father was 50% Irish and 50% German. My Dad is Irish, English and Scottish.. He actually did one of those DNA tests recently! His mother was born and raised in Ireland and didn't come to the US until she was an adult. My grandfather is from the US as far back as anyone can date and they actually thought he might be Native American, but after reciving the DNA results they found English and Scottish. But again, not my biological family, so it isn't really MY heritage. 

My husband and our kids are mutts. My biological children and my bonus kids. Irish, German, Dutch, Italian... Japanese and PuertoRican too! Id like to get the DNA kits for each of them as well to see exactly how much. 

One of the things I love about living in the United States is that it truly is a melting pot of different heritages, traditions, family stories. It's such an amazing place to be! One night we'll have Italian for dinner, the next Chinese, the next something super American like burgers and fries! We celebrate Christmas, 4th Of July, Thanksgiving, but the kids also learn about other counties holidays such as Chinese New Year or Kwanza in school. I'm always so interested in hearing about where someone is from, what they believe in, or why they do things the way they do! It's really wonderful! 

So tell me, where is your family from? What holidays do you celebrate? What are some of your favorite traditions passed down by your families? Feel free to join in on our link up and share your heritage too! 

And if you're interested in joining in in the future, here's the topics for the rest of the year! 

As always, thanks for reading! And come back soon!