Simple Things

simplethings2One of the things I love most about my girls is their absolute enjoyment of the simple things in life. It never takes much to make them really happy. They constantly remind me to slow down and enjoy little things.






Yesterday we had another doctor day. I don’t know what your experiences are like with little ones and doctors, but oh my goodness, was I unprepared before becoming a parent. Part of it is that when you bring a child home from another country, there’s kind of a rush to get everything done pretty quickly. And I get it, I’m on board 100%, but it is exhausting. Each time we go in for an appointment, there’s one more test, one more vaccine, one more lab value that needs to be done. It makes for a long day every single time. And quite honestly, with all the needles it ends up being traumatizing for them (and mommy).


So back to the simple things ;). Yesterday mid-appointment, right around the time I started realizing it was going to be a long day with the potential for lots of tears, I knew the girls needed something special to look forward to. I told them that if they could listen and obey and get through the scary stuff, we would go home and make a bed on the couch, eat popcorn, and watch a movie. They were thrilled. You would have thought I told them we were heading to Disney World right after the appointment ;). Every time things got to be a little too much, I just reminded them of what was coming and they did so.well. I was such a proud mommy, they really are the best girls. Their resiliency astounds me almost every day.


So we got home, I made a bed on the couch, which for some reason is totally fascinating to them ;), popped some popcorn, and we all just kind of vegged. They took a three hour nap (!!!), woke up when daddy got home, and made a gigantic fort in the living room. All the very best simple things.




We must have one a good job recovering because other than some talk about the band-aids on their legs, this morning they’re kind of acting like nothing happened. What a relief!

What kinds of simple things do you enjoy after a hard day?


Back After a Break (+ a Weekend With Family)

Sooooo, I know I take a lot of breaks from this blog and come back apologizing (as thought there are masses waiting to read what I’ve written. Ha!), but this time the my break was very unplanned and kind of frustrating. I’ve been having some technical issues with the blog and I had to get them sorted out before I posted again. It was really frustrating, mostly because I’m quite technologically illiterate. But thank goodness for good friends who help you out when you need it (and don’t make you feel dumb, even though you’re asking the most basic questions).


While I was on a break I had the very best weekend since we’ve been back. I feel like life starting moving at breakneck speed again once we touched down in RDU, and we really haven’t had many moments to just relax and soak up time as a family of four. But this weekend I took off work the entire weekend (Friday through Monday!!) and my sister and her husband came into town. The girls have been sooooo excited to meet “Bonboo and Marka” since FaceTiming with them in Uganda. We had such a wonderful time with the two of them. I think it’s safe to say that Teddy* and JJ* are pretty smitten with their aunt and uncle.

I’m including some pictures from our awesome fun-filled weekend below :).


Uncle Mark brought the most fun puzzles for the girls. They have 5 layers and each layer is a different body system, so as you move down–or up–the puzzle you reveal muscles, internal organs, and bone. They probably put these together 100 times over the weekend (and they’re working on them again right now as I type this).


On Saturday we went to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham and had the best time. The girls were thrilled with all the exhibits and it was so nice to just let them play as long as they wanted in each one.


Other highlights included JJ getting a butterfly to light on her finger, then trying not to move a muscle so it would stick around. She was so sweet and so patient attempting to get the butterflies. I just love seeing her little personality on display.


We had so much fun that someone totally fell asleep and didn’t wake up until later that afternoon.


This sister of mine. She let me nap for 2 full hours on Friday and got the girls up from their nap, dressed, and beds made all while I slept. I felt better than I had in weeks afterward. Thank you, Auntie Bonboo! I was in desperate need of that little break!


Saturday night we made chapati and African tea, two of our favorite foods from Uganda, for Bonnie and Mark. I am loving my new-to-me teapot I’ve used several times for the tea.

That’s all for now. I’m so glad to be back here blogging! Let’s all just keep our fingers crossed that I can manage the new techie stuff here ;).

*I’ll be using nicknames for both the girls here and on social media just to maintain some privacy for them :).




Working for the Weekend

True story: I used to think the song “Everybody’s working for the weekend” meant that everyone’s weekend plans were to spend time at work. Haha. Thankfully, my sister straightened me out.

I went back to work Friday and Saturday. I was so nervous about my first day back in 14 weeks (!!). I was scared I would forget how to do my job, I was sad thinking the girls might spend the better part of the morning crying because both Corey and I left. There’s just been so much change for them so quickly, and we weren’t sure how they’d react to not being with either of us all day for the first time in 3 months.

BUT, we all had a really good day! I felt like I got right back into the groove of nursing, the unit felt familiar and comforting, and working through my every day tasks was so soothing in a weird way. I spent 13 grueling weeks in Uganda doing things that were totally new and–literally–foreign. I felt such relief walking onto my unit knowing I was among friends and I was going to spend the day doing something I love. And my co-workers had snacks and cake for my first day back. So amazing!

And for their part, the girls got dropped off at their auntie’s house with no tears at all! This is a HUGE answer to prayer because they cried every day last week when Corey went to work. I just figured it would be twice as hard to be left somewhere without either parent. I was able to call and talk to them right before my lunch break and they were so sweet telling me all the fun things they were doing. What a relief! I knew they were in good hands, but it was so nice that they knew it right away too.

I spent Saturday working (for the weekend ;)), and the girls got to spend the whole day with daddy. If pictures tell the story, they had a wild time. Daddy was in charge, so what else would you expect??

I picked up Chipotle on the way home Saturday, and after the girls were in bed Corey and I ate and started the second season of The Newsroom. This is how we do date night these days, and I’m loving it :).


We’re looking forward to another week adjusting to real life here :). Still so happy to be back.