Monday, June 27, 2011

Swimming & Cars2

Kai and Noah had their first swimming lesson today. They have 6 weeks of lessons 2 times a week. It went great! The boys had fun and were excited to share what they learned! This is going to be a fun summer for them! After the pool we ate dinner and then Takeshi took Kai and Noah to see the movie Cars2! They boys were sooo super excited! The movie was in 3D so they got to wear the glasses and of course some popcorn always makes movies fun!

Welcome summer!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New to Coupon(ing)

I'm so proud and have to share that I FINALLY figured out this whole couponing thing! Our mom's group at church had a special speaker come in and teach us how to do it! I have always wondered how people get so much for free or really really cheap from the grocery store! I get it now and it helps that my husband is totally into it too! We have saved so much money by just paying attention to what is on sale each week at the store and combining those sales with the coupons that come in the mail!

You would laugh if you saw Takeshi and I sitting on the floor of our living room matching up coupons and making lists of what to buy at each grocery store! It takes more effort to visit different stores but when you get the food you use all the time for almost free it's worth the little trips and effort!

Recently we got a bathroom cleaner, band-aids and clothing stain wipes for just $$2 at target because of coupons! At Safeway I got a free deodorant last week! Takeshi went to Rite Aid over the weekend and got 2 body washes & toothpaste for just $3! Sweet! At QFC we got 4 bags of groceries (that we will use) for just $27, normally it all would have been $50!

It's fun to get great deals on the things we use normally!
Here are the website I use and where Takeshi and I have learned the most!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Kai Reading

I'm going to take a minute and brag on Kai!

Takeshi and I are so proud of him! He's reading everything that he can! If we are outside walking he will just start reading the signs on buildings or street signs. Tonight he read a book to Noah and I that is a pretty new book! I do not remember reading when I was in Kindergarten. I'm just so impressed with how well he can read already!

2 days ago I came around the corner into the living room and he was sitting on the floor reading a book to Emmi! It made my heart smile. The book was from the library too so it was a book he had not read before! It is all just another step in "growing up" for Kai and we are so proud!

Monday, June 13, 2011

It's only a season.

A friend and I were chatting the other day about how hard it is to keep our homes as clean as we would like. We laughed at how similar our homes were when we shared that there were always clothes on the floor in the bathroom or dishes in the kitchen sink. We both found in that moment this sense of "you are the same as me"!

It's no secret that my home is not all put together, not even close! There are always clothes to be folded, toys to be put away, clutter on an end table and dust on my t.v. With three kids playing, undressing, eating and building blanket forts - things get messy. I strive to keep up with the chaos but usually it beats me. At the end of the day I try to have the dishwasher running and the clean clothes folded but I will admit that there are many days I can't keep up. I do at times feel disappointed in myself. I tell myself - this is my job, I should be able to have it all put together better than this! The conversation I had with my friend was kind of liberating. To know that at that very moment her bathroom floor had clothes on it was some how filling me with grace for myself, and others!

I read on another blog someone write that they feel more relaxed when they walk into a home that is not perfect. They feel accepted and at ease when the perfection level isn't too high. I totally agree! I don't mean this to be an excuse for why my home will never be 100 % clean but it helped me relax about it! I do have 5 people living in my home, why hide that? Why stress over that? So I'm gonna keep on plugging away with the unmatched socks and dirty dishes and know that if it all doesn't get done today.... my home will still be open to friends and family and can still be a place to relax and enjoy each other!

When the kids are grown I will miss the toys on the floor and finding sippy cups inside of there bed covers. It's all a season so embrace it and enjoy the season you are in.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

5k fun run

Today the kids and I had to be out of the house by 7am! Thankfully Takeshi was able to help me a bit before he had to leave for work. I made some banana pancakes and we all ate in the car! :) I had signed up for a 5k race in Snohomish that started at 9am. We picked up my aunt, who ran with me and also Addy my babysitter, who watched the kids while we ran.

It was a great day! Perfect weather for a jog! We ran along a paved path that was beautiful, out in the country, had horses, chickens and lots of happy birds! As I ran I was reminded of just how much I love running! It meant a lot to have the kids there! I hope someday to do a race with each of them. :)

The race today was in support of a group that organizes adoptions. We raised enough money to almost cover the total cost for 2 families to adopt their children! It felt good to help!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Looking forward to heaven!

I just finished reading a book faster than I have ever read a 150 page book. I read it so fast because it was THAT good! It's a simple and easy to read book, "Heaven is for Real" by Todd Burpo. The book, I believe, is the true story of Todd's son who at the age of almost 4 had a life saving surgery and after about 3 months began talking about his -trip to heaven-!

As I read the book I was continually struck with goosebumps and jaw dropping moments! Over the 2 days I read the book I kept stopping to catch Takeshi up on the story and he also would say "oooohhh! I have goosebumps too!"

The book left me longing to meet Jesus and be in heaven. I'm anxious to see my family members who have gone there before me, to meet Emmi's twin. The little boy in the story, Colton said "Jesus really really loves us!" That theme was all through the book. God's deep and reaching love!

If you have the chance to read this book, do it! It's a beautiful reminder of what awaits those who have invited Jesus into their lives. If you are not sure who Jesus is or what you believe about heaven, this book will touch you in a new and real way. Heaven is for real!!!