We are solidly back in reality. The well behaved 4 year old that went with us to Arizona is overtired and rather disappointed that the world no longer revolves around her. Jared is playing catch up at work and too tired to talk at the end of the day. Claire's had three appointments and tomorrow we get to go up to LPCH for the scoliosis clinic. I woke up with a terrible headache and nearly passed out after my physical therapy. This is real life, it sorta drives me crazy and at times can be a bit depressing. Laced throughout it there have been a few simple pleasures. We donated a csa box to Kid Quest (Claire's summer home away from home) upon Claire's urging us to do so. The joy on the faces of the staff as they sifted through the heaping bag of veggies was priceless. It was a moment of slowness when everyone in the moment was thankful for the process, the farmer that grew it, the parent who provided it and the staff that will lovingly cook it with the kids for tasty meals that will be enjoyed together. Later in the day Chloe finally earned a few minutes of ipad time and chose to climb into her sisters bed and share it with her. It's nothing life shattering, the world would keep spinning without it but these simple pleasures, sharing things that we enjoy, that's the stuff that heals my spirit when I am surrounded with piles of laundry and fighting off back pain. I can deal with that in a world that's simply awesome like this.
Since my last post, we have traveled to and from Arizona. We went strong up until the moment we left and hit the ground running once we got home. This might seem obvious to you, but somehow in all of this I have realized that we do a lot of life. It's not busy, it's just not boring. Our life is an adventure, there is nothing mundane in our world. Just going to the grocery store becomes a heroic activity when one child is on the verge of a seizure and the other is trying to do cartwheels in the parking lot. The trip was great but exhausting. I don't know when my brain is going to be functioning again, so I am going to put up pics of the trip. While going for a funeral wasn't fun or anything I ever would have wanted to be doing, we made the most of it because today is what we've got. So here's the story of our adventure to Arizona in pictures.
Quick AFO adjustment and circus training right before we left.
Sweetest sisters ever.
Chloe wanted to make a raisen, it was fun to watch, if you are sitting forever.
Starbucks baristas were randomly super rude.
The girls were champs, it was however a very long night.
Chloe was intrigues by the cactus and wanted to know where the sand was.
We found the sand however, she now thinks that Arizona has the sand of the desert but also lots of grass and bagpipers to bring in the sunset.
We did bring a little slice of home with us.
I tried to explain that this is where I once worked, they just liked the fountain.
Claire loved lounging by the pool in the warm night.
Eventually we wore Chloe out.
Of course we jumped on the beds.
We also managed a little fun in the awesome pools.
I was very amused that they made fire to roast marshmallows and melt chocolate, pretty sure you can make s'mores there with no fire.
Before we knew it it was time to head home but we really enjoyed our time in the beautiful desert.
Sitting in traffic, not so much.
Now it's back to normal, which is still an adventure. I am really excited to tell you that I have started to move where I am writing, soon there will be a new blog, Adventures in Rettland, details to come!