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The Rest of the Story...

behind Coralynn's picture gives me confidence that this child is going to be a handful!

Coralynn had a sippy cup of water, but decided she wanted my cup instead.  She does really well with cups, but mine was filled to the top so she would have drowned herself.  I told her no.  She cried and reached for the cup again.  No from me, again.

At this point the child decided she was going to throw a full-out 2yo tantrum (at 14 months- an overachiever!).  She began to slowly lower herself onto the floor to be able to have the full arms and legs fit.  Knowing that tile floors are hard, she was very careful about getting into the fit position.  Unfortunately, the momentum of her fit was ruined by the gingerness of the lowering.

The kids and I were highly amused at her antics. Yes, we were laughing at her.  What resulted was the picture- a Coralynn Mae sobbing because she didn't get my water AND she didn't get to throw a proper fit.  Poor Bits!

Funsy Friday- Picture Day!!

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What is the story behind this picture??

My Favorite Things

~Rain.  I love rain.  I love a humid Midwestern afternoon, and the ozone smell that comes over the land before the storm hits.  I love thunder and lightening.  I no longer consider myself an Illinois girl, but I will always love a Midwestern thunderstorm. 

~Friendship.  I have some fabulous friends.  People that make me better.  Encourage me to keep the faith.   Ladies, and guys, who put me on the right path when I mess up (and who are loving enough to point out when I'm on the wrong path).  People who spur me to believe in myself.  Those who invest themselves in you so that you will forever take a piece of them with you.

~Moving boxes and empty houses.  Another great pairing.  I love the feeling of excitement at the next step.  The feeling of fear of what's to come.  The feeling of sadness at what is left behind.  The feeling of accompishment at what was done and is to be still.

~Feelings.  I love to feel.  Happiness.  Excitement.  Fear.  Sadness.  Calm.  I love the range of…

Wednesday's 7!

A few apologies before we start praising this Wednesday afternoon!
~I'm sorry this is getting up so late in the day.  We had some service outages today.
~My blogger spellcheck is back to being in Spanish.  Sorry for spelling oops!!  (and if anyone knows how to fix this, let me know!)

With that done, let's get started on praising!!

~My internet and TV service are back!!

~I got a great email from a dear friend in Georgia who shared that some fences are being mended in an important relationship!  I was thrilled for her!

~While checking my email this morning, there was a note from a lady I only know online.  She shared some sweet encouraging words that really got my day started on the right path!!

~We had a fabulous dinner out for Chloe's 9th birthday.  She picked the very Panamanian restaurant, Bennigan's- note sarcasm- for her birthday meal.  It was surprisingly okay.  In lieu of presents, I let her pick everyone's clothing for dinner.  Forcing Camilla in blue and gr…

The Ends.

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In 9 days, life as I've known it for 9 years is going to come to an end.  (How's that for overly dramatic??)  Chloe is going to go to school.  Carson and Camilla are going to go with her.  Only Coralynn Mae and I will be left at home.  It's the end of an era.  The Chloe Era.

And I'm not taking it well.  But that's nothing compared to how the Bits is going to handle it.



I was very concerned that Coralynn and Chloe were going to be too far apart in age to have a very good relationship.  8 years is a significant amount of age difference especially with other siblings in the mix.  I was concerned that Chloe would be busy doing big kid stuff and not be interested in her littlest sis.  And, to be honest, Chloe is not one of those girls who just loves babies.  So, I was worried.
And for a few months, my fears seemed justified.  She wanted very little to do with the Bits.  Coralynn was more of an annoyance than an novelty.  Or a sister.  I watched Chloe's friends flock t…

Money Monday!

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(You already know I love alliteration, and I love talking about money.  It was another great pairing.)




First up, with the sale of our house on June 20th, we are now officially 100% debt free!!  (Feel free to join me in the Happy Dance.  Since it is our family's Happy Dance it requires no rhythm to participate.)  Let me tell you, debt free feels fabulous.  We have never had much, if any,consumer debt, and that was nice, but 100% debt free is amazing!!

In honor of being completely debt free for the first time since January 2002, we decided to set a new financial goal: to save in order to buy our next house completely with cash.  No mortgage.  No loans.   We are slotted to remain in Panama for three years.  That would put our return date sometime in March 2014, but because life is a bit unpredictable with company moves, I've decided to use June 2014 as our return to the States date.   We started the plan in April of this year.

39 months.  39 months to save for a house is not very…

We're Walking!!

...And it Shows

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Coralynn clearly loves to fly...

(you see her wings, right?)

Great Pairings

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I love a good pairing:

Chocolate and peanut butter.  French fries and tarter sauce.

Thunderstorms and summer nights.  Damp October afternoons and soccer games.

Sleepy babies and soft blankies.  Little girls and white sundresses.

But my favorite pairing has nothing to do with food, or nature, or family.  My favorite pairing?  Words and music.

I really enjoy music.  Would give anything to be talented in music, but it doesn't begin to compare with my love of words.  I love words.  Spoken or read.  Calm or passionate.  I love words.  But like all great pairings, the whole is so much greater than the individual pieces.  And so it is for me with words and music.

Nothing touches my soul like song lyrics.  If you want my attention, send me a song that speaks your mind.  It will reach my heart.  Much to my family's dismay, I can listen to the same song for hours, days, however long it takes for it to reach the depths it needs to.  And it isn't just Christian music that reaches deep…

I promise..

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The review posts are going to be coming to an end soon.  The fluff factor on the blog is getting to me a little bit, and I've been pondering a few things that will hit the blog soon.  BUT in the name of "weekend." I'll share a little more funsy from our trip.

The main reason we went to Georgia, beyond the obvious reason of seeing friends, was because Chloe was dying to have a part in the Music Week performance, and this is the first year she was eligible.  (For the record, I didn't tell anyone that was why we were coming, and I didn't pay Mrs. Speri off to guarantee Chloe had some role in the musical.)  Much to her deep pleasure, she got to be part of the choreography of one of the songs.  She was one of 10 or 12 kids, and was beyond thrilled to be selected.  (I love this about her.  Lots of kids would have complained because they didn't get a "cooler" role.  A more starring role.  She was simply delighted to have the opportunity.)  So here she …

Funsy Friday- Picture Day!!

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Time to play- Where in the World is Camilla Rose???


Maybe in her Kindergarten classroom?  No.  Maybe in a locker room?  Closer.  In the ER getting X-rays?  Yes!  You are correct!  If you look closely at the picture, you can see her nose and eyes are black and blue.  Miss Skippy Sue was cheerfully singing and skipping her way up the front steps in the church sanctuary on Friday evening.  Next thing I hear is screaming.  Lots of screaming.  From the child that hates being noticed in public.  Apparently, Miss Skippy Sue became Miss Trippy Dippy as she fell up the stairs.  Unfortunately for her sweet face, she couldn't get her hands down in time to catch herself and fell directly on her nose.  (I heard those "ouches" coming from cyberville!)
We put ice on it and tried to calm her down.  Eventually the Camilla Whisperer- AKA Mrs. Jennifer- brought her gummy bears and life returned to a swollen normal.  She even went and had a sleepover that night.  By the time I picked her up,…

Worn Out!

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When our host family was struck with a stomach virus, we decided to take their need for downtime as a great opportunity to visit some other friends.  On Tuesday, July 12, we headed over to the Daniels for some swimming and spaghetti.  The kids love going to the Daniels because they have big girls, a big boy, and a little girl- the perfect match up for my crew!  And Mandy and I always share fabulous conversation so I'm was as excited as they were!  We had a super time and the kids ended up needing a sleepover to get all their time together satisfied.
After 3 hours of VBS, 2 hours of Music Week, and 2 hours of swimming pool, Coralynn Mae had hit her fun limit.  You know you're tired when you fall asleep in your carseat, and then happily sleep in the "taco" position for 90 minutes until your mom wakes you up.

The Trip in Review:

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Friday, July 8:  Cow Appreciation Day

For my non American Southeast following, Cow Appreciation Day is Chick-Fil-A's way of proving to the rest of the country what a cult following looks like.  Okay, that's not the official explanation.  The party line is that CAD is when Chick-Fil-A fans dress like cows for free food.  If you dress like a cow from head to hoof (yes, that's really the line), you get free food.  Partial cowness gets you only an entree.

Last year, we dressed in our full cow regalia and got nothing free.  Nada.  Other than feeling like a moooron (couldn't resist), the trip was unsuccessful.  One of our fellow cow folk did talk to a manager who reimbursed us some of our money because she agreed that the cashier was being a little too herd core.  (Okay, I'll stop now.)

I had told people that we were not going back, but a friend asked if we would participate if we checked with the manager beforehand to get the acceptable attire rules.  I agreed.  Barely. …

Chloe.

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Happy Birthday to Chloe Marie!!   (cake credits to AOE)


Chloe and Libby! (It was beyond a blessing to watch them together again- a truly comfortable friendship.)

We're Home!

After 2 wonderful weeks in Georgia, we are back in Panama!!  I had intended to update regularly, but life, the stomach flu, and a broken nose got in the way. 

Our flight back to Panama was great- with the exception of the hour we sat on the tarmac.  No one got sick on the return flight, so that was a blessing!!  Coralynn did not do nearly as well on the return flight.  I was very thankful Tony was with us.

Let's hit our weekly 7!

~The kids and I had a great time at VBS at the Big Apple Adventure.  It was great to see them really enjoying themselves.

~All the kids did great at their doctor's appointments.  Coralynn is happily on the correct portion of the growth chart so I'm super relieved!  I cannot say enough fabulous things about Dr. Lisa's office.  This move to Panama was made so much smoother by their help!

~Somehow we managed, while we were in the States, to miss the stomach flu that was going around town.  I have no idea how that is even possible since we were i…

Funsy Friday

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The kids and I made it safely to Georgia.  We've been enjoying life in the South- and in the English-speaking world.   (ahhh- big exhale of easy living!)  Stay tuned for updates about our travel from Panama- taking three kids, 2 checked bags, 3 carry-ons, and a carseat through customs is going to create blog entries!

I thought I would share with you some "views" of Panama today.  Each video is right around 1 minute.  They were each taken on the way to the airport Wednesday morning. 

Downtown Panama City, Panama

The Pacific Ocean

Traffic coming into the City

Horrifying!

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Every morning, I weigh myself.  I like to have a clear picture of what my weight is doing.  Otherwise, I have no idea if I should be obsessing because it is too low or too high.  It's important to have accurate information when obsessing!  Saturday morning was no different until it was.

I reached under the bathroom sink and grabbed the scale.  As I was pulling it out, I noticed a little black thing underneath it.  Oh no- cockroach!   Um, not exactly.  (Carson is taking the video- until he panics.)


No.  A cockroach would have been entirely too mundane for our Panamanian adventure.  We needed to go bigger.  And better.  And harder to step on.  We had to go- scorpion!


I have no idea how large residential scorpions in Panama can be, but this guy seemed awfully large to me.  In the name of research and science, we decided to get a measurement on him.  (Not that I have any idea if it was a him.  I just figured women generally go to the restroom in packs, and this was alone.  Must be a g…

Saturday chores!

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Fruity Friday!

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Another expensive trip to the grocery store!

$5.95 for 1/2 pound!  Good thing they don't celebrate the 4th of July!