Disney On Drugs

7 children. 4 parents. 4 grandparents.

4 with colds.

1 trip to Disneyland.

2 flights. 1 entire bottle of Dimatapp decongestant for children, distributed and consumed according to doctor’s directions. 2 boxes of gum for 3 older kids. 1 bag of gummy candy for toddlers.

1 crying child descending into California = 86% success rate.

3 days in the parks.  1 double stroller for 2 toddlers.  26 tired legs.  4 toddler legs running circles around us all. ...  read more

A Tale of Two Trips

My aunt and I are each getting ready to go on a trip.  As a woman without children, Ann is able to live her life just a touch differently than I do.

Ann, an avid knitter and spinner, is leaving tomorrow to spend time with her friends at the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat.  If I understand correctly, getting into this retreat and into the most desirable classes is quite an accomplishment that requires significant advance planning.  Ann signs up annually on the first day registration opens.  Homework is required for classes with titles like “Steeks! What, Where, Why and How” and “Hybrid Sock Architecture.” ...  read more

Are They Identical?

We get a lot of questions about our family from interested strangers.

When Abby (our oldest daughter whom we adopted from Vietnam) was an infant, I heard a lot of fun questions.

Is she yours? Um… yes.  That’s typically what adoption means.

Is her father Asian? Sure enough.  (I didn’t often feel the need to differentiate for strangers between Abby’s biological father, who almost certainly is Asian, and her adoptive father, who isn’t.) ...  read more