Life Lately Volume 16 October 12

The other day on Instagram, I asked what you all wanted to see on the blog and several of you pointed out I haven’t done a life lately post in forever.  So, I looked and the last one I did was BEFORE we left for China.  I can’t believe it’s been so long but I knew we need to rectify that at once so I combed through the thousands of pictures for the “highlight reel” and am going to share a little life lately from the last 4 months as best as I can!  Here we go…a little life lately!

Rewind to the end of May and these two graduated from 1st and 3rd grade.  Right after school got out, we spent the next few days packing for China.  Then, off we went to Beijing.

You can read more about why we went to Beijing first and what we did there in this post.  A highlight for all of us was visiting the Great Wall of China, even if it was raining :).

Of course, the reason we went to China was for Quincy James.  We met him on June 10, 2019, our gotcha day.  You can read more about that day in this post and our visit to his orphangein this post

After a week long stay in Quincy’s hometown (Hefei in the Anhui province) we took a plane to Gunagzhou where we met up with Scott’s sister’s family who was also in China at the exact same time adopting their daughter, Esther.  We spent the rest of our time together and it was AMAZING!  So glad we could share that very special experience together.

We got home from China June 21, 2019 and spent the subsequent few weeks trying to find our footing, deal with the jetleg, have a 4th birthday and go to the lake for the 4th of July.  That time period is a BLUR!  It kind of felt like having a newborn, you know that season?

We spent a lot of the summer close to home just our little family.  We played a lot in the backyard in the blow-up pool and let Quincy explore the world close to home.  It was a more low-key summer than usual and quite frankly, I struggled with that a lot but we all survived and by the end of the summer we were going to the pool and getting out more!

We spent the 4th of July at the lake.  It’s one of my favorite holidays and I have spent nearly all 4th of July’s since I was in 5th grade on a lake in Minnesota.  It felt appropriate to take Quincy to meet my whole side of the family and his new country’s independence day.  We all loved the chance to get away, it was good for the soul!

Summer is our birthday time of the year.  Now, all 4 kids will have summer-ish birthdays. Quincy’s birthday is May 5th.  Lucy celebrated her 4th birthday the week we got home from China.  Luckily, I had bought and wrapped all her gifts before we left and my mother-in-law took care of the party and cake.

Solon turned 10 August 7th. His big present was his first gaming system that I scored with a great prime day deal.

Vera rounded out the kid birthday celebrations on September 12th when she turned 8 years old.  This year she asked for clothes and a yeti cup.  She’s growing up too fast.

We went to Branson with Scott’s side of the family to celebrate his mom’s 70th birthday.  This trip had been planned for a couple of years, who knew it would be such a crazy summer?  After a few days in Branson, we roadtripped as a group to Eastern Iowa to celebrate Scott’s Grandma Olive’s 100th birthday with all of his extended family.  Quincy was meeting family like he was speed dating at this point!

On the way home from that vacation, we stopped by to visit my grandparents and my Aunt who was visitng from Washington.  I am so glad we did becasue that was the last time we were able to spend special time with my Grandpa James Wetherbee (whom Quincy is named after).  My grandfather died just 6 weeks later.  Note to self, always make time to visit those you love :)!

No August is complete without a trip to the Iowa State Fair.  We did our usual route and Quincy survived his first visit.  The highlight for the kids were touring the RV’s, they really wish their mom was into camping!

As the summer concluded, we finally sold the convertable.  It was a 17 year old hand-me-down from my parents which is a long story but we all enjoyed it throughly.  we just ran out of seats and brake pads so it was time to go!  The kids and Scott took it for one more spin around the block first.

Before we knew it our crazy summer came to a close and it was time to head back to school for our biggest 3.  4th grade for Solon, 2nd grade for Vera and Lucy’s first year of preschool.  Lucy was the most excited to head to school.  She had waited for this moment her whole life and still cheers on days she gets to go to school.

With fall came the return to running kids to activities.  Lucy chose dance.  Thankfully, it’s in the morning so one less evening activities.  Vera chose tumbling and starts basketball in November and Solon enjoyed playing flag football this fall and has also been doing skills training for his basketball team.  His all-day tournaments start in November too.  I need a 3rd driver.  Quincy and Lucy also enjoy story time and music class at the library!

We are crazy and also got season tickets with my parents to ISU football.  Solon, my dad and Scott went to College Game Day when it visited Ames, a highlight of the season.  Unfortunately, the weather has been awful with rain every Saturday so we haven’t tailgated like usual.  However, we have stll had fun cheering on our beloved Cyclones and introducing Quincy to it all.  He cheers too!

With my grandfather’s death, the silver lining was my whole extended family got together for a long weekend at the end of September.  It was fun to see all my cousins, Aunts and Uncles.  We went roller skating, played games, watched footballs, told stories and had a beautiful service for my grandfather.  He left quite a legacy for gifting those you love with quality time :).  We honored him by doing just that!

Of course, no fall is complete without picking apples and spending time in the Iowa country side.  Quincy enjoyed his first hayrack ride and the petting zoo.  We are going to pick pumpkins this weekend, another first for him!

Looking back over the last 4 months, no wonder I am tired.  It’s been crazy.  It’s been full of many highs and many lows,  I am one to hold it all together and smile but there have been many moments that have brought me to my knees.  We have walked through a lot of transitions in this season and quite frankly I am glad we are here now and we survived.  Everyone is healthy and most of the time happy.  I am grateful.

So, there you have it – a little life lately.  I promise I won’t wait so long to do the next one.

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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