Posted in Aldwyn, family, family fun, family life, The Family OZ, Uncategorized

Any Time, Night or Day

So for the past month, Aldwyn and I have been making sure to take one night a week to go out on a date with each other. When you have 4 little ones in the house, sometimes you just need that one evening of adult time. NO, NOT LIKE THAT. Pervs. πŸ™‚ Usually I dress in some scandalous dress and we head out to a club or two and listen to music and people watch. Then we head to our special date place [aka my Linden home] for cuddles and chatting. And then we go to sleep. πŸ™‚

Any Time, Night or Day

Well, okay, he goes to sleep. I lay there looking adorable. But whatever, it works. But I really love our date nights. We usually have so much going on during the week with RL and SL things, sometimes we barely get to speak to each other. Having 2-3 hours that are just ours during the week is really nice.

We have some upcoming things coming up, too, as a family. More of our family will be living closer, which will be awesome! I’ll talk about that later when things are more settled. Which will probably be tomorrow but whatever. *laughs*

And next month we have our family vacation coming up! I am always so so excited for when we go on our trips. They are such a great bonding experience for us and so much fun! This will be our 4th big trip together. [I don’t count the week we spent back at the rainforest after camp. That was more of a quick getaway to relax.] This will be the first family trip that Rory and Heath will be joining us on, so that will be super fun to get to include them in on the fun of packing pictures and everything. I’m excited! We have about 3 or 4 weeks until we go!

I’m exhausted, so off to sleep for real. ❀

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Posted in family, family fun, family life, The Family OZ, Uncategorized

So Much Valentine-ing

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! I feel like I’ve been celebrating this day for days. *laughs* We had our official family party on Thursday, the adults only Suits & Lingerie party on Friday, Saturday I took a Galentine’s Day photo with my sis and my nieces, then also made it into Birdy’s Valentine photo, too. Then Sunday was the actual day and I ended it with the family dancing to our family songs. [We have lots of songs!!]

Well, that’s not quite how I ended the day. I really ended it watching my 4 kids floating with balloons in the house.

So Much Valentine-ing!

Freakin’ cuties. πŸ™‚

I’ve always liked Valentine’s Day because of all the pink and hearts and love stuff. And chocolates. It never quite mattered to me if I was single or not. But I’ve never really celebrated like I have this year! Even in my offline life, it was a big deal and THAT was kind of strange. *laughs* But it’s been good. Really really good.

But now that the celebrating is over, I need to get back to business as usual. I am behind a bit on blogging for the style blog. Not a lot behind or anything, but I just need to catch up on a couple of things. I also made a pose for our family picture that we took on Thursday, and I meant to put it on marketplace that evening but it never happened. Have I mentioned that I’m selling the random couples poses I make? Well, only 2 so far, but people are buying. Probably because they’re flippin’ cheap! *laughs* They’re not GREAT poses or anything so I’d feel bad selling them for too much. Especially since they are custom to Aldwyn and me and I figure they probably won’t fit anyone else except us anyway.

I’m exhausted from all this Valentine celebrating, so it’s definitely bedtime.

Posted in Abby, adoption, Aldwyn, Brianna, family, family fun, family life, Heath, Rory, The Family OZ, Uncategorized

The House Is Full

Guess what?

THEY SAID YES!!!

The House Is Full

Tonight we asked Rory and Heath if they would be official Zanzibars, and they agreed!! We didn’t scare them or bore them away! *laughs*

We asked them in a surprise way, since that’s how we roll around here. Aldwyn had suggested to me last week that we ask them by flying a spaceship up into space. I have a space ball we have used before and planets that explode [which everyone loves to do!] and so we decided that it would be fun to ask them that way. I decided the aliens could greet us “in space” with the sign. Of course, the ride to space was… well, it’s US. What can I say? We’re just US.

Help Help Police!

But we eventually made it to space, and the aliens were holding the sign, and there was a flurry of “YES!” and “YAY!” and screams and everyone was just incredibly happy. πŸ™‚ Then the time came for them to accept their new names.

[21:01] Second Life: Heath Matters (Heath Pevensey) is now known as Heath Ryan Zanzibar.

[21:01] Second Life: Rory Matters (Rory Larnia) is now known as Rory Olivia Zanzibar.

We really could not be happier! When Aldwyn and I had talked about possibly adopting again, probably late last summer, we had planned on just one kid or perhaps just being godparents again. But these two just slid into our lives so perfectly and are exactly the kids we needed to complete our family. This is it – our last adoptions.

I think we did brilliantly. ❀

Posted in family, family fun, family life, The Family OZ

Mother’s Day

So last night I was glancing at plurk when I saw Birdy say that my presence was requested in 2.5 minutes. *laughs* I’m just glad that I had chosen that moment to look at plurk because I had been thinking about just curling up on the couch and watching tv. I logged in and my sister and brother in law grabbed me on Skype because they had also been told to be on. I got dressed while we waited for Aldwyn and then we were teleported over to where the kids were. And these little monkeys… they had set up a stage and did a dance for Lolita and me for Mother’s Day!

The kids doing a Mother's Day dance for us

It was insanely cute! They did a dance for us last year, so I didn’t really expect anything this year. But it was sooo sweet!

After they danced, they served us dinner – Sketti-Os! Hey, the oldest is 8 and the youngest is 3. That’s pretty good cooking when you’re little! They also gave us gifts and pie. Okay, so the pie was “Cajun style” and a little black on top, but a little charcoal never hurt anyone.

We ended our evening with a carousel horse race around the street.

Family Carousel Race

It wasn’t actually a race. But um… we might have made it one. Okay. I might have made it one.

THEY PUT ME IN THESE SITUATIONS AND THEN ARE SURPRISED. I DON’T KNOW. πŸ˜€

Actually, no. That wasn’t how we ended our evening together. We actually ended it with Aldwyn suddenly snoring in our ears and me placing him in a blinging case while the children put food in it so that if he woke up, he wouldn’t be hungry.

[I have a pic of the box, but Flickr is being a jerk and the dang picture won’t upload. So I’ll add it here whenever Flickr decides to get its sh*t together.]

Hey, you fall asleep on us, you pay the consequences.

It was a really really lovely evening and I am so lucky to have such sweet and thoughtful people in my life. ❀

Posted in family, family fun, family life, parties, The Family OZ, vacation

I Don’t Like It, I Love It!

We’ve been having soooo much fun on our rainforest vacation! Usually our vacations are only a week, but we’re going longer this time around because there’s still so much to do!

Tonight we had a pool party!

Family Pool Party

Playing Chicken

Lolita DJed the party for us and a few days ago, she asked us all 3 questions and we had to give her 3 songs that she would play tonight. It’s fun when we do that because our whole family has pretty awesome musical tastes. We’re getting to where we can start to pick out who chose what song, too.

Tomorrow night we’re dressing as pirates and watching a movie! Arrr! But I’m hoping to spend some time in the rainforest during the day. I really haven’t gotten to be in there as much as I’ve wanted to be, and I’d like to get in some more adventuring.

But until then… goodnight!

I don't like it, I love it!

Posted in family, family fun, family life, The Family OZ, vacation

Rainforest or bust!

Helloooo from the rainforest! The family flew out tonight on our private jet. First class all the way!!

The Family OZ - Heading To The Rainforest!!

When we got to the rainforest, we were all so excited! And possibly hopped up on all the sugar and caffeine that we’d eaten in the airport. The place is BEAUTIFUL! It’s really so amazing! Right away we got into boats and Lolita and Takeo drove us around the place and to the resort.

Lolita taking us to the resort

[resort]The Resort

We checked in and got the kids set up in their room. All of our little ones will be staying together in the resort proper because it is safe and secure for them. The adults have little huts down the path from the main building just so we can have a little privacy sometimes. We even have our own bit of water and a gorgeous view of waterfalls!

Before we put the kids to bed, we walked around for a bit and stopped at the cafe for pre-bedtime drinks and snacks. Yes, Birdy drinks coffee before bed. [Shhh. Don’t tell her, but I might have made sure she got decaf!]

Stopping at the cafe

After drinks and snacks, we hopped in boats and managed to make it back around to the resort so we could tuck our little ones into bed and say goodnight to the family. Then Aldwyn and I headed back to our hut so we could tuck ourselves in for the evening.

Saying goodnight

Tomorrow, we’ll get to explore more of the rainforest and have more fun! I cannot wait to show you guys more of the place! It really is amazing!

Posted in family, family fun, family life, holidays, The Family OZ

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, dear ones! We had our Easter party with the family and it was lots of fun!!

The Family OZ - Easter 2015

After dancing and food, we headed out to do a couple of things. One was the Holi Hunt out at the Magic of Oz! It was fun running around looking for the little pots of colors, and we got some cute prizes! Takeo even got a dress! *laughs*

Then we headed out to Easter Town to hunt eggs and race peeps! We did this last year, too, but it’s always fun and the prizes are always different. I love that the people who own the sim always do cool things for holidays. They’re the ones who did the Halloween town and the winter area. It is also family friendly, which of course is something we look for when we head out with our little ones. Of course, you still might see some people who don’t get that it’s more of a family friendly sim [despite the bright colors, bunnies, and , but that’s pretty much true anywhere anyone goes.

We have to finish up packing the car today so we’re ready to head to the airport on Monday. I think we’re staying on vacation longer than usual this time around, so we have to put a few extra things in our bags. I still need to find a few more bathing suits, too. So much to do! πŸ™‚