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Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

We had just gotten into our homeschool groove right before Harvey. We created a solid routine, I had figured out what was gonna work best for everyone. It was good. Talk about a giant ass wrench being thrown into the start of our year. ••• Ace has been super patient as I'm dealing with a million different things, losing my mind a little bit every day, and epically failing as a homeschool mom.••• She's been leading science experiments and art time with "the kids" (as she refers to them) every day. But she's also been anxious for some sort of routine for herself. She's so adultish that sometimes I forget she's actually a kid with kid needs. So tonight she started a comprehensive online program and it's a GAME CHANGER for her. I've been lying here watching her happily work for over two hours and I haven't had to lift a finger. I could get used to this. #acefacerules #nightschool #mysidekick

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

// One of my all time favorite motherhood moments // ••• Wreck It's control issues go way beyond just being a stubborn, strong-willed three year old. ••• Him pausing to think, then letting her place his final yellow Connect Four piece, and cheering her on, is so dang huge. And her "kank you"s. I really can't contain myself. 😆😭🙌🏼 #thehooligans #progress

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

Ace has named her Ariel. She's an older gal, but she's still got it. The perfect amount of character. ••• We've been a one car family since Harvey. Being out of our house -with no car all day cause Joey needs it for work- has made us all a little stir crazy. This feels like freedom. #eichertribe

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

Went by our house after dance class last night. It's quiet in our neighborhood now. Enormous piles of families' homes and lives still crowd the streets, but the dust has settled, the excitement has died down, reality has set in.
We carry a heaviness for our neighbors, sort of a survivor's guilt. As we watch our house begin to be put back together while theirs' have been condemned, and must come down. We feel sad to be losing neighbors who we were just beginning to build real friendships with.
We are frustrated, but grateful. Knowing that we will forever be better. Better friends, better neighbors, better people. #eichertribe #harvey #freshstart

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

TUESDAY // Finally got the glasses thief his own "real" pair. And he's feeling pretty good about it. Now he doesn't have to be the only kid in the fam without em. ••• He started hip hop dance class a few weeks ago and he's obsessed. He's the youngest in his class but he sure as heck keeps up. 🙌🏼 #wreckitrad #dabonthemhaters

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

Monday = Survival Mode // They've been fighting like an old married couple all morning. They fight in Hooligan. { "Doh bo.... da da gwah!!" ••• "Ba da... beh beh da!" }
No one knows what they're saying. But based on the tears and their over the top responses, they're definitely making below the belt jabs. ••• Water is their most powerful mediator. Never fails. #thehooligans

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

These two demand the majority of our energy and attention. For obvious reasons. But it's typically chaotic, and reactive. Putting out their fires, chasing them around, cleaning up the trails they leave behind them, keeping them alive. It's nuts. Really. Nuts. ••• It hit me the other day that what we are lacking in terms of our relationship with them is slow, intentional time. It's easy to push them aside. Let them do their own thing, since that's how they prefer it anyway. They're so independent, they don't really care to be around me. Which is a stark contrast to the OGs, who love to be together, but want me right there with them at all times. ••• So tonight we took them on a date. Just the four of us. Sushi dinner, grocery store for treats, and then the park where we laid on a blanket and looked at the star. (Literally, we only found one) ••• And it was magic. Their relationship is magic. They are hysterical and smart and understand each other in ways no one else ever could or ever will. At one point tonight out of nowhere Radko said to Sevy, "Sevy, you're my most favorite baby boy." And put her in his classic chokehold hug. (pictured). I think we will make a habit out of this. #thehooligans #datenight

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

Oh hey, Friday. What the frig took you so long? #eichertribe #iminlove

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

You can find him here in the morning. Bringing her breakfast, sitting on her pigloo, giving her back scratches. Telling her, through gritted teeth because he just loves her so hard he can't stand it, "I love you so much, my Penny boy." ••• We are anxious to be back home. But we know we are on a long and windy road. So we are making the most of this adventure. Thankful for @thegaygay for welcoming our circus into her home with open arms. And @livinginthenest for giving me kid relief whenever I need, and even when I don't. And for every single one of you who has sent messages, gifts, prayers. We feel so loved. ❤️#pennyandrad #harvey

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

Everyone's been whiny today. Told them to go outside and figure out something they could all four do together. Came out to a wild game of "Baby Bumper Cars". It's both a brilliant and terrible idea. #eichertribe #wontendwell

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

Mostly I'm just shocked that this hadn't happened until today. ✂️#thehooligans #whyicantdolaundry #ordishes #orblink

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

Daddy's back at work today. I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. Figuring out what exactly school is going to look like for the next few months while we are out of our home. This guy chugged a little bottle of lemonade this morning that was actually Joey's Red Bull/lemonade concoction. I didn't know that until Ace saw the empty bottle and in a panicky voice asked me who had drank it. No one told me 🤷🏼‍♀️ So it should be a fantastic day. •



Devastated by all the destruction and loss that Harvey and Irma brought so many. But thankful for an "everyone's safe" text from my Florida friend this morning, the power of kindness, the strength of community, the sun, and this kid's face. #wreckitrad

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

From the moment we met our girl Penny (AKA The Notorious P-I-G) we knew she was made for big things. Always wearing the same confident grin during belly rubs, as if to say, "that's right, get in there good.... you should feel honored to be rubbing the belly of a legend." •• And tonight she makes her debut on Animal Planet. So set your DVR to record at 7 Central 🐽 // Swipe to watch Penny grow. // #pennythepig #pennygrows #animalplanet

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

We were stoked to find no line when we walked up to Småland at IKEA (homeschool perk🙌🏼) But excitement quickly turned to disappointment for this guy when he was asked to stand next to the yellow ruler, and then told he couldn't come in because he was too tall. •• But there was no time for sympathy cause I needed to quickly get to Ace to shove her head down and force shrink her a couple inches as it was her turn at the ruler. There was no way we could send The Hooligans in there without her, and there was no way we weren't ditching The Hooligans. It worked. We dragged a sulking Archie away. He walked in between us and held our hands. And before we even had time to start attempting to cheer him up, he was skipping, and giggling, and kissing our hands. I asked him why he was so happy and he replied with a grin from ear to ear. "Cause it's just me and mommy and daddy." We used up every second of that hour. And it was the best. #lifewitharchie

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

// Demo is Done. But One Thing Still Remains. // We made this sign a couple of weeks before Harvey. We wrote our treasured family motto on some random scraps I found in the garage, we took turns signing it, and then hung it in our school room. It means more to us now than ever. ••• The kindness we have been on the receiving end of has been life changing for all of us. The bravery we have witnessed will make us stronger and braver than ever. ••• I had said that I wanted to get our motto put on something a little less homemade looking, but on second thought, I think I'll leave it just the way it is. #eichertribe #harvey

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

Four Things:
1. We are slowly finding our footing. Figuring out what our new normal will look like for the next few months as we are displaced and our home is under construction.
2. Archie wants desperately to be able to draw figures as he sees them, but he struggles. These cube shaped Minecraft figurines might be the magic ticket to him getting it.
3. Sevy.
4. We have been trying to teach Archie the importance of being honest since the day he came home six years ago. He's always had a tendency to lie. I'm sure that living in orphanage survival mode for seven years taught him that. So it was a pretty big deal when, at the end of this clip, he quickly corrects himself and looks up at me to admit that he did indeed fart. "A little bit."
The things we celebrate in our family are so bizarre.
#lifewitharchie

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

// ONE MAN'S TRASH // #harvey (📸: @ahtharpe )

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

This girl has been such a trooper. Nailing all her interviews. Smiling for selfies with all her fans. We are exhausted. But we feel so loved ••• Many of you have asked how you can help our tribe. My good friend @cjpics has set up a gofundme for us. And my sister @xoxomacygurl has gotten an Amazon Wish List started for us to help replace the things we've lost. ••• The Gofundme link is in my profile And the Amazon List is in @xoxomacygurl profile ••• There simply aren't words sufficient enough to express how grateful I am. Thank you. #eichertribe #harvey #pennythepig

Lisa Eicher (@eicherumba)

Link to the CNN story is in my profile!
@sarasidnertv - you are awesome. Thanks for telling our story so perfectly. #eichertribe #harvey
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