Hot and cold adventures …

I have traveled around California quite a few times. However, after traveling up and down the state several times over the past year I’ve come to two conclusions. First, California is beautiful. I have lived here since I was two years old and I can’t believe how much of this state is still left to be explored. It seems like each and every mile of it contains a breathtaking unique element that is just waiting to be discovered. And that brings me to my second conclusion. There is no rhyme or reason to California’s weather temperatures. HA!

But no, really.

In the past few days of travel alone we experienced a 50 degree swing in temperatures. That is just crazy! We saw temps in the 50s and at one point we passed through an area that was 109 degrees. Whoa. Seriously California, make up your mind!

Well, I hope you all have a day filled with hot and cold adventures!!!

Too excited to sleep …

Let it be known that a 7 year old who is on vacation, and spends all day riding rides and playing games at a beach amusement park, will have a restless night. Yup.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are too excited to sleep!!!

The sweet sound of family …

I love Sunday mornings. I usually wake up before everyone else like usual but I’m not rushing to do anything or to go anywhere. I enjoy the silence of the house. And even more, the sounds of everyone eventually waking and coming to find me. I have grown to love this routine. When we travel it is somehow even better. There is even more calm and silence before they wake. There is no rushing at all. I relax. Drink my coffee. Write. There is also an excitement looming regarding whatever adventure we have planned for that day. Then, I wait and listen to hear them wake. It’s different when we travel. With a family as large as mine we usually require a suite or at least two rooms to accommodate all of us. Even with the space, the sounds of our Sunday are different. The closer proximity allows me to hear their breathing and movement that often reminds me of when my crew were babies. They are definitely not babies anymore. Sid and George are adults now. In September Libs will be turn 15 and Reese, 8. Sometimes I can’t believe how much time has passed since I first became a mom. It’s honestly mind-boggling. I have been blessed to be home with all of them since day one. I can honestly say that I haven’t missed much of their childhoods. I love when they tell me that too. They appreciate it just as much as I do. I know that because I haven’t missed much that it makes it much harder for me to let go. To have had the privilege of raising them and watch them grow up is the greatest gift God has ever given me. I love them so much. With all the change that is coming, George off to college for the first time and Sid returning to hers, I seem to cherish every moment I share with them collectively even more. They really are my world. And no matter how far away life and their dreams may take them, they will always be my babies. So, it may seem silly to some that I’ve grown to love the sounds of our lazy Sunday mornings, but for this mama, these sounds mean family.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you listen to the sweet sounds of your family!!!

Happily stinky …

I am one excited foodie! Today we are headed to the Gilroy Garlic Festival. We haven’t been in years so I am really looking forward to it. If you have never been, you are missing out. It is so much fun and the food is AMAZING! If you are a lover of all things garlic you definitely won’t be disappointed!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are happily stinky!!!

An incredible day …

Today we explored more of Alaska. We spent our morning in Seward, then took the scenic drive to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. We ended our day in Anchorage feasting on incredible food and drinks. Then we had dessert overlooking entire the city. Only one word describes a day like today.

Well, I hope you all had an incredible day!!!

Feed your soul …

So far Alaska has been fun and relaxing. I have been spending time with some dear friends eating, shopping, talking and hanging out. I even took a nap in the grass! It’s exactly what I’ve needed.

Well, I hope you all have day that feeds your soul!!!

Thankful …

I woke up unusually early this morning and I think there was a reason. I got to sit alone in quiet hotel room just thinking about what a wonderful birthday I had yesterday. I don’t take a whole lot of peaceful down time for myself. So it’s nice when God reminds me to take it. Anyway, my crew and I adventured up and around the central California coast yesterday. It was a very last minute decision to go but I’m glad we did. It was a lot of fun! And there were so many people who reached out to me yesterday. I am humbled by all their kind words. I am truly blessed to have such good people in my life. Adventuring and feeling loved. Days don’t get much better than that.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are thankful!!!