Restored and ready to go on …

After all our short trips and our crazy busy summer schedules I was happy to fall into MY bed last night. With nothing planned today I think my body finally allowed me to just CRASH. I slept for almost 10 hours. That is HUGE for me! And my mind and body surely appreciated it. With over 3 weeks left in our summer I now think I can make it to the end, HA!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel restored and ready to go on!!!

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!!!

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!!!

Finesse …

Traveling is fun. But coordinating travel plans and activities for even a short trip, for a bunch of people all coming together from different locations, takes a whole lot of skill, some expertise and a little artistic flare.

Well, I hope you all have a day that is filled with finesse!!!

Home … 

Traveling is a wonderful. Having the opportunity to get away from your daily routine and responsibilities is like a miraculous healing. But the excitement you see on your 7 year old’s face after having been gone is absolutely priceless. That tight hug that you get is the best feeling in the world. THE. BEST. It reminds you of what is truly important in life … love and the people you share it with. No matter how great one’s travels may be, there is no better place to be than with the people you love most and where your heart feels like belongs.

Well, I hope you all have a day where it feels like home!!!

(A little) into the wild …

Today is our last day in Alaska. It has been a fantastic trip. To say the sights here are beautiful is a gross understatement. Pictures certainly don’t do Alaska justice. To come here is a lesson in earth and nature and weather and light. It is an immersion of all your senses into a place that is both ominous and inviting. I could never fake being able to make it out there in the vast desolate freezing areas of this great state. I wouldn’t survive even a few hours out there. I am in awe of the animals who call it their home and the people who’s explorations go far deeper into the terrain than I would ever be brave enough to consider. Alaska demands respect. It has mine. I got a “taste” of Alaska on this trip. There is SO MUCH more to see and experience. I understand why people make Alaska their home and why so many people who don’t live here are drawn to come back time and time again. And this comes from a woman who doesn’t like to be cold and wet. I get it. You will see things in Alaska that make you feel small and yet somehow part of something bigger than you can ever explain. To experience the fraction of Alaska that we did is both an honor and a privilege. Alaska is simply magnificent.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you go (a little) into the wild!!!

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!!!