Pack ALL the things …

I have a little RUN-cation planned for this weekend. For some reason I think I need more on shorter trips than I do for longer ones. What the heck is wrong with me?!?!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t pack ALL the things!!!



Jumping back into the real world after a long party weekend away is painful. Like falling on your face painful. Very. Very. Painful.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t go SPLAT!!!

Bugging …

My oldest daughter Sidney has mastered surprise visits home. Heck, she’s mastered them when we are on travel! This kid is GOOD. Today, however, she is flying home and I know about it. And WOW, in the past few hours I’ve learned a lot of new things. One being, that I am a lot overzealous and probably a teensy weensy annoying. HA! In my excitement I have text Sid TOO MANY times today. Like WAY too many. But it helped me figure out why Sid likes to add the element of surprise to her visits. It keeps me out of her hair!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t bug someone!!!

Feeling happy …

I am pretty sure our birthday kicked-off weekend has been a success. Libs and Reese have had a lot of fun. We have a few more things planned for today and then we will be heading home. Libs mentioned yesterday that she wants to do this every Labor Day weekend until she graduates. I quickly realized, that means ONE MORE YEAR. Talk about a flood of emotions rolling in! I can’t seem to ever wrap my head around how quickly time passes. After raising two children to adulthood (and now almost a third), you’d think I would have a handle on it by now. NOPE. Anyway, passing through our days can often seem LONG. Our challenges NEVER seem to end. And there is ALWAYS something to do. But when I look back on all of it, I can truly only see the beauty in it. I can’t help but feel blessed to have had the privilege of raising these incredible souls. And despite the struggle I often feel of “letting them go”, when I look back on the life we have shared together, I find myself overwhelmed by one feeling.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel HAPPY!!!

Raring to go …

We had a long day and a late night yesterday. ALL GOOD! We are kicking off September with some traveling fun for Libs and Reese, who’s birthdays are just around the corner. I’ve decorated our suite for the occasion too. We have traveled enough around holidays and special events that this has become my “thing”. My family things I’m a little kooky for doing it, but I love it! I enjoy decorating even when we aren’t at home because it makes it even more festive! Despite being up late I found myself awake insanely early agin. I am above and beyond excited to start our day … but everyone is still asleep. Ugh!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are raring to go!!!

Just making sure …

We are home from our trip and Reese has developed a cough. Thankfully with no fever. I never sleep well but when I think Reese is getting sick, I sleep even worse. She woke up before 6 am this morning and I quickly scooped her up and put her in bed with me hoping she would be able to fall back to sleep and get some extra rest. She did! But I basically laid there the whole time listening to her little lungs and trying to diagnose her. I have to say that I was pretty worried. I didn’t like how she sounded and I decided that I was taking her to the doctor as soon as possible. Reese woke up 2 hours later and she immediately worried me even more! She looked at me and seemed a little confused. She also didn’t say her sweet “good morning” like she always does. My immediate thoughts were that she is so sick and delirious from traveling that she doesn’t know who I am or where she is!

Um … nope. I’m just a little kooky sometimes.

She smiled at me and screamed “MOMMY, DISNEYLAND”! A few days ago while we were on our trip she asked if we could go to Disneyland. I told her that we were too far away but that when got home we would go. I guess she is right, we ARE home. But I felt a trip to Urgent Care, although not as fun, was a far better choice.

On the car ride over Reese pointed out the exit to Disneyland and let me know when she saw the Matterhorn. She was honestly cracking me up at this point. This child WANTS to go to Disneyland! I told her that we had to see what the doctor said about her cough before we could go again. She wasn’t happy about that but luckily the doctor felt Reese was just dealing with a possible case of sinusitis. Nothing like pneumonia or bronchitis. THANK GOD. She wrote her a prescription just in case Reese’s symptoms worsened over the next 24-48 hours. As we left the doctor’s office Reese looked up at me and asked, “Disneyland?” Needless to say my silly daughter feels fine, regardless of how she sounds. But I certainly wasn’t taking any chances.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you JUST MAKE SURE!!!

Wander …

Traveling is wonderful. I enjoy the planning of it and the excitement leading up to leaving just can’t be beat. I love seeing new places and revisiting places that hold fond memories in my heart. It’s all GOOD. But there is also something that I have come to appreciate even more than our planned and perfected traveling. It’s the flexibility we have adopted to reroute and change directions. I absolutely love when we choose curiosity and adventure over organized plans. There is freedom in drifting away from what is “likely” and I have found that random discoveries often help me untether my mind from expectations. I find so much joy in this! I know the thought of traveling like this sounds a bit uncomfortable to some people. Nomadic, perhaps. It certainly requires some retraining of your brain and a bit of wild abandon. But I have found that these experiences have always been worth my initial discomfort.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you wander!!!