Happy Halloween!

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” ~Dr. Seuss

“It’s opener, out there, in the wide, open air.” ~Dr. Seuss

The stories and quotes from Dr. Seuss have been such an inspiration for us this year that it seemed only natural to continue our Dr. Seuss theme on Halloween. The kids are such good sports when it comes to dressing up. William had already planned on being The Cat in the Hat, so the twins fell into the role of Thing 1 and Thing 2 very easily. Some sweat pants and shirts, white fabric, a striped hat and a couple of blue wigs and we were all set. They looked great once we had it all put together. Trick-or-Treating was a hit as usual and the kids all brought home enough candy to sink a battle ship, but I suppose that is how it should be!

“Oh, the places you’ll go!” ~Dr. Seuss

Happy Halloween!!

A Video Worth Watching

I don’t have the upgrade to post videos, so I will just have to share the link, but you really must go watch this one, Flying Over America. My dad sent it to me this morning and I found it absolutely wonderful. The music set with the beautiful scenery is the perfect combination. There is so much to see in this beautiful country! Let’s hit the road!

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=KcuDdPo0WZk

A Day in the Life

Eventually everything must give into the long arms of fall. It has been so beautiful and warm here that I was secretly hoping Kentucky was immune to the cold. This is proving not to be the case. As we near the end of October, we find ourselves having to pull out the sweatshirts. The season for shorts is all but over. I am not complaining, though. I cannot even remember the last time I was able to wear shorts at the end of October. Normally we would have been in winter coats for at least a month now.

As the peak season at Amazon.com approaches, the campground is getting quite full. I read that about 90 new CamperForce are starting tomorrow. The season is going by fast and I am having a hard time believing we have been here for two months already. The shifts are long, very long, but the time overall is flying. I need to start working some overtime in order to put us in the position we are hoping to be in by the end of the season. Not looking forward to it, but it will be worth it in the end.

Schooling is going great. My little kiddos rock. I love being able to adjust our schedule to fit everyone’s interests. It makes everything more interesting and keeps everyone actively involved. We are currently reading the book Summer of the Monkeys, by Wilson Rawls. If you have not read this one, you should add it to your list. We are all laughing out loud at the funny and entertaining story. Even Rob and I cannot seem to get enough of it. Another of our favorite activities is collecting caterpillars. We have a jar full of about 20 and some have already turned into cocoons and we have even had a butterfly. How fascinating it is to watch the entire process. I haven’t quite gotten used to the strange looks from people when we are out and about during school hours, but I am sure I will get used to that in time. I know we are not playing hookie, so that is all that matters.

It looks as though some of our weekend trips will have to be put on hold for a while. Our van is acting funny and we don’t want to push it. Getting stranded is not high on our list of things to do. With 230k miles, I cannot blame it, but until we figure out the problem, we are staying close to home. Luckily I am married to Mr. Fix-It, so hopefully it is something he can take care of.

Catheryn was on her way to her puppy-walking job the other night when she was charged and bitten on the leg by a wiener dog. Luckily it didn’t break the skin very much, she just ended up with a teeth print and a bruise. The owner felt bad and was very sorry, but it doesn’t exactly make it any better. I assume the dog was a rescue and the owners are obviously aware of his tendencies. I wasn’t there, but Rob was none too impressed.

Overall, we are all doing really well. The kids are excited with Halloween right around the corner. I realized today that I better get my rear in gear and finish up their costumes or they will be forced to go as themselves. This is scary enough, trust me, but I don’t think it is what they have in mind.

But for now, it is off to work I go…

Happy Day everyone!

Invisible No More

I am trying to work on my invisibility issues. This is harder than you can imagine.

I love being invisible. It is who I am. It is my security blanket. Take it away, and I have nothing. I have shared so much on this blog due to the simple fact that you cannot see me. This is where I get my courage.

People who see me every day know very little about me, where I feel as though you know just about everything. I share my random thoughts, my fears, my failures and triumphs, my hopes and dreams. I hold back a certain amount, but that is as it should be, some things are just meant to be kept in the heart. But I feel safe here. Things I share so confidently with you, I stumble over in real life. The words do not make any sense as they come out of my mouth, and I am usually left feeling… inadequate. Misunderstood, perhaps. So, I just don’t say much. I keep my thoughts tucked safely away where nobody else can see them.

Invisible.

I promised Rob that I would share a picture by the end of the month. Just me. Alone. Perhaps it is a way of owning up to what I share on this blog. Or maybe just to put a face to all the insanity.  Either way, a promise is a promise. And, as my deadline quickly approaches, I realized that I can either put is off until the very last second, or I can embrace it and simply do it.

So.

Invisible no more. That is me over on the side there. The one with all the insanity running around in her head. The one who loves your company. I may never get it right in the outside world, but I can share my heart with you.

You know what’s funny? This isn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be.

My 52: Week 44

This week’s featured photographer is… drumroll please… my dad!!

Due to the fact that I myself have failed to get any bird pictures this week, and the fact that my dad just happened to email me several great ones, I have decided to share a couple of his pictures. I should probably point out that I failed to ask for his permission to do this, but due to the late hour, and since today is my My 52 deadline for the week, I am hoping that he won’t mind if I share his wonderful talent with you.

These ducks are currently residing in Albertson Park in Boise, Idaho. I love wood ducks and rarely see any myself, so this one was a special treat, and the handsome mallard seemed very excited that he was having his picture taken.

I have a feeling that somehow my dad knew I would be needing his help this week. Thank you, Daddy!!

A Day at Home

While we all enjoy seeing where the open road will take us, sometimes it is nice to just stay home. We have been exploring for the last few weekends, so we decided that a couple of days at home were in order, not to mention that there were several things on the “to-do” list that needed tending to.

First act of business: clean the turtle tank. I don’t know if you have ever tackled a 20 gallon fish tank or not, but it is not an easy task. They are big and heavy and slippery and, well, heavy. Throw in an RV bathtub and it becomes quite the challenge. And while I was inside, sweating like a little piggy, wrestling a tank that weighs almost as much as I do, Flash was at the spa, a little car wash for aquatic turtles. The twins, armed with a spray bottle and tooth-brush, polished her until she was as shiny as a new penny.

I think she is quite appreciative of her clean tank. She is swimming around like a little champ and “talking” up a storm. Her favorite hobby is begging for food, always begging. And I, being the sucker that I am, always fall for her little tricks and cannot pass by without tossing her a tasty little tidbit.

She is grateful for the fresh water and I am grateful that I have a full two months before it will become necessary for me to, once again, tackle the turtle tank.

Second act of business: macaroni and cheese. While this may not sound like a necessity, I assure you that it most definitely was. Several years ago, Rob and I made some positively sinful macaroni with a crumbly top too good for words. Many times this macaroni and cheese has been the topic of conversation, but we had never gotten around to making it again. It was time to change that.

Rob and William made it together, outside, in the dutch oven, while sharing a cup of coffee. You want to talk about a boy feeling bigger than life, William most definitely was. He cherishes each and every moment he gets to spend with his dad, sans siblings. Their cheesy macaroni turned out perfectly, and the two of them enjoyed some quality time together.

Third order of business: simply be. No requirements. No expectations. No exceptions. While William spent most of his time with Rob, feeling like the coolest of the cool, the twins had their own thing going on. I love watching them play, especially when they are not paying attention to the fact that I am watching them. Their innocence melts every ounce of me. I am always amazed at just how much those two are willing to do for each other. They may have their moments, but their love for each other is unmistakable.

And so, with full bellies and happy hearts, we watched the sun set on another beautiful fall day. What they say about home is most definitely true: there is no place like it.

Quote of the Day

“Don’t stop. Keep right on going. Hitch up your trailer and go to Canada or down to Old Mexico. Head for Europe, if you can afford it, or go to the Mardi Gras. Go someplace you’ve heard about, where you can fish or hunt or collect rocks or just look up at the sky. Find out what’s at the end of some country road. Go see what’s over the next hill, and the one after that, and the one after that.”
– Wally Byam 1896-1962

I came across this quote on another blog the other day and it has suddenly become one of my favorites. It speaks directly to my heart. Deeper even. These beautiful words make every ounce of me smile.

Don’t stop…