We finally made it to Gettysburg, the turning point of the American Civil War, for Rob’s birthday. We spent the larger part of a day there, but it was not nearly long enough. All of our time was spent out on the battlefield, leaving us no time to view the museum and cyclorama. Even with all the time we spent outside, we still did not have time to see it all. We took our time in the beginning, but quickly realized that we were going to have to pick up the pace if we wanted to see as much as possible. I don’t think we had realized just how large the battlefield actually is. There are so many monuments and memorials and we wanted to stop to read them all.

The kids were able to complete the Junior Ranger program, so we learned a lot from that, but there is still so much to see and learn. We are planning on going back, but that visit will probably have to wait until next summer.

This year marks the 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg and I am glad we were able to experience it.


Oh, Happy Day!

I love the fact that no matter how old Rob gets, he still looks forward to his birthday…

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I love the fact that he still gets giddy when his sister’s call him to sing Happy Birthday…

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I love the way his eyes light up when it is time to open his presents and eat cake…

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I love the way he smiles when he sees the house all decorated for him, streamers and balloons hanging all over…

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I love the fact that he is never too old for party hats and goofy faces…

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Truth is, I love absolutely everything about this wonderful man. And I love the fact that I am the lucky one who gets to grow old with him. Happy Birthday, Honey!!! I sure do love you.

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The Days of Summer

Unfortunately, internet at our campsite is pretty bad. It goes out as quickly as it comes in, and it usually isn’t until you have finished working on something that it lets you know it has dumped your connection. I cannot be certain, but I am pretty sure I have heard it laughing at me as I throw mini tantrums at my inability to complete something I have started.

So yesterday I had decided that enough was enough. I had many things I had been wanting to catch up on and I came to the conclusion that the only way to get them done was to go somewhere with a reliable connection. So I loaded up the kids and the computer and headed to a (forbidden) fast food restaurant with the intention of mooching free wifi and sipping a (forbidden) cola while my kids ran wild in the playland. The stars must not have been aligned, though, because just as we pulled up the rain began to fall. The east coast does not seem to be a fan of indoor playlands because all of the ones we find, and there aren’t many, are outside. There is a chicken joint that has an indoor playland, but William outgrew their maximum height limit a couple of years ago. He may be tall and he may be 10, but he has as much energy as about 12 toddlers and he needs to run. When he gets too much pent-up energy he turns to teasing and then we all suffer. Best not let it get to that point.

So we drove home somewhat defeated and I decided that the best thing to do was simply type up some sort of nonsense, wait patiently for an internet signal strong enough to last for a few moments, cut and paste my ramblings, and hope for the best.

That brings us to today. We find ourselves at the park. It is cloudy but for the most part, the humidity is on vacation, and I am grateful for that. It is warm and the breeze is wonderful. The sun makes an appearance every now and then and it feels so wonderful that all I want to do is take a nap in the grass.

This summer has been very quiet for us. There is so much to see around the area, but we have been busy playing catch-up and find ourselves staying close to home. We plan to spend next summer here as well, so there will be a lot of time for exploring. Rob is really enjoying his job and feels quite lucky to have gotten a position so quickly. The kids and I love that he drives by multiple times a day and is able to walk home for lunch. They never tire of hanging out the windows to yell a cheery “Hello!” to their daddy as he buzzes by.

We had a toilet leak that took us quite some time to realize, and by the time we did, it had pretty much destroyed the flooring in the kids’ room. We had been talking about making better use of the space in their room, and since we had to replace the floor anyway, we decided it was a good time to start. The kids all agreed on a shade of yellow for their walls. It looks like a school bus, but everyone likes it. We have new linoleum squares for the floor and plan to get those in sometime this week. Then Rob will be able to create new beds. It was much easier painting and building before we lived in Waldo. There is no room to put anything, so our house quite the disaster area right now. Luckily, we never have any visitors…

The twins are ready to begin 3rd grade and William is excited about 4th. Homeschooling is challenging and rewarding at the same time. Like everything, it has its ups and downs. I find myself trying desperately to inspire one who doesn’t always care, to encourage one who doesn’t always get it and support one who learns well unassisted. I love knowing that they are not getting lost in the system, but it is not always easy. I have read that it can take a few years to find a system that works for your family, so I am remaining flexible and am always open to suggestions and ideas. (Hint, hint.)

Rob and I are on board to return to Amazon this fall. It was a really good job for us last year and we look forward to returning. We won’t be starting until the end of September versus the beginning last year, and we also won’t be staying on after Christmas like we did last year. Three months will be a good stay, though. It is hard work, but we both enjoyed it. Last year we even lost a few unwanted pounds, so that was a bonus.

I find myself wondering what has happened to the summer. The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder. August is almost half over already and I am reminded that with September comes fall. I do love the fall and the beautiful colors, I just have a hard time saying good-bye to summer. It does help to be in warmer climates, though. Winter last year was a walk in the park as far as the weather went. We weren’t buried in snow so I was able to enjoy the little that we did get. Actually, I was grateful for it because it always made the kids so happy. This year should be just as enjoyable, so I don’t find myself dreading it as much as I have in years past.

I think I have rambled on and wasted enough of your time for now. Until next time!