June Wrap-up

I cannot believe June has ended already, and with it the first month of summer vacation! The summer got off to a slow start, but has since picked up speed and is just flying by!

My sweet BooBerry!

Hard to believe Liam turned 15 back on the 6th. Wow. Looking back through pictures reminded me of the deal he and I made back when he was 4 years old. He was a thumb-sucker, and as he approached his 5th birthday, I really tried to get him to break the habit. He was resistant, of course, so I decided to bargain with him. I would give up my favorite part of the day (which happened to be nap time…) if he would give up his thumb. He told me that on his 5th birthday, he would stop sucking his thumb. Well, true to his word, he woke up on his 5th birthday and that thumb never went into his mouth again. I still miss nap time… That was 10 years ago now! It seems like just a few months ago…

Happy 15th Birthday, Boo!

Speaking of Liam, he has been doing football conditioning three times a week since the second week of June. Conditioning is optional, but it is really getting the boys who can attend into great shape! Official practice starts on August 6, and Liam is really excited for high school practice. It is looking to be a good year for the team.

Back on the 17th, Rob and I celebrated our 17th Anniversary! Once again, how time doth fly! Hard to believe we are coming up on 20 years of knowing each other! Are we really old enough to have known each other that long? Why yes, yes we are… I think I will insert another ‘Wow’ here!

Love, Love, LOVE this man!

The twins and I have been staying busy while Liam has been in football. There are a lot of activities around the area that we have been attending. They have also been doing a lot of swimming. Catheryn is getting ready for the start of the cross-country season on July 23 and Nathan is looking forward to the start of football on August 13. I have already received school registration dates, which tells me just how fast the summer is going!

July is looking to be another busy month. For those of you who remember the 50th birthday trip to Alaska we surprised Rob with months ago, you may be surprised to hear that he is leaving TOMORROW! It was months away and now it is tomorrow! I think he is going to have a blast.

Many of you may know that we are required to live here in the park. We requested to move out last summer, but were denied. We decided to try again this year, and they granted our request! After 8 years of our kids sharing a room (yes, EIGHT…) they will finally have their own rooms in the little house we are purchasing in town! We close on July 25 and could not be more excited!

I think that is about it for now. I am hoping that once we move into town we will have better internet so I will be able to load pictures and updates more regularly. For now, though, I am grateful for the library. 🙂

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!!!!!

15 Years!

“We’re all a little weird.  And life is a little weird.  And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love – true love.”  ~Robert Fulghum, True Love

June 17, 2001

June 17, 2001

Happy 15th Anniversary to my very best friend!

Priceless Adventure

On this day, two years ago, we were down to our final hours in Great Falls. We had planned on hitting the road in the morning, but we were still waiting for something to arrive in the mail, so we waited. And while we did so, we went to the sporting goods store in search of some good walkie-talkies so Rob and I could communicate whilst driving. We picked out a great pair promising coverage for up to 30 miles. We quickly learned that that must have been a typo, and that what they really meant was 30 feet, but that is another story…

So, where was I? Ah yes, August 25, 2012. The day we were pointing Waldo’s nose away from Great Falls, with no intention of returning. The day we were driving away, literally, from what felt like the worst decision we had ever made. We were setting our restless spirits free.

August 25 just sounded like the perfect day to set out on such a journey. And so after months of planning and anticipation, we were finally ready to hit the road. I think it is safe to say that many people doubted what we were doing, they questioned our sanity. Quite honestly, I think many of them still do, and I cannot say that I blame them. After all, why on earth would a family of 5 move (voluntarily, I might add) into a motor home totaling about 240 square feet? That, my friends, is a very good question.

So here we are, celebrating two years of wandering aimlessly around this beautiful country of ours. As I look back over the last couple of years, I see a whole lot of things: new places, new states, new jobs, new friends. We have laughed and cried, been overwhelmed both with joy and frustration. We have doubted our own abilities and questioned our own sanity.

But what I do not see is regret. I do not regret taking this path. I do not regret taking chances. Or trying new things. The truth is that we were at a crossroads and a decision had to be made. I will be the first to admit that it has not all been peaches and cream, but I do not regret our choice. It is quite the opposite, really. I am extremely grateful for this priceless adventure called… life.

The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

So Happy Together

Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without. ~James C. Dobson

Mere days after the full moon on Friday the 13th, Rob and I are celebrating our 13th Anniversary. As a result, we have decided to skip our 13th Anniversary and celebrate two 14th Anniversaries instead. This year is our first 14th, and next year will be our 2nd 14th. Perhaps by the time we hit our 15th, we will be back on track again. If not, then we will make the necessary adjustments. That method has worked for us for the past 13 years, so I have no reason to believe that it won’t continue to work for the next 50 or so. That is, as long as Rob is willing to put up with me that long. 🙂

Happy Anniversary, Honey!!!

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Come, let’s be a comfortable couple and take care of each other! How glad we shall be, that we have somebody we are fond of always, to talk to and sit with. ~Charles Dickens

For Rob

For you see, each day I love you more
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
~Rosemonde Gerard

How quickly time does fly, my love. I can hardly believe that you are still putting up with me after 12 years of marriage. To think of all the paths we have taken and all the roads we have been on together. What a ride it has been. And I have loved every single minute of it. I wish I could be so much more for you because you deserve it. But oh, how I do love you. Always have, always will. Period. Here’s to many more happy years together and the amazing adventures yet to come. Happy Anniversary, Honey!

Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.  ~Rose Franken

192 us

A Wonderful Couple

True love stories never have endings.  ~Richard Bach

My parents are amazing role models. They have taught us what it means to stick together. To love each other unconditionally. To never give up, no matter what. They have taught us that in the end, true love and friendship are what really matter. That nothing is more important than respect.

My parents have a beautiful marriage, and today they are celebrating 37 years together. 37 years of happiness. Wishing you many, many more.

Happy Anniversary!! We love you!

 We’re all a little weird.  And life is a little weird.  And when we find someone
whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into
mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love – true love.  ~Robert Fulghum,
True Love

Forever

We’re all a little weird.  And life is a little weird.  And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love – true love.  ~Robert Fulghum, True Love

Happy 11th Anniversary, Rob! I love you more than you will ever know. Thank you for making my life so wonderful. I am grateful everyday that you chose me. Here’s to forever, My Love.