Summertime!

It has been one week since the last day of school, and writing has become a distant memory.

All day long its questions and snacks and questions about snacks. Hooting and hollering and not given a hoot that they are hollering. Time will tell if I make to the glorious day after Labor Day —

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I’m just kidding its not that bad, but we do seem to be going through much more juice than we do during the school year. And it is strange that it has only been one week, rather than like, three. I have hosted a sleep over, taken the kids to see The Incredibles 2 , made homemade peach sorbet, which my food processor had a rather difficult time with, seen the eye doctor, and watched three Marvel movies at home; Iron Man 3, Thor, and Thor: The Dark World.

Seems like a lot to pack into one week. Good news is my kids are pretty awesome, and they spend their days playing outside and watching the same fifteen episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Then, I have a cup of tea and Downton Abbey to look forward to every night.

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How amazing is Violet? She’s the best!

And each day gets us one day closer to bidding a fond, or less than fond, farewell to this deployment.

So hang in there fellow moms and humans, who don’t like the heat, whose spouses are deployed, those whose kids are driving them crazy, or those who simply miss the quiet. We got this, and if you need to turn to cake,

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I won’t judge.

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Even if you do get frosting on your face.

Until next time,

The Texan

 

Home Sweet Home

On Friday, after 19 days of being gone, my family and I returned home from our epic road trip; which included driving approximately 4,200 miles and visiting/driving through 15 states, plus Washington D.C.! My last post was written from my brother’s house in Illinois, our road trip had only just begun. From there we headed for Texas, the state of my birth, to visit family, and enjoy lovely Texas things like heat and bug bites; but also awesome things like Tex-Mex. And yes the heat did have us like…

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We still had a great time visiting family, and hanging out with one friend that we hadn’t seen in 5 years, and another that we hadn’t seen in 3 years. From there we began the long drive back to almost Canada, and that friends, was were our highway endurance, fortitude, and digestive systems (we eat mainly organic at home and rarely eat out) were really tested. Not to mention our ability to “carpe diem” every single freaking day, and for this family of introverted homebodies; it was no easy feat. However, we made some great memories and saw some amazing things, and are truly thankful that we decided to take such an epic road trip. I suppose that, it was what really matters.

Pictured here is: the San Jacinto Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Gulf Coast, Monticello, a neat flower from the Mobile Botanical Gardens, the White House, the Civil Rights Memorial, the World of Coca-Cola, Montpelier (the home of James Madison), the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and a historical marker in Lynchburg, Virginia.

I also have some great, small, locally owned restaurant recommendations:

*Simply Falafel, Edmond, Oklahoma (Mediterranean)

*Hot and Cold Cafe, Lynchburg, Virginia (Indian)

*Al Carbon, Charlottesville, Virginia (Peruvian, mainly chicken)

*Pearl’s Bake Shop, Charlottesville, Virginia (Gluten free and vegan options)

*Real Food, Orange, Virginia (soups, salads, and sandwiches; lunch only)

*Abe’s Kosher Deli, Scranton, Pennsylvania

Now that everyone is rested and tummies are back in order, we can now bask in the glow of the awesome experiences that we got to enjoy. And look forward to crossing more places off of the “have been to list” in the future.

Until next time,

The Texan

 

P.S. To all the crazy drivers we encountered, this look is for you.

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An Epic Road Trip

On Monday my family and I began our most epic road trip ever! It by far surpasses the time we drove to Pompeii, and the time we drove to Denmark; combined. We will be away from home for nearly 3 weeks, will visit family, friends, museums, and plenty of rest stops! Our first stop was Canton, Ohio to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I recommend it if you’re a football fan. I stood in awe in front of Dallas Cowboys exhibits like Dak Prescott’s jersey, Troy Aikman’s helmet, and the video of Emmitt ┬áSmith breaking the rushing record like this…

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But the Super Bowl movie were we had to watch the dumb Patriots win yet again had me like…

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It was a great experience and we had a nice guy take a picture of all of us in front of the building; who, as we found out the next morning, was staying at the same hotel. He saw us at breakfast and was like, “Hey. Didn’t I take a picture of y’all yesterday?”

Yeah. Good times! Now we’re hanging out with my brother before heading South to Texas, where I’m sure the heat will have us like…

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It’s gonna a good trip, and we’ll be able to check more states off of our states we have visited list. And finally see Monticello!! Woohoo!

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far!

Until next time,

The Texan