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29 Aug
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Dreading and Needing School to Begin

Children in silhoutte racing toward a sunset

The start of school leaves me emotionally unraveling every single year.

Boy holding three captured crawfish

I loathe that summer is coming to a close, but I desperately want just a few moments of daylight hours to myself. It’s obvious the kids and I could use a break from each other. They’ve started bickering and picking at each other. I have lost all motivation to accomplish anything productive like getting out of bed and fixing breakfast. I need school to start, so I’m forced into a routine. Our free-flowing summer lifestyle has run its course.

Three brothers hiking on a mountain road

In two weeks though, I’ll want the kids back. I’ll be back accomplishing tasks because I’ll have places to be and obligations to uphold. I will have returned to my more adult self having been able to hold a conversation without any noise in the background, and drink a cup of coffee while it’s still morning. I’ll miss the kids and be jealous of their teachers who get to see them during the day.

Boy swimming in a pond on an innertube

I want every little thing in two different ways.

I want the kids to go back to their teachers and to the experience of school they enjoy, BUT I don’t want to be left out of it all.

I want the kids to start the activities they’ve missed, BUT I don’t want to take anyone anywhere at any specific time.

I don’t want the boys to eat school lunch, BUT I don’t want to deal with them making lunches every day or providing what needs to be stocked in the house for that to happen.

I know getting back to an actual set bedtime will be good for us, BUT that means I actually have to pay attention to the clock enough to get people in bed on time.

Our oldest starts junior high next week. That’s not helping with my emotional stability.

Rainbow and storm clouds as seen from the Casper Mountain overlook

I’ve enjoyed these three months with my crew at home — not every minute, but us together with very few obligations is my ideal lifestyle. I’m more content when I can plan places to visit and activities to do with my four without worries of school or activities. I adore slow mornings where sleepy heads stumble into the kitchen when they’re ready to wake up, not when they have to. I cherish longer conversations with each of the kids to connect in a way that’s impossible when people are going from one thing to another thing and then another.

Indian Paintbrush in a mountain field

We’ve made many memories, shared new experiences, and spent loads of quality time together. I know, for my family, that time is cherished because we know life will now be busier. I sense the need for change, structure and even a little busy is what’s needed to make the next break something to cherish.


Really, We’re Not City Folk
By     |    Aug 22, 2014
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Really, We’re Not City Folk

I overheard one of my boys refer to himself as a “city boy” and couldn’t help but giggle. Living in the heart of Wyoming makes it almost impossible to be a legitimate “city boy,” even if you do live in the state’s second largest town. At 50,ooo people, give or take, our town is larger by far than all but the Wyoming capital. We have ample shopping and restaurant options compared to most of our state and even a public... [Read More]

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Harney Peak: Highest Spot East of the Rockies
By     |    Aug 19, 2014
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Harney Peak: Highest Spot East of the Rockies

I’ve talked for years about a specific hike on my bucket list: Harney Peak in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Hills aren’t far from where we live and a stone’s throw from where my husband grew up. Each summer for almost a decade, we’ve driven roads through the Hills with me proclaiming how someday I’ll hike Harney Peak. Time with just Craig and I has to be planned and thought out. There’s not much “free time” to work... [Read More]

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Close Encounters of the Wildlife Kind
By     |    Aug 14, 2014
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Close Encounters of the Wildlife Kind

Last week, we were hiking in Glacier National Park and a grizzly bear trotted across the trail about 50 feet in front of us. My thoughts were convoluted in that 40-second encounter. I wanted to take a photo, but self-preservation took top priority. The six of us were clumped together as we watched the bear trot across the path and wander up a brush-covered hillside. It wasn’t until the bear was out of sight that I realized I was holding... [Read More]

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Take a Trip: Glacier National Park
By     |    Aug 12, 2014
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Take a Trip: Glacier National Park

I felt my cares wash away looking over Logan Pass inside Glacier National Park, located in northwest Montana. The rugged peaks, dotted with what remains of the diminishing glaciers, give way to lush green meadows, vibrant blue lakes and rock-bottom rivers. My everyday worries and to-do items were pushed to the farthest reaches of my thoughts thanks to the natural beauty that surrounded me. National parks are a favorite vacation destination for my family. We’ve viewed some impressive vistas, but... [Read More]

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