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29 Apr
2015
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Perspective Through Inconvenience

Rural road in Wyoming

I take for granted the posh lifestyle I lead compared to most of the world’s people. I have more than most, no matter what my list of wants may look like. I’ve been whiny this last week about the inconveniences thrown in my path.

The only way I can tolerate our crazy family schedule is because we have two vehicles and two licensed drivers. I’ve learned that if one vehicle is taken out of the equation, my anxiety level increases ten-fold and not everything can be accomplished. It just doesn’t work.

My husband’s vehicle has been at the mechanic for a week needing a fuel pump replaced. Thankfully he could tweak his work schedule to work around our less-mobile lifestyle, and the weather has been nice enough most days for him to bike to-and-from work. Having only one vehicle has stretched my planning skills. There have been some logistics to work through.

We were relieved to finally get the call that the vehicle was finished. Two hours after he picked up the vehicle, Craig was calling to tell me it wouldn’t start. It seemed to be the same problem. Ugh. There were phone calls to the mechanic, a whole lot of waiting for a tow truck and picking up a rental provided for us. Thankfully he is calm and collected, while I’m passionate. He handled the situation much better than I would have.

One available vehicle is not the end of the world. Sure, it’s inconvenient. I missed a few things I would have liked to attend. People were kept waiting. In the inconvenience I realized how good I have it, and a dose of perspective is always a good thing.

 


 
Take a Trip: Theodore Roosevelt National Park
By     |    Apr 22, 2015
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Take a Trip: Theodore Roosevelt National Park

In honor of National Parks week and because I have a crazy passion for the National Park Service, here’s another flashback vacation memory. Most vacation destination lists don’t have North Dakota on them. I’m a collector of states. I want to visit as many as possible. We hadn’t visited North Dakota and were looking for a vacation destination there. The answer was Theodore Roosevelt National Park. We could add another state and a national park. Honestly, I didn’t have high... [Read More]

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Time Away from Parenting
By     |    Apr 20, 2015
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Time Away from Parenting

A date night for my husband and I consists of eating takeout in the living room while we watch a movie after putting kids to bed. We rarely spend time together without one or more of our children. I enjoy the kids, most of the time. We do have a tween who tests my annoyance levels (on purpose). Still, they’re good people. The kids are at ages where we can all go do just about everything I want to do... [Read More]

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Take a Trip: Craters of the Moon
By     |    Apr 16, 2015
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Take a Trip: Craters of the Moon

I’ve been sorting through the thousands of photos I’ve taken over the past few years for a photo project and have become nostalgic for past road trips. I’m asked quite often for travel ideas by people who want to add to their adventure list or start down the road of family road trips. We’re heavy users of National Park Service entities and most travel inquiries I receive have to do with whether or not we’ve been to a certain national... [Read More]

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Caught Off Guard by Adulthood
By     |    Apr 8, 2015
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Caught Off Guard by Adulthood

I spent spring break last week being easily distracted by my children. They wanted to go to a park multiple times. We went. They wanted to paint. We did. They wanted a movie marathon. We sat for hours watching movies, which is a true indulgence at this house. I soaked in the best part of being able to work from home: being with my children. It wasn’t all roses and butterflies. There were thorns during the week. I have a... [Read More]

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Essentials for Family Road Trips
By     |    Apr 2, 2015
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Essentials for Family Road Trips

It’s spring break, and we’re staying home for the first time in years. We have an epic road trip planned this summer and vacation days are being stockpiled for the adventure. I’m antsy to hit the highways, Interstates and (sometimes) unpaved county roads to discover new places in the USA. Even though we’re months away from our next major family road trip, I’ve already started packing in my head. I have lists tucked away in notebooks for items to pack.... [Read More]

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