Archive from May, 2016
26 May
2016
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Our Traditional Summer List

flip flops on a sandy Florida beach

I have to stop looking at my social media feeds for the next two weeks. I have several friends, in and out of state, who already are on summer break from school, and I am jealous. The end is in sight for me but not close enough. We have eight school days remaining this school year. The kids are excited for the field trips and picnics and less-rigorous final days of school, but I’m over it. I want to wake-up without an alarm clock, spend hours of unscheduled time outside, stay up late and lose track of time.

I attempted to bribe my children into skipping the last days of school and accepting the unexcused absences. I knew nothing I offered would sway them, but it was worth a shot. They want every second with their friends, and I respect that, even if I’m bone-tired. Eight more school days it is before the freedom of summer.

Every May we sit down as a family and make a summer wish list. Everyone has a chance to add something they want to do or some place they want to visit. There’s only one rule: it has to be feasible. Every year someone attempts to add a trip to England to see friends, but that’s not financially practical for the six of us. A trip to a neighboring state, yes. A trip across the pond, no.

Most items on the list are mundane. Every year making smores is on the list. Nevermind that we’ve already made smores this month. There are trips to our favorite sate park and the movie theatre. We’ve had several items on the list that haven’t been accomplished over a couple of summers and are moved from year-to-year. Our Memorial Day weekend trip this year has been on our summer list for three consecutive years but is finally happening as the kickoff to summer 2016. Hint: It’s in Utah, which is one of our favorite states to visit, but we haven’t been to this particular area.

I enjoy hearing each of the kids’ wish for the summer from swimming to concerts to hiking. All of us enjoy seeing items crossed off the list. Each item represents a new memory for our family. Do you have any must-do family activities?


 
Take a Trip: Petrified Forest National Park
By     |    May 16, 2016
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Take a Trip: Petrified Forest National Park

This year is the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. There are over 400 entities run by the NPS. I’ll share tips from different National Park Service sites we’ve visited throughout 2016. Petrified Forest National Park is located near Holbrook, Arizona and rivals Wyoming for ridiculous wind. The wind wasn’t mentioned in any of my spring break planning materials. Trust me when I say there should be some sort of asterisk footnote in travel guides warning people that wind... [Read More]

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May Madness
By     |    May 13, 2016
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May Madness

The month of May is when I’m in high-mama gear. Four school-aged children means that on any given weekday from now until the last day of school, someone has a field trip or track or junior Olympics or an assembly or a concert. Some days it’s multiple children requesting a parent make an appearance. If field tripper was a profession, that would be my career in May. The build-up to the end of the school year starts at the beginning... [Read More]

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A Birthday and Loss
By     |    May 11, 2016
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A Birthday and Loss

Today our third son celebrates his ninth birthday. I cannot believe he’s already nine, but also feel he’s older than those short nine years. He’s a joy-filled, sports-loving boy who was born at a time when his mama needed him most. Ten years ago I was pregnant for the third time and over-the-moon excited to add to our family. Eleven weeks into the pregnancy I experienced cramping and was placed on bed rest. Two days later the cramping turned to... [Read More]

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Take a Trip: Canyon de Chelly
By     |    May 5, 2016
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Take a Trip: Canyon de Chelly

This year is the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. There are over 400 entities run by the NPS. I’ll share tips from different National Park Service sites we’ve visited throughout 2016. If there’s a theme to our vacations, besides national parks, it’s canyons. There’s not a canyon rim hike we haven’t enjoyed, from the Grand Canyon to Canyonlands to Yellowstone. We love the views across a canyon and peering into the depths below. We’ve watched videos and viewed... [Read More]

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Surreal Moments of Mothering
By     |    May 2, 2016
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Surreal Moments of Mothering

Mothering has been a series of surreal moments lately. Last week, I traveled with our oldest and a large group of his 7th grade classmates two hours from our hometown to the University of Wyoming, my alma mater. UW is the only four-year institute in Wyoming. Both Craig and I graduated from there. Much has changed in the decades since we called Laramie and the university home. I was giddy leading up to this field trip. We’ve taken our kids... [Read More]

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