Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Where I've Been

Driving fifteen hours through the night to Florida with three kids and then home again a week later wasn't as difficult as I had expected.  That's where I was last week- Florida.  We spent a glorious week with my brother and his wife- the first time we've seen them since they drove out of our town back in November.  Boy, did (and do) we miss them.

The break from all things computer-related came at a perfect time and I must admit that I am struggling a bit to get back into my usual routine of responding to emails, checking facebook and deciding what to write about here.

I have things to say and write about.  It's the finding the time to sit down, upload pictures and write it out that seems like the daunting task.  As does the laundry and the 80 million other things that I perceive need my attention (although I'm not as important as I think I am:-)).

To get me back into the swing of things around here, I thought I'd tell you a bit about our trip and save the photos for another day.

Miriam called the beach and sand (even if it was stuck to her feet in the van) "the messy sandbox".

I learned that my kids prefer the pool to the beach in the heat of the day, as I do.

Walking for three miles along the beach with Jamey while the kids were with their aunt and uncle is a fabulous way to watch the sun set.

I started reading In His Steps.  I don't know how I always end up reading these life-changing books on vacation.  They send my mind in a whirl.  More on this later.

We hunted for shark's teeth and found a few.  It was worth it even though I ended up with wet shorts and underwear.

No one got sunburned- a HUGE feat if I do say so myself.

We only ate out for one meal the whole week thanks to a couple of frozen casseroles I toted from home and my incredibly generous brother and sister-in-law who cooked for us all week and treated us like royalty.

I discovered, much to my amazement, that I think our family could live comfortably in a small, two bedroom condo if we ever need/want to.  We really have and live surrounded by so much more stuff than we need.  It's embarrassing.

Dutch Blitz is the funnest game EVER especially when the kids go to bed and just the adults get to play.

If you put the Easter eggs in the fridge first, the candy won't melt before the kids find it.  Even in Florida.

Attending another church's worship service now and again can be very meaningful.

NoDoze and Anne of Green Gables on CD are the perfect keep-me-awake-while-driving combination.

Palm trees are nice, but I'll choose our mountains, lush green grass and lilac bushes in bloom any day.

Even with 80 million things to do, it's good to be home. Pin It


  1. Welcome Home! How fun that you were able to visit with your brother and his wife in Florida. I enjoyed reading your list. I agree...it is refreshing to take a break from internet...necessary at times! I agree...we have so much *stuff* too! And...we *love* to listen to radio theatre as we drive along...truly enjoyable.

    Many blessings,

  2. Welcome home! Missed you! Thanks for the sweet card you sent. So glad you all had a good time....looking forward to seeing your pictures.

  3. Wonderful that you got a break from the "regular grind." And a great visit with family to boot. Good to have you back in blogland. It's sometimes almost impossible to do but I think getting away from home environment is great for providing new perspective and energy when you get back.

  4. Glad you enjoyed your time and that you are home safe! Sounds like you all had a really nice visit. :)

  5. This sounds just wonderful! I've often had the same thought, when staying in a condo: "I could do this long term." Simpler, smaller, less junk!

    The beach...ooh! I think I'm in need of a little beach time.

  6. I was wondering where you were! I've read In His Steps twice...such a good book.

  7. Sounds like you had a just wonderful time; so glad you are back!

  8. Welcome home!

    We LOVE Dutch Blitz! We've been playing for years & when all the cousins together, we have tournaments! :)

  9. I've missed you SO much!!! I'm happy you got a nice break and hope you are refreshed, even if there is a backlog of things to do. :-) It's good to see you!

  10. I love reading your blog, but somehow I lost it. But today it was under recommended items in google reader. Yay! So that's where you've been? Sounds like fun!!


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