Category Archives: Summer Blog Challenge

9 Days of Happiness

We are just more than half way through our 2 week getaway. We’ve been cooked by the sun, fed up at restaurants that we’ve never been to before and bought some of the ugliest basketball shoes that I’ve ever seen.

We’ve slept in resorts and our motorhome and the biggest argument has been over snoring. It’s been fun and refreshing, and we’re so thankful that we made the decision to go.

We’ve seen many different landscapes and smile at what is considered a ‘mountain’ in these parts. It’s also been weird to have such high speed limits everywhere, which is nice on one hand but 65 mph in a construction zone just seems so wrong. Almost every small town has a Subway and a Flying J, and we’re starting to miss Tim Hortons. We tried the Dunkin Donuts iced coffee drinks but they are NOT Ice Capps, at all.

Last night, we stayed at a fabulous little town called Lava Hot Springs, ID. We made some new friends at the hot pools and plan to return & visit them next summer. I’d recommend you check it out with your family too. Hot Springs, waterslides, recreation centre and river tubing. The town was quaint and filled with lots of great little shops and activities. Perfect place for a family vacation.

Today we continue on our journey west and will see what the trip brings us.

For now, we enjoy spending time with our little family. Many miles, much junk food and lots of laughs. For he record, We do NOT recommend Candy Corn M&M’s to anyone. Ever.

We are so very, very blessed. All family vacations should be like this. 🙂

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28 Hours in a Motorhome

We made it to Las Vegas, safe and sound. There was basically no fighting as everyone had their “own space” to relax and nap. Motorhomes are beautiful things and I recommend that all of you with children get one.

So far on this adventure, we’ve tried some new things and seen things we’ve never before seen. We’ve played stupid games to amuse ourselves, and we had to listen to Kevin’s Eagles CD. Blech. And if I never have to hear someone sing “What does the Fox say” ever again, it will be too soon.

We’re all having a blast and here’s a small sampling of what we’ve “discovered” so far.

Chobani Almond Coco-Loco yogurt is heavenly.

After having stuck their face out the window at 65 miles an hour, the children now know “why dogs love doing that”.

The speed limit in parts of Utah is 85 miles an hour, so yes, you’d have to be going 140 kilometres an hour to be “speeding”.

Chick-Fil-A is delicious and we should seriously have those restaurants in Canada.

American Coke and Heinz Ketchup do NOT taste the same, AT ALL.

There are 58 Mormon churches visible from the highway in the Salt Lake Valley.

Teenagers do NOT like having to do their homework while driving.

Las Vegas is very hot.

Our hotel is across the street from the Outlet Mall.

Let’s see what tomorrow brings.  🙂

This post is part of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. If you want to follow along with all of us “challengers”, click on their links below. 

Liam ~ Natasha ~ Zita ~ MagzD ~ Peter ~ Christine ~ Cliff ~ Hethr ~ Tracy

Happy Trails

If you know anything about our lives over the past few years, you know it’s been tough. We’ve had some tough kids in some tough situations and we’re tired.

Tired of fighting, and fixing and waiting for things to change. Tired of hoping for different outcomes to the same situation that just plays out, over and over and over. Tired of trying.

So, we’ve decided to run away for a little while. We’re taking two weeks off to enjoy our kids and do no thinking. No fighting. Just being a family.

Teachers, employers and coaches aren’t overly thrilled with us but this HAD to happen. Our kids need time to breathe and refocus too. Kevin and I chose this path for our family, and we don’t regret it for a second. But we have to remember that our choices became our kids choices and when we struggle, we ALL struggle.

I know that we’ve made it through the worst of it, and feel like we’ve now found a good groove again. The kids have all gelled and are getting along pretty well. The bigs have become much better friends, the littles are happy to have a home, and the bigs are adjusting to the millions of questions per day that the littles continually ask. Overall, we’re finding our way back to ‘normal’.

Not sure what our normal is exactly, but I feel like we’re getting there. I finally feel like I can breathe again and that’s such an amazing feeling. A fresh start is a wonderful place to begin, so we’re making one now.

As I write, the three are sound asleep as we cruise down the highway. They are beyond thrilled for the adventure that is to come their way. They’ve talked non-stop and are planning their shoe purchases and photo ops. They are already making us crazy with how much further questions and calls for more food. They are happy and laughing, and its good to see. But for now, we let them sleep and we enjoy the peace and quiet of just ‘being’.

We are 5 barreling down a highway, in a motor home heading towards sunshine, outlet malls and naps. Junk food, stupid tourist attractions and Carl’s Jr. are calling our names. An Akita, a dog sitter and some very amazing friends & family are watching over our home and the new pieces of our hearts.

At this moment, I can feel our blessings and I am so very, very thankful. Let the Happy Trails start NOW. I love my life.

Cheat Day #2

Today my blog post will consist of me saying that there will be no post today.

I have hit the open road and don’t have wifi. My dear husband has informed that we’re too cheap to use data. (HE’S too cheap).

See you tomorrow. 🙂

Choose Wisely

Thankfully, I’ve managed to surround myself with some amazing people. I truly am blessed beyond measure, and my friends are some of my biggest blessings.

Friends should be encouragements and helps in time of need. They should be sounding boards that listen and love you in spite of what’s going on in your world. They should help steer you straight when your path seems to veer off course. They should always have your best interests at heart.

Are those the kinds of people that you’ve surrounded yourself with? Or are you miserable when you’re with them? Do you dread seeing their number on call display? Do you feel judged or are you mistreated? Are they constantly correcting you or do you feel worthless when they’re around?

Choose your friends wisely, as more often than not, they’re the voice in your ear. The voice that pushes you forward to good things or pulls you back to things best forgotten.

Find a voice that brings you joy, you deserve nothing less than that.

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Liam ~ Natasha ~ Zita ~ MagzD ~ Peter ~ Christine ~ Cliff ~ Hethr ~ Tracy

Unanswered Questions

Have you ever been asked a question that warrants an answer but you know you can’t answer it?

Today was that day for me, and unfortunately, I couldn’t answer how I wanted to. I had to redirect the conversation and basically avoid the question completely. I had to be comforting and reassuring without saying what they wanted to hear. It is such a horrible position to be in, and it’s one of the things that I can’t stand about being a foster parent.

I believe that I know what’s best for the kids that live with me, but it doesn’t really matter. There are rules and laws and procedures that must be followed. There’s right and wrong, and a whole lot of grey areas all over the place. Sometimes it doesn’t make any sense, and quite often it seems downright wrong. Unfortunately, my opinion doesn’t matter. Instead, I smile, give a little hug and keep on keeping on.

My heart is broken but I must bite my tongue and hope for the best.

Today I’m going to think of the unanswered questions as blessings. I cannot answer them, but for now, they are here, they are safe and they are mine.

This post is part of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. If you want to follow along with all of us “challengers”, click on their links below.

Liam ~ Natasha ~ Zita ~ MagzD ~ Peter ~ Christine ~ Cliff ~ Hethr ~ Tracy

Blaming Who??

A couple of days ago, I was out shopping and ended up waiting for what seemed like forever to pay for my items. While in line, I got to listen to the most interesting conversation.

The 3 women behind me spent the entire time complaining about how they thought the government should regulate the fast food industry. They were upset that they and their children had gained so much weight over the years, and thought the government should do something about it. They talked about having the fat levels decreased in the food, and that they should make restaurants stop using butter and sugar, and it went on and on. They truly believed that their “state” wasn’t their fault.

I tried to not turn around and look at them, but I finally had to give in and check these ladies out. I wasn’t surprised to see that they were all significantly overweight, and that their buggy was filled with nothing but junk food. They looked at me and when sensing some “fat girl solidarity”, they gave me that look of “you agree, right”. And well, yeah, I don’t agree. Sorry.

I am overweight because I ate too much. I chose the crappy food that I ate. No one forced me and as easily as I made bad choices, I could’ve made good ones instead. I am responsible for the predicament that I’m in, and it’s most certainly not the government’s fault. Craziness.

Don’t want to be fat, don’t eat crappy food all the time. Don’t want your kids to dress provocatively, don’t buy them those kinds of clothing. Don’t want to be in debt, stop spending money you don’t have. Don’t want to fail a test, study.

For the love of peaches people, take some responsibility for your own choices. Quit blaming everything that is wrong in your world on everyone else. When things continually don’t get better or don’t go your way, there’s probably a reason. Look inward, and maybe, just maybe you’ll see the problem.

Own your crap. It’ll set you free and help you get to where you need to be going.

And seriously, you’ve got free will to do whatever you choose. Want different – Do different. Period.

This post is part of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. If you want to follow along with all of us “challengers”, click on their links below. 

Liam ~ Natasha ~ Zita ~ MagzD ~ Peter ~ Christine ~ Cliff ~ Hethr ~ Tracy