Finding THE “One Word”…

Early December of 2017 I started thinking about “One Word” for 2018. As the “keeper” of so much of our families events, activities and daily living, it became very apparent that before I selected a personal “One Word,” my family needed their own “One Word” we could all get behind, use to push us forward, anchor our core values, and weather the challenges that would be coming our way.

joshua tree family picIt wasn’t until we took our family trip starting New Year’s Day 2018 (a new Christmas gift tradition for the kids), that the uninterrupted family time could provide opportunity for organic conversations and discussions to take place helping us select our word. It was on third day of our trip to California, as we drove through the vastness of the Joshua Tree National Park that we began to discuss what the Wilson Family’s “One Word” would be. To keep each individual’s ideas respected and honest, each family member was to submit three words to me. After some time given to ponder, each family member submitted their three words.

Words submitted were:

patience, exceed, thrive, nice, understanding, anticipate, intentional, dedicate, faith, serendipity, embrace (2)

Using a loose version of the “Affinity Map Protocol” from my educational coaching tool box, we put the words into related or similar groups and then looked for what might be similar or capture the meaning of all of our words into either a new word or a word that had already been part of our original list of words.

Our “One Word” wasn’t decided by the end of our trip. We revisited it several times.

Mid-January we moved toward the word “Embrace.” The timing of our family knowing this was the word was truly God’s timing.

Yet, I waited to write about it for almost a month. It was a word we had to “try on.”

It has found it’s way into many conversations with our children, with our marriage and with our interactions with others. Most of all it has defined how we, as a family, are walking in faith, trusting God’s plan and EMBRACING his will for us.

Embrace, as a noun, means “an act of accepting or supporting something willingly or enthusiastically;” as a verb, means “accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically.”

Whether as a noun or verb, the response is willingly and/or enthusiastically. So whatever we as a family encounter, or have an opportunity to impact, we will EMBRACE with willingness and enthusiasm.

_And for this further reason we render unceasing thanks to God, that when you received God's Message from our lips, it was as no mere message from men that you embraced it, but as--what

“Embrace” is our family’s “One Word” that confirmed my personal “One Word” for 2018. If you are interested in my personal “One Word” you can learn more about that through my professional blog “Tag You’re It.”

 

It’s a Razorback Tradition

Razorback Texas Bowl

This Christmas Break we had the opportunity to take the kids to the Texas Bowl in Houston at the NRG Event Center.  This was especially exciting for Eric and I, who got to relive the old rivalry from the Southwest Conference days.

Experiencing the pre-game events, running into former head football coach Ken Hatfield made this family’s Razorback Football traditions even better. The kids were all in…

From the 5 hour ride down, to the stop at Bucee’s (going down and coming home), to the entire event, there enthusiasm never wavered. Even when we stopped at Whattaburger some time after midnight for an after-game victory snack.

Our Razorback game-watching family tradition continues, and this event will be one of the best memories in a long line of games that have already passed and the many games we will experience in the future.

What traditions does your family bond through? How has it become a part of your family culture and fabric?

Top 6 Things We Learned on Vacation

This brings an end to the blog series on our Family/Anniversary Vacation to Florida.  There are a few pictures that didn’t make the #wilsongetaway previous blog posts or Flipagrams that I will share here along with 6 things my family and I learned on this trip.

Here are the Top 6:

6. Sharing a bathroom with 4 people when 2 people have their own bathroom at home brings to light all the bad habits. (I will now be intentionally reminding my son often to put the lid BACK DOWN! My mother-in-law instilled that lesson in my husband, I only think it fair to my future daughter-in-law no matter how far in the future that might be!)

5. “We proudly serve Starbucks.” Does not mean it will taste anything like Starbucks, and in some cases the gas station coffee is MUCH better and less expensive.

4.  Send a post card each day to your home residence from the location you spent most of your time for that day highlighting the most memorable moments/events.  Send it the next day (most hotels will mail it from the guest services desk if you provide the postage).  There will be some post cards  waiting on you when you return from your vacation and others will arrive as you return to your ‘normal’ life.  Everyone can enjoy the vacation just a little longer.

4. Blog as you go, then schedule to publish the following week where it posts to your Social Media accounts.  This lets you tell everyone about your vacation adventures without letting the opportunistic burglar know you are away from the house.

5. Keep your expectations low.  If you expect great things and the situation doesn’t live up to it, you could unexpectedly rob yourself of joy you were intended to have but let unsubstantiated high expectations get in the way.  (This one was compliments of Embug.)

6. Teach your children that “hole-in-the-wall” eateries are often the best way to taste the local flavor and have the best food.  Our kids learned this lesson time and time again while we were on our #wilsongetaway.   It will be one they won’t forget!

I hope you enjoyed this little blog series tracking our #wilsongetaway vacation.  We aren’t sure when our next getaway will be, but this one will linger in our memories for a long time.

It’s a REAL Beach!

We woke early at Hawk’s Cay ready to head up through the Everglades and along the west Florida coast to Marco Island.  Call it dumb luck, exhaustion at the end of an exciting and amazing trip, or just smart.  Whatever you want to call it, my family will probably call this leg of the trip their favorite.

Since the moment we stepped on the plane on this adventure the kids have been talking about the time on the beach.  The Space Coast we only had time for the Kennedy Space Center.  The Everglades… NOBODY gets in that water, unless they want to be alligator dinner.  Then there were the Keys.  Beautiful, colorful, seabreeze… but no real sandy beaches.  So came the term by my 11 year old while at Hawk’s Cay… “Faux Beach.”

We arrived in Marco Island at Noon.  My husband was already sold.  After driving the two-lane Scenic Highway 1, he was done with traffic and there was none…. HONEST!  We came in from the Everglades so the kids didn’t see the coast until we went  over a tall bridge welcoming you onto the island.  There was many exclamations of joy and excitement… over and over again, “Real  Beach, lots of it! Real sand!”

Unfortunately we wouldn’t gain access to the beach until after we checked into our hotel…and at noon, that was too early.  Seeing that it was noon, and knowing we all were hungry I turned to my trusty “UrbanSpoon” app once again.  This time it led us to a VERY local sandwich shop called “Big Al’s.”  It was so local that the cashier knew the name of everyone who came in and left… except us.  The sandwiches were awesome.  I have never seen meatballs so big or so yummy on a meatball sub before (I stole a bite from Kritterman).

After lunch the kids couldn’t stand it anymore, so we decided to take a chance and see if our room was available for early check in.  Off to the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa we went, hopeful we would be beach side within the hour.

Luck was on our side.  We were on the beach in no time, reserved an hour of family fun on a jet ski and played, sunned and relaxed beach side.  Aside from the hour on the jet skis the kids spent hours beach-combing and building sandcastles.  I finished a book I started mid-trip (Legend by Marie Lu) and Eric enjoyed the lack of crowds and the opportunity to just sit.

After 5+ hours of beach relaxation we cleaned up, went back to the beach to catch the sunset and then enjoyed our only “Seafood Buffet” of the trip (the Hilton does an incredible Seafood Buffet).

On Saturday morning, all but Kritterman  arose to catch the sunrise on the beach and gather a few more sea shells.  We also got to see a scientist examine a recently hatched sea-turtle nest and learn a little bit about her job. While eating breakfast a storm rolled in and persisted the remainder of the morning.  We longed for a little more time on the beach and will definitely return to Marco Island again.

This #wilsongetaway has been a home-planned event that won’t soon be forgotten.  So glad we saw so much… can’t wait to return to some of the same spots again.

20 Years, 2 kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 snakes and 1 fish

On July 23rd, 1994, 20 years ago, Eric and I for better or worse said I do.  Since then we have had a revolving door of pets and friends reside with us.  However, lately we are keeping to our 11 year old daughter, Embug, 9 year old, Kristopher in regards to additional humans in the house.  The animals far out number the humans with a boxer named Sammy, a Bichon Frise named Izzie, a very onry orange tabby named Ralphie, 2 snakes (Marty, Jr. and Bosco) and beta fish named Rainbow.  So it is no wonder we needed a get away!

Long before we planned the destination for our 20th anniversary, we decided we would make it a family vacation.  With that we agreed that a portion of the trip would allow us to enjoy time together and some just as a couple.  The Hawk’s Cay Resort in Duck Key provided just the place.  We arrived as the sun slipped below the horizon on July 22nd where we enjoyed a meal outside near the channel.  It was a few hours after a rainstorm had come through and cooled the air  making for a pleasant outdoor family meal.

The while the family slept I slipped out for a run.  I will say humidity and warmth are not my friend.  After 2 miles I unlaced my running shoes and traded them for a day poolside.  We enjoyed spending the day going back and forth from the pool and a man-made lagoon/beach.  The kids enjoyed water games and discovering resident anoles and iguanas who would occasionally make an appearance.

We were staying in a villa that was away from the actual hotel.  It provided us with a condo like living space complete with two separate bedrooms (and two separate twin beds for the kids), front and back porches both upstairs and downstairs.  Breakfast and lunch we utilized a limited grocery within the marina for coffee, breakfast biscuits and sandwich makings.  Dinner the first night the kids ate at the villa while we enjoyed an anniversary outing.  The outing included a sunset cruise and then dinner at “Hawk’s Cay” fine dining restaurant “Alma.”  It was a nice evening for just the two of us to celebrate.

The next day we spent it once again at the pool and lagoon.  Although there is no pictures the kids and Eric enjoyed messing around with a Kayak.  Eric is still feeling the enjoyment of that excursion in his lower back.

Here are a few more images from our stay.

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Cheeseburger in Paradise?

After a restful sleep at the TravelLodge we headed down historic Route 1 through the Keys all the way down into Key West.

We arrived in time to treat ourselves to a late lunch at the “Eaton Street Fish Market.”  A find through the Urbanspoon app.  While it derives most of it’s business from selling fresh caught local seafood and fish to those residing or staying in rental residences on the island, they serve a seasonal fresh menu.  On this day we sampled the lobster roll, crab cake sandwich, seafood sandwich and salmon (the only non-local caught fish) sandwich all served with plantain chips. The food and the price was a delightful and delicious surprise.

We proceeded on our Key West adventure after lunch.  We walked from the Gulf side of Duval Street to the Atlantic side.  On this journey we treated ourselves to homemade ice cream, Historical Buildings (such as St. Paul’s Episcopal Church), many art galleries, and the obligatory tourist stop at the “Hog’s Breath Saloon” for a cool beverage and slice of Key Lime Pie.

 

We did not take a trolley ride, as Embug was feeling the effects of motion sickness from the congested drive down Route 1.  However, if we ever venture to Key West again, that is something that I believe would be a great way to get to know more about the home of renown American author Ernest Hemingway.

Allligators, Mosquitos and Airboats, Oh my!

After a long evening drive the night before from Kennedy Space Center.  We ended up at an unlikely motel.  The TravelLodge recommended both on price and quality by Booking.com was a surprisingly great find.  Many may have turned away as it is a one story true 70s style motel, complete with drive-up-to-your-door-and-park access.  It looks very much like it probably did when these one-story temporary home-away-from-home motels were built.  However, for $75 a night, including microwave, refrigerator and free hot breakfast it is the deal of the week if one is wanting to explore the Everglades.

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On the morning of our planned Everglade adventure we stopped for the necessary Starbucks (mom always feels better about an outdoor adventure if it is prefaced with a cup of Starbucks!) and then headed to the Alligator Farm.

At the Alligator Farm there were threats of storm looming in the distance.  The occasional boom of thunder and lightening didn’t deter us from our airboat ride.  We saw alligators and cranes as we progressed through the Everglades.  It is amazing how the boats glide over six inches to a foot or two of water and it is everywhere.  During the airboat excursion we were given the thrill of high speeds and 360’s.  The kids and adults loved it.  I think we would have stayed on them all day if we had the option.

Once we finished the airboat ride we got to see the alligators being hand fed.  This was a weeee bit daunting as the ‘gators’ seemed to have no problem crawling up the 3 foot chainlink fence that separate us from them.  Of course, we and the 100 other people didn’t back away from the fence either.

Within minutes of the conclusion of the hand feeding a downpour commenced.  In Arkansas I call it a “toad-floater.” We waited for a bit for it to die down enough to make a dash to our rental car and then we were off to find lunch.

One of the fun things about vacations is finding those not-so-common eateries.

Today was no exception.  On our way from the Alligator Farm to the Everglades National Park we found “Gator Grill.” A little road side foodie stop.  It had a lot of the feeling of a food truck.  To our delight we were able to get grilled gator tail and frog legs.  To Kritterman’s delight he was able to procure the best 1lb. bacon cheese burger he has ever had in his life.  It was so delicious we returned at 5:30 for an early dinner.  We knew it was the best ever and didn’t know when we might be back.  On top of it, we were able to teach the kids the #1 rule of dining on vacation… “The hole-in-the wall places make the best local food.”

It was still a downpour when we finished our lunch visit to “Gator Grill.”  Eric always knows if you throw in some wine tasting in with the nature hiking, momma is always a happier camper.  So we drove down to “Schnebly’s Winery.”  There we sampled wines made from avacado, guava, mango, and passion fruit.  All fruits common to South Florida.  It was a delight and we ended up taking two bottles from this most southern winery in the United States with us to enjoy later on the vacation.

Finally the rain let up and we were able to head into the Everglades.  The forest and swamps are lush with growth.  The Gumbo Limbo trees with their smooth bark, colorful crickets and quiet alligators were an astounding sight.  Unfortunately the mosquitoes were out in mass after the rain and ate us alive.  After walking two trails and attempting a third we jumped back into our rental vehicle. Mosquitos- 1, Wilson family- 0.

We then headed back to “Gator Grill.” The owner recommended we check out “Robert Was Here Fruitstand” where they graciously cut up a ripe mango we purchased.  We also bought star fruit and passion fruit to enjoy on the next part of our journey.  It was quite a lively fruitstand with a bit of an animal farm, John Deere Tractor collection and a dog who liked to stand on his dog house to get a better view.

Finally we ended the night at a FroYo shop near our hotel.  Surprisingly, FroYo shops are not easy to find in SoFla and with my family that can be dangerous.  Happy to locate our cool creamy FroYo, we were content and exhausted from an exciting day in the Everglades!

 

 

 

 

“One small step for man…”

The first full day of our vacation in Florida it only made sense for us to spend the day at Kennedy Space Center (KSC).

After the flight from Tampa and drive across state to Titusville the day before, we were refreshed and eager to see what KSC had to offer.  This was a bucket list item especially for me (mom) who loves anything to do with NASA, space and Astronauts.  (I secretly hope someday to become an astronaut or at least participate in the NASA Educator program.)

As we drove into the facility we were met with a huge sign that was overshadowed by a large ominous building that we would learn soon housed the Atlantis itself and the interactive exhibit dedicated to the NASA Shuttle Program.

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When we arrived shortly before 10 we headed straight to the Atlantis exhibit.  As you enter you wind your way up.  Along the way on the walls are the quotes of astronauts from the many missions flown for the Shuttle program. (I love quotes and all of these were incredible that I couldn’t just do one.)

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You then entered a room where the history of how the Shuttle program began was shared.  All I can say is that you have to see it.  The story of the birth of the Shuttle program made this 80’s baby tearful and proud.  The introduction into the exhibit was breathtaking.  When the magnificent production concluded the screen lifted and at eye-line you were met with the actual Atlantis Shuttle in all of its magnificence.

There were many points of interest in the exhibit.  The kids loved the unusual facts that were part of the entire exhibit.  They also enjoyed the interactive displays, including the touch screens and simulators.  Kritterman loved the slide that took you to the bottom floor as well as the toilet.  Emmarie enjoyed the opportunities to sit in a model of the cockpit and see how astronauts ate in the Unity room of the the Space Station.

The time flew by and before we knew it we needed to be at our very special planned lunch with an astronaut.  This is something that can be purchased as part of the visit to KSC.  It was a great day to select this opportunity, as KSC was celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11’s walk on the moon.  Their contemporary, Jack Lausma, entertained us with stories and his own mission experiences, including being the only astronaut to land at the alternative White Sands, New Mexico location as lead on Columbia. Kritterman even got to ask the astronaut a question during a brief Q and A at the lunch.  His question, “On one of your flights did anything get damaged where everything shut down?” Fortunately, not for Lausma, although he did mention others had not been so lucky.

Following lunch, we took a tour of the various points of interest that NASA utilizes for the space program including the famous launch pad where it dons the largest American flag in the world.

After the tour we had one last opportunity to see Astronaut Jack Lausma again.  This time we got to speak with him and get his autograph.  He mentioned in the brief conversation he had recently eaten dinner with Jim Lovell (Apollo 13) and his wife.  He also encouraged Kristopher to become an astronaut and stressed to me as an educator how important it was to continue to foster a love and pursuit of the study of math and science.

This was an experience the whole family won’t soon forget.

 

…Getting There

Every summer we plan a family vacation.  Sometimes they are more along the lines of a “stay-cation” and sometimes they are a full on travel-agent like planned event.  This year we were met with a dilemma.  This July was our 20th anniversary.  Eric and I usually take a “big” trip every 5 years for our anniversary.  We also wanted to take the kids on an adventure too.  Time off and money dictated we couldn’t do both separately.  So here we are now.  Taking a trip together and celebrating 20 years of marriage.

The plane tickets were bought, lodging reservations made, car rental reserved and Pinterest packing list downloaded.

With 4 carry-on wheeled bags in tow, backpack for each of us and a large suitcase full of vacation necessities we were ready to go.

We flew Southwest, which is always a great experience… especially if you upgrade to the Early Check-in Status!

We left from Dallas-Love Field with a lay over in Houston on our way to Tampa, Florida.

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It wasn’t long before our adventures began.  While in Houston waiting for our connecting flight Emmarie and I made a stop at the ladies room.  After a lengthy wait for Emmarie who did not exit from the stall, I went to check on her.  Evidently her stall door stuck and she could not get out.  Luckilly she’s 11 and can make her way under a bathroom stall door!  To commemorate the event we took a snapshot of her with the stubborn stall door.

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The trip continued.  One of the sweetest things about my kids is the way they interact and play with one another.  Today’s plane ride was no exception.  Instead of being consumed with their own devices they opted to play card games to pass the time.  Not once was there a disagreement over the rules or accusations of cheating. Made this mama’s heart proud (and secretly happy I packed the deck of cards)!

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The adventure continued.  Upon completing our paperwork for the rental car we went to retrieve it.  Somehow we managed to get lost… IN THE AIRPORT! All was not lost, the car rental agency did  not have the Explorer we had upgraded to, so in it’s place the only option was a 2015 BMW X5! Who knew it was Christmas in July!?!?!?

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There were a few more mishaps along the way as we drove from Tampa to Titusville.  To protect the innocent I will just let the readers know it is a very good thing to have leather seats and ziploc baggies when one is on vacation.

While there were some hiccups, the drive was enjoyable.  It was especially enjoyable when an afternoon heating shower treated us to a full rainbow.

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By the time we arrived in Titusville it was time for dinner.  As I have done on many other vacations I used the Urban Spoon app on my iPhone to help choose a local restaurant.  The app led us to Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant. The restaurant is surrounded by water and while you wait to be seated customers can see close to 3 dozen red-eared slider water turtles of various sizes actively swimming, a surprisingly large soft-shell turtle, multitudes of tilapia and one lone bright pure orange koi fish. The meal was decent in taste and price.  I do think the Wilson family prefers their seafood with a Cajun flair and that may have skewed our opinion.

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Following dinner we drove out to a barrier island, where, to our surprise about a dozen cats were hanging about, perhaps to feast off the fisherman’s throw backs.

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It is so good to be on the trip and ready to embrace the adventures of the upcoming week as a family and as a couple.  Stay tuned as more posts will follow sharing the much anticipated adventures this week will bring.

 

 

 

Spur of the Moment Spring Break Road Trip

Spring Break started off with no plans to go anywhere and lots of plans for house cleaning and organizing. Not what Embug and Kritter would declare exciting, by any means.

Thanks to my somewhat addictive relationship with Social Media and a recent re-connect on Facebook with my former student Lance Carpenter, an unexpected road trip was planned to Northwest Arkansas.  Just before spring break I learned that Lance Carpenter would be performing at a local bar in his hometown, Ozark, Arkansas… the first town Eric and I lived in as a married couple and where we had our first jobs out of college.

With this event happening at the end of the Spring Break, it was a perfect reason to make a trip to our favorite haunts in the Northwest Corner of my home state.  We left Texas and started this adventure by stopping just inside the Arkansas/Oklahoma border for dinner at LaHuerta Grill and Cantina on Garrison Avenue in Fort Smith, Arkansas. A favorite authentic Mexican Food Restaurant for Eric and I. Their white cheese dip and cheese enchiladas, while unattainable in Texas, were all I craved when I was pregnant with Emmarie.

LaHuerta

We spent the next day at the University of Arkansas.  Eric met with colleagues at the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, while I dusted off my “Orientation Leader” skills and gave the kids the “real” tour of the campus. We met my best friend from High School and College Roommate, Michelle Parks for lunch at Farrel’s where Kristopher, to his amusement, had the “Hangover Burger.” I think he still giggles when we recount the outing.

After lunch we were lucky enough to catch my Cousin Bret Bielema in town. He graciously made himself available to show us around the Razorback Football facilities. It was an amazing and awesome experience that I catch myself doubting it actually happened… it almost seemed too good to be true!

After our tour of the Football Athletic facilities we stopped for a custard at Andy’s Frozen Custard and then on to my sister’s family in Farmington.  There we met up with my parents, niece, nephew, sister and brother-in-law to celebrate my nephew’s 10th birthday.

Kristopher loved his time with his cousin, we watched “Nacho Libre” and sang Happy Birthday to a boy it seems like I was holding in  my arms in the hospital after his mother’s long and trying delivery just yesterday.

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The next day we left the Fayetteville area and headed for Ozark.  We stopped at Ozark Upper Elementary (Go Hillbillies!) where I taught the first 4 1/2 years of my career. We also visited turkey growers Eric had provided support to as a Flock Serviceman and showed the kids what it was like living in a small town.  We spent a large amount of time at the Roxin’s farm where we got to meet several friendly dogs and hold puppies from 3 litters of French and English Bulldogs.  I still am not sure how we managed to NOT walk away with a puppy picked out to take home once it was weaned!

Roxin Puppies

We finished the afternoon excursion by going by Post Winery in Altus, Arkansas to pick up some of our favorite wines and grape juice. Since it was close to dinner time we decided to take the kids to a local Irish Pub called “Kelt’s” where Eric and I used to have “date night.” The dark, candle lit metal fabricated make shift building that houses the restaurant that serves traditional Irish dishes made for the perfect end to a rural Arkansas day.

Post Winery Kelt's

The next morning we took the kids through the intricately winding roads of the scenic Highway 23 to the trail-head of the Ozark Highlands Trail north of Ozark.  We hiked down the side of a hill to a stream.  It was so good to be back breathing the Ozark Mountain air, steadying my feet along the path as I walked, and sharing what is a part of my inner fabric with my flatland Texan bred children.  There is such a peace in the woods and rolling hills of my home state.  To share this part of me with my family completes me in a way no other adventure or excursion does.  It seems strange to travel away from what I now call home and when I go to describe it, to want to call it home… I guess it is truly where my heart is.

After our hike we met Marty and Penny Baker and their children for a late lunch at Cracker Barrel.  Marty went to school with Eric and I, came to Ozark and worked in the same department as Eric when we were first married.  Shortly before we moved to Texas, Marty met and married Penny.  Hard to believe that was 15+ years ago!

After heading back to the hotel to clean up, we then met up with one of my former students Erin (Warden) Hamilton and her family.  Such a wonderful sweet family and what joy it brings me to see my students full of joy, passion and happiness.  So good to see your former students successful in life… and full of contentment!

Finally, Erin watched Embug and Kritter, who enjoyed playing with her boys. Eric and I went to see Lance Carpenter.  Lance being the whole reason we did this spur-of-the-moment-road-trip.

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I apologize for the length of this post, but I wanted to share our adventure.  A few things I have realized after reflecting on this adventure:

1. Planning sometimes ruins the fun.

2. Sharing your past with your children by taking them to the actual locations… even if the physical building is no longer standing is the most powerful way to share your memories.

3. Holding tiny warm wiggly puppies on any trip makes a good trip great.

4. Being passionate about something (like the Razorbacks or Springtime in Arkansas) can only become a family passion if everyone gets to experience it.

5. Good food, ambiance and time for stories is what brings a family closer.

6. The fabric that makes you who you are isn’t made just from your experiences and successes but in the leisurely hikes and the natural beauty around you.

7. Reconnect with your past, share your present with your past connections and make those past important connections part of your future.

8. Every road trip needs a great playlist… your 80’s  music is your kids Disney Movie’s soundtracks!

  • Road Trip Top 10+Playlist:
  • Ice Ice Baby- Vanilla IceBilly Jean- Michael Jackson
  • Legs- ZZTop
  • Devil Went Down to Georgia- Charlie Daniels Band Final Countdown- Europe
  • Dreams- Cranberries
  • Hungry Like the Wolf- Duran Duran
  • Kick start my heart- Motley Crüe
  • The Sign- Ace of Base
  • The Tide is High- Blondie
  • Wannabe- Spice Girls

9. Be sure to talk with accents in the car as you travel… sounds crazy, but trust me it makes everyone giggle.

10.  Everyone needs to take a spur-of-the-moment trip at least once a year that requires driving across at least one state line and an overnight stay with enough time to make unforgettable memories.

Who knows when our next spontaneous adventure will occur, but I am so glad I fought my tendency to need to plan and jumped at the chance to take a trip… unplanned.

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