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Maiya let me braid her hair for Aunt Pammy’s birthday dinner. It’s a good thing I took the pic because everything was pulled out by the time we made it to the restaurant.

On an unrelated note, she told me about a dream she had. “I was riding a motorcycle, and aliens came and took me to outer space and they got bit by a monster jellyfish, and then I rode that jellyfish home.”

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Heading out on our third day of driving. We have had a few hiccups along the way, but we are doing well. Thanks to our wonderful friends in Colorado who sent us on our way with travel games and baked goods and well wishes . They have been greatly appreciated. We will miss you all so much! For now, we are headed home.

When major changes happen in my life I find it comforting to listen to the Beatles. Mostly because its all I listened to growing up, so there is the nostalgia in that. There is a line from the song “Two of Us” that has been running through my head a lot lately.

“You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.”

quite nice

Life lately has been packing, packing, packing, packing, packing. I have been so busy with this packing business and trying to keep up with day to day goings ons that I have been on auto-pilot. I have been trying to take time out to go for a run occasionally, which is physically helpful, but my mind has been fried. I sat down today and took a few minutes to actually read something that looked interesting. The founders of Patagonia just put out a new book about how they have been trying to be a responsible company for the past 40 years. Reading the excerpt really got me excited. Not so much because it looks like a great book-which it does, but it felt so good to read something that I felt passionate about. It was just a nice little reminder that I am  more than a robot on auto-pilot. I have interests that excite me! Most of them are pretty nerdy, but thats no surprise.

Responsibility is such a powerful word to me. We are trying to teach the kids responsibility and how important it is. It is one of the things that is way more than just teaching your kids to pick up their toys, but shapes them into the fine adult that I hope they may become one day. The book is more about how and why companies should be responsible, but it really resonates with me that maybe by teaching them how important responsibility is and setting a good example, they may one day grow up to have a mind-set more like the founders of Patagonia and less like those companies that feel its ok to focus solely on profit.

So here you go. This may not excite you, but I will share it anyway.

These guys were excited:

“If you have any doubt at all that doing right by the natural world is good for the bottom line, please, stop right now, wherever you are, find a seat, put the smartphone on mute, and read this freaking book. Yvon and Vincent aren’t here to bum you out about a planet turning to desert, or to shame you into anything. They affirm that the ingenuity and hard work required to clean up our offices and industries will be the most rewarding (and profitable) work we do.”

– Brad Wieners, Executive Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek

Here is the excerpt from the book.

http://www.thecleanestline.com/2012/05/what-we-do-for-a-living-an-excerpt-from-the-responsible-company.html?sssdmh=dm23.147381&src=061512a_mi3&dmmid=

So I am putting the kids to bed tonight and Mason called me from his room upset. 

Mason: (clearly freaked out) Mom, my tooth is loose!

Mom: Really?! Which one? That is so exciting!

Mason: (even more freaked out) but am I going to have to get a wood one?

Mom: What? No. That is your baby tooth, and there is an adult one ready to grow up in its place. (ok, now I’m upset and trying not to show it, but my little baby boy is going to have an adult tooth. this is all happening too fast!)

Mom: So when it falls out, you can put it under your pillow and the tooth fairy will come and give you some money!

Mason: But what if the tooth fairy doesn’t exist? Because fairies don’t exist.

Mom: How do you know that?

Mason: Because no book has ever told me that they do exist.

Mom: Well, when I was a kid the tooth fairy left me money.

Mason: Don’t you think it was your mom?

Mom: Well isn’t that special too? And you get money!

Mason: I gotta go show Dad! and he proceeds to run down and show Dad, wiggling it, and telling him how he’s going to set up a tooth fairy trap under his pillow.

and here I am, tearing up because my kids are growing much too fast for my liking. Get it together Mom!

 

It’s official, the date is set. We roll out of here June 24th. Two adults, two kids, two cats, one dog, and one packed Subaru. So sad to leave our friends in CO, but really excited for our new adventure.

 

Some of you may have noticed that I missed a very major milestone on this here blog. In defense, I often miss the big ones, because, well those are the ones that are paired with busy days.

My baby girl is growing up!

We camped in Moab, Utah for Maiya’s birthday. I would show you the pictures, but I just saw them myself today. I promise, I will post them, Moab was beautiful, and we had an awesome time. It might just take me a few months. 🙂

Maiya thinks that her birthday is in the desert, in Moab. I don’t know how we are going to top that next year!

We are moving back to Michigan at the end of June. We are constantly thinking about the future and what direction we want to be heading. We want to live a more simple life, close to family, lots of time spent enjoying nature. Taking the leap to Clint being a freelance illustrator has been the scariest hurdle. Moving back across the country with two young kids is the other thing that has been holding us back. So, what the hell, let’s do both! The logistics of making these things work are pretty daunting. To start, we are moving back in with my parents until we find a house. I am a total control freak. There are so many things right now that I don’t know the answer to. So many things that I can’t even try to figure out until we get back to Michigan. All of this feels to me like we are jumping off a very high cliff. Some days the anxiety is almost paralyzing. Thinking about the really big picture, I know that we are doing the right thing. It will work out. This is the right direction for our family. Thinking about everything that needs to get done to get there is very scary. Right now we just need to break it down into what needs to get done right now. Ok, what’s next? I am so thankful to have a strong husband who works so hard to take care of us. Also, our families our so loving and supportive. The older I get, the more I appreciate the value of family. No one can replace your family.

The past 3 1/2 years here have been an amazing journey. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We have grown as a family (in many ways-we are coming back with a daughter and a dog!). We have met some phenomenal people that are very dear to my heart. And we have had some life-changing experiences. This place can be other-worldly, but I miss water and humidity, and green, and deciduous trees and cider and donuts in the fall, and most of all-my family. It’s been fun Colorado, but its time for us to go home.

Yesterday I went out for a trail run and right after I left I got this text from Clint:

Maiya just said “look how cool mommy is”

Holy hell! I am going to treasure this moment like its the last drop of water in a desert because this girl as a teenager might just break me, but I will always have that ONE time when my daughter said I was cool without being forced to say it!

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I’m the luckiest gal in this galaxy. I love my family more than anything. I had no idea this feeling existed before I became a Mom. It is such an overwhelming feeling that it often leaves me speechless. All I can say is Thank You to Clint, Mason, and Maiya. You made me the person I am today and you mean the world to me. All is right in the world as long as we are together.