Jumping into Summer!

We spent our first week of summer in the Ozarks and my kids went hard. The week was a blur because they crammed in as much as possible into every day. There was a lot of swimming, paddle boarding, a lazy river, a ropes course, and the last day we went out on the boat. We spent two hours swimming or tubing and I liked how everyone had a different style jumping in.

Charlie would just run off the side, ready to go. Chris took giant dives in. Harper kind of walked/hopped off.

We had so much fun this week and are fully embracing this fun age the twins are. Big enough to decide for themselves what they want to do, small enough that they want us to do it with them. I hope this summer is different than last in a lot of ways, here’s to adventures both big and small!

And in case you’re wondering, Sam’s preferred method is to be handed into the water, given a snack, and float around on dad while he watches the action go down.

Thoughts on Coming Home

Wednesday was our last day in Denver and we just completed the great trek back to Dallas! I have to admit, as much as I loved it there, I am ready to be back. To my house, to my bed, and to my friends and routine. I have been reflecting on what this trip meant to my family and thinking about lessons that I want to carry back with me and thought I would think them out here.

It’s always worth exploring.

Being in a new place meant that there was a lot to see. Having mountains about an hour away and a house in the middle of a very cool city meant that we sought out adventure. Almost everyday we were outside and on the weekends Chris and I found places for all of us to go, whether to hike, eat, or walk around an art show. We have lived in Dallas for 13 years now and it’s very easy to decide to just stay home instead of getting out. We’ve both decided we would like to make an effort to explore our city more. Even on those days when the kids are complaining and it seems like a lot of work to pack everyone up and get out the door, maybe especially on those days! Every time we went out here we ended up having a great time- and it didn’t always go perfectly! I’ve added a list of festivals to our calendar as well as some free events and our plan is to make sure we’re having fun, as a family and as a couple, in the city that we live in.

We don’t need a lot of stuff.

We rented a house here for the month that is by no means tiny, but is a much smaller space than we’re used to. I brought a few books and things for myself, minimal clothes, as well as my kids’ favorite toys and a couple of kitchen things (the instant pot and popcorn maker!). I discovered that we don’t actually need a lot of stuff. Yesterday I wrote about minimalism and these past few months I feel like we were minimalists and it was freeing and absolutely fine for everyone in the family. I don’t know what it looks like in the future but I’m curious to explore the concept some more.

I can make time to write.

I recently shared about the process of declaring myself a writer and wanting to put the work in to make that a reality. Well I discovered that I can make time to write. If I really want to I can squeeze in 30 minutes here, an hour there, throughout the week and that it adds up. It also is true that the more I write, the more I want to write! I didn’t feel bad about sitting down and opening my laptop instead of cleaning the kitchen or doing some task around the house. I want to carry this with me as we get back home and into our fall routine. Instead of feeling overwhelmed at not having enough time, realizing that any time throughout the day is a good time and it’s up to me to just make it happen.

My family is my top priority.

My husband and I have focused so much on our relationship and our relationship with the kids these past three weeks and it has felt good making our family our top priority. In theory, it has always been, we have always loved our children and each other and wanted to build a meaningful life together. However in practice is something different. We have allowed outside forces to take over, have taken the easy, sometimes feel good way out for some time now. I feel us refocusing and putting our money where our mouth is and trying to find ways to keep this precious family of five at the top of the list as life carries on.

We can shape our life to look like what works for us, what feels good.

A year ago Chris and I would not have packed off for a month to a new place at what was kind of last minute. Life circumstances have shaken us up and in a good way. We are discovering that we get to choose what our life looks like, and knowing that it won’t be necessarily easy but it will be worthwhile. I would love to carry that feeling with us as we make plans for the future!

 

 

 

Santa Fe

I unintentionally took a week off from writing but it was for a good reason! We head back to Dallas later this week and I have been enjoying my time up here in the mountains. Last week I drove the kids to Santa Fe and left them their for some Mimi/Poppy camp. I got to spend a day there and wanted to share my pictures.

Santa Fe is one of my favorite places on Earth and my parent’s house feels like a gorgeous oasis. Just walking around their property I found vignettes that felt like they could be paintings. We went to the farmer’s market and explored a new park. We also visited the library, something I’ve never done there!, and I got to eat my fill of chilies.

If you ever get the chance to visit Santa Fe, do it! I always leave feeling inspired and peaceful.

Hello From Denver!

Ok that photo is actually from Beaver Creek but close enough right? My little family of 5 is in Denver for the month and it’s been a bit of a whirlwind getting here and getting settled. We all came up as my husband had a job opportunity and it has been a fun adventure for us.

I’ve lived in Dallas for 13 years this August and getting to explore a new city has been invigorating and sometimes a little overwhelming. The kids and I have been running around checking out museums and public swimming pools and over the weekend we took a trip up into the mountains and went on some great hikes. It’s so beautiful here and getting to be outside so much is wonderful. It is hot this week, we didn’t escape the heat wave, but 98 degrees and no humidity feels very different than what I’m used to in Dallas so I’m not complaining!

Going somewhere new and staying for an extended period of time changes the way you think about home. It makes you appreciate things you took for granted and it also makes you think of ways you can change up what’s normal for you and incorporate what you like about where you traveled. We have a week and a half left here and I’m excited to embrace every day and remember what lessons I want to bring back with me to Texas! A little perspective before Chris and I hit our 13 year wedding anniversary and decide what we want the next year together to look like. I’ve been reminded these past few weeks that change is possible and you are allowed to work for what you want out of life. Looking at the picture above I see a good portion of what I want and my thoughts are on how I want to get there.

If there’s anything I have to see while I’m here, with or without kids, let me know in the comments. I feel like I have a pretty good list but I’m up for any more recommendations!