As some of you may know, we just got back from our looooong trip to VA. After dropping Lulu off with the grandparents, my husband and I hopped a flight to Cancun. Nate surprised me with a week in Mexico for my ehem, 40th birthday. (I know, I’m as shocked as you are:)) After lazily laying on beach chairs for 7 full days, we ended up back in VA. We finally reunited with Jayce after his super duper long trip to visit his Dad (Yay!) and then spent a couple of days with my parents before we drove back to Minnesota.
We don’t always drive, but we had good motivation, because Jayce’s grandparents gave him their very old (older than him!) beater car for his 16th birthday and we needed to get it halfway across the country. And, I need to tell you two super insane things: a. I have a kid that is about to turn 16. This fact shocks me on the regular. I sometimes look at him and think, wait, what? He was just a baby. (Anyone else have that?) and b. I have a child who can now DRIVE A CAR. People, this is crazy. Seriously crazy. During this moment, I was feeling super blessed that his Dad spent so much time working on his driving over the summer, because I would probably have been a nervous wreck. Nate and I took turns riding in his car while we let him drive for stretches, and I was deeply impressed with my ability to not be constantly jamming my foot on the phantom passenger seat break.
But, before the drive, while sitting on a glorious beach, Nate and I had some deep talks. (Isn’t it amazing what can be accomplished when there are no kids to interrupt your every thought?) We talked a lot about the blog, its future, my future, our future, so. much. planning. When reflecting on this year or so of blogging, I told him that sometimes I feel like I am on point. Or, as the kids would say #onfleek (Don’t be ashamed, I had to google that, too.) I share and write in a way that is really reflective of me, oddball personality and all. And, then there are other times when I generic it down and I feel like a limp piece of milk toast. So, I decided one of my commitments was to do a little less filtering and just let my freak flag fly. (If you run in the opposite direction right now, I won’t blame you:))
If you haven’t noticed I am a striking combination of ADHD and OCD. When I travel, surprisingly my OCD takes a backseat to my attention deficit. Nothing illuminates this more than a long car ride or say, a day laying on the beach. My attention gets caught by the slightest breeze, the randomest of random thoughts, and before I can even think to filter, I blurt out whatever comes to mind. It doesn’t matter if the person I am with is midsentence or sleeping or a random stranger, I just can’t help myself.
Since you guys couldn’t be there to enjoy every. single. thought I had, I submit to you for your reading pleasure, a snapshot of our trip as told through my random streaming thoughts (and, for those of you who don’t care about my random thoughts, there are some more pretty pictures): Continue reading