Friday, July 28, 2017

Everyday Is A Journey // #1

This post will probably be short. I am still trying to organize the MANY pictures I took. Hopefully I can get these posts up quicker now though.

#1

The journey begins!

Our first day (Monday, July 10th) was spent mostly driving the six hours to our first stop.
Mikey and Missy's.
I had never seen there new house so that was exciting. I have to say our one night there was one of the best parts of the trip. Kimberly was able to get work off and made it to say, "Hi!" and spend the afternoon with us. We spent the afternoon/night with lots of visiting and just enjoying our time together. Us girls (Emily, Marissa, and I) played "Sardines" with the little girls, that was awesome! I haven't felt so young in a long, long time. Funny how playing with a kid can make you feel like a kid again yourself.
The next morning (Tuesday, July 11th) we took our time getting up and ready to go. We ate breakfast, drank coffee (Mmm!) and just hung-out with each other. We left around 10 A.M. and the trip officially began!
We tried to do 3 hour shifts for drivers (It was a 20+ hour drive to MN where the ALC Conventions were being held!) so our day was mostly spent....driving. We would stop to eat, get gas, or when someone needed a rest stop, but that was it. We drove that first day from 10 A.M. till 4:30 A.M. the next morning (12th), at which time we told the boys we needed to pullover somewhere and sleep for a while. So we pulled over and slept till 6:30 A.M. A VERY much needed rest that revived us girls for the rest of the drive.
We arrived at our motel a little after 1 P.M. that afternoon in Duluth, MN. (Our motel was actually in Proctor I think??) We tried to check in but they said our room wasn't ready, we had to wait till the check in time (3 P.M.) before we could get in our rooms. Once we got settled in I ordered pizza for everyone and the boys came over to eat in our room. We all ate and our adrenaline levels started going down. When the boys left we sat and watched Bonanza for awhile but we just couldn't keep our eyes open any longer. Emily and I fell asleep around 7 P.M. and slept till 7 the next morning! (Marissa and the boys slept from 8-8:00.) Needless to say, we were exhausted!

So guess that is where I will end for now! Here are some pictures of those first couple days.


My car all ready to go.



Marissa and I


Kimberly and I


Heather, Emily, and Kimberly


Us Girls Together Again!


Playing with the little girls:)


Lando cleaning up supper.


The guys hanging out.


Kylie (Mikayla in the background.)


Enjoying the evening with ice cream.


Pictures before we say goodbye.


Our little group.


Sisters!


And we are off! (Yes, I stole some pictures Missy! :P)






At 6:30 A.M. when the boys finally let us sleep for a tiny bit.






Our motel room in Minnesota.

Finally! My laptop keeps having glitches so I hope this will upload right!
Hope you enjoyed!
<3 Marita





Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Favorites Tag



Hey Everyone! I have been gone awhile (2 weeks!) and just got home last night. I will be doing some posts of my travels, but first decided to do a tag that  Daminika @WalkingInTheSonshine tagged me for! Hope you enjoy!

1) What is your favorite thing to do at home?

This is a hard one. I guess I don't really have time to do anything at home right now for fun. I could say watching a good TV show, documentary or science movie are my favorites right now at this point in my life. I used to read a lot, crochet, knit, scrapbook, garden and experiment in the kitchen, but life at the moment hasn't had a place for those things. Maybe someday again... Right now, I also spend a lot of time dreaming about our apartment, decorating and planning it all out in my head...sigh, I just can't wait!

2) Which is your favorite, cats or dogs?

I would have to say dogs. I have had lots of cats in my life and I loved them when I was young, but I think the saying is true. Dogs are "man's best friend" and my last dog, Bridger, was a favorite of mine. I hope someday to have a puppy/dog again.

3) If you could live anywhere where would it be?

Hmmmm....now this one is hard!!! There are soooo many places I've been that I don't know how I could possible choose. I do know that I love it here in the PNW. I love the green, the rain and the (usually) never severe weather. I also grew up in  Eastern Oregon though, which is dry and dusty or wet and sloppy. A place that gets quite a bit of snow and cold weather.
I do know, from this trip I just took, that I do not like the plains! Basically, I don't like much of the Midwest. I felt suffocated in the vast emptiness. In the hot weather there was no shade, no mountains to gaze upon, no place to look down. Let's just say, I was glad to make it back to mountains.

4) Do you love to travel?

YES! As you probably learned from my last post... *wink*
There are things about traveling I learned from this trip that will make future trips more enjoyable. I definitely did not like packing food. Some maybe, yes. But packing food for the whole trip wasn't exactly my cup of tea. I would say saving more/spending more for food along the way is worth it.
But I will save my tips for another post..

5) What is your dream job?

Growing up I had many dream jobs. My first would be to work with my Dad, pouring foundations. Hehe, pretty ridiculous, right? But I dreamed of having many jobs, I loved watching my Dad do payroll or paperwork. I loved watching my Mom in the kitchen. I dreamed of having a office job, but I also dreamed of cooking/baking for people.
Now, after living on "my own", I've learned that to work and have a life, your job needs to be either from home or flexible. In order to make enough for a living you have to work long hours (which I am not exactly doing) but then you must take care of everything at home too. So in the end you never see anyone or have time to do anything fun.
Seriously, it is hard. You don't have time to decompress so any free time you do have you try to use to recover from going, going and going. So, I would have to say my dream job would be working somehow from home. A job you can do while getting your work at home done also. Which in turn gives you time to do stuff. I looked into home bakeries, but here the laws are too much to deal with. So I am leaning towards finding away to work through the internet. But maybe keeping my job now, but as just part time...we shall see.

6) What is your dream vacation?

It would be a year-long, paid road-trip around the U.S.A. Time to go to all four corners of the country, learning about the people who make America what it is, seeing her history and her vastness. But that would be just the beginning. After the U.S. I would travel Europe and if it was safe, the Middle East. Oh if I had money to throw away, I would travel the world, over and over again!

7) Do you have a favorite drink? What is it?

I may be strange, but, tomato juice?? If I choose something "special" to drink, that would be it! I love coffee and Italian sodas also, but I am not too much into sugar-y drinks.

8) What is your favorite home-cooked meal?

Oh this one is very hard! I don't know if I have any actual favorites. I love pasty, chicken potpie, Elisa's tacos or spaghetti, roast with mashed potatoes, salmon with potatoes and white sauce, or hamburger pie...just to name a few!

9) Which do you prefer, pop or water?

Definitely water. But on rare occasions I will choose pop. Like I said, not much of a sugar-y drink person. At restaurants I get iced teas if I want something sweet, but not pop.

10) Who is your favorite singer?

Wow, this question is impossible to answer! I don't have a clue who to put. My music tastes are seriously quite vast. I LOVE Bing Crosby, George Strait, Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, June Carter Cash, Jim Reeves, John Denver, The Carpenter's, The Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, but also many, many more!

11) Ice Cream or Milkshake?

I don't know, I have to be in the mood for either of them. Probably ice cream though, because I only like Burgerville milkshakes. Ice cream is almost always delicious!

So, there you have it. Let's see if I ever get around to the other tags people have tagged me for! I hope I can!

I tag -
Marissa @HiddenTreasures

Hope you learned something new!
<3 Marita







Thursday, July 6, 2017

Fernweh

Fernweh - A strong desire to travel and visit far off places.
A German word literally meaning far-sickness.




Hey everyone! I am back again, though my post still might not be a frequent thing. I am glad to be back in the blogging world! I know there are a couple tags I haven't kept up on, so I am hoping (yeah, I know....I am not good at keeping up) to get them done at some point.
Life has been full of...well, life! It has been a fun, exciting few months and I am glad I took the break I did. I took a break from a lot of other things also, such as reading novels, etc. And I have spent a lot of time reading the Bible, especially at work on my lunch break. I feel more alive now than I ever have before.
My sister Marissa (you can see her blog here.) and I are going with some of our nephews and a niece to our church's annual conventions in Minnesota. On the way back we are splitting up and Marissa and I will be coming back "the long way"...alone! EEK! I am so excited! This is truly a dream come true. I LOVE traveling. I have been across the country and back twice in my life already. I have been to Canada twice and to Mexico once. But never have Marissa and I traveled alone...anywhere.




We literally planned it in just a few days. Originally we had just planned to drive back pretty much the way we had come and only making a few stops if possible. But when my Dad started talking about a trip he and my stepmom, Sue, had taken last year, we just couldn't resist.
There is one place I am anxious to see...Cokato, MN, which we are planning on passing through. It is my Dad's childhood home. I have never been there so I am really excited to see the place I have heard of my whole life!
From there we are headed out on the open road! Seeing places we have never seen and returning to some places we have been before.




Travel is in my blood. I grew up traveling six hours to the Ranch every couple weeks and then back again. I have been to so many national parks that I don't even remember how many! I have seen some beautiful places, been to our nation's capital, walked in George Washington's house, stood beside President Kennedy's grave. I have watched the sunset over the Grand Canyon, I have swam in the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. I have stood inside a Sequoia tree, I have climbed a Redwood, and I have crossed The Golden Gate Bridge. I have walked through historic homes and imagined what life must have been like back then. I have seen soooo much...but I don't believe I could ever see enough of this world I live in.






I feel like this is just the beginning. There is so much out there for us. If I can I wish to spend my life traveling the world. I have no idea what God has planned. He may change everything in a second's time. But you know what, that's okay. I am happy to live my life however God decides. If God's plan is for me to meet someone and marry, settle down in one place and never travel again. Okay. If He wants me to never marry and live, however He deems. Well, that's okay too. Honestly, I am just excited about life!




I am excited to see what God has in store, for I know it will be wonderful! I have many places in mind already of where I would like to go next. Of course, it depends on how this trip goes and, most importantly, if I can afford it.
I want to go to Kentucky and see the Ark and Creation Museum. I want to see Acadia National Park in Maine. I want to return to Washington, D.C. and explore it in more depth. I want to do a road trip of New England. I want to go the English Isles and see where my family came from. I want to go to Germany and tour the Black Forest. I want to see the vineyards in Italy and walk the streets of Rome. I want to go hiking in Siberia. I want to walk where Jesus walked in the Holy Land. I want to see the Great Wall of China.

Is that too much???




Life is an adventure.