summer 2015: 44/89

spokane/lake pend oreille

first, a #fbf (flash back friday for those of you unfamiliar with the hashtag)…




the kids were in my cousin’s wedding…ring bearer and flower girl.

it was an amazing celebration.

the kids are sleeping great.

me, not so much.

i have been awake since 2:51 am…it is now 4:32 am.

i’m going to try to snuggle back in with them for a bit…

room service was delivered at 6:30.

we had pancakes, eggs, bacon, chocolate chip scones, and coffee.

i had lots of coffee.

between the hours of 4:30 and 7:00 am i worked on trying to get logged into verizon to gain access to our account. i had everything but the last four digits of ryan’s social security number.

at 5:30 am i took a chance and sent him an e-mail in case he had cell phone service.

at 6:47 am i got an e-mail back from him!


by 8:30 am the kids an i were checked out of the hotel and on the road.

we had some things to get at target and then a trip to the verizon store!

by 10:30 we were on the road with new technology!

at noon, this was our view…

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summer 2015: 43/89


on the road again…

for this adventure we are actually hitting the road…driving north to beautiful lake pend oreille.

we’ve got a stop or two to make along the way…

everything was ready. all my lists were checked. everything was packed.

everything but my phone.

i used it last night.

played a silly game (frozen free fall) that i am addicted to.

the phone died, and i went to bed.

for the life of me i cannot remember where i put the phone before i actually fell asleep.

i turned our house upside down for two hours!

took all the beds apart.

looked in the bathrooms, kitchen cabinets, even the refrigerator.

the battery was dead.

i have no idea why i didn’t just plug it in to charge.

i was a frazzled mess.

in tears.

how was i supposed to drive six hours, alone with the kids, and not have my phone?!

i finally decided that we just needed to get on the road.

we got starbucks and i made the decision that i was going to stop at verizon and buy a phone.

there were 12 people in line ahead of us.

we turned around and left.

we made it to kennewick and found a verizon store.

nobody in line.

they looked up my account, but couldn’t find it.

i figured that it was under ryan’s phone number.

it was, but he has not given me authorization to change anything on the account.

are you kidding me?!

normally, i would just call him and have him give authorization.

the problem is that he is in the middle of nowhere central oregon for a go ruck navigator event.

no cell phone coverage…and even if they did have it they normally aren’t allowed to have their cell phones on.

no new phone for me.

once again, i was in tears.

frustrated that i didn’t just plug my phone in to charge.

frustrated that i didn’t have access to my own cell phone account.

frustrated about the entire situation.

somebody did not want us traveling with technology today.

before we left, i grabbed my ipad and it only had a 35% charge.

i couldn’t find my car charger.

i don’t have a plug in charger.

i sent ryan an imessage, that he probably won’t get until sunday, to let him know i did not have a phone.

the little guy tried to turn on his leap pad, the only electronics we had left, and it was dead.

baby girl had hers, so they very sparingly used her leap pad and my ipad for entertainment on the drive.

we ended up talking, listening to music (at least we got a new stereo put in the car last week), and looking at the scenery.

road tripping old school style.

eventually, after we stopped to get some food at safeway, i got my computer out and they watched jungle book.

that got us within an hour of our destination for the night…spokane.

we pulled into the valet for the davenport hotel ready to get settled and get in touch with my parents. we are meeting them at lake pend oreille tomorrow, and i knew that they were wondering why i hadn’t called or posted something on instagram.

at check in i was informed that we had been upgraded to a suite…things were looking up.

when we got to our room i dropped our bags and burst into tears…again.

these were thankful tears for a large space for us to settle into for the night.

the suite was beautiful.

i called my parents, sent an email to ryan (which he probably won’t receive until sunday), and the kids and i went downstairs to explore.

a few years ago i stayed here for a girls weekend with one of my friends. we went to the farm chicks show and stayed in the davenport tower. we spent the evening after the farm chicks show exploring and reading all the history of the hotel.

the kids like running around and exploring, but aren’t so much interested in the history of the hotel.

the little guy did like this photo of a car being brought up to the mezzanine level in 1915.

after exploring, we went back up to the room to order room service.

we used some of ryan’s marriott rewards points for the room, so i promised the kids that we could order room service for dinner.

with the huge suite, we had plenty of room to spread out and eat.

they were not huge fans of the “fancy food”, but liked the experience.

after dinner we went to explore the basement…where the spa, fitness room, and POOL are.

the kids decided they wanted to swim, so we got their swimsuits and had the whole place to ourselves for a bit.

trying to get to bed early for a big day tomorrow.

hopefully, there will be fewer tears…from me.

summer 2015: 41/89

this morning is lovely.



just what i have wished for.

the forecast looks like we won’t even make it out of the 70’s today.



just spent an hour looking through old photos on my computer…








DSC_0005they were so little…not so long ago.


it took me almost the entire class to finally release and let my muscles and mind relax.

i was going through a list, reminding myself to breathe, going through another list, reminding myself to breathe.

it’s all good.

this evening, while i was preparing dinner, baby girl started this conversation:

bg: “mommy, what is most appropriate for our family?”

i wasn’t sure what she meant by most appropriate, but i use that word often when talking about behavior, so i gave her my answer.

me: “to be kind.”

bg: getting up off of the sofa to walk into the kitchen, “i was thinking love.”

me: “oh, yes. love is very appropriate for our family. i like that answer.”

the little guy had been listening and enthusiastically chimed in.

lg: “no. no. no.”

me: “what do you think is most appropriate for our family?”

lg: “god and jesus. always.”

me: “oh, yes, you are right, too.”

i was so proud of their answers…especially considering the arguing and recent discussions about appropriate behavior lately, that at the core they have learned what is most important, and appropriate, for our family.

me: “you know what? they both are most appropriate for our family because god is love.”

summer 2015: 40/89

we are officially at the mid point of summer.

it’s been HOT and dry in the pacific northwest.

usually, before the 4th of july, it is cool and even rainy. summer “unofficially” starts on the 5th of july around here, but not this year.

this morning i officially started training for the half marathon.

actually, i started yesterday, but sunday’s are going to be my rest day.

today was my first run.

3 miles.

slow and steady.

and, i registered for a REAL race! i figured i would stick with the training if i actually have a race to run in.

it’s the Run Like Hell Half Marathon on October 25th!

i finished up the tents for the kids tonight…

{july 20} in tentsthey were keeping the bears out of their camp.

{july 20} pup tentodyssey likes them, too.



summer 2015: 39/89

bagel run for breakfast.




water gun fight to cool down from the heat.

a quick trip to the thrift store for a sheet for the little guys tent cover. i have lots of flowery vintage sheets, but needed something that was a little more boyish.

i found the perfect sheet…and a few beautiful afghans.

i guess nobody is thinking about buying blankets in the 90+ degree heat.

ryan is heading out for a 4 night navigation course in central oregon later this week.

{july 19} firestarter

he needed to test his new firestarter.

i am ready for some cooler temperatures and sitting around a fire.

{july 19} firepit

i am not ready for the kids to go back to school…just want it to be cooler than the HOT we have had here this summer!