Home Again!!! … Sort of

Life Has Begun Again!

Life Has Begun, Again!


Ahhh … Vacation! The one we waited for all year long. We got in the car…

And Away We Go!!!

And Away We Go!!!

and drove a long, long, long way … and then we hung with our little cousins…

little cousins

Little Cousins!

And then with our big cousins…

Big Cousins!

Big Cousins!

And then we got to see some really pretty country at two of our national parks, the Grand Canyon and Zion.

It was all great and we had the best time. It will take a bit to process all that we did and all that we experienced both with our families and with just the four of us. I am excited to share with you some of the highlights over the next season. But before I get to all the details let’s be real for just a moment. All of the smiley faces in the above photos are moments. Great moments mind you but still moments. I didn’t take photos of the kids bickering at each other in the car or of Bridger vomiting for two days after we arrived. It seems that going from the 60 degree temperatures in The Coos to the 117 degree temperatures of Phoenix didn’t sit so well with our little guy. I didn’t take photos of the faces of the three financial advisors in my family over those few days when the stock market took a dive nor when we broke the prop on the boat… twice.

There is good and bad going on all the time. The hard realities of life still happen, even when you are on vacation. But I sure did enjoy those good moments. That photo of me jumping off the dock? My brother’s friend Jim took that photo moments after we had arrived at the river. It was a great moment. I was free, I was silly, I was me. I am learning to live for those moments and to realize that if there were no hard moments you wouldn’t recognize the good ones when they come around.

It was so great to get away … but coming home was great too. There is just something about home. Your home, your things, your routine and your life. I enjoyed the two days I got to be there and then the kids and I hit the road again on Monday to head up to Eugene to begin my 6.5 week journey of radiation. So far so good. No issues, no problems. I just found out that I get to be home for the morning of my kids 1st day of school and I thought I was going to have to miss it. I am cherishing the little things and the moments that make me smile.

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  1. I appreciate that you are so focussed on life’s real stuff. Kinda forced into it sometimes, huh?

    • Tiffany Olson says

      Yeah, real life happens whether we want it to or not. I think its better to just admit that it’s hard and then enjoy the good parts.

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