The new plate and stickers!
Wow... long time, no type, huh? We're sorry about that but life's been kinda wild around here the past several months!
We had an unexpected (but amazing) trip to California for two weeks in July. It was for Tommy's work, but we were able to extend it a bit and turn it into a 34th anniversary trip too!
I have TONS of pix to upload from that, so hang on to your hats out there. Those will be coming soon.
After we got home from that, only a week later, Tommy and our youngest son, Casey, left out on the trip to compete in 36 Hours of Uwharrie. During the entire month, unexpected things (which can't be yet divulged) were going on with our other kiddos, so I had to make a last-minute trip up north, leaving the day before they were driving over to North Carolina.
Thankfully, our little shihpoo was in the dutiful hands of Casey's wife, Taylor, otherwise, I'm not sure how we would have managed! There was no way I could take her with me because I would eventually be making a 10-hour trip even further north and stay in a make-shift lodging that belonged to people I didn't even know. (LOL... I know you're DYING for details now, huh? Sorry, but you'll just have to wait a bit. Just know it's all good stuff)
So the guys had an awesome time at 36 Hours. They met some folks they'd been following on Instagram and made friends with lots of other people either competing or volunteering at the event. They didn't place as well as they had hoped, but also had some challenges with managing the information that they hadn't figured on, too, but all in all, other than my poor already-skinny Case losing 8 whole pounds in those two-and-a-half days, they returned in high spirits on low sleep.
At this point, about a week post-36, they've almost completely recouperated and I'm working hard to get Casey to gain back those pounds. I got back home a couple of days after they did, so all sorts of stories have been exchanged and we're all looking forward to some more trips to various places in the fall if not sooner.
In the meantime, we've been collecting stickers of all the places we've travelled and even though we didn't get to take Casper to any of them, he is now sporting the stickers proudly.
We decided to consider these trips as just scouting excursions for picking out the places we'll visit with him in the future.
We fell in love with San Diego and Yosemite and plan to go back as soon as we can. Hopefully, it won't be long until we can get a rooftop tent and just hit the road with Casp, seeing even more than we got to since we had to fly out there for the first trip.
We did get to rent a small car and drive from San Diego to Yosemite which was amazing as well! We are just in awe of how crazy the landscape in California is! How much it can change in just a few miles. We were breathless looking over across the cascading Sierra mountains when we rode from Palm Springs up to the top of Mt. San Jacinto. The flora and fauna up there were awesome too.
Once in Yosemite, we couldn't seem to make it more than a couple miles at a time before we'd pull over to take in the mountains, trees and sky or the magnificant lakes and rivers that wind through the rugged rocks and plains up there.
I'll save all of that for another post soon, I hope. When I can load more pictures for you.
For now, check out our sticker collection and stay tuned as lots of things begin changing with us and our family!
Thanks SO MUCH for visiting us!