An Unfamiliar Adventure

I sit here with a growing belly, listening to a thundering storm outside. I am surrounded by a gorgeous house full of changes we are making to call it our home. All of my babies are asleep, as is my amazing husband – who hit Mother’s Day out of the park with a full-day spa treatment for me and a detailed mini-van… I sat down tonight and realized that I have been neglecting this lovely blog of mine, and it’s time that I have explained why.

Our life is an adventure. Anyone who knows us understands this to be true. I do not shy away from crazy tasks and typically take on more than one human should. Not only do I do these things, but they are my way of life. I do not know how to ‘just be.’ For God’s sake, I wrote an almost 400 page natural-minded pregnancy book in the last year, had a fourth baby, homeschooled my children, road tripped like crazy, moved across the country and wrote an average of 28 articles a month! (See the links to my words tab to read some of those awesome freaking words.) I mean, I was basically SuperMom.

Isn’t it amazing how life hands you what you need even when you had no idea that you needed it?

I’m sitting here with absolutely nothing to do, and I have no idea what to do about it. All of you non-type A types can bite me right now because this is hard.

We have been in the Midwest for 10 weeks now. With every other move we have ever made, I’ve felt settled and in my groove by now. I’ve come to realize that this relocation is taking more than an address change to overcome. It is shifting the entire daily dynamic that I am used to. You see, life is much slower here. MUCH SLOWER. This is a good thing with baby #5 due in about 3 months, but a hard pill to swallow.

On the plus side, we have plenty of ‘school’ time (which means exploring, bike riding, playground trials, and some reading, writing, and math), and my kids are actually the greatest kids in the world and absolutely love playing together. We’ve joined different activities and classes but are still in search for ‘our group’ here. It will come; it always does; it will just take more time with this move.

On the negative side, we have been dealing with strange sicknesses since we arrived. From 2 weeks of nightly vomiting with the 3 year old to random itchy rashes, snot, coughs, belly aches, and other crap… Our typically crazy-healthy family is trying to adjust our bodies to the new location. Again, it’s just taking time.

But back to the point of writing tonight. The reason I have been neglecting my blog is simple: I haven’t been happy here (yet). I planned to (and still plan to) share our housing projects, upcoming road trip adventures, natural-minded ways, birth plans, and all of the other ridiculous ins and outs that have been requested by followers. I’m not sure if it’s the new location, realizing baby #5 is coming soon, or the yearning to be back on the coast, but I am struggling here! No worries though, this slower life will soon settle in with me – and grant me extra bread-baking time, along with writing time.

 

 

4 Babies With The Flu. I Survived.

After a well-planned three-day road trip with properly-portioned snacks and hotel stops, we arrived in Omaha, NE.
You would think that there isn’t much to write about quite yet, but you may have underestimated this circus.

You see, Emmett (5) had the flu throughout the road trip, and we thought we were all in the clear after he seemed to be over it. WRONG. Scarlett (7) went down hard within hours of John flying out for a week. She was a pitiful mess – fever, head, stomach, body aches – my heart hurt so badly for her. About 36 hours later, Lyle (3) joined her in Flu-Town by puking EVERYWHERE. I’m talking about chairs, kitchen floor, bed, towels, bathtub… everywhere except a toilet. At this point, I’m 13.5 weeks pregnant and feeling almost-flu-like myself. Who goes down next? Ollie Jack (12months) spikes a 103 fever and won’t let go of me, nursing around the clock (OMG pregnancy boobs and 24 hour nursling is PAINFUL).

Did I mention that John was (and still is) out of town?

We know no one here. I ordered food in, and I washed sheets daily. I haven’t slept in close to 10 days due to that middle-of-the-night-spike that seems to happens with sickness. I have rotated kids all night, and when I wasn’t holding my breath while snuggling one of them, I was up working so I didn’t fall behind. I love my job and wasn’t sleeping anyway – may as well get it done at 4am.

I stuck to my homeopathic remedies, and each child seemed to beat the flu within 48 hours or less. TAKE THAT chemical-filled shit known as Tamiflu.

There is a positive spin to all of this though, a rainbow at the end of the storm. Today, everyone ate food, smiled, and was out of bed. We even made a quick run to Target and Lowes to accomplish a few little house things before we move in!

On to the house news…

When moving into a new house, ALWAYS paint first. You do not want to wait until after your things are moved in. Make sure to get samples of your paint colors and leave them up for a day or two before finalizing your decisions. Paint may change color in different light and you do not want to have to re-paint.

The same goes for other small projects. Our house needs new kitchen backsplash, so I brought home a single sample before purchasing the entire box.

I’ll post pictures as we start working on everything. We need to get a refrigerator before moving in too – and hopefully that will happen in the next few days. The outdated oven will have to wait a few months to be replaced, but I’m hoping to take down a few old light fixtures and refinish the fireplace this month. Just those few touches will give the house a bit of a facelift!

Oh – I almost forgot – a GARDEN! You know that our family of (almost) 7 cannot live without a garden. It’s planting season so we will be starting our seeds in the next week. I’ll blog with what we are planting and how to start a garden from SCRATCH (as this house does not have anything existing). The kids LOVE to get dirty, so this will be a great project over the next few weeks.

Besides the confused winter moment that is happening outside this weekend – WHY is it snowing?? Great things are on the horizon for #OurLuckySeven.

 

 

Moving West: Virginia to Nebraska

 

We have spent the last three days caravanning across nine states together.  We drove through snow, crazy wind, and sun so warm, Scarlett stripped down to her undies in the back seat.

This move has been emotional – and the pregnancy hormones are not helping.  We are sad to leave behind Virginia, as it was an amazing home for 3 years. But we are holding on to our friendships there and keeping our heads looking forward.  We arrived in Nebraska today, March 4th —  The only day of the year that tells you to do something ‘March Forth!’ So that we will do.  It is the eve of our youngest son’s first birthday, and I am currently watching him sleep.  My mind is in a million different directions:

  1. How has it been a year since Ollie arrived on our bedroom floor, three-weeks early and faster than anyone could imagine?
  2. We close on a house in 2 days. Holy crap.
  3. Where in the hell are we? Omaha? We saw nothing but farmlands for hours today…
  4. The first thing the house needs is paint… no, the kitchen backsplash needs ripped out… no, that carpet needs to go.  Can we even afford any of this?
  5. The kids need friends ASAP.
  6. I can’t even drink, I’m pregnant.
  7. Please let the movers get our crap here in one piece.

So far on this journey, we have stayed at the amazing Blackhawk Hotel in Iowa, saw the Mississippi river, went bowling, cooked a few random comfort meals, survived a child with the flu, and landed in a great apartment rental until the movers arrive with the goods.

I’m glad you are coming along with us as we journey through this craziness. I’ll write more soon, updating about the transition, our trip, and how we (and you can) plan to update our outdated house – on a budget!

3000 Miles in 25 days

I just completed 3000 miles with my 4 young children in tow.  I had planned to spend 23 days and cover 2300 miles, but plans changed when I added in an epic surprise at the end of the trip!  We added 2 extra days and a few extra miles that were well worth it!

Have you ever thought about driving with your kids somewhere, but don’t know where to start?  Or are you too scared to attempt the drive solo, leaving your partner behind to work?  Adventure doesn’t wait for anyone.  If we sat around waiting for my husband to take off, we would be waiting forever – and take very short trips.  Continue reading “3000 Miles in 25 days”

One Epic Adventure

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I’m in the middle of a 2300 mile 23 day epic adventure with the 4 kids from DC to FL and back!   As you can see from the picture, we are exploring great things, and learning as we go.

Read more about how this adventure came about HERE.

We are not quite half-way through our miles, but about 13 days in to the 23-24 day quest.  We have coined new terms, such as ‘Ready Golf’ (who ever is ready first puts first) and ‘Soup Sandwich’ (this day is about as messy as a soup sandwich!).  We have sung at the top of our lungs and jumped on hotel beds.  We have dyed our hair mermaid pink.  We have stopped at museums, aquariums, zoos, gardens, beaches, ice-cream shops, restaurants, and tourist traps a long the way.  (A full list of exact places will be updated soon.)  We have not missed one possession left at home…

And I have an EPIC SURPRISE planned for the end of next week.

You’ll see.  Make sure you follow us on social media to watch us LIVE.  You’ll want to see this play out in real time.

My husband just spent 5 days with us at the beach before heading home to work.  I’m pretty sure he took my heart with him on that plane.  My 2.5 year old and I just sat on the floor and cried together when he left.  Then I told him he could cannonball naked into the pool – so the fun ran on.

As I sit here typing, thinking about all of the great opportunities blogging for others has created for me, I am so excited to finally be writing THIS.  I love every piece I have ever published (HUNDREDS OF THEM), but there’s something about putting yourself out there. It may be the wine talking, but I’m so happy you are here.

I hope you are enjoying a glass of wine along with me (I mean, the kids have been asleep for hours already.)

 

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