09 February, 2014

Weekend Fun!

It is always so nice when the weekends roll around.

It started to feel like spring to us. We were walking around without jackets. Plus there were about 40 robins in our yard today. No joke. 

But don't worry. We should get 3" of snow on Tuesday. Snow days!

Chayton had a soccer clinic on Saturday. Afterward, Courtney, Chayton and Kaija worked hard on building our soccer goals. Now all we need is the netting and we'll be good to go for some family games. 

Sunday was a trip to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site. What a great experience for all of us. 

Once again the Junior Ranger program rocked. Just enough educational stuff for Chayton and plenty for the girls that made them think and put words to what their own dream looks like. 

We took a break and headed to Mary Mac's Tea Room for lunch, before wading back to the MLK Site. Definitely a different tea room than what we experience at the Four Teas in London. Delicious southern home style food! No cute little cucumber sandwiches here. 

Now onto a great week! Nazeriah has soccer try-outs for her school team on Monday. Kaija will have swim team for the first time on Monday. And Chayton is looking forward to another soccer clinic on Saturday. 

03 February, 2014

A Year Ago Today

How can it be? Already a year has past.

It all started with (I think) an amazing Christmas present to our children that began our journey. The emotions were so mixed. Comprehension, happiness, shock, realization, sadness, nervousness, joy. And that was just Courtney and I!

After a few more loose-ends (Cari, shots, leaving our house and goodbyes), we were hitting the road ... but in two weeks we had to:
  1. Pack up our whole house into one U-Haul and CRV. How great was everyone who came to the Potluck Packing Party!
  2. Fix flat tires. This was five minutes from our house.
  3. Drive household goods through a winter storm from NJ to Georgia. Which was a lot trickier than what I wrote about. And included a looong stop at a Cracker Barrel to see if it was finally going to stop snowing.
  4. Unpack those household goods with the GA Crew and return the U-Haul. We couldn't have done it with some wonderful help.
  5. Pack up bags for NJ and luggage for The Adventure. (Alisa remember me sitting on your den floor agonizing on how to fit everything? One luggage and a backpack per person - plus our Kermit bag!
  6. Drive back up to NJ from Georgia (again through a winter storm, how lucky!) At least this time we were all in the same car.
  7. Spend a scant few days with our friends, so we could say good-bye again.
  8. Catch a plane to Liberia, Costa Rica.
Oh, and pull the kids out of school, make sure our curriculum was working, get all our medical stuff together, quite our jobs and did I mention say good-bye? Those good-byes were the hardest.

But were we ready! And excited! How much we changed on this trip is amazing to see. Take a look at how much Chayton grew up.

Time to time, I'll flash-back to those wonderful days of The Adventure. Hope you like reminiscing with me.