Okay so the 12 week plan of travel has been downsized to 6...but we are still moving about! A few weeks ago I had a beautiful conversation with my older sister, who is planning her wedding for July. This is not just any wedding...this has been a very long engagement and we couldn't be more happier that her Steve got a Visa and is headed for the states to marry my sister...at this time, we have all said the words, "finally!" So at first I wanted to say, NO!!!! We have planned this trip for so long and I want to travel, however, I believe this beautiful plan for her July wedding is meant to be for them, as well as us. So we are in Temecula this weekend, picking up our van (which needs a few costly repairs & will be done sometime next week), our tent, and heading out to Ohio.....we really couldn't afford to take our RV for a 6 week trip out to the midwest, so we are selling it, cause we need something larger for our family anyways...and our beautiful friend Vanessa is buying it! So it is a win/win for everyone!
A few weeks ago we spent some sweet time up in Santa Rosa with my younger sister Heather, however it rained more than half the time we were there...so our adventure was a bit tough there, however we did see the beautiful Redwoods, hiked a bit, and had some very special time with Heather and my nephew Sonny. Micah has an amazing connection with Sonny and his desire for life is to live next to Sonny and eat candy all day with him, so this was a very sweet time for him with his cousin...and he repeatedly requested for our family to move there. After Santa Rosa, we headed to Sacramento to see the state captial and a friend from school that lived nearby. Our time in the building was awesome! We saw where all the important decisions are made! Slater's favorite thing was the halls that made echo sounds, so we kept saying, "SHHHHH!!!" At one point we just let him be loud...it did help that it was a Friday about 5pm when most were leaving and the tourist count was down. However, we got a lot of "educational experience" there. We spent a few days in Merced, and then it hit me...I (and the family, cause it can;t only be my fault can it?) ...need the fresh air that only come with the coast...so we decided to take the 41 into San Luis Obispo...and ahhhh...once I saw that Hwy. 101 sign, mama became another woman. I felt freedom hit me. It was so beautiful along the coast, we hit the skateparks, the beach, and stayed in Oceano for a few days to just rest and relax. We rode our bikes to parks, and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows on the fire. We laughed. It was a good place to be. I honestly could live in a cardboard box at the beach...just come by fed me, and I would survive! So as we were headed down the 5 freeway, at 10pm, a few nights ago, Steve saw the sign for Hollywood and said, "Let's take a stroll down Hollywood lane!" The kids were so excited and we couldn't have been more on board with his idea. Oh the joy of taking an old 1984 Class C with 5 bikes on the back into the lovely land of materialism....we got a bit lost looking for the Hollywood sign, only to find out that it doesn't light up at night, so while we were driving about, we landed in Beverly Hills, which was even more fun...The houses...ahh...Steve kept saying (with an Engish accent.."Oh Buffy...could you bring me a cup of tea." After seeing the documentary on the famous Pink's hot dogs in Hollywood, it was a must to stop and try them, I mean honestly, what better way to spend your weekday evening at about midnight than to be eating the famous Pink's hot dogs...they were great, however Costco's $1.50 ones are good too.
So we decided to head down to San Diego (Oceanside to be exact) after Hoolywood, although the late hour. We got in about 3am, and the next day enjoyed sleeping in, taking the Coaster to Encinitas to the kid's Yugioh Parkday, and preparing for our interview the next day at The Anchor in Oceanside. Our interview for this ministry was the most relaxed interview I have ever been to. Our whole family was interviewed, Mr. John bought our kids pizza, and we had a beautiful time learning about this amazing ministry. We are applying for the director position. They liked us a lot and want to have us for another interview. We feel this position would stretch us in so many ways, as The Anchor ministers to those in the military. The Anchor provides a refuge for our military. If you have the chance google it. Looks like we'll be in Oceanside if we decide on taking this job!!!!
For the weekend, I plan on getting current with my schoolwork, cleaning out our RV, and spending some quality time with my family.And then when our van is ready, we shall pack it, and head out. I am at such a beautiful place in my life right now, so I am going to breathe while enjoying life this weekend, before we plan to head out for more adventure!