Archive for Family Adventures
Time is flying and a bit of jet lag is being felt. Poor Anna has been suffering with a cold the last couple of days but is definitely feeling better. I’m so thankful I brought along our GSE and Immune Tonic. (I questioned everything I brought in an effort to pack light and I decided pro-active healthcare was too important to leave behind. It was definitely the right decision!)
We have really been enjoying the open-air markets and have been trying to visit them as much as possible because it really gives you a feel for life here in France.
Yesterday we rented a car and drove out to the D-Day beaches. Nothing can prepare you for the emotions you experience when learning about this war.
Before our three hour drive back to Paris we decided to stop in at the cathedral in Bayeux. It was stunning! Just a beautiful way to end the day.
Today we accidentally slept until nearly 11:00. Jet lag… it’s a beast! After a picnic lunch in a park outside the Chilean Embassy we headed to the Paris flea market. I probably could live there! Sadly I don’t think I can get my favorite pieces in my suitcase, but if somehow a chateau were to land in my lap… well let’s just say I know where to furnish it including the door knobs!
Tomorrow is Sunday and we’re headed to services at the American Church in Paris followed by an afternoon wandering the Louvre.
Sometimes I just find myself extra thankful for the man I married so long ago.
The family protector.
The trip planner and weather man.
Yesterday as we were cross country skiing, the girls and their dad we’re ahead of me. As I looked toward them I saw dad with one of the girls backpacks on. The backpack in rainbow colors with a cupcake ID tag. I have to admit I chuckled because not every man would be willing to wear that backpack. But you see he did it for us. We needed to bring water along on our adventure and of course the snack. We both have great adventure backpacks but we had left them at home. The only backpack available was this most colorful one in which we had brought the girls homeschool work. As we started the day I wore the backpack, but eventually my neck really started hurting from the extra weight. I made a passing comment about my neck hurting and the next thing I knew the backpack was transferred from my shoulders to his.
I am so thankful I am married to this wonderful man! I am thankful the girls get to experience on a daily basis the love of their father and his protection. I am thankful God gave me someone who is way more selfless than I am. It makes me confess my short comings and want to be more like him and in the end be more like Jesus.
Our final days in Big Sky concluded with another fun day of downhill skiing. (I think I finally got my fill of skiing!) The weather was beautiful and the kids were crazy!
Our trip home was slightly more exciting than we would have preferred as we hit a snow storm that wouldn’t let up. I’m not talking flurries, I’m talking blowing side ways snow, no visibility and 3-inches of snow on the freeway! They said it would be a nonevent with maybe 1-inch of accumulation… boy were they wrong! At one point we sat on the freeway for an hour without moving. This was our view…. So pretty! But in all honesty we were thrilled to be behind this most lovely school bus as this was our brave leader, deftly leaving tracks in the building snow on the ever more treacherous freeway!
We decided to stop about 200 miles north of where we wanted to be because the snow was so bad. (My dad, a truck driver who drove this way hundreds, of times said he’d actually not seen this much snow come through this area in all his years of driving.) So glad it waited for us! This is the car the next morning parked outside of the hotel where we got the last room. Thank you Jesus!!
We made it home safely on Sunday afternoon to beautiful Southern California weather! 70 degrees in March, you gotta love it!
So I just have to mention Lone Mountain Ranch again. After our amazing sleigh ride dinner on Tuesday we headed back to LMR for a morning of cross-country skiiing. Jordan, the girls and my mom went. Dad, having trouble with his knees opted out of skiing but entertained himself walking around the ranch looking at the horses and just communing with all the beauty God has created. This was our first endeavor into cross country and it will definitely not be our last! What an incredible time we had out in the forest with snow falling. Perfect quiet. Peace. It still gives me chills just thinking about it. It’s moments like these that I feel closest to my heavenly Father.
After the morning of skiing we had worked up quite an appetite so we headed up to the LMR Lodge. The owners of the lodge and the chef are committed to working with local farmers to bring in local produce and meat for the restaurant. At the front of the restaurant they had a framed commitment to the community farmers around them, pledging to use locally grown and raised produce and meat. I really appreciated the information and happily without guilt dug into, some great salads, white bean and vegetable soup and pulled pork with a blueberry chipotle barbeque sauce. I have one word… YUM!
So one quick phone call later I was able to find out the prime rib dinner was from locally raised, free range (aka grass fed) Montana beef. Yippie! The rest of the meal consisted of sauteed mushrooms, steamed vegetables, roasted potatoes, and finished with homemade cheesecake with a blueberry sauce. All this was prepared in a cabin in the woods south of Big Sky without any electricity on an antique iron stove recovered from the railroad. If you’re ever in Big Sky and have the opportunity to visit Lone Mountain Ranch, you’ve just got to go!!
Well we’re continuing to have an amazing time in Montana! The skiing has been amazing and we’re all having a blast! Our last day of travel was really easy and we were able to eat the food we had brought with us (tuna sandwiches, chips, and fruit.) Since we’ve been in Montana I’ve had some harder choices to make, after all I’m not cooking so I’m limited to what we can get here. I’ve honestly had to lay down my worry about analyzing every ingredient in the food I’m eating, but I have set some general rules. I’m not eating meat that I’m not assured is grown well. That has meant that other than a bison burger, I’ve stuck with vegetarian options and fish. I haven’t felt like I’m depriving myself, but I’ve also not forced my family to follow exactly what I’m doing. (My kids see bacon and they all but start drooling!) Any sauces (aka the tomato sauce in the vegetarian lasagna and salad dressings) I just bless and pretend they don’t have high fructose corn syrup in them. Overall I think we’re making really good choices.
Tonight is the sleigh ride dinner… we’ll see what kind of options I have there…
(Note: I wrote these excerpts while on the road but waited to post them until we got back… Hope you enjoy reading about our escapades.)
Today was awesome, other than having to get up at 4:15 in the morning! We left Cali by 6:15 having fed the girls and filled the van with ski gear, way too many suitcases and lots of yummy food. (We really believe in the way we are eating and so we definitely want to maintain while we are on our trip.)
Last night I made yummy ham and cheese sandwiches with a smear of butter on baguette for today and also prepped some tuna salad for tomorrow. So instead of sitting in a restaurant or going through a drive threw (God forbid!), we stopped at a lovely little park in Mesquite, Nevada. The girls made a bee-line for the play ground equipment to get their wiggles out while I got the food out. After we all washed up it was lunch time. Some extra play time and we were back on the road again. Dinner was tacos and burritos at Chipotle just north of Salt Lake City. Not bad… when most everyone else are drinking soda and eating “McWrap” somethings!
The only way I can describe this ride is quintessential LA! Only in Los Angeles can you ride for 13 miles and get a ride through multi-million dollar homes, climb a mountain to Griffith Observatory, see amazing views of the Pacific and the Hollywood sign, and finish it up with some screaming down-hill technical descents along deserted “country roads” and, oh, did I mention the coyote? Read More→
Wow has it been a while since I last blogged!! Time so easily gets away from us!
I for one, have been struggling with keeping a regular exercise program this summer, and time is flying. This doesn’t mean I haven’t been active, we’ve been to the beach, music in the park, downtown, jump roping in the back yard, swimming, swimming and more swimming. No, what I’m talking about is the put on your work out clothes and “officially” work out. I can manage it for a couple of days then my schedule is interrupted by something more fun. :^) Read More→
For all of you avid cyclists out there you know exactly what I mean when I compare a road bike to a sports car. I ride a Bianchi Talladega road bike, that my oh so wonderful hubby, Jordan, bought for me after our second daughter was born. It’s a smooth, yet stiff, very responsive ride. There is only one problem… I absolutely refuse to attach my daughters tag-a-bike to it! It’s not meant for that kind of work! It would be like attaching my dad’s 5th-wheel to a Porsche. You just don’t do it! But here’s the issue, I want to ride with my daughter. It’s an absolute blast hanging out with her on the bike! And as much as I love cycling, I don’t want to give up the better part of a Saturday to go for the endurance ride I know I should be taking to stay in top shape. What’s a girl to do? I would like to propose you can achieve a great endurance ride by taking a shorter than usual training ride on a semi! A semi? you say… Yes, a semi! Read More→