Showing posts from 2016


So, I haven't blogged in months, but I refuse to miss the Word of the Year.  Especially since this year's word was a total flop.  Actually, I can't figure out what the word of the year was because I can't find the blog post.  (As an aside- I turned 38 in October.  I'm positive that is the first year as an Old Person.)


I found the post.  It was in January.  That makes sense!  (It makes no sense.)

Anyway, the word of 2016 was RUN.

I definitely ran but not in the way I wanted to.

I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off.  I ran my marriage into the ground.  I ran on fumes of exhaustion.  I ran across the country to be comfort in times of grief and fear.  And to take 4 kids to 6 different camps.  I ran from one teaching position to the next- including teaching American Government during the most confusing and, for me, heartbreaking, presidential election cycle I ever hope to experience.  I ran heartbroken as we ran head first into dealing with mental ill…

Double Digits!!

Camilla is 10!!

My beautiful middle daughter is 10 today.  I'm thrilled.  She's an old soul, and I love watching her age catch up with her personality.  Camilla Rose is joyful, fun, happy, easy-going, loving, patient.  She's everything that gives the world its smiles!  And, because today is a holiday in Panama, I get to be home to celebrate her and on her day- present for both of us!!

Day Four- That's a Big Rock!

Day four of our amazing trip to Medellin, Colombia, had us travelling outside the city again.  We drove a few hours outside the city to climb a big rock.  Guatape is a big rock with steps built on the side of it.  I'm not sure why the steps are there, but it was a must-do activity for my hiking family.

Driving up to the rock.

Explanation of the Rock.

175 steps down.  A bunch more to go.

The views are worth the effort.

450 steps!  Almost there!

Chloe, 13

Carson, almost 12

Camilla, 9

Coralynn, 5

The Three Musketeers

Mom and Dad made it, too!


The Selfie Queen

We made it!  740 steps to the top!

Incredible view!

Medellin Review- Day Three

Our second full day in Colombia had us riding the city's Metro Cable.  It was very cool to ride the gondolas up and down the city,

Because Medellin sits in a valley, the ride up the Cable gave us incredible views of the whole area.

The cuddle buddies enjoying the trip.  I'm pretty sure Camilla was trying to convince Carson he wasn't going to be motion sick.

As we neared the top of the Cable, we left the city view and entered the forested hills around Medellin.

More views of the amazing city.

Chloe and Mom

Chloe, Mom, Dad, and Coralynn

Dad with the Girlies

Mom with Carson and Fernando, the driver.

After the Cable ride (and all the meat and rice meals we'd had), it was time for something lighter.  Smoothies and Subway.  Yummy!

Parque Explora is a major attraction in the city of Medellin.

We spent the rest of the day enjoying all the museum had to offer 

and taking pictures of Chloe in dinosaurs 

and in front of cute signs

and with the rest of the family.

I Missed All of March

I'm sorry.  It was a busy month that started sadly the end of February when my grandmother passed away suddenly.  We've been traveling and working and busy, but I have had so many thoughts that I need to get out, and a trip review I need to finish.  For both of you reading the blog, thank you for sticking with me.  More to follow soon...

Medellin- Day 2 Review

Unfortunately, I'm home sick from work today,  Thankfully, my favor broke about 2:00 am, and I'm feeling so much better.  I'm too weak to do anything around the house, but that has left me with time to update about our trip to Colombia!

Day 2, we woke up super early because we had a three-hour drive to the Rio Claro Valley.

We spent the morning hiking the trails in the area,

exploring the caves,

and swimming on the beaches that line the river.

After hiking, we enjoyed lunch at the restaurant on site.

After we finished lunch, we had a few minutes before we left for our rafting adventure.  Chloe and Carson decided to take the plunge...

Carson jumping off the 8 meter ledge.

Chloe's jump.

After the kids did their leaps of faith, we met up to go rafting.  We had an amazing time on our two-hour rafting trip.  We encountered little rapids that made us all want to try more rafting adventures.  Our guide was awesome, and we enjoyed the tour so much!

The way home was a winding, …