I’m not going to lie, when it came down to my last day of summer before heading back to work I wanted to cry. It doesn’t help that I went back to work 5 days before Sky started school. I wanted those last 5 days with her to soak up all the Sky time I could.
But, real life…bills…savings you know. The job has a purpose, so back to school I went.
Mark had the best idea to make the most of that last evening of freedom though…Hydro Flasks full of wine, and an evening playing on the beach in the sun.
Sky managed to make a friend to play with and we got to settle in and relax.
Peace out Summer…on to Fall, or what I call Football Season!
We finally did it…we broke in (literally in some instances) our new camp trailer! The trailer has been sitting in our driveway since purchasing it back in Dec, and it’s been driving us crazy not hitting a campground with it for 5 months!
Spring Break 2018 was the perfect opportunity to get a nice long road trip/camping trip in the trailer. We did our research (thank you NW Magazine for the destination idea) and booked a 6 night stay at Sunset Bay State Park near Coos Bay Or.
First off let me say we had an amazing trip! The beaches were wonderful, some of the best tide pool exploring ever, sea lions and seals galore, beach combing treasures found, sweet little towns to explore, sand dune adventures, and really good sea food. The weather was pretty great given it’s early spring on the coast. The temps were very comfortable, even on the drizzly or rainy days, it still felt pretty good out. Perhaps the best part was having very limited cell phone service. I loved having uninterrupted time with my two loves. And, I got so much reading done! So much so that the battery on my (borrowed) e-reader died every day (for my birthday Mark and Sky got me a brand new Paperwhite Kindle as my old one died on me. I had been borrowing Marks Kindle, but really did love it that much as it had a lot more bells and whistles, was heavier and the battery didn’t last more than a day…paperwhite charges last weeks!).
Anyway, all in all we had a truly lovely Spring Break, and none of us really wanted to head back to “real” life. But, remember when I said we broke in the trailer…the trip did have it’s share of “what the what is going on”!
The morning we were supposed to hit the road it appeared the refrigerator (full of camping meals) was not working. Great way to start the trip, not. So we delay leaving until the dealership opened and headed there to see if there was anything they could do. Turns out the refrigerator was working…the display panel wasn’t displaying because the trailer batteries were dead (they charge while driving). We were plugged into power at home, so I still don’t understand this issue at all, but the actual refrigerator was working the whole time. Just a nice little 2 hour delay on what was already going to be a long day of travel. And, yes we could have just used coolers, and were prepared to do so if needed, but we wanted to use the refrigerator in our brand new trailer for a 7 day trip.
Next on the hit list, after a day of eating out for lunch and dinner, and lots of treats in between, Sky threw up all over the dinning benches. Just too much good stuff in too short a time, but man did it stink up the place. We had to pull the covers off all the cushions in the dinette and find a dry cleaner the next morning. No way did we want to risk that smell settling into the covers. Thankfully there was a dry cleaner that could clean the covers and have them done for us the morning we left to come home.
After that the dog decided to chew on a corner of the slide out and messed up the upholstery on one corner (she also chewed part of the wood framing around the seats back when we ate dinner in the trailer a few months ago). I guess Ruthie is just making it her own.
By day 3 I wanted to take a shower, only to discover there is no hot water in the shower. There was scalding hot water in the bathroom sink, and warm water in the kitchen, but cold, cold, cold in the shower. I was already ready to jump in the shower, and didn’t have quarters, so opted to take a cold shower rather than use the campground showers. Turns out Or. State Parks don’t require quarters…would have been nice to know that before I tried shaving my legs in stone cold water. Whatever, it woke me up! We later found out from a fellow camper who owns the same trailer brand that there is an anti-scald setting for the shower that needs to be bypassed. He had the instructions how to do it, so we can totally fix that thankfully.
Perhaps the most frustrating, and expensive, thing that happened was the DVD player broke. I’m not going to get into the how or why so as to protect the innocent who may read through this blog when they are older, but it’s an all in one unit that controls the sound for the entire trailer, and will now have to be replaced. There are a few other “little” things that need to be fixed after our trip some due to the trip (6 yr olds and dogs are hard on trailers!) and others due to things that were not working from the start and will be fixed by the dealership.
Like I said though, we had a blast exploring that area of the OR Coast, we love our new trailer, Ruthie is an excellent camping/exploring dog, and we can’t wait for more camping adventures for Team Yeatman!
Today I’m thankful that we live close to a park that offers us miles and miles of bike riding. I love any activity that the three of us can do together like running (not so much now, but I loved our family runs when Sky was younger), yoga, hiking, biking.
Living down the street from the park makes it pretty easy to head down there right after work and get some good bike time in.
I try to get pictures and videos of our rides…Sky loves watching herself ride her bike in the videos. It’s like she’s amazed she’s able to do it. It’s not easy though. I’m not the most confident one-handed rider, and I for sure don’t want to drop my phone, it cost more than my bike! But, I want those memories documented. One of us needs a Go Pro for the handlebars or something!
Anyway, I’m thankful to have this time with my two favorite people, and see Sky practice and practice at something and get so excited when she takes off on her own, or doesn’t fall over when she stops. She’s setting mileage goals for our rides and is up to 6.5 miles now! Go go girl!
This summer is going down as the summer of family bike rides! Sky has gotten so much better on her bike and is taking on longer more challenging rides every time we go out.
It’s sort of crazy to me that she’s on a bmx bike with no gears yet is riding right there along with Mark and I like a champ.
The other night at the park she made it up the steepest, paved, hill the park has. She had to work for it (way harder work than it was for Mark and I with our gears) but she was determined and she made it!
So proud of her! I’m seriously loving our family bike rides. I’m already trying to figure out our schedule once school starts so we can fit in homework, dance, swimming, and bike rides. Wow…that makes me tired just typing it. But, we will make it happen!
Oh man…I’m a blog looser. Guys, life is just busy, and I’m adjusting as fast as I can, but find myself needing more and more down time the crazier things get.
Crazy in a good way. It’s just a lot of change, all at once, and some things have to slide for now.
First off, I LOVE my job. I had no idea really what I was getting into when I decided to be a para sub with the school. I knew it would match Sky’s schedule and that was pretty much good enough for me, for now. Turns out I love what I’m doing, and so does the school because it’s turned into a permanent (for now) para gig. The school is wonderful and I love all my co-workers. The job itself is challenging, heartbreaking at times, frustrating at times, and rewarding beyond measure.
I sort of like that I don’t have cell service or internet access during the day, not going to lie I like being disconnected for 6 hours a day. I do get service here and there by certain windows, but given some of the challenging situations I can’t afford to be distracted by my phone, so I leave it locked away.
When I get home there’s Sky time/homework and all the challenges fun of having a 5 year old. By the time bedtime rolls around all I really want is wine and football, or a movie. And, if I have to choose between getting a workout/run in or getting on the computer with the odd 45 minutes I find here and there the workouts are going to win every time.
It’s getting better though. I’m working on nailing down the mission critical stuff like homework, workouts, cooking dinner, grocery shopping, laundry, house cleaning every now and then. Things are coming together, and I know I’ll work in the blog time again soon. For now I’m adding one thing back to my To Do List at a time (or shifting it to Mark’s list a now and then). It’s progress that I found 15 min to do this post, so I’m getting there! Shhhh….it could also be that I’ve moved my office from the dinning room table back into the walk-in closet so no-one knows I’m in here getting things done! 😉
In the meantime I’m taking advantage of every minute of quiet time I find during the day. The 45 minutes between dropping Sky off at school and me going to work is heavenly and I’m spending it reading, or drinking coffee, ok really I’m doing both. The 10 minutes before she gets out of school…I walk very slowly to her class and take lots of cleansing deep breaths. When I have time I stop and enjoy the changing leaves, the pretty flowers, or the beautiful clouds in the sky.
It’s only been a month and I’m giving myself some grace to settle in and get back to life running smoothly.
Sky is all about going on Safari and having a jungle adventure. I think we may watch too much Naked and Afraid, but she loves it and asks to watch it every single day. A few times a week she gets her wish.
Anyway, it was so nice last week, and she really wanted an adventure, and we live close, within walking distance, of a huge park with miles and miles of area to explore. So Team Yeatman set off on an adventure.
It ended up being pretty uneventful really, other than the geese. Those that know me know, I don’t do clowns or birds. They both scare the crap out of me and I keep my distance. So, you can imagine how much I loved being down this close to geese, with babies non-the-less.
The one closest to me started hissing, and I was too scared to move…Mark was just behind my right shoulder keeping Sky back, saying to move slowly. I just wanted to jump up and run, but managed to keep it together until it seemed safe to stand up and move away.
It’s amazing what we can do when our kiddo’s are watching. I learned from the whole zombie house at Halloween (Halloween) that if I react Sky will react. I had to momentarily put my fear aside so that she wouldn’t freak out, and potentially have a lifetime issue with birds as well.
I may have had more adventure than she did, but we did succeed in tiring her out, so that’s a win in the end!
We are focusing this year on Team Yeatman, being a strong family unit, just the three of us. We’re not trying to cut anyone else out, or avoid anyone, but we want Sky to know that the three of us have to be strong and happy, and work together as a family above anything and everything else.
If the three of us are happy inside our home, and our life then everything outside of that starts to fall into place.
Life has been busy with a lot of stuff, and Sky is still asking me if I’m going to be gone again, and reminding me how much she missed me. I have been feeling like I needed some down time to reconnect.
I’ll admit that V-Day weekend was probably not the best weekend to try and get a room, and forget about eating out without reservations. But, Mark had Presidents Day off, so we really wanted to make it work. Thankfully I had a brilliant idea…KOA Cabins! I’m totally taking credit for the idea, I’ll give Mark credit for booking it though. 🙂
It solved our no dinner reservations issue as well…we packed up our travel grill, grabbed some steaks, wine, and our sleeping bags and we were off to enjoy a nice little getaway.
Sky has been begging to go camping, and was so excited when we pulled up in front of our cabin she could hardly contain herself. The KOA in Port Angeles has several cabins to choose from, and nice rec center with all sorts of games and activities (bring quarters for pool, air hockey and ping pong, and while the bathrooms were very nice and clean, they were also very far away from the cabins (none of the cabins have their own bathrooms) so we had to be on it with Sky…4 year old’s don’t always give you a great heads up when they need to go. (They are the only bathrooms in the park, so if it were full I can imagine they’d be very busy. It’s off season so there were only two other cabins rented out, but we probably won’t stay there again just because of how far way the bathrooms are from the cabins).
I’ll take experiences over gifts any day…our little overnight adventure was just what I needed to recharge and enjoy my babe and baby!