Not All Who Wander Are Lost…

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Many wonderful things have happened since we closed down this site for our winter hibernation. In brief, I loved seeing the Autumn colors all over Olympia and its neighboring cities. Winter was even better. Yes, it rained and it didn’t bother us much. We hiked in the rain, got our boots muddy and came home to a heated home. We kept ourselves busy in our cave with homeschooling, catching up on (old and ) new TV shows and got to know our adopted city.

Spring came along and our kind landlady told us how beautiful spring in Olympia is, so we decided to extend our hibernation.

We flew to The Netherlands and got to see much-missed family members. Our trip was memorable. We emphasized on culture, history, family and food. Owen got to see where half of him came from.

But now Summer has arrived and it’s time to crawl out of our caves. It’s time to stretch our aching muscles and see what’s in store for us.


 

Previously on Family In Tow….

We said good bye to dear friends and family.
We said good bye to dear friends and family.
We said goodbye to dear friends and family.
We said goodbye to dear friends and family.

 

The hardest part was saying goodbye to my niece Abby, who I babysat when she was a baby.
The hardest part was saying goodbye to my niece Abby, who I babysat when she was a baby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I can’t believe we accomplished so much in 4 months.

 


 

On this episode….

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We thaw out of our hibernation and have ice cream at Port Olympia.
art continues
My style of art has broadened. I’m mixing media and taking all my experience and transferring it to my art.
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More importantly, Owen’s home school got more interesting with a more hands-on approach. After learning about algae, moss, kelp among other things, we locate one at the local beach.
I will also continue to volunteer at the Family Support Center. I was honored to be recognized by the governor back in Apr 2015 for my volunteer work.
I will also continue to volunteer at the Family Support Center. I was honored to be recognized by the governor back in Apr 2015 for my volunteer work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Not All Who Wander Are Lost… – JRR Tolkien

In the middle of July 2015, we’re going trailer-camping for the rest of the summer at our favorite campground at American Heritage Campground.

We have plans to visit family and friends in California in August. Depending on how the job hunt is going, it may just be me and Owen going to CA.

Richard wants to continue living the good life reading under the canopy of trees and marveling at the blanket of stars. Owen wants to hop on his bicycle whenever the mood strikes and explore the trails in the campground. I will¬† survive living in such close proximity with my boys (again). I like my space but I also love the smell of nature during summer camping. This is when I need all my friends and family to keep me from going insane…

Please write to me using our traveling mailbox. If you don’t have it by now, please send me a message via text, email or facebook and I’ll be happy to share it with you.

SAFE TRAVELS!

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Kids + Art Day + Bike Day = Happy Friday

June 20, 2014

Friday

I woke up this morning and didn’t want to do anything but have a lazy friday. Richard and I were supposed to tackle the last painting in our bedroom but we didn’t feel like it. Owen’s (girl) friends were at our door early and they remembered my offer to show them how to make flowers out of strips of paper. We gave them two of my paper quilling yesterday and they were fascinated. So today, they were ready for Art Day and I was down with that. ¬†

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Art Day with kids completes me!
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I was overjoyed when I saw that the girls’ mom turned my gifts to them into hair clips.
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I was overjoyed when I saw that the girls’ mom turned my gifts to them into hair clips.
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Owen is showing Jasmine how to twirl paper. He is making her a panda with a belly button.
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Quiet little Mailene wanted pink flowers.
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Time to take a break from art… Richard pulls out the tandem bike. The girls and I watch in awe…
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We all took turns on the tandem bike. Richard was happy as a dutchman!
We all took turns on the tandem bike. Richard was happy as a dutchman!
We all took turns on the tandem bike. Richard was happy as a dutchman!
Snack time! Everyone gets apple juice!
Snack time! Everyone gets apple juice!
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This is Maria, the girls’ mom who works at the RV site. She sat with us and watched in fascination as I made flowers. She asked me what I do with them and I told her I give them out to kids and I sell them. She purchased 3 packets from me at $10 each. She is going to turn them into hair accessories for her girls.
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This is what the money I earned bought us. Lunch! A burrito bowl from Burger Barn (10-mins away.)

Our First…

June 4, 2014

Our first life expression: this decal “Life Begins where Fear Ends” is our motto. It may not seem like it, but we had many fears going into this adventure. Little by little, as we crossed off our list, we started to feel alive.

Our first meal: this rice, bean salad is usually yummy but for some reason, it wasn’t great. I cooked the beans all day in my crockpot and I guess the aroma made me feel full.

My first art day: I usually met up with friends while doing this. I may have been alone but was in great company with friends in my thoughts.

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