yep. we made it home last night. 13 days. WOW. is really all i can think of.
where do i start? what do i say? hmmmm. matt and i had a fabulous trip. it was filled with safety, an awesome running motorcycle, good health, and mostly sunny weather...one cloudy day, and NEVER rain. all the things i have been praying for for months.
i had also been praying that i wouldn't cry when i said good-bye to my kids, and that they would do well, and not miss us too much. both of these things DID NOT happen as i had hoped. i pretty much sobbed dropping them off, after an awesome plane ride into New Bern, N.C., and kaden and kaycee struggled a bit with some frequent tears...not to mention they got a stomach bug while down there, which didn't help things for anyone. campbell and calli seemed to do well, although calli had NO IDEA who i was when i popped back into her life last night. :)
all that said. we are having 2 days to re-group here with daddy, and then i will be packing up the kids and heading to n.c. again. for a week at the beach with the buckwalter family. ( this is a highlight every year for me...you know...or i would for SURE not be doing this.) :)
this was taken in the beginning of our trip...in colorado...we pretty much rode in leathers in the mornings, and then peeled clothes off by lunchtime...temps were that extreme...ranging from the 40s to 115 degrees.
this was taken in utah, maybe? on the way home... i just picked out a few fun pics, and will do a major series of posts when i get back from the beach...i did keep a journal, of course, :) which will help in remembering the fun times...and not so fun...did you hear i got bit by matt's uncles dog? for real. totally not a "bite" the marks were gone by bedtime, but really...most of you know how much i love dogs to begin with...
and yep...this is my luggage for 2 wks on the road. (i must say, our leathers...jackets, and chaps, sneakers, and our toiletry bag were on the pack on top of the motorcycle...but please...a little credit where credit is due would be great here...really great. :)
and this is right after we returned to colorado...packed up the bike...and had my cousin take a picture of us. we rode 3,450 miles in just 8 days...
it was awesome. i did think i was going to die a few times...but i rallied. we missed our kids immensely, but i try not to think about how they missed us too. i cried a few times. :) it was very sad for me trying to talk with them on the phone...they had a GREAT time at their cousins, i think it was just hard at night-time, and when they heard our voices.
we will never be able to thank everyone who contributed to the carrying on of this trip...thanks for all of your prayers, thoughts, phone calls, texts, e-mails, watching our kids, taking care of the farm, watering the flowers, ugh. the list is endless. we really felt God blessing our marriage thru this trip...we had so much fun just being us...no working or cooking, or changing diapers...it really was amazing. we loved every minute of it...except that coast ride...it really was freezing the whole day....but so beautiful too. thanks for all who hosted us, we had so much fun visiting, and passing thru...
kids are sleeping. line is full of clothes, washer and dryers running, kitchen a bit of a mess, but that's where i am headed next. take care of my man while i am gone...2 extremes here...had him all to myself for 2 wks, and now i am without for one. ugh. can't wait to share more from our trip.