We have been in Springfield, MO for a week and a half now and have decided to extend our stay another few days. Kenieshiear and I really like it here. Also, we’re not sure where we want to go next.
We’ve taken a look at a few houses for sale, and even made an offer on one. That offer fell through, but it’s pretty surprising how much I’m ready to find something. There is a house that I really like and it’s probably in our price range if we finagle a few things. The timing might not be right, though.
Leaving the central Texas area turned out to be much more difficult than we anticipated. It was as if we had been trapped in a gravitational well or something. It took us an extra couple of hours to get the car packed up, even though we had just packed it to stay at the condo a few days earlier. The plan was to stop by the house to pull some things out of the garage for our tenant; that took longer than anticipated. We didn’t get far until I realized that I had lost my keys; we had to go back to the house to track them down.
Our clan finally got to the highway around 4pm. I had hoped to be on the road by 11am. It meant a night drive and a late night arrival in Springfield. The girls didn’t want to sleep because they were worried about missing out on passing into Missouri, even though that was hours away. We still had to get out of Texas and go through Oklahoma first! We had 9 and a half hours of road time, and every stop added at least 30 minutes on top of that.
It took a while to get out of Texas and into Oklahoma. By the time we crossed the border, it was dark. Kenieshiear had hoped to stop by a little Amish shop off the side of the road, but they were closed. We did get to see the casinos all lit up in their garish fashion, though.
Driving through Oklahoma was long and boring. Not much to look at during the day, and less at night. It did give me an opportunity to think and mentally compose this post. My family slept and I thought and drove. I think the worst part was the low speed limit. Whenever we drove through a small town, the limit would drop to 45 or less for a mile or two and that threw off pace by more than I expected.
There is an Interstate that would have avoided these issues. That would have had us swinging out of the way and wouldn’t have saved any time. We wouldn’t have had the opportunity to laugh when the lady at Taco Bell commented “Spending that FAFSA money, huh?” It wouldn’t have been as much fun.
After several hours in Oklahoma, we finally made it to a toll road with decent speed limits and were shortly after that entering Missouri. Just a couple of hours to go! At this point, everybody was asleep, though Kenieshiear would wake up and ask me if I was okay every time we hit a bump in the road.
I was pretty tired, so I don’t remember too much to add for this leg of the trip. We safely made it to our airbnb around 3ish. By the time we got the children and dogs and stuff out of the car, it was 4ish. The children work us up at 7ish.
We are off on another grand adventure! We are really going all-in this time, too. We have leased out our house and are in the process of buying a condo not too far away, but that hasn’t closed yet and will probably not close for another month or so. In the meantime, we are going nomadic, packing the dogs, children, and all of our necessities into the family car.
Our first stop will be Missouri, but that’s about the end of our planning.
At the moment, we are spending a few nights in the condo we have put an offer on. The views are magnificent, and I have been working from the balcony. We will be packing up and heading north soon!
Next week, we’re packing up the children and the dogs. We are heading out on a grand adventure to see the winter. To begin, we’re heading north into the plains. We will spend a week at a house in Missouri. I will be working from there, because I don’t have any PTO left. It is not the best scenario, but I will make it work!
It is the first extended trip we’ll do as a family since my youngest was born, and it is the first ever with the dogs. I’m still iffy about the dogs, to be honest. My wife thinks it’ll work out just fine, though, and I trust her.
You may have noticed that there are photos of me on my posts, but there are not any of my children. This is an intentional act on my part, and it is difficult to accomplish. Most of my photos these days feature at least one of my children.
So, why no pictures? The internet these days is awash with photos of peoples’ children, and why not? Parents are understandably proud of their little ones’ accomplishments and want to show them off. I do too, and I do post plenty of videos and photos, but with access limited to family. I don’t even share with my friends.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it is right for everybody. It is my personal preference to keep our children out of the public eye. You may have noticed that I don’t even publicly post their names. I feel that it is important that I give them the cleanest possible slate as they grow up. I believe posting their names and photos publicly is not going to help them in the long run.
I can’t take credit for this title. I heard it during a Celebrate Recovery testimony and it got me thinking.
Lately, I have been struggling with the choices for my future. I am struggling with making the choice between riding out my current job, taking a new one, or jumping into my business without a net? Where am I supposed to be leading my family?
“I was invited to a convention this weekend. It starts in 5 hours. Want to go?”
I looked up from my work computer. “Um. OK. Do we have a room?” “Not yet, but I wanted to check with you first.”
Fast-forward 5 and a half hours and we are pulling up to the hotel. The drive was 1 hour, give or take, and it took us an hour to load up the car. Before that, we hastily packed everything we thought we would need, but there wasn’t enough time to do that well.
We are on the second night of this trip, and this is going better than the previous night by far. I have learned a lot in these two days. Things to pack and things not to pack. How to get the little ones to go to sleep while sharing a cramped hotel room. How to keep them that way. (Hint: it involves hanging out in the hallway, preferably with a beer.)
Last week, we dug up the girls’ tablets from their hiding place. I spent a hour adding time limits and locking down the available apps to just a few pre-screened, educational games. They have Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets, which I am extremely happy with. (I might do a post later on how I have them set up.)
On the night before we revealed them, we told the girls that if they were well-behaved and went right to sleep, they would get tablet time the next day. My wife and I both prayed really hard that they would take it seriously. As it turned out, they did. The next morning, I handed them the tablets, helped them get started, and got my work done in relative quiet. Continue reading “The tablet experiment”
Fathers day this year went great! Bacon on a stick at church, got two “Dad rocks!” rocks from each girl (they were in class for both services, so they got to do the project twice.) Got some stuff done around the house, and ended the day with a grilled rib-eye. All in all, I felt loved and cherished.
I have been having a hard time lately, allowing the stress of my job and worries about parenting to affect me more than it really should. This father’s day really lifted my spirits. Praise the Lord for all the good He has placed in my life!