Monticello

This trip to the Washington D.C. area has been wonderful so far.  It hasn’t just been about the sightseeing, it has also been a trip down memory lane for me.  You see, as a kid we took many RV trips to this area.  My dad bought a second hand Travco RV from a guy at work in the early 1980’s and many wild adventures ensued. The most common trip however was the “East Coast” trip.  It typically involved visiting every civil & revolutionary war battlefield and any other historic site along the way from Texas to Philadelphia.  One of our favorite stops was always the DC area though.  We would usually spend at least 3-5 days here and the favorite spot to go see (for me at least) was Monticello.

I love this view of the house.

I love this view of the house.

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Road Tripping to DC

Empty nest road trip number one is under way!

I must have been trippin’!!  Back in April I suddenly decided I wanted to do more traveling in the RV.  At the time, we had a 45 foot rig that we LOVED!!  It was truly a second home on wheels and we had many adventures with the kids in her (we once slept 11 people for a week in it).  The only downfall, it was too big for me to drive!  My husband and kids were ok driving it but I was absolutely intimidated by its massive size.  So my grand plans for more RV trips would have to be scheduled around the husband’s work.  NOT OK!

So I decided (now that it was just the two of us) that we were going to downsize the rig.  We looked around a little and settled on a 34 foot class A that I felt I could handle.  My best friend and I took her out on a short weekend trip a few days after we bought her and I handled it just fine (wrecks, closed roads, back in spot and all).  I was ready to start planning some road tripping time!

Meet Lizzie and the Towed

Meet Lizzie and the Towed

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My Marriage Can Buy A Drink

Our marriage is 21 today!!! Do you know what that means?  Today our marriage is officially an adult and can buy a drink!! While technically we Americans become adults at 18 we all know that you ACTUALLY become an adult when you can walk into a bar and buy a drink.  Well my marriage is there!  So guess what, we are going out to have a drink and be real adults!!

My man & I at a beer festival a week after our 19th anniversary

My man & I at a beer festival a week after our 19th anniversary

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A First Responder Mom’s Plea

I try to stay out of all the trouble making and opinion giving BS that’s out there, however, current events here in the Houston area (and all over America) have finally touched too close to home.  I don’t get fired up over politics and other social issues too often or really ever.  I keep my opinions to myself mostly because my opinion isn’t going to change the mind of anyone else.  BUT these recent events unleashed the mama grizzly in me.

I’M THE MOTHER OF A FIRST RESPONDER

My son is an EMT in the Houston area and his best friend (who I love just as fiercely as my own sons) is a fire fighter.  Both the guys volunteer.  They aren’t paid to run onto a scene and save lives, they CHOOSE to do it, and they are both very good at it and love what they do.  They know that each scene could hold risks for their own lives but they are taking the risk to save others no matter the race, religion or social background of the injured.  Now however, the dynamic of their job is changing and it’s scary.

I keep hearing about first responders being targeted at the moment.  Not just police officers, but fire fighters and EMT’s are now being targeted as well.  These guys have been warned to be on the lookout for violence against them, both on scenes and while on duty in general.  This terrifies me.  My kid could be targeted simply for wearing his uniform in the wrong place.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!  They are out there to save lives!  EMT’s and firefighters don’t carry guns or weapons of any kind and they are being targeted by violent groups.  My kid never hurt anyone, he just goes out and saves lives.  That’s it.  Period.

When EMT’s get to the scene, they don’t see your skin color, they see your injury.  When firefighters get to a scene, they see the burning building, not the color of those inside.  They are going to save your ass, no matter what you look like, or die trying.  First responders are there to SAVE LIVES.  When my son gets on a scene, he doesn’t check the skin color or religion of the injured person, he checks their pulse, their breathing, and he sees blood and figures out the best way to stop it.  He doesn’t notice the color of the chest, just whether it’s moving up and down, and if it’s not, he’s going to do everything in his power to get it moving again.  When his best friend runs into a building fire, he doesn’t wait to see what a person looks like, he scoops the person up and gets them the hell out.  Never once in the year’s the guys have been doing all this have they come home and said “I saved a white guy today” or “I saved a black guy today”, it’s always been “I saved a life today”, ALWAYS.

So PLEASE, I beg you, don’t target these guys.  That’s my kids out there.  They just want to save lives, ALL LIVES.  Every life has value.

Our insides are all identical, WE ALL BLEED RED, remember that!

 

 

First Day of School Picture

Today is the day!  I’m FINALLY going live with the website.  I have been working up the nerve to hit “Publish” for awhile now and decided today to just hit the damn button.  So here I am World, I hope we’re both ready!!

My Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds have been jam packed with first day of school pictures today.  I love seeing all the cute kids in their freshly purchased clothes, all shiny and excited about a new school year (that will last about a week).  All the parents have them holding cute little signs with their grade, age, teacher etc. (the high school kids look super happy about this) so that 10 years from now they can look back and say “look how cute X was back then, bless his little heart”.  Well, enjoy it parents of school age kids because here is my first day of school picture today…..

Because I just received TWO tuition bills

Because I just received TWO tuition bills

I tried to get my boys to send me pictures of their first days but it would be easier to catch a unicorn that shits rainbows!  Sheesh, college kids.

So here’s to all the parents out there filling out paperwork for the start of a new school year, I’ll be drinking about you!