Family Trip Highlights

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Do you spend it getting projects done or playing?  We did a little of both.  We are currently in Albuquerque, New Mexico enjoying the high desert weather.  Sooooo much cooler than Texas right now.

On Sunday we visited a great church here with some rockin’ worship and after we went to Old Town Albuquerque to explore.

Here I am with my handsome hubby.  I love how this pic turned out! 


The Rattlesnake Museum was pretty cool.  The boy really loved this!  Look how tall Connor is next to me?!  He has been having some serious growing pains this past week.  And, of course, my little ham….Caden.  He rarely smiles for the camera.  He would rather make funny faces.


We found a Magic Shop and the owner was really fun!  We bought a few tricks and the boys have all been practicing. (family & friends… be ready for a skype magic show soon)


I thought this entrance to a shopping area was pretty.  The grape vine is real!


Next week we head to Arizona.

So how was your weekend?  What did you do?


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What is Your Healthy?

Please welcome Rachelle from Livin’ the Fit Life.  Rachelle is a passionate runner and is currently in the process of getting certified as a personal trainer.  Her style of writing is fresh and witty with a healthy dose of encouragement to get you up and moving.   Be sure to pop over to visit her and let her know in the comments.  Thanks so much for guest posting, Rachelle!  You inspire me!

So, I may or may not have had too much caffeine, too late in the day, and I can’t sleep for the life of me.  I have been laying in bed with a thousand thoughts cascading through my head and all I want to do is go for a run.  But, it is the middle of the night and pouring down rain, so that probably isn’t the smartest or safest thing to do.  Instead, I decided to write a blog post.
I was watching a video a couple of days ago about the definition of wealth.  That we, as individuals, should have our own definition of wealth, instead of letting society define it for us.  After pondering this for a while, I decided that this principle would work for the definition of health as well. 

How do we define health vs. how society defines it for us? 
how do you define healthy

Health can be defined in so many different ways. 

~ It could mean having a BMI of 22,

~ fitting into a pair of size 8 jeans,

~ not catching as many colds during the winter,

~ running a sub 4 hour marathon. 

The spectrum of health is endless and diverse and there are people at every point along the way. I see people who are overweight running alongside the road and I think to myself  “Wow, that is so awesome that they are on their journey to being healthy!” 

Whether healthy means

~ changing one meal a day to a healthier choice,

~taking a multi-vitamin to keep the colds away,

~beginning a workout routine,

~ or adding speedwork to your running regimen,

we are all on our own journey

And to those who haven’t started their journey, what is stopping you from taking that first step?
So, I ask you, what is your healthy?  How do you define health in your life?  For those out there who haven’t started their journey to living a healthy life, what is one small step you would suggest they take?  My advice would be, define your “healthy” and make it happen.
Off to bed I go, when I fall asleep nobody knows. 

Have a great day and happy running!




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Texas Shopping

Hi!  Thanks so much for reading! 

I went to Dallas, TX for a business conference and I really wanted to get a pair of cowgirl boots while I was there.  Since it was my first time in Texas (besides the airport for connecting flights) I asked around for where to go.  In fact, I got my best answers from you all right on our FACEBOOK page!  You were awesome and fast when I posted my plea for help.  Thank you!!  Sooooo, I found the perfect ones for me at Cavenders.


We do not have a Cavender’s where I am from and I am pretty much a ‘city girl’ so this was really fun!  I loved the store!  Lots of boots, hats and bling.  After trying on LOTS and getting help from the facebook peeps, I finally decided on these.  It was a tough decision.  I found several right away that caught my eye….until I read the price tag.  Apparently, I have really expensive taste, because those were $600 and up!  I kept looking and found the price section that worked for me. 


Look at my adorable 9 year old, Caden.  He fell in love with this hat and bought it with his own money.  I think he looks pretty good in it.


So what do you think?  Do you like my new boots?  Now, tell a city girl what you wears these with?  I know jeans, but I like variety….any suggestions?

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How to Keep Hydrated

Howdy!!  We are in Texas y’all vacationing after a business conference took us to Dallas and it is HOT!  We come from Oregon and the climate is much different.  However, I totally dig the SUN! We are able to go swimming everyday!  Pure heaven for all of us.This is my hubby with two of our boys.  He says he was getting his ‘sonscreen’ on.  LOL


With the days topping 100 + degrees, we have really noticed the importance of staying hydrated. Like, it is totally NECESSARY! A few years ago I had the awful experience of being hospitalized due to dehydration and it was from that experience I learned how vital electrolytes are to our bodies.

We use Shaklee Performance Pure Hydration Drink.

I make a pitcher of it every morning and all 5 of us fill up our cups.


I love Shaklee’s proven success and commitment to purity.  In fact that level of success and purity is what allows Olympic Athletes to be able to use our Sports Nutrition products.  Any professional athlete will tell you they cannot use products with ANY artificial stuff in it or they can be disqualified in their field and event.


There is more ‘good stuff’ too, but I will just let the bottle tell it for me.  LOL



We love the Shaklee Performance.  We don’t need to buy juice with all the sugar…just this.  I get the big 5 gallon jug and it lasts a really long time.  You can order yours HERE.  Ask me how to save 15% too!  We are also thinking it would be yummy to make popsicles out of.  Don’t you think so?  I will let you know when we try it.  Be sure to JOIN OUR FACEBOOK COMMUNITY for more pictures and tips on living healthy.

What do you do to stay hydrated?  Have you had a bad experience with dehydration like me before?  Share it in the comments.

Have a great day!



4 Nights of Boondocking!

So as you know, we left Oregon for a year of US travel in our 5th wheel.  You can read our story HERE if you missed it.  By now you either think we are crazy or adventurous.  lol  Some days I think we are both!  Our first stop was Lynnwood, WA to visit family for the weekend before heading to Dallas, TX for a business conference.

Here is a picture of the boys with their cousins.


They were inseparable the whole weekend. 

From WA we went to Silverwood, Idaho for a day of FUN at the waterpark.


Then we had 4 days to get to Dallas! 

Lots of driving and pulling over to boondock and sleep before getting up and doing it all over the next day.

For those that do not know, boondocking is parking your rv anywhere for the night.  Not in a campground.  Most rigs are set up with enough water and battery power to be fully used for at least a couple of days.  Walmarts are well known for this because they graciously allow you to park in their parking lots all night for free.

Here is our first night boondocking.  We also have a generator to run the AC. 


The boys are totally ‘wired’ in the back for entertainment.


Taking a much needed nap.  Clark drove 2000 miles!


We did finally make it to Dallas and checked into an RV resort for the week.  So nice to stay in one spot for awhile!  The kids have really been enjoying the pool!



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We would love to see you over there!

What about you?  Have you ever boondocked before?  Do you take vacations and/or travel in an rv or trailer?

Have a great day!


Sneak Peak

We have been in the process of downsizing and getting out on the road!  You can read our DREAM story to catch up.  We did make it out July 6th and are in Washington visiting family for the weekend.  I have soooo much to tell you, but time is short today.  I wanted to write a quick little update for you all though!

I have been taking a TON of pictures and a few videos, too.  Cannot wait to share it all with you.

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Here area a few ‘sneak peak’ pictures.  Enjoy!!

I am going to miss seeing my beautiful flowers in my yard.


The boys were a HUGE help.  Here is Caden shredding paper for us.


Connor helped with yard work.


Carter and Caden sorted legos.  We only had room to bring 1/3 of them.  The rest went in storage.


We are off to Idaho now. 

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Have a great day!