Travel is on My Mind

I think something’s in the water… or the humid Floridian air. Both my daughters have been out of their element. Bee has become clingy, holding on for dear life ~ to my arm, leg or any seemingly available body part. She has a new found fear of, well, everything. Her screams are deafening and the world comes to a sudden halt at every fear, especially in the car. Butterfly is forced onto the back burner. I did manage to get in these pictures:

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Speaking of Butterfly, she’s been openly attached to my breast. The nursing is never ending and the sleeping doesn’t come as often. One minute she is crawling around the house, laughing and trying to put everything in her mouth. The very next, she’s chasing me like she hadn’t seen me all day and I was the only way to curb that urge.

I get it… and you probably do to… they are in a phase, a passing period. Yet, it’s equally exhausting to know that this may last a while. I hope that it ends soon. I barely got this picture of the kids before church on Sunday:

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I have been walking and thinking and thinking and walking trying to decide how I want to proceed. Last week was so rough I considered going back to work for the first time. This week was better, but still hard. What I know is I need a break, a physical actual break from the girls on a regular basis and not just once in a while.
Walking with Walkadoo ResultsMy walking has benefited my Walkadoo. When I started, I was walking about 6,000 steps per week. Now I’m up to a wonderful 14,000 steps a week. I’ve enjoyed using my Pebble a lot. I look forward to putting it on every morning, just to see how well I did that day. I’ve looked forward to mingling with the community at the website and them encouraging me and answering the Walkie Talkie questions. I also look forward to seeing the little green trail of lights on the device letting me know how far I’ve traveled.  I haven’t traveled as far as I wanted to. My progress has more than doubled over the past few weeks, yet I’m still about 2,000 steps a day. Far below what I should be during my journey. I’m disappointed and somewhat ashamed. I AM proud of losing weight over the last few weeks from eating well and drinking tons of water.

I’m ready to be the new me. As much as I want to rush it, I can’t. Life just doesn’t really work that way. Change takes time, especially when you’re talking about changing yourself.

During my short walks, I’ve been able to learn more about me, what I want and where I want to be. Ultimately, I know at least for a while, I want to be somewhere else. I have a wedding in California next month… until then, I will be dreaming of far away places in this week’s #AskAwayFriday.

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Kelly Michelle ArtThis week, I’m pairing up with the lovely Kelly of Beauty of Resilience. She is a Christian, writer, teacher, and artist. She is a firm believer in the beauty of life. She has a beautiful Etsy shop which shares encouraging words and great printables like the one to the right. Check her out.

We decided to exchanged questions about Travel. Getting away sounds perfect right now!

Kelly

1. What is the farthest place you have traveled? I’m not sure if Frankfurt, Germany or London, England is farther, but I’ve been to both in the same trip. Frankfurt was more emotional because of the Jewish graves that we visited. 

2. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? A week ago, I would’ve said France, but now I think Italy. I really want to indulge in real Italian food. 

3. What is one vacation spot you would love to visit? Alaska. I would love to take an Alaskan cruise. I’ve been close to the equator, now I would love to see what it looks like in the complete opposite direction. 

4. What is one local place that you like to visit? How local is local? I’d like to check out Key West and/or Cape Canaveral if we’re talking about a little drive. If we’re talking about within the city, I was looking at a two hour cruise that included scuba diving about five miles away. 

5. What is your favorite activity to do when on vacation? Drink and eat… are those activities? I have to admit while on vacation, I really just want to relax. I don’t mind during the touristy things (I LOVED La Louvre), but most things for me are exactly what I dreamed them to be, so I’d prefer to get into the culture. When I went to France, I spent most of the time with the locals, checking out the bars, eating home cooked food, and just enjoying the city as they enjoyed it, rather than hitting up the attractions.

6. Is there a place that you think looks cool to go, but also looks like a lot of work? I would love to go to Mt. Everest, but there’s no way that I could climb it. Let me rephrase… there’s no way I’d want to take the time out to train to do it, nor the time to actually climb it. If it were a one day thing, I’d be down. But I’d prefer to take a helicopter and dropped on a high point!

7. When’s the last time you took a vacation? Where’d you go? I’m trying to think of when the last time I went on ‘vacation’ with no other purpose than to relax. My last trip was to South Carolina to take my son to visit my mother. Before that, it was my sister’s graduation. All of that said, I think my last relaxing vacation was a few years back when we took a cruise to the Bahamas. I think that’s four years ago. 

8. What’s the closest tourist attraction that you’ve never been to? I won’t talk about Florida, since I just got here. In California, I never went to the San Diego Zoo or Yosemite… both HUGE sites of attractions. I don’t do much with the outdoors and never thought about going. I went to SeaWorld but that’s only because I sang there. I never went outside of our choral competitions (yes, I would love to be on Glee!).

9. What was the farthest away that you’ve traveled without your family (parents, spouse or child)? In high school, I had the opportunity to go to Europe. My French teacher took a trip every other year, and I desperately wanted to go. In my negotiations with my parents, I went with out presents until graduation. It was a steep price to pay. What happened was I went without any purchases on my behalf until after high school graduation. There were many great stories to tell about that trip, many included in pictures that had been “lost” since. I’m not sure it was “worth it”, but it was definitely an awesome trip! 

10. What place had you dreaming while you were in school, but you have since gone? At one point I dreamed of the Caribbean vacation, which sandy beaches and relaxation galore. I have been to those beaches, which are beautiful, but with kids, relaxation was not at the forefront. Now, I dream of more active cations… I would like to visit China or Japan and immerse myself in their culture.

That’s all for tonight. I hope that your week has gone a LOT better than mine! Don’t forget to check out Kelly’s page and see her answers these questions.

20 thoughts on “Travel is on My Mind”

  1. Awesome swap! I dream of going to Europe, but mostly Scotland, Ireland, and England…though France and Germany would be amazing too! We almost went to Key West last winter while we were down in Miami, but we decided that it would add too many more hours to our already 24 hour drive home that we decided against it. I would also love to take a cruise with the hubby someday. I am definitely with you, I don't mind doing some touristy stuff, but I prefer to keep the plans at a minimum and relax and enjoy! Have a great week, April!

    1. I did not enjoy England when we went, but I'll be honest, it was the last two days of a 14 day trip. We were EXHAUSTED and it was HOT! 🙂 I have to give it another chance. Cruises are great… they are all inclusive. You don't have to carry anything around. It's really cool and some of the ships have some excellent activities to keep you busy.

  2. Vashti Quiroz-Vega

    Hi April! I loved this post! It's great to learn more about you. We have something else in common! We both love to travel! I've been on a cruise to Alaska, and I loved it. I highly recommend it. Girl, you have to go down to Key West. It's like a whole other little world. I too would love to visit China or Japan and immerse myself in their culture!

    I hope the situation with the kids get better soon, but they sure are a cute bunch. A trip to California sounds awesome. I've never been to California. Be sure to take lots of pictures when you go! 😀 xx

    1. We were supposed to go to Key West and then for some reason the plans got ditched. Cali's my home. I'll be with friends and family! Wedding time!

  3. Love this swap. I have so many places on my list of dream destinations. Hubby and I haven't started checking them off just yet but I can't wait. I seriously want to give my Passport and good workout (once I get it that is…LOL)

  4. Hey April, are you planning on doing The Operation Snapback Sept. Run/Walking Challenge. It is 30 miles in 30 days, last time I finished my 26.22 miles on the very last day. I’m looking forward to the challenge and hope that I finish a lot sooner this time. My best run last time was 3.5 miles. Before the last challenge started I thought 1 mile was a lot, but I was able to gain more mileage over the month. I’m hoping that I can have some 4+ mile walks this time around.

    1. Yes. I just don't know if I'll use the app because I don't really "run". I try to walk extra thoughout the day, but I'm not sure that I'll be able to set aside time to run. I've been struggling with that. I did set up the Nike+ app though.

  5. We all need a break from the kids now and then to keep sane, especially the person who spends the most time with them. I do my best thinking when I'm jogging, which is really just semi-fast walking, lol. Your girls are real beauties. Best of luck on your goals. You're right that change takes time. Those who recognize that seem to be more successful at achieving their desired change.

    1. Thanks! I do my best thinking out there too, but there's no place to write things down! 🙂 My girls are what keep me sane even though they are the ones that drive me crazy! LOL!

  6. Hi April, I am sorry you are going though a difficult time. Walking by myself has also helped me sort things out and find more about myself.
    Love your post and love the questions and learning more about you. I am thinking I might do a similar post this week and continue the "link" of travel posts. So answers coming up soon!

    Maria http://www.musicteachingandparenting.com

    1. Thank you, Maria. I am learning so much about myself. I need to walk more. I need a dictaphone! LOL! I have such great thoughts on my walks, but no paper to write them down. That'd be awesome. Love to stop by and see more.

  7. Brittnei Washington

    This was a fun post to read. Traveling can be so much fun. We plan to go to Las Vegas on a road trip in November and I'm excited! I have traveled to Spain and I thought seeing the sites as well as eating the different types of food all over the country was pretty exciting. 🙂

    1. I've been to Vegas a couple of times, but not gambling and not shopping and not having a bunch of money, it's not a city for me. I would love to go to Spain. The future is near! I'm looking forward to it.

    1. Come to think of it, growing up in CA, I don't recall any fields trips or people saying they wanted to go to Yosemite. But I feel like I should've gone.

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