Its been awhile. Of course life was crazy, busy and overtaken by the chaos and loudness that seems to creep in when we aren’t paying attention. The holidays came and went and family visited, then we prepared to head out of town , so now I’m back again. The tough thing is I have such good things to write but get too busy and forget, oh well, maybe they weren’t so great if I forget ;). So its 2013 and heres to an amazing new year of new things, new changes and life experiences. Along with sweet simplicity.
After many daunting busy business days for end of the year books and jobs and then the holidays, we finally headed out on a family trip. It was our first trip together in a very long time and much needed one at that. My husbands parents bought a house for their retirement, in Arizona, after living on a boat for many years in Washington state. It is a beautiful home. I have not felt so relaxed in a long time. We had a total of 11 days gone but 2 were traveling days so it was 9 complete days of worry free, relaxation and spending time together to enjoy a state and scenery where we had not been before. Using a business airline card really helps a family of 5 travel affordably as well. Everyday business expenses and monthly costs and bills add up to lots of miles to fly. My dream to see the world has expanded just a bit.
I can say Arizona has its own different kind of beauty. I love waking to the bright, sunny mornings! There’s still a chill in the air for winter time but it sure was nice to not see icy roads, dark mornings and grey clouds day in and day out. I am not sure I could live there but I do love it and i will be visiting there regularly. It was pretty dry and there’s no water around but people’s pools. The kids love swimming so the heated pools were very much a hit. I would miss natural flowing water though. I would miss seeing rivers, lakes and oceans which in the desert theres not much of that, pretty much none. I would live by the ocean if I could. I would miss seeing more green. I do love the palm trees and the city road maintenance does a great job decorating the overpasses and ground with an Arizona native feel to it. We don’t see a lot of that in Alaska, I think probably because the winters are long and most gets hidden under, silt, ice, snow, mud and garbage. The mountains are pretty in their own way. The red rocks are beautiful! With the sun shining behind them it takes on a serenity of peacefulness. I especially enjoyed the beauty of Sedona. Overall the state has its own unique self and I loved it, In a way like Alaska ( which by the way if I had a choice I would not live in Alaska either) I love to travel ( hope to do more) and soak in the different types of beauty that surrounds us. I will definitely be going to Arizona again in which we will be doing a lot since we now have grandparents living there.
There was a ton to do in Arizona and a lot of history for the kids to learn about the Wild, Wild West. We drove to Tombstone one day and watched the shoot out reenactment of Wyatt Earp. That was pretty exciting for the kids. We of course had to watch the movie with Val Kilmer and Kurt Russell to see their take on the story after visiting the town. My boys loved it the most. We went to the local driving range and hit some golf balls. I love golfing. If I lived there I would try and golf as much as I could. There’s something relaxing about hitting balls. (That doesn’t sound so good after I read it oops)We drove and saw the red rocks of Sedona and Montezuma’s castle. Also we went to a local amusement park in Phoenix and the kids had a blast on rides and playing miniature golf. We went on a zipline hanging by a harness riding across the sky. It was amazing. My 6 year old was so excited and went all by herself. She says shes brave. There were lots of adventures and sightseeing and just the peaceful enjoyment of each other.
Overall the trip was a success and my hubs and I got a much needed rest from our business. I took some time to refocus and try and see where I want to be and what my passions are. I have some goals and ideas but just never sure how to get there. I love traveling and I want to make life simpler and travel more. My dreams to see the world may come true if I stop thinking and start doing. God made this world full of so much beauty and we are suppose to be enjoying it instead of running the crazy rat race of life. I’m ready to make some changes.
Anyone else feel this way? That there is more to this life than what you are doing? I’m ready to explore and see what else is out there. Life is full of endless opportunities we just have to be ready too see it and find it!