• Less than 20 days until we're on the road! #countdown #roadtrip
  • Outtake from our mothers day photos with the girls that I just L-O-V-E. Trying to bribe Addie into participating with bubbles. 😀 These three make me smile so much.  Now the biggest question...will baby #4 be our fourth girl or will a little boy come along to shake up the status quo?
  • Y'all, laundry is my nemesis. As I'm up late folding at 11:15 PM, I keep wondering, how it is that in a house it seems like laundry goes on and on in never-ending piles, but when we lived in our travel trailer we could get away with going to the laundromat every two weeks?⠀
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Granted, there's more to clean in a house and we're all probably showering more often considering we can do more than take a 5 minute shower, so I get that we're probably using more towels. But it doesn't really explain the constant complaints of someone being out of shorts or socks or something. What's that all about?⠀
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Once things got really busy with the business, it became a lot harder to keep things picked up around here.  Chris is fabulous - he does more than I do, probably, taking charge of anything food related from planning to shopping to cooking to dish washing, and plenty of other chores - but I'll be the first to admit that if it were in the budget, I would totally hire a housekeeper to help us keep things picked up and running smoothly around here.  My not so secret fantasy. 😁⠀
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Last summer we manged to get away with only doing laundry at family or friends houses because they were all perfectly spaced along our route. This time we're seeing some clients, but no family or friends after Colorado so we'll be planning laundromats back into our travel schedule.  Is it weird that I'm looking forward to it - at least then, we all go and get it done in just a couple of hours (since we can use multiple washers and dryers at a time), then we bring it home and put it away immediately - because there's no leaving laundry baskets of folded clothes out when you have 5 people living in a 300 sq.ft. space.⠀
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Maybe instead of a housekeeper I just need to more washers and dryers. Let's not even talk about fall when the baby is born and we're going to add diapers back into the mix...
  • Rainy, humid Saturday=library morning.

I used to take Nora to the library every week. It was easy on Nantucket when we could walk and I was a stay-at-home mom. In Wyoming and Colorado, we frequented the library, but it was more like once every couple of weeks. Since moving to Texas we've barely gone - only a handful of times. 
We still do a lot of reading, though not as much as I might like, and these days Nora is more likely to be found reading on her Nook than in a physical book. With Zara and Addie, we're mostly working through our own extensive collection. I keep telling myself that I want to figure out how to build regular library trips into our hectic lifestyle, but that's one thing I haven't figured out the balancing act if business and family.  On the plus side, when we do make it to the library it's a real treat. They happily sit and read giant stacks of books for hours.
  • Another #thowback from Colorado camping adventures. Around Red Feather Lakes (a teeny tiny town almost in Wyoming) there is a multi-mile mountain road that meanders through pine trees and is literally covered on both sides with gnomes, tree faces, and fairy gardens. It's an incredible and magical drive.

While we've planned the major stops on our route this summer, I've only just started thinking about the small things we'll see along the way. Some of my favorite stops and discoveries last year were surprises along the way, but I'm also a planner and we have to balance vacation things with time for work, which does end up making planning more important.

Do you have any secrets for finding cool and unique experiences or sights when you're in a new city (especially ones that are less known or more off the beaten path)? If you have any tips, I'd love to hear them!