We’re Home!

For now we’ll call Holland home again but I really enjoyed calling someplace else home, too. For the record.

A small detail: In my last post I mentioned some “incredible lows for myself” and I wanted to clear that up because rereading it I find that detail surprising so maybe you do too. Those lows have way more to do with me figuring stuff out in my head about a few things: life. And the constant battle/readjustment of my expectations (which went very well). So. There you have it. I should have expounded on that one. Now …

Homeward Bound! Hi family :)

We left Saturday and took our merry time getting anywhere. Finally landed in Illinois for the night and we’re home in Holland, Mi again before dinner Sunday night.

I like road trips.

This is the most precious thing. Gosh, I love that kid.

Vvvvvvrrrrooooomm!!

And I really like watching my kids light up as we roll up the street to our “tall house” as they sing “Home Sweet Home!”

Makes me feel better about uprooting so many of their normalcy’s to know that they’re just fine and we’ll always have a home.

Aquarium

Fishes. I am enamored by these things … the kids were pretty interested, too.

I finally started shooting photographs in Manual mode while staring through plexiglass at deadly yet somehow very comforting water animals. It was kind of revolutionary in the moment. This is what filled most of our day yesterday, a field trip to the Aquarium.

Aquarium

Aquarium

Aquarium

Aquarium

Aquarium

Aquarium

Aquarium

Oklahoma

There are subtle differences between Oklahoma and Michigan and then there are not so subtle differences.

Here’s a few I’ve picked up on, should you ever find yourself in rural Oklahoma you can expect a couple things:

# Men will always open doors for you. They’ll even wait if you’re a good 10 yards behind them.

# People drive slower and with much more courtesy.

# There are a lot of cows and rolling hills. To the same extent there are almost no highway billboards (atleast where we are for a good 50 miles in either direction).

# BBQ is a big deal, so is okra.

# In line somewhere? The elderly gentlemen nearby would like to start a conversation about how lucky they are to have Today. And my kids? Those guys are really cute.

# Everybody knows everybody if you’re over the age of 45 and they laugh, shake hands and share bourbon at the bar – although they have smart phones but absolutely no idea how to use them.

# People are apologetic for no reason at all, they really want you to feel at home in their city.

Pretty fun, a great trip for the beginning of 2011. Sets the tone for traveling the rest of the year. Chips on shoulders no longer needed, rose colored glasses are finally wiped clean, we have One, Two, Three and Four and that’s about all we’ll ever need.

first weekend away

Technically the first full weekend away.

weekend: Oklahoma

Today we ventured to Jenks, Oklahoma to check out the Aquarium then we tried out a local spot for lunch and got free ice cream.

My daughter is now the proud owner of some very pink cow-girl boots and I fell in love with a little town full of antiques and old buildings named Dewey.

Oklahoma, you’re just right.