Saturday, July 13, 2013

Morning at the lake

July 13th, 2013

The best decision we have ever made, has been to leave Arizona in the dust, and come back home to Idaho.  Is there anything like the Northwest???

The levels of stress that we felt for the past 7 years seem to have melted away, and you know that feeling you get when you are where you belong?  That content happy joy deep down in your soul, feeling?  It's been replaced by that.

I feel lighter, I feel younger, I feel happier.

July 13th, 2013

Surrounded by nothing but city and brown and dust for so many years, being back where everything is green and there are cows and horses and water no matter where you look, is so very good for the soul.  I was definitely born to live in the country.  City life is NOT for this gal.

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This morning we headed to one of our favorite spots, a place we used to go quite often when I was pregnant with both kids, and even took my mother in law and brother in law when they were visiting.

It felt good to once again drive down these roads, to see that everything remained the same even though years had passed and lessons had been learned.

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Our old beloved pet Misty is buried somewhere along this road, we can't remember exactly where, but driving out this way brought tears to our eyes. We do miss our old girl, she was such a huge part of our lives.

Everything we do in life, everywhere we go and have been, leaves an imprint.  Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad but together they make the fabric of who we are and I honestly wouldn't change anything in my life, not the good and not the bad, they all have their place in my heart.

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The kids so loved the ride, they are not used to greenery and even though they've been out here before, they were so little that they don't remember any of it, so it's fun to bring them back and reintroduce them to everything again.

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Gorgeous day, 80 degrees, a beautiful breeze and fresh air, nothing but fresh unpolluted air.  *sigh*

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We brought along a very simple picnic, some sandwiches, some fruit, water, tea and some chips.  Sat under beautiful big trees, enjoyed the shade, ate while we chatted, butterflies and dragonflies flew by and watched the other lake goers having fun.

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The kids were so happy.  They remind me a lot of myself at this age, I would also collect rocks and shells, so they spent a bit of time just hanging out by the waters edge.

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So far, military retired life is the best feeling in the world. The stress these guys are under seems to melt the minute they sign that paper releasing them from Active Duty. We are all smiles, all about joy and all about relaxing.

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She's at that age where hugging mom in public is embarrassing LOL So I don't get many of these, they're becoming a rare commodity that I treasure anytime it rears it's head.

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And of course mama's boy.  This boy loves being with me and I love being with him :)
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Of course the girls went along for the day and boy did they enjoy it. Miss Lola LOVES water as you all know, so while hubby walked along the lake edge she just went right in LOL

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What is it with the little ones always wanting to go in the water?

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On the way back home we encountered SO many horses.  I have loved horses my whole life and have always dreamed of living in an area where I am surrounded by horse pastures, now I can say I'm living that dream.

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I could sit and watch them for hours....

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We pulled up near the fence and they were all looking away from us, all I said was "Hey loves" and they ALL turned towards the car.  The kids thought it was hilarious.

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Do love the baby calf don't you?

We headed home filled with fresh air and contentment. 

Finished off the day with a grilled steak and baked potato dinner out on the deck.  Perfection.

Now I'm going to continue on with more dishcloths. 

Some of you have asked about the Etsy store, it is not yet open as I don't have any items available for sale yet, but I'm hoping by next week I can give you the link to my little store.

Hope you've all had a lovely Saturday and enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Mary said...

What a beautiful place!

Susanne said...

Beautiful countryside. So glad to hear you are all so happy to be back.

Sherri B. said...

Oh Sandra, this is such a lovely post. Your happiness really comes through in your words and those beautiful photos. I am truly happy for you and your sweet family. xo

Teavette said...

Love to read your daily thoughts. Your photos just make me feel like I am there. Thank You for sharing, God Bless.

Tracey said...

Loving all the beautiful pictures! Yes, retired military life is the best. :)

Blessings to you and yours!

Lulu said...

what a lovely area Sandra..
glad youre all loving it..

Kar said...

I know where you guys went and had an awesome day! Be careful of the rock collecting that may occur during all these fun outings. You may end up with your on rock quarry. :)

Lara said...

I'm so happy for you and for your family! Enjoy! The pictures are beautiful. God bless you!

mindingmomma said...

sounds like you are setltling in just fine. the photos of the lake day look so relaxing. how old is your daughter? mine is 14 and at that "see ya later" stage, my son though is 7 and still a snuggler so i can totally relate to your photos and stories.

Kathleen said...

Hi Sandra! So happy for you and your family. Love the pictures! Everything is so beautiful!

Cheri said...

It is gorgeous- I love living in the country too! So glad you're settling in well!

Wendi said...

Pretty pictures! I am so happy that you are finding home to be everything you remembered and more. :)

Sweet Tea said...

Glad that you have found your "Happy Spot"!! Contentment is a great thing!

sandra santos said...

Sandra fico deliciada com as imagems que vejo,adoraria viver assim livre de predios carros e tuda a parafernalia da cidade,fico completamente deliciada!Facilmente deixava isto para traz!

Liz said...

Idaho looks so amazing!!! I hope to see it someday with all of the beauty you are showing us.

You have a gorgeous family. I can't believe how grown up your kids are getting!

Yvette said...

Beautiful pictures and you truly look so happy!! I'm tired of the fast paced city life here in southern california hoping to move someday. I want open spaces and fresh air!!