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June: The Month of Travel

June was the month-o-travel for me. Not counting the roadtrip drive-through bits (I’m looking at YOU, Virginia I-81 corridor that Never.Seems.To.End), I hit up five states plus the District of Columbia. It’s been great. It’s been a whirlwind. It’s been exhausting. It’s been invigorating. All rolled up into one.

It seems like my suitcase is in a perpetual state of being half-packed, but I don’t mind. That being said, I’m home now, and that’s where I really want to be. Especially since Daniel wasn’t able to go with me on this last trip when I visited family and I missed him like crazy.

Highlights of this past month: riding the D.C. Metro, Seeing Abe Lincoln up close, visiting Einstein, wandering through modern art, taking a sunset water taxi cruise across the Potomac, gazing at zoo animals, playing tag with my niece and nephew, wading out into the Atlantic ocean with cousins I hadn’t seen in ages, and having long conversations with my brother, sister-in-law, father, and husband.

Here’s some Instagram shots from my travels. So, what have you been up to this summer?


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Two Years

Engagement + Wedding (2009 – 2010)

First Year (2010)

Second Year (2011)

In the past two years, we’ve moved three times, found a home church, made new friends, reunited with old ones, and learned how to combine two lives, finances, and goals into one. It’s been a wonderful journey and I am looking forward to the many years ahead.

{Engagement & Wedding Photos: Kristyn Hogan | Hug & Holding Hands Photos: Joy}


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How I Pack for a Weekend Roadtrip

Last minute change of plans! What was going to be a cleaning marathon has turned into a road trip, instead. Whoo-hoo for flexibility. We’re meeting in the middle at my Dad’s house. It’s always good to get the family together in one spot. And now he has to do the cleaning, not me. Score!

Of course, packing for a trip, even a brief weekend one, brings about its own set of difficulties. One of my good friends has this task down to an art. Maybe I’ll ask her to tell you about her method one day, but for now, here’s our (not-quite-as-efficient) system.

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Cleaning Time!

There’s a reason I’m writing this blog to get my butt in gear; I don’t have it all together yet. Case in point: there are piles of things in pretty much every room. Now, it doesn’t look like an episode of Hoarders or even Clean House, but it definitely isn’t ready for guests with 5 minute notice.

Good thing we have a week, then.

My brother and sister-in-law are planning on bringing their adorable kiddos over for a visit this coming weekend, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. We live half across the country from each other and visits like these either at our house or theirs are treasured. This time, though, Daniel and I are working on child-proofing our place in time for the niece and nephew to tear through it on their toddler and baby missions. They will probably terrorize the dog, who will eat up the attention. Zoe loves kids.

Before we start putting up the breakable items and adding latches to the cabinets and drawers, though, we have some tidying to do. Life gets so busy and I get lazy. Even my love of organizing (and writing a blog about it!) isn’t enough to beat my desire to sit down and enjoy a movie without cleaning after a long day at work.  I have far to go. Fortunately, I’ve also already come a long way to get here, so the cleaning is limited to putting things back into their places and getting a head start on the dusting.

Here’s the plan:

  1. Round up all the stray objects and put them back in their homes. This includes, but is not limited to, notebooks, shoes, papers, and jackets.
  2. Throw out a few water empty water bottles left on the coffee table from our recoveries from colds.
  3. Find homes for the items displayed by recent sorting above the laundry areas.
  4. Clear out our landing area on the second floor, which has organically grown from the spot we held items in the process of being sorted into a permanent storage facility. That’s gotta go.
  5. Vacuum, dust, and make sure all the last germs from the cold are banished from all surfaces of the house. I guess that means Lysol. Gross. I hate the smell of Lysol.
  6. Add the child locks and latches to doors and drawers, and plug in outlet covers. Can’t be too careful!

And that’s it. We’ll be working on those things this week, then sit back and take some time to relax with our family. I love that part.

So, goodbye piles and hello cleaning supplies. Company’s comin’!

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