May 6, 2016
The time has come my friends! We are saying goodbye to Alaska. It is without a doubt bittersweet. We moved up here with two very little boys, and we are leaving with two big boys, two little girls, and a dog. Whaaaaat! Alaska was good to us, without a doubt. But we are on to our next adventure.
Which brings me to how we are getting there. I have had people ask me on snapchat throughout this packing/moving process what exactly we are doing, and here it is. We are driving down to the lower 48. Yes, because we are insane. We could fly.....the smart idea probably would have been to fly. But if you have been reading this blog for any length of time you know Chris and I don't do logical, or easy. And reason being, it will take 30 or more days for all of our stuff to arrive in Georgia. What in the hell would I do with four kids and a dog in an empty house for 30+ days without our stuff? Kill each other that's what. Plus, we really wanted to take this opportunity to see a few places that we might not otherwise get to see. Driving the Alcan kind of seems like the best way to say goodbye to Alaska.
We are also really excited about some of the places we are staying in Canada as well. We are fully prepared for some camping at many of the national parks we are visiting. Which is probably the most comedic part of this whole thing. I mean....first we are loading six people and a dog with a ton of shit into a car, and then we are going to do some camping. Why? Not sure. But we are going for it.
The other reason I put my ounce of parental sanity to the side for this trip is, so my kids can see Chris. In the four years we have been in Alaska, my kids have been through a lot in terms of adjusting to Chris' work schedule, which seemed to be constantly changing. It cannot be easy to go days on end without seeing your dad, even when he sleeps in the same house. Early mornings, and even later nights mean there are stretches when Chris doesn't see them. Sure we have weekends together, when they are not interrupted by a phone call that takes him back in, or when the training bell rings and he is gone for weeks at a time. So what is the best way to remedy that? Stick Chris in a car with all his children! Ha! I say he is begging to go back to work by the time we make it so Seattle. Bets anyone?
Okay, but really it will be fun (I think, sometimes, maybe) and I am just happy we will all be together. And as for the blog, I have posts ready so this place doesn't go completely dark, wouldn't want that for you mom. I will also have posts about our trip along the way, you know, whenever I find wifi in the Yukon. The best way to keep up with us will be social media, of course. I am sure I will be snapchatting the whole damn thing! And instagram will be a good way to see some of the beautiful places we stumble upon.
Other than that, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you guys! I started this blog a few years ago shortly after having Avalon as a way to connect with moms. I found that I started to connect with myself again, through fashion and beauty, and my kids. And really I have connected with so many women, moms or not, who have become part of my daily life. Some who have become great friends. Blogging is a weird thing, and I just take it day by day. I really have no idea what I am doing, but I love it. So thank you to all of you who click here, read, and leave amazing comments and emails. I am so happy that you have followed our journey in Alaska.......so here we come Georgia!
And now let's virtually cheers our coffee cups!