When in Northern Idaho

(Almost) Every summer we take the long plane flight from the Gulf Coast up to the North West to spend a few weeks in, what I consider, one of the most beautiful places on earth. This trip is never cheap, but each year it is so so worth it.

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Getting a break from the heat and humidity in itself is worth it!

But being able to meet up with Scott (husband and baby-daddy) is the absolute best part of the trip!

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The second best part is being able to watch Aspen play with her cousins that she only sees twice a year.

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In Idaho, we sleep in late, get dressed, pick up coffee, and climb a mountain.

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And sometimes we make our way to the creek to play with the tadpoles and splash in the cold mountain water.

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My soul longs for our trips to Northern Idaho each year. As the dates get closer to our departure, I begin to get butterflies. I am a lister, so I start to make plans and write them down. These lists typically look something like this:

  1. Go hiking
  2. Eat good food
  3. Play in the lake
  4. Kayak to the islands
  5. Spend time with family
  6. Have a date night with Scott
  7. Try not to die from alcohol poisoning
  8. Go camping
  9. Fish off the dock
  10. Go tubing and/or wake surfing on the lake

Most of these get accomplished within our time there.

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While we were in Sandpoint this summer, Scott and I ended up hiring a realtor. We have always known that someday we want to make this quaint little town our home. So many beautiful things came shortly after that… like, for one, we found a church we love and someday would like to make it our home church. We also found a house we fell in love with and nearly put an offer on it. But once I met with the lender, we found out that the banks typically do not give loans out to those employed by the Oil Fields until they have been in for at least two years- which Scott has not.

We took this news as God putting a pause button on our search. It absolutely did break my heart, mainly because I developed my own timeline on my life, which God obviously had to humble me on. So for now, we wait. Aspen and I will continue to live in Florida and travel to see Scott throughout the year. I am going to use this time to grow my businesses, experience more of the south, enjoy the friendships I have made, and save money for when we are finally able to move to our dream location.

Everything happens for a reason, and although it makes me a bit sad, I am so glad God took control over the situation.

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What my ideal schedule would look like vs. my actual schedule

Oh goodness, I could go on and on about this one. I could also rewrite this regularly, as often as my mind changes about our structure (or lack there of).

Let me start off with…

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HI. I’m Sadie. Yeah, that tiny brown lady embracing the resistant hug of that toddler holding the stick. I LOVE the idea of waking up to the sun rising, drinking a cup of coffee while listening to the neighborhood birds sing their morning songs, while my dear child sleeps silently in her room inside. I dream about awaking while it is still dark, getting a good run in, and then coming home to make an early breakfast, and worship Jesus through song at the moment Aspen wakes. Sometimes I like to envision myself starting our day with reading aloud an old Beatrix Potter book, or scripture out of Psalms, and then subtly making our way into our peaceful schooling. Or sometimes, I dream about forgetting about all of that and going straight to the beach to worship God’s natural design, and then planning our education for after nap time. I have lots of dreams, as you can tell. But currently, none of those match our existing schedule (or again, lack there of).

For the millionth time, I like to excuse my poor timing due to our summer adventures. But honestly, even without the constant travels and visitors, I really must admit to sucking at this aspect of life.

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yes, this is 100% my personality. Let’s just climb a mountain, read a good book, and forget the rest!

My dear photographer friend regularly lectures me on “Conquering the morning”, yet I find this the most difficult thing in my life to do.

I love the idea of waking at dawn, but accomplishing it is a different story. Who knows, maybe one day I will surprise myself? But until then, Aspen and my schedule looks more like this:

*note: this is our average day, not every day. There are several days where we wake up at dawn for a sunrise session, early doctors appointments, and play dates*

9AM – Wake up and cuddle/talk about our dreams and drift in and out of sleep (yes, I leave my room and jump right into Aspens bed)

9:30AM– Get out of bed and eat breakfast, which typically consist of “healthy” cereal or a quick fluffy omelet

10:00AM– Finally make my way to the shower while Aspen eats her breakfast and watches an episode of Wild Krats

11:00AM– We make our way out of the house to take care of any errands and/or play and eat lunch

1PM– nap time!! AKA mom does some picking up and computer work

2:40PM– Aspen wakes up and we cuddle on the couch for a few minutes

3:00PM– I give Aspen a healthy and filling snack and one episode of a show of her choice

3:15-4:30 – school time! Yes, we only do forty five minutes. Why? Because research shows that toddlers only need 15-30 minutes worth of attentive school work a day. We push it to forty five minutes because we also love to do art work during this time.

4:30-5:30 – This is when we do independent play while mom preps dinner and gets shit done around the house. We also listen to either hipster, classical, or gospel music during this time.

5:30PM– dinner time! This is technology free, 100% just bonding time. Here we eat delicious food while discussing our day.

6PM– Clean up kitchen/ independent play time (occasionally, during the summer, this is beach time!

6:30– music, movie, or game time! We switch between dancing like lunatics while singing at the top of our lungs to some good ol’ Justin Timberlake, play a board game (apples to apples and Candy Land), or sitting down to watch a movie together. Twice a week we opt out of cleaning and free time to hit the beach, parks, or trails for the evening.

9PM– Aspens bed time. Our bed time routine consists of reading two books, saying our prayers, and then singing our three favorite songs: You Are My Sunshine, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Sunshine On My Shoulders.

9:30PM– Mama sneaks out of Aspen’s room, pours herself a glass of cabernet, and either binge watches Netflix while crocheting, catch up on computer work, or prepare for the next days projects. Most days, it’s all three.

Midnight– Is when I force myself to fall asleep

 

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Days along the Emerald Coast + beach reads

Yes, we are slowly preparing to transition to the north within the next year or so, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop loving our days along these beautiful emerald waters. I am currently reading the book “How to Raise a Wild Child” by Scott Sampson from Dinosaur Train. I have always had a passion for raising my child outside, but since diving into this very well written and informative book, my passion for raising a wild child has only grown. My goal isn’t just to spend time outside, but to spend time in the wild. In places that men (and women..) do not control. I mean, parks and splash pads, and amusement parks and walks around the neighborhood are nice (really they are, I’m not being sarcastic, I promise), but there is something so thrilling and satisfying about exploring out of mans realm- to experience God’s beauty as it was meant to be experienced.

Florida does have some beautiful nature trails, but during these hot and humid summer days, we tend to choose the beach for our wandering. During our beach days we typically play in the waves, collect shells, drink coconut water, walk to the point where we can no longer see the houses and condos, build castles out of fine sand, and I always manage to bring several books with us on our journey to read over the sound of small waves crashing into our snowlike sands.

 

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Yes, my mountain loving soul longs for the days where we pick wild huckleberries and spend our evenings baking them into a mouth watering pie. I long for the times I can take Aspen to the creek and watch tadpoles swim upstream, and to admire a full grown moose tromping through our yard on a crisp autumn morning. But honestly, I know we are where we are meant to be right in this moment. I do not plan to rush God’s plans for us. This is something that has been so hard for my heart to come to terms with- to be patient and enjoy the slow and steady moments of the present- but knowing and having faith that my little family and I are in God’s caring hands always steadies my constant dreaming and planning.

 

In other news, today’s beach reads were:

Eric Carle’s “A House for Hermit Crab” and “Good Night Beach” by Adam Gamble. We also practiced our numbers today while counting the seashells we collected.