For those of you who feel they need yet another dose of Burnetty cuteness here's the link to the entire set Vita took while she was here. Chock full of adorable moments! I have a lot of saving to do :)
After the Grand Canyon, we were fine with sticking closer to home. I had found quite a few interesting stops in the general area, but we all agreed driving more than like 15 minutes was not going to happen. The closest place was Walnut Canyon National Monument.
An ancient Native American tribe in this area, the Sinagua people, built homes into the rocks at around 1100 to save themselves from all the complications of living near volcanic eruptions (nearby Sunset Crater had a series of eruptions in 1040). They only stayed in these cliff dwellings for about 4 generations (100 years) and then moved on. There were little constructed rooms all over the cliffs. It was fascinating. And beautiful. We were happy to be able to interact with the scenery.
Tristan discovered his eye for photography and took tons of pictures with my old phone. He's got a really great instinct for framing photos and pays attention to foreground/mid-ground/background all at once. He did it all: from textu…
I've been writing a book for over 5 years now. When I first started writing I would only go in spurts of manic typing followed by months of nothing. Looking back on what I had written was always interesting because I don't remember what I wrote, and I am generally surprised at the insight and elegance of what I typed out. I find old writings of mine all the time, and some of them I still get so anxious about sharing, but I noticed that comes with a theme of prior personal judgment of self. One self in particular. I have no faith in my inner teacher. I am not the most confident person when it comes to sharing new ideas or my perceptions of situations. Oh I'm definitely a bold and thoughtful person, but I don't want to discuss my reasons for my choices. When I do, afterwards I get anxious about how others felt about what I said or how I said it. I will tell myself I don't have valuable insight, everyone already knows what I know, no one wants to learn what I…
We're back into our usual routines, looking for the next adventure. The kids were a little apprehensive about "staying in some stranger's house" beforehand, but are now completely on-board with Airbnb stays. Everything went so well. We saved money by cooking and it was much less stressful than our other trips. I have finally learned what works! A few of these I just learned.
1. No car rides longer than 6hrs in one day.
2. Plan at least ONE day of absolutely nothing per week for mental and physical recovery.
3. Always bring: snacks from grocery stores (larger portions, smaller prices), collapsible coolers, and empty water bottles. Freezing water and keeping it in a cooler for road trips saves a ton of money by eliminating gas station stops. You also get healthier options.
4.Book and pay for every large important thing far in advance so there are no preventable surprises (flights, rental cars, hotels/places to stay) and you actually take the trip.
5. Always have…