Community Living, Well



One of the difficult things about where we live is we don’t have family within drop in distance.  As a result, we’ve had to create our own extended family.  Luckily, we have been cultivating friendships long before we had children so our long history with these friends has turned into a wellspring of fun and support.  One of the main commitments to our kids is that we will plan at least one vacation a year with lots of friends.

Our camping trip in August was absolutely amazing and filled with Ranger programs, sea life and lots of independent living for the middle school/high school kids.  They had the run of the land, something that’s rare for these city dwellers.  I have confidence these are the types of memories they will be telling their children about.

IMG_4953 The Ranger Progam — learning about seal life and the environment.


Where else can you practice your beam routine 10 feet above the ground?IMG_5284 Or watch the nest activity of baby seagulls and their parents?IMG_5243Where else can you climb rocks with your buddy?  Without parents? IMG_5206Or sing while hiking in the forest?

Since we had so much fun during our summer trips, a group of us also planned a winter trip to Lake Tahoe.  We weren’t disappointed.  I have no pictures of any one other than my dear friend, Shannon, because I couldn’t keep up with anyone.  Lucky for me, she willingly saw me down the mountain with my beginner level snowboarding skills.

IMG_4293 IMG_4330IMG_4291A mere glimpse of friends.IMG_4295Lakeside walk with a wonderful Lox and cream cheese ending.

As my friend, Mandy says, “This folks, is good living.”

May you find time to make lifetime memories with friends this year.  I promise, you won’t regret it.


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