Well I may have been a little naughty today. Wasn’t expecting to be, naughty just happens. A dangerous liaison with an irresistible man, I could not help myself. I am back in Park City for a Spring Event. Yesterday was set-up and this morning we got the guests checked in and breakfast. We then had the welcome session and lunch followed. Keith made a fast trip to Colorado this week and I knew he was coming back today but he had told me he left there at 10 this morning. Imagine my surprise when I return to my table and he is sitting there with his big goofy grin. It didn’t quite register at first it was him. One of those out of context moments that your brain isn’t processing what your eyes see. I know a place there at the venue and we may have slipped away and yeah it was very fast but oh so very good. Today was a good day for a quickie. 😇
So thank you to Gonzaga and Oregon my bracket is a mess. Two teams I actually really don’t like in any season but this year the level of despisement has grown. I have two hopes left to capture my family crown. North Carolina and the Gamecocks of South Carolina. I need them both to win today. Then I need them both to win next week then I need the Gamecocks to lose to The Tarheels. If this happens I win. Just putting it out there to the Universe. I want this.
So as to a few other thoughts. Republicans are playing politics again and showing us once more how much of a cluster D.C. really is. You control both the House and the Senate and you cannot repeal Obamacare.
Next up I have suddenly become very interested in San Diego. I love going there but possible events and retreats in that area look promising. Especially in La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe.
Next the whole “Satan speedily drags them down to Hell” verses in scripture. I have been seeing a lot of friends commenting in social media on the state of those they love that are in serious spiritual peril. I see a trend in three areas. 1. Apathy. 2. Addiction. 3. Gender Crisis. Apathy is so destructive on many levels but those with a knowledge of truth that fall into a Spiritial Apathy are setting themselves up for failure. They are inviting the adversary into their lives. Addiction especially the drug epidemic is catastrophic to individuals and families. The growing problem seems to be in a generation incapable of coping with even the most basic challenges of life especially reality. It is only fueled by the apathy and spiritual void that this generation has rejected in true principles found in religion. The results are like a delayed suicide by the individual that eventually, in many cases, claims its prize after much suffering. Finally the gender crisis. How absolutely victorious is the adversary in convincing a child of God that he or she isn’t who they really are. Can you imagine the loss of identity? Those that buy into this dogma reject the Plan of Happiness. If it was simply a choice it would be one thing but those so fully committed to this lie want validation. They are like those in Sodom that not only want to live in sin but demand others partake as well. Freely rejecting one’s divinity of gender and so casually manipulating the reality of truth is a hard road to return from. The corruption twists the mind and soul in a way that it numbs their ability to recognize and feel the spirit. Certainly these three modern plagues are effective in that they are pleasing to the natural man. Satan has used these tools before but never had the ability to ensnare men and women as effectively as he can today. We live in interesting times and most of us are less than perfect. Even in falling short we have hope. The Church was created for the sinner. Be anything but apathetic. If we are engaged in the Gospel of Christ we have Hope.
Next I have a big event this week Wednesday through Friday. Finally Spring is almost upon us. It’s fighting to bring Summer. I plan on making this the best Summer ever. ❤
Heading out on vacation with kids is such an exhilarating experience. Everyone is full of energy and happy and ready for adventure. Coming home not so much. That being said I am glad we survived the day and no one was put out of their misery by their Father.
The week is coming to a close. It has been so much fun to spend time with family and friends. Tonight as I prepare to sleep one more night in this amazing bed I am feeling so much gratitude. Time with those you love is precious. We have had an adventure this week! The kids were so excited to go some where new. We were a little worried about the weather as this time of the year can be unpredictable in March. The bonus though is no crowds. Our best bets for good weather were Tuesday and Thursday based on the forecasts. After getting in Monday evening we had no food and barely got out in time for some dinner. Restaurants and shops close early tbis time of year in Cape Cod. We found this place in Orleans called Sir Cricket’s Fish & Chips. Here is a pic of the menu.
Tuesday we had a sunny and warm day that broke 50 degrees. Totally felt warmer with the sun, not warm enough for swimming, but we did go tour the area in and around Orleans after lunch. We even went down on a couple of beaches.
The kids loved the fishing boats and the docks. It was just incredible to see so much history. Every where you went were buildings that were from the 1800s. I am sure some were even older. We had stocked up on groceries for the week on Tuesday morning. Jen and I were up and at the store early early! Made it back and had breakfast made before most everyone was up. Honestly getting up two days in a row that early was brutal. On Tuesday night we had a feast. Bought several kinds of steaks plus chicken to BBQ and made potatoes and carrots Hobo style on the grill in tinfoil. We even grilled some corn on the cob, even frozen corn on the cob tastes amazing grilled with butter and seasoning. I tried to stay up to watch a movie but I didn’t make it. Keith got me in bed somehow. 🙂
Wednesday I finally got to sleep in. Rain was expected but never fell. It was cloudy and cooler all day though. Kids watched movies, we played cards and I think most everyone got a nap in. I even had time to get a little reading in. I had a great view of the water.
Thursday we had our second adventure day planned. The weather was a bit chilly and we had two options, going out to Nantucket or up the Arm. We decided on the Arm mainly because if the weather went bad we didn’t want to be trapped out on an Island. In driving up the coast we saw Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. It was just spectacular. I cannot even imagine what it must be like in the Summer.
Pretty quiet day for the shops and restaurants. I think they were excited to see us. Definitely treated us like VIPs. This is another place I would highly recommend. Great menu and service and so New England. We had such a fun drive. At Wellfleet on the way up we got off the main road and took Old County Road up along the inside of the Arm. Driving through these quiet, almost deserted neighborhoods was surreal. I think many of these homes sit vacant in the winter and many of these homes are older than the oldest buildings in Utah by decades.
Friday we had another relaxing day. It rained most of today so I got a nap in and started dinner around 4. I made one of my most popular dinners for everyone. Chicken Enchiladas. With 9 of us I had to do make double because it’s a popular dish. There was none left! Jen made her Key Lime Pie and it was delicious.
A few highlights of this trip I loved the most. I got to run 3 mornings and the air you could almost taste. More humid and at sea level I just felt I could run forever. I had to will myself back. The bed was I think the best I have ever slept in. Maybe it was just the experience being here and everything just felt perfect. The property sits on a point surrounded by 900′ of private beach which unfortunately we didn’t get to enjoy fully, but stlll made for a great walk and views of the bay. There is a large flag pole behind the house visible to anyone out in the bay. There was an American Flag in the house with a book and an invitation to hang the flag each day and recommended a couple of stories about the history of Old Glory in this book. We accepted the challenge and it was a treasure I don’t think I will ever forget. The kids got to raise and lower the flag each day and we learned several things. So much sacrifice has been made for our Freedom. I took some time to write in the guest book tonight and leave our gratitude. I honestly think this has been one of those most memorable Spring Breaks we have ever had. Tomorrow we head back to the Homestead in Idaho. It has been a good week. Scones and hot chocolate in the morning before we leave. #CapeCodIsAwesome
25% laughter and smiles
25% memories and joy
25% struggle and sacrifice
If you have 100% the 10% is enough