I hope you are doing well!
In January, Audrey moved out of the townhouse and into her own apartment. It’s so tiny, but so cute. She’s living the city-girl life with Billie now.
Craig and I had a year full of lots of travel. I went to Vancouver in April to visit Bailey (& Sydney & Stephen, too, of course). In May, Craig, Libby, and I took the travel trailer out for a weekend to a park only about an hour away. It was a good first time getting used to it. We followed that with a trip in May to Daniel Boone state park, where Bear made the trip with us as well. I got a mesh-sided backpack so he could even go on a hike with us. He preferred the air-conditioned trailer after that, but reserves the right to try again.
In July, the four of us headed to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. I’d been there during Audrey’s 8th grade trip, but Craig hadn’t seen it before. We also toured Jamestown where I did some fantastic research for an upcoming novel series. The travel trailer is all we hoped it would be. Craig got us outfitted with a generator so now we are self-reliant and can go anywhere.
Craig, Audrey, myself, Libby, and Billie went back to Vancouver in August. We’d hoped to watch Sydney ride in a horse show, but it got cancelled. She did ride Caroline at her home barn though. They are a fantastic duo, but Bailey seems to believe Caroline is her horse. And it seems Caroline might agree.
Audrey also got to introduce Bailey to her love of Orca’s through an exhibit at the Portland science center. In September, Audrey started a new job with a bigger title in a bigger firm. Her work is in the music industry, but in an accounting-type capacity. Not bad for a dyslexic girl who hated math.
In September, I went to a writer’s retreat in Florida for a few days, near where a friend of mine, Jackie, lives; it was refreshing. Afterward, I stayed with Jackie, along with my co-author and friend, Ashley, for a few more days. It was mostly a week filled with bike rides, laying by the pool, and great friends. It gave me some much needed emotional rest for what the remainder of the year had in store.