Let the Adventures Begin?


We’re told that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I had intended to write more over the past 12 months. My journal is filled with a years worth of one or two sentence entries with the occasional insightful paragraph and I wrote 37 posts on this blog, which is more than I thought if I’m being honest. It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling to identify this space over the past few years and more days than not I just want to delete everything and start over. I think that is why I don’t mind PCSing so often – I absolutely love a fresh start and Monday mornings. And right now, it feels like we’re on the cusp of an exhilarating opportunity for a fresh start at ‘regular’ life. One filled with in-person school, sports, travel, concerts, and parties. We are excited. We are exhausted. We are weary. And we are ready.

My goal at the beginning on last year for And Then We Laughed was to shift to only writing about our travel and outdoor adventures with the occasional musing about Army life. Well that didn’t happen; and you know what they say about best laid plans…. But now that we’re resuming our slightly altered regularly scheduled programing, it seems like the perfect time to launch the new And Then We Laughed – which has the same name, same address, and just a slightly altered vibe, which seems to the theme of our {almost} post-pandemic world.

It’s no secret that our family enjoys our fair share of adventures. We like to primitive camp, take in the sights of Paris from on top of the Eiffel Tower, ski on the East Coast and Midwest (fingers-crossed tackle skiing in the Rockies next winter), take 2000+ mile road trips with a stop at the Grand Canyon, hike in the Austrian Alps, ride bikes in Amelia Island, paddle board on Lake Michigan, swim in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, subject our children to Stonehenge, drink beer in Munich, and we rarely visit the same place twice unless it is visiting family who live there.

There is no shortage of blogs that chronicle various family adventures – both big and small. There are families who live the van life full-time, families currently sailing around the world, families who forgo the traditional middle class existence in search of something more meaningful, and families with a seemingly endless travel budget. And they all have blogs. And here we are – a military family with two working parents and two children who attend public school, play sports throughout the year, and have social calendars of their own. We don’t travel full time. Our travel budget is limited. And we only have a few pages in our passports stamped. So why blog about our outdoor and travel adventures?

A motto that Clay and I often tell each other is – if it were easy, everyone would do it. Is paddle boarding, kayaking, camping, traveling, hiking, and cycling easier with just Clay and I and not the kids? You bet. But we don’t let that stop us from doing what makes us feel the most alive. It isn’t easy to plan and coordinate everything – especially with Clay in the Army and our children getting older and having their own commitments. However, we make such adventures a priority and continue to invest in travel as a family. And I’d like to write about how we make it happen. We’ve learned so much about each other. Yes – there have been times of frustration, moments of pure wonder, belly laughs, and even a few tears. And we have memories that will remain with us for a lifetime. I don’t expect my voice to be the loudest, the most unique, or even the most interesting. But I do have something to say. And I look forward to sharing it here.

4 comments on “Let the Adventures Begin?”

  1. I love this and can’t wait to read more- hopefully brighter times (with more travel!!) are going to be here very soon!
    I can’t remember- did I tell you about the travel journal I got for E (8yo)?


  2. I hope you guys are able to travel soon. I love the pictures of all your walks in the countryside. I’m not sure if you need or not – I’d love to hear more about the journal!

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