Hello and Goodbye

I don’t quite know where to begin guys.  This month is so full of hello and goodbye moments.  My last post was all about packing for my big trip to Alaska and there was so much excitement surrounding that trip.  I was seeing my bestie (since we were 3 years old!) for the first time in three years and heading to one of the only states I have not visited yet.  Only four to go!

The trip was ridiculous and I mean that in a totally good way.

I fished, guys!  

West Glacier Trail. I hiked it and then kept going until I hit that glacier below.

Inside an ice cave.
Licking a glacier. 

I seriously had the best time.  Juneau is a fun little town that offers a lot for such a small location.  Have lunch at ‘The Hanger’ and watch sea planes and cruise ships come in. Hike numerous trails and know that every corner you turn will have a view to behold. The weather was overcast most of the time and in the 50s which is typical for June.  Quite a change from the 90s we were having at home in VA.

All I can say is that it was good to get away.  June has proven to be a tough month in our home.  In the real estate world, it is insane.  In the family realm school is winding down with all the end of the year activities and projects plus sports that wrap up and the list goes on. Crazy and exhausting is the daily routine.   Then we realized that we had to say good-bye to a member of our family, our dog Diesel.

My last photo with him.

We knew the weekend before I left for my trip that the end was near.  But you are never ready to say goodbye are you?  We decided that we all wanted to be together for it and I’m glad we made that decision despite how hard it was for all of us.  We feel broken and incomplete now.  I’m not myself. I’m trying to get back into the routine but I feel like I’m walking around in a fog.  My work buddy is gone.  He sat across from me all day as I worked and we ate lunch together each day.  Now, I’m glad the kids are home as a distraction, but I walk into rooms and I’m stunned he isn’t there.

I’m not myself. I’m trying to get back into the routine but it is a new routine for summer and I feel like I’m walking around in a fog.  My work buddy is gone.  He sat across from me all day as I worked and we ate lunch together each day. Now, I’m glad the kids are home as a distraction, but I walk into rooms and I’m stunned he isn’t there.  I am surprised at how much I am grieving.

I’ll be back.  The summer is full for us and I’ll get back to you with more car stuff (road trips adventures are coming!) some fashion posts and guest posts to fill in the gaps. I’m working now more than ever just not in this realm.  Life is changing and there are so many hello’s and goodbyes that are happening faster than I can process and I am learning to roll with it.

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