Summer 2016

#week1

Aaahhh…it feels good to be back!!!

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Since our first trip 3 years ago, we’ve made a commitment to month-long summer vacation in the Teton Valley. Being a teacher, I’m fortunate to be able to have that time and Superman can work remotely (a perk I will never comprehend). Our biggest hurdle is finding 3-4 weeks where soccer subsides for Tall & Small. This year, we thought we had it down – until a unique opportunity came for them to attend a training in Orlando. Being the awesome parents we are, we chose to not derail our vacation and punted the offer to chaperone to my mom…thankfully she accepted! We took off June 18th, leaving Tall & Small with my mom. Together they flew to Orlando the following Monday and will join us in the Teton Valley this Tuesday!

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We left 650 (at 3:15am – PST) on Saturday morning and arrived to 208 (at 7pm – MST) that night. These drives are brutal for this reluctant road-tripper. Superman relishes in planning, packing, and caravanning 2 cars with 2 dogs (and usually our 2 kids). No matter how much I complain, approximately 15 hours later, when you see the Teton mountain range and it’s all worth it! You never tire of that view…and you never take it for granted.

Full moon

In the months before we leave, we all gather our thoughts on what we want to do when we arrive. Between repeating adventures, must-eat stops, wagering new memories, and a strong desire to do nothing…there’s a lot of admiration and anticipation. We quickly acclimate to Teton Time, rising to the bright sun that coats the valley in the early hours and rolling out to the front porch with coffee in hand – you’re sucked into hours of silent serenity. This morning ritual can ruin productivity on any level – working out, reading, writing, and…leaving. This first week it took 3 days until we left the house during the day for an activity, other than eating.

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We feel a little guilt-ridden that we aren’t diving head into all the things we love about the valley, but its beauty is all around us. Renting this particular home provides us everything we love about the valley, without leaving the porch! Sticking to our vow for month vacation, allows us to slow down…to a STOP. The stress of being in the 650 requires a screeching halt to embrace the appreciation to just BE. Without Tall & Small here, we can really enjoy peace and quiet…every parents dream!

 

We are very fortunate to have the time and resources to take 1 month vacation, but in our dreams – we want to be here as often as we can – thus, the purchase of our piece of land and our plans to build. More on that to come while we are here…Tuesday we have a BIG day planned with our architect and meeting contractors, yes! Of course, a designated post about that will follow…

 

Until then, check out recommendations here with links to places we love!

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…this is HARD!

#wannabe

not Blogging

I started this website/blog in mid-March, but haven’t written since its inception! Pretty disappointed in myself for not meeting the early goals I’ve set for this project. Which will allow me to wag my finger at the person who started this project with lofty dreams and state for the record…this is *HARD!

 

Since creating the site, the busiest time of year hit – SPRING! If you a) have kids, b) are a teacher, c) work full-time, or d) all of the above you know how insane the spring season can be!  Working as a full-time teacher and being a mom to 5th & 7th grade girls does not leave much time for anything else.  I’m not sure what I was thinking giving myself a personal, reflective, and public forum on the side of that full plate.

 

Writing for this site I’ve created, requires a key-component: something to write about!  My high-hopes of updating complete strangers to the process of building a custom home needs progress on that front for content.  As you’ll read on…I don’t have much to say about that.  BUT, I am going to try and be positive and not too hard on myself.  All of the reasons this is hard, is what will make this process worth sharing and learning from along the way.

 

not Building

This brings me to the more pressing reality of gearing up to build a house (from a 2.5 acre patch of dirt to something we can live in) from 920 miles away!  The name of this website rang true as we barely scratch the surface of making contacts to kick-off the building process.  Our goal between purchasing our lot in February and the snow melting was to find: an architect, a excavator (for a septic tank), and a well drilling contractor. As of today, we’re 1 for 3. The details about that cat-mouse game on Teton Time, is documented (in all it’s educational glory here).

 

We’re learning that our jobs, lifestyle, and expectations make it harder on ourselves than it needs to be.  Teaching is the most inflexible job for making human-contact outside of the school campus. Want to speak to me about anything not-school-related? Well…that can happen before 7:45am, once in a blue moon – during my 30 minute lunch, and after 4pm. If I really can’t avoid it – you must have something VERY important to discuss with me, because I will take your call during class time.  This begin an awkward exchange, I whisper to my students “I have to take this call” and to the other person on the line “I am teaching right now, so I apologize for being distracted“…all of which give the false mystique that I am a big deal.  The point of all of this is that my husband, Superman, has to make all these calls…during his workday.  Let’s just say nagging someone to nag someone is a soulless undertaking – with little success.

 

Summer

So, after 2.5 months…our 2.5 acres (and this blog) are happily awaiting some TLC. We depart for the Teton Valley this Saturday for our month-long stint!  Escaping the insanity of the 650 and soaking up the sun, stress-free, soul-satisfying pace of 208 comes and the perfect time…Teton Time.

 

*Eye rolling, pompous laughter, and general mockery are completely acceptable responses to my not-so-shocking reality check.  To any veteran bloggers out there (shall you ever stumble upon this), I have the utmost respect and apologize for ever goffing at your lack of new content. 

Why don’t we just move?!

#parenthood

Superman (aka, my husband) asks me “Why don’t we just move (to the Teton Valley)?!”, several times a week. I get it, the 650 is getting to him. It’s expensive, busy, and demanding…I feel it too. The hard part is, once you know there’s another way you’d prefer to live, you become less tolerant than you were before. I think since his recovery, he just has less patience (not that he had a lot to begin with) and wants to live his life without feeling confined anymore.

 

After Superman’s accident, our “village” rallied hard and lifted us up…through all the years we dealt with his health. When we told them we were vacationing in the Teton Valley, they said “where?!”, but when we told them we wanted to live there…”why?!”. Surviving and being successful in the Bay Area is hard, but if you’re doing it, it’s something to be proud of. So, to articulate you’d prefer to leave catches people off guard. The desire to live in the Teton Valley now, sooner, later, or forever is the same feeling you have when you meet your spouse…you just know. They are meant to be a part of your life and you can’t imagine your life without them. Once you know you want to spend your life somewhere, you can wait to start!

 

This brings me back to Superman’s desire to move…now.  There are two reasons we wait – Tall & Small. Tall is our #IndifferentTween daughter who is twelve and in 7th grade. Small is our #Crazy daughter who is about to be eleven and in 5th grade. They’re born and raised here and have lived in our current home (were able to purchase as renters) for 7 years. They both attend the great public schools we are fortunate to have. Tall and Small play competitive club soccer and have big goals to play in college and maybe beyond. The girls love the Teton Valley as much as we do, but we need to let them complete their journeys.

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My 3 Bears…

Would the girls be ok if we left? Sure. Can Superman survive waiting? Yes. For now, we will continue to vacation to the Teton Valley. As a family, we will tackle the process of building a house. Our future is 208. After all, it is only 7 more years until Small graduates…

For now, we do what all parents do…sacrifice.  This is parenthood.