Journeymom

Loving life and dancing around the world (with kids) ...........................or dreaming about it.

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Kayaking through the mangrove swamp of Tarpon Bay. Peaceful bird watching, fresh salt water air. So proud of these spirited boys. Feeling blessed.

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Travel on the horizon

I can’t contain myself. Sanibel on Saturday. Pool, beach, sun. Wow I need the sun. It seems that most vacations we take involve a ton of exploration and hopping from town to town. We prefer it this way, there is just so much to see. The boys are troopers and embrace the adventure. It is all the attitude we take as we approach those types of trips. This will be a nice break from that pace. Really a nice break from Chicago is what we need. We are blessed to be able to take this Spring vacation. The summer is full too and I can’t wait to explore France all together. Then there is Tortola! Yippie Hippie!! These are the things I live for - family travel, trips with my husband. There is so much to see and do in this big world! Travel changes me, it forces me to look at home, my place in this world and care about what’s important in a way that I wouldn’t if my perspective didn’t ever change. It is so refreshing to look at life from different perspectives.

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Orlando without the kids?!

Heading out on a business trip to sunny Orlando. Seems strange to be going to kiddieland without my boys. Every time I leave on a business trip my heartaches, or maybe it is a headache due to all the navigation required when leaving the family. No matter what I always learn something new about myself, others, what I value in life….headed home yippie! Sitting here looking out the airport window. Planes flying, cars zipping by, people inside racing to gates, everyone on some piece of technology. This airport is a microcosm of a larger society that needs to slow down and enjoy life more. Wonder what it will all look like 100 years from now?

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La Sagrada Familia

In 1998 I visited the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona with my family. At that time Gaudi’s masterpiece allowed viewing from the outside. As a structure built from the genius artist towered over my impression of the entire city of Barcelona, I knew I would need to return to experience this work in progress as it continued to form over the years. The church tells a story of birth, life, death and eternity. It is evolving still today. As the artist envisioned, the passing of time and historical influence will ultimately shape the final structure. The organic elements are incredible. Just 6 years ago, I had the opportunity to visit this magnificent place again. The light, colors and clean space inside were inspiring. Today, there is even more development and energy at La Sagrada Familia. It should be completed in 13 years. I hope I can continue to see this structure form over the coming decade. Wow!

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Revising and living a journey … every second a new one begins

I love the word Journey. It is not about the beginning or the end. There are so many meanings based on the lens you approach it from. Two years ago my family embarked on a Costa Rican adventure which we will never forget because we were living on the edge of a bigger adventure. In our minds, we felt this was only the beginning to a life more connected to Costa Rica. It felt good to believe in the lofty and exciting adventure of running a business. It felt good to work hard, really hard..every day and every night. However the minute we realized that the journey was not enjoyable … and we could not build a business at the pace that worked for our family … and we would not be making choices based on what worked best for our family, we knew we needed to end it. That did not mean that our dream for the Weimann Family adventures (or a future business) had to end. In fact, it got even better. The journey is more than just a vacation ahead; it is the everyday too. I’m about to leave for Barcelona. Wishing we were all going together…

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After our camping adventures in the Adirondacks, we were ready for a Tyrrell Family celebration. We headed to Lake Placid to celebrate my beautiful cousin Kelly and her gorgeous bride Jen. It was heartwarming to witness their love and marriage; I am so proud of Kelly and Jen as they begin their new life together. It was a celebration of love and good ole fashion family fun since most of the cousins shared a house and enjoyed the company of eachother and our children. During this part of the trip, I thought a lot about how proud Mama T. and Papa T. would be to see their 4 boys together with their children and grandchildren.  The Tyrrell women are a strong and beautiful group (pictured here are just a few of us if you can believe that). 

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Camping in the Adirondacks for my birthday! Luke said this night crawler is for the top of my birthday cake, yummy. 

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Time for Maid on the Mist. The beautiful Niagara Falls are surrounded by wax museums, flashy movie theaters, arcade games, lazer tag. Yep, only need 1 night here.

Time for Maid on the Mist. The beautiful Niagara Falls are surrounded by wax museums, flashy movie theaters, arcade games, lazer tag. Yep, only need 1 night here.

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Summer 2013 Road Trip

I looked at this site a lot over the past year wondering what to write. It was a tough year but we are back on track and continuing to travel again. Sometimes I think one learns more from bumps in the road instead of when things go perfectly as planned. After trying to start a business that was not the right fit for me, I learned what to look for in the future. Plus I have been fortunate enough to dabble in another startup journey (although from the sidelines). Mike’s dad passed away this Fall; he believed in living life with no regrets. He had an incredible work ethic and adventurous spirit. We miss him and hope to instill these values in our own family. It is certain that we will carry his energy with us (I see his work ethic in Mike every day). Mike and I returned from an incredible trip with close friends to Tortola and now begin our family trip out East. First stop Niagara Falls, Canada for 2 nights then we continue to the Adirondacks for camping and hiking before arriving in Lake Placid for Kelly and Jen’s wedding. I learned so much this year about making a life which focuses on family and friends instead of trying to build a life around work. Work will always be there but Mike and I are finding ways to build a happier life. We are on this earth for such a brief moment.