Mandy Rose

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  • Jul
    14

    It Only Takes That One Time

    I wrote this post over 2 years ago, right after one of the scariest incidents in my life, but was too shaken up to post it.

    I’m posting it now in hopes that it will remind you how important it is to ALWAYS be looking when your kids are in or near the pool. Or any body of water for that matter.

    And maybe you don’t need reminded. If not, good. But just in case you are that mother that thinks you are in control of all situations in life (like I thought)…here’s a few reasons why you are not.

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    Jul
    07

    A Blur

    We have been so extremely busy this summer that we have barely enjoyed our pool. From the RV trip to speaking in San Diego…and now to Portland, Oregon on Friday…it’s one big travel fest over here.

    I’m not complaining…because it’s definitely been adventurous, but I’m ready to take a break from the crazy and let life SLOW DOWN a little.

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    Do y’all ever feel like summer-time is here and gone in a flash?

    I mean, how on earth can it possibly be July already. One of my teacher friends was already setting up her classroom for next year. Really?

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    The time that I have spent at home has been spent working and redecorating. Ha!

    We hosted a July 5th party and so, of course, it motivated me to re-do gallery walls and spruce up my back patio. Funny how having guests over always motivates you to finish projects that have been needing finished for months. I should probably host a party monthly to keep me on top of my to-do list.

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    Jun
    16

    THE FINAL DAY #rosesrvtrip2014

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    You know what felt soooooo very good? TO BE ON OUR WAY HOME!

    Guuuurls…I squealed like a little girl on Christmas morning when we pulled back into the RV rental parking lot and I spotted that dirty black mini.  I never thought I would be so happy to see my soccer mom vehicle.

    This trip was one for the memory books for sure, but nothing beats heading back to the place that you call HOME. Especially for a chick who is a home body.

    I can’t wait to do a recap of the entire trip in one long post…you know – RV tips, money saving tricks, how to not die in a 23 foot camper while your 3 kids screech at the top of their lungs – I’m sure it will be an epic post.

    Or perhaps I’ll just let Jeff Rose recap it… Maybe a “How Much Does It Cost To Rent an RV and Travel the States” post seems more intriguing.

    Anyhow, THANKS so much for following along with me. I wanted to document this trip so I would never forget it! I know I bombarded you with pictures and videos and snarky social media statuses – for that I apologize. Ha! (more…)

    Jun
    15

    Day 14 #rosesrvtrip2014

    We spent Friday at Grants Farm in St.Louis and the kids got to feed the baby goats. SJ was the sweetest little thing walking around trying to bottle feed them. He kept screaming…”Ober here baby doats!!!! Tome to Swoaney.”

    Hehe! A baby feeding babies.

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    Some more of our friends that live in the area came out to hang at the campsite on Friday night. We had the best time around the fire pit…which speaking of fire pit…this was the FIRST fire we made during the whole trip. Every single place we went had a burn ban EXCEPT this campsite!

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    Jun
    14

    Day 13 #rosesrvtrip2014

    Our last leg of the trip ended in Eureka, MO. A college friend of mine, Jen, and her family met us for the last two days! They have an amazingly nice camper (it made me quite jealous)!

    We don’t get together very often because they live in Chicago which is about 5 hours from us, so it was sooooo nice to see them!! They almost made me what to buy an RV and do this thing for real. I mean, she had granite counter tops in hers. Seriously.

    Plus they had a playroom. Say what!

    I told her it’s a good thing we met up with them towards the end of our trip and not the beginning because I would have really hated our RV after spending time in hers. Ha! They even cooked us dinner on Thursday night when we got there.

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    She is also the one who brought the robes and moose glasses so that I could make the boys live out my Cousin Eddie scene. And ohhhhhhh did it turn out better than I ever imagined. My trip was made after this quick sewer dump. (more…)