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New Year, New Adventures

Have you decided what your new years resolution will be? This year I have decided that I am not going to make a resolution. I tend to just break it within a few weeks anyways. So, I have decided to do something else. This year we are working towards more adventures, lots of family fun, and new journeys.

First thing of the New Year

We are starting off this year right! With Chief’s birthday on New Years Eve, it makes it a bit tough to celebrate officially. We always schedule his birthday for the first weekend in January, giving his friends time to return from Christmas vacations and any other holiday celebrations.

We are planning a firefighter themed birthday celebration, since Chief LOVES anything firefighter related. I am super excited that I am able to hand make almost all of his birthday decorations this year. It really helps save on the cost of party decorations. Here is a little sneak peak at what we have finished so far.  I am super excited to see it all come together.

 

 

 

 

 

Saving for our Adventure

Wow! It’s finally January and we are just 4 short months away from taking our big adventure to Michigan. We are so excited to go up and visit the town that we will possibly be moving to. This is going to be one of the biggest decision of our lives and we are not taking it lightly.

I have done an EXTREME amount of research into the area, town, medical facilities, jobs, etc. So far everything I have found points to this area being the perfect place for our family. It is a small town in Northern Michigan, we will be able to have a little hobby farm, hopefully a little veggie garden and lots of land! The land is the best part! Being on 10 acres, with so much beautiful wildlife around will lead to many many adventures with Chief.

Now, if only we can catch a break and finally be able to stop pulling from our savings. At the beginning of December my transmission blew in my car and will cost $3,500.00 to fix it! At this point we are looking at just giving up and getting a newer car, as mine is already 14 years old.

Family Adventures

This is my favorite part! 2016, was a VERY tough year on our family. With the loss of my grandma, the loss of my husbands grandfather, losing my job, medical issues, family issues, and so much more. I am looking to make a HUGE change with 2017! I want to make this year a very memorable year for Chief in a good way.

It is my goal that we take at least 1 adventure each month. 12 adventures this year, 12 amazing family memories, 12 happy times. I don’t know yet what our first adventure will be, but I know it will be a good one. Maybe we will take a day trip to one of our state parks. Chief loves to run around in the woods and have fun. At least once this year I want to plan a family camping event, weather we go someone local, or somewhere further away, I want Chief to have the opportunity to camp the way I use to as a young child.

Everyone should have family adventures. I challenge you to have at least 1 family adventure a month. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive, or outlandish. It can be done locally, with minimal funds, as long as you are doing something fun together. Make sure to leave a comment, let me know what your adventure was and how it went. The only thing I as is that you do something outdoors, get away from the electronics and have fun!

Have fun, be adventurous, get outdoors, and be a family!

❤️Brittny

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Michigan, Our Dream Adventure!!

What is your dream adventure? My dream adventure is to move to Northern Michigan with my family, find a nice piece of property and maybe start a little farm. I love the outdoors, which many may not know because we currently live in Florida and it is impossible to do anything with out getting heat stroke 4.5 seconds after walking out the front door. Summer days sky rocket to 113 degrees outside by 11:00am and only goes down to the low 90s by the evening time. I know I have shocked some by saying that I love the outdoors, because it has been years since I have been able to do anything outdoors with out the risk of passing out due to the heat and this little thing called a heart issue.

When I was younger I use to go camping a lot with friends and it was one of the best times of my life. I remember one weekend we went out and somehow ended up camping under a small bridge in this area with these amazing dead trees. Looking back it was a little creepy, but it is still one of my greatest memories. I remember waking up that night and it was so cold, one of those rare winter nights in Florida where is was probably only 60 degrees but felt like the new ice age. These are the memories I want Chief to have, fun times outdoors and not in front of a tv set or video games.

Why Northern Michigan you ask? Well my response to this has always been why not? What do we have to lose? Yes, we know its going to be a major change and adjustment in weather. Yes, we could choose a state closer then Michigan. Yes, we know that is snows A LOT in Northern Michigan and Yes, we know that we are going to be thousands of miles away from our families. But this is our life, our adventure and we have to make the best out of the time we have. Plus, have you seen Michigan? It is an absolutely beautiful state, and there is so much that we can do outdoors with our family. We are looking forward to camping, exploring, visiting the great lakes, taking a trip up to the Upper Peninsula and possibly Canada. But I would have to say that the thing I am looking forward to the most, is our FIRST true Fall.

So what is our plan? Well we plan to list our house for sale this coming spring. We are hoping that it sells rather quickly and that we will be able to move before winter begins in Michigan. If we sell later in the year, then our plan is to wait out the winter and move up in the Spring. Once we sell our home here, we will take a trip up to Michigan to begin our home search up there. We are hoping to find a property that has no less then 5 acres and no more the 10 acres, unless we come across a piece of property that is larger and we just love. My hopes are that we can find an old farm house, with the iconic old red barn. We have seen a few homes available that meet that criteria and are absolutely beautiful. That would be an absolute dream for me.

We have started to talk to Chief about our move, to get him prepared and ready to move from the only home he has ever really know. We bought a large map of the United States and we use it almost daily during our homeschool classes, and we have shown him the path we will take when we move, and what states we plan to travel through. We have also talked about the adventures we will take and the things we will do. Since he is so young, I don’t believe that he will have an issue moving away from his friends. He has one best friend named Hadley. Her mom Nikki and I are best friends as well. We will miss both of them greatly when we move, but they are also starting a new adventure of their own as they will be moving to Connecticut. Nikki and I have already started to plan our visits with each other and the kids. We will be a few states apart, but not as bad as if we are in Florida.  We look forward to making new friends, and starting new activities. Our first major thing we will work on is finding a great homeschooling group.

So, no matter what your dream adventure is. No matter how scary or outrageous it seems, just go for it. (Well, unless its dangerous then just stay home.) Life is very short, and you want to do everything you can with no regrets. We know that our adventure is scary, but we also know that if Michigan doesn’t work out for us then we can just move back to Florida. I am sure my mother would welcome us with open arms. But what I know 100% for sure, is that we don’t know if it will work or won’t work until we try. I don’t want to be 40-50 years old saying, man I wish we would have at least tried.\

Make sure you stay tuned to follow our journey from Florida to Michigan.