2013-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil · Travel · Uncategorized

Never Give Up!

Bags packed.


24 Hours in Houston!

In retrospect, the missed connection in Houston was the PERFECT start to my vacation, an appropriate set up and learning opportunity for "the way things are in Brazil." It was definitely not the last "missed connection" and I quickly learned from my little sis to "Always have a Plan B!"

Late on Wednesday we were driving around, trying to find the Escadaria de Selaron before it got too dark, my brother-in-law Brian at the wheel (traffic is CRAY-CRAY in Rio!!) and Annie wedged between car seats in the back with the map. The street names are all enormous but on teeny-tiny little signs that you can't see 'til you're right on top of them… and that's too late! Annie was frustrated, at the end of her rope, and declared, "I can't do this. I give up!" To which Addison replied, "Noooooo, Mom! You can't give up! NEVER GIVE UP! You can never give up on your birthday!" (Which it was.) (And she/we didn't.) And that instantly became the theme of my vacation, neatly summing it up in three little words.

Never Give Up. (Great things await!)

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I will certainly be back with much more about my week in Rio, but am a little stressed with so many little things needing attention right now! I am thankful for an unexpected "snow day" today and the opportunity to get caught up on some things at home.

In the meantime, here's a little item I recently found being talked about on the Storey Publishing Facebook wall:


Keep Out!: Build Your Own Backyard Clubhouse: A Step-by-Step Guide

Haha! It's my hubby's book, a labor of love that he's been working on in one form or another for a very long time. It won't be released until April, but is getting some great reviews, and is available for pre-order on Amazon — in both print and Kindle editions! I'm hoping to snag a copy, at some point, for a give-away or something. Looks like we have another little (book) baby to celebrate in April!

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Back soon.  🙂

9 thoughts on “Never Give Up!

  1. The book!! It happened! So awesome to have it be a reality. I wonder if the condo would object to my building a room of my own under the tree in back.
    Welcome home, Vicki! Can’t wait to hear more.

  2. I am going to have to check out that book. I can’t wait to hear more about tyour trip too. I usually find it easy to just go with it when i’m travelling. Stuff will happen and if you fret too much it’ll ruin the experience.

  3. Navigating in a foreign country = challenging. When we were in Japan, we scored a detailed street map, thinking we could find anything — and then we noticed that THERE WERE NO STREET NAMES ON THE MAP. Srsly? Who prints a map without street names?

  4. Can’t wait to hear all about the trip.
    And way to go Rusty! Who didn’t want a clubhouse in their backyard?
    In fact, I still would like one, I would just call it something more er, mature (i think)

  5. Going-with-the-flow is usually the way to go. Can’t wait to hear more about your trip — AND what a cool book! How exciting — and congrats to Rusty. 🙂

  6. welcome home! can’t wait to hear more about your trip (I did have fun following the pictures on your instagram feed and it looked like a great trip)

  7. Book is ordered as a Father’s Day gift for son Ben so that he and his son can someday build a clubhouse just for themselves!!!!

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