Sunday, October 4, 2009

I should ramble!

I have been very bad about posting lately. Not sure here, but on all my blogs. I haven't even been taking pics either. Since school started I've been super busy! My daughter goes to preschool across town 3 days a week and I just stay gone. If I am not helping out in her class I got to the library and do my bloggy work. My custom blog makeover biz is going well and keeps me very busy. My other big chunk of time goes into being in charge of fundraiser for our youth group at church. Our main fundraiser is a concession stand at the local NCAA football game and it's a lot of work. My co-manager and I are in charge of getting enough volunteers, inventory, and running the stand. I am thankful that there are only 6 home games, but it's very tiring work! 2 down...4 to go! We are able to drink all the soda we want during the game, and I had Cherry Coke yesterday. I certainly didn't need all that sugar and caffiene!! I had troubles sleeping last night. I've had the same sleeping issues on nights that I've not had any caffiene, but the sugar still isn't good. My body isn't as tired this time, but I feel a little brain dead. I need to buck up because I have a challenging blog to install today!

Tomorrow is my blogiversary....I started this blog on 10/5/08. I was a super poster and reached my 100th post in Nov 08. This is my 469th post, which is still more than 1 post a day. I've just been a slacker lately...only 10 posts in September. I'd like to promise that I will start posting more, but I can't. We will continue to be super busy until after the holidays...with activities every weekend.

I can't remember if I've talked about this much, but we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary next year. We've decided to take a big trip. We started the discussion on where we were going to go back in June when we passed the 19 year mark. We've had Costa Rica, Hawaii, China, and Europe on our list. Since we have TONS of frequent flier miles we started looking at our flying options. We lived in Hawaii 1990-94 and went back and visited 8 years later. 2010 would be 8 years after we were last there and thought that going to Maui would be nice. After looking at flight options and talking with an flight agent that handles the FF miles, we've realized that finding flights are going to be next to impossible for the dates we want. She said that flying in Sept or May is the best time to use go anywhere. We went to Hawaii in May 2002 on miles, but we cannot take the boys out of school in May this time. So we were back to the drawing board and came up with the idea of going to Alaska. So after a few months of discussing, we have decided to purchase a motorhome and drive to Alaska. We will be gone about a month or so. The plan is to drive all the way up using the Al-Can Highway and then float back down on the Alaska Marine Highway and drive across I90 to get home.

We've been spending a lot of time on CraigsList and eBay looking for a motorhome. Most of the good possibilities have been in the Chicago area. The good deals seem to get snatched up right away and we've just not been ready to purchase. We have 8 months before we leave, but we know that better deals can be found on used motorhomes in the fall. People don't want to keep paying for storage and are just ready for change. We have gone and taken a look at a few, including one locally that we really like. We want to purchase it, but have discovered a few 'issues' that must be fixed first. Meanwhile, we will keep looking. My father-in-law (who lives 3 hours away) owns land and will allow us to park our RV for FREE! Yea!! We will need to do some practicing camping in before our big trip. The HS youth trip for church is supposed to be June 6-12, so we will be leaving for Alaska on June 13th or 14th...which is actually after our anniversary. I'll be blogging more and more about the trip here on Diana Rambles over the next 8 months, but I have an Alaska blog in the works too. I'll post pics & details of our motorhome once we secure it.

Amazing Race tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!

Diana is a crafty creative Midwestern work from home mama of 3. She enjoys playing with PhotoShop Elements, sewing & crafting, creating fun for family & friends, camping, and reading. She is the owner & operator of Custom Blog Designs.

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  1. Then let me be first to say Happy blogiversary! Keep up the great work, ramblings or not!

  2. Happy Anniversary, Diana! Wow! You sure have a ton of posts--I am impressed. Unless they were of silly, uninteresting things, which I doubt, but you know, you get the idea. :) Either way, it is impressive.

    So, how long does it take to drive to Alaska? And how many "are we there yet"'s are there in that road trip?!

  3. Sounds like you are keeping busy! Congratulations on you Blogoversary, Anniversary and your Blog design business.

  4. Jane @ Finding FabulousOctober 7, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Diana! You've done so much work for me, and I've never made it onto your blog. It's adorable here! You and your husband are so cute and you obviously juggle many hats in an average day. Happy blogiversary and anniversary!!

  5. Judith Siess (Bremseth)December 5, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    We have photos of our trip to Alaska. Want to come over and see them? If there's not time, check them out at


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