Month: January 2014

New routine

Carter has started writing notes about his thoughts and events of the day before he falls asleep at night. Yesterday he brought me his ramblings from our first night on the road. “Life in the RV is hard,” was the first sentence of his thoughts. I asked him why life was hard and he proceeded to tell me about all the things they are having to learn, and how setting up was a lot of work. He is right. Our first day was hard, or at least it was a lot of work. Our plan was to hit the road early Saturday morning, January 18, 2013. Late Friday night found Brady and I trying to finalize the organization of the RV.  We decided a good night sleep was more important and we could organize at our first campsite, after all, we had all the time in the world. We woke to a very cold morning. Big Mamma (the RV) was NOT toasty warm as we had expected her to be. The batteries where dead… the kids were not impressed. We made quick work of closing up the RV, packing the truck, eating donuts and apple juice for breakfast and hit the road at 8:30 am. It was a short 2 hour drive to our first destination, Turtle Beach Rv Park in Maneteca, CA. It is one of the Thousand...

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24 hours

The house it sold. RV and truck bought. The storage shed is overflowing. Brady has quit his job and today is his last day. In less than 24 hours we will leave on our adventure. This has been a full week. Sunday night our dear friends hosted a going away party. I visited with many of our friends and said goodbye while Brady and Trina gave tours of Big Momma (our trailer.) We spent the 10 days after the house sold staying at our friends house while they were in Germany and the last 2 nights at the Hampton Inn around the corner from Bradys office. Last night we celebrated Carters birthday by having his friends to the hotel for swimming, pizza and red velvet cake. One of my best friends brought her son and we spent time visiting, catching up and making plans to get together in LA next month. As everyone was leaving one of Carters best friends started to cry. It broke my heart. He is a sweet kid and Carter and him have become very close the last 2 years. We will miss Gideon and the many other friends my kids have made. I am incredibly grateful for the modern technology that will allow my children to stay in touch with the friends they are leaving behind. Today will be busy. TODAY I MUST: Move...

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Carters Late Night Thoughts

I can’t sleep, what do I do… I don’t know, sleep I guess? But how do I sleep? I might just do nothing… but that is boring. I had a fun birthday party 🙂 It’s hard moving into and RV and leaving this place. All my friends are here. I’m kinda tired now, Ill try to sleep… Uh-oh Mom is snoring now. LIH (laughing in my head)...

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Control Freak

I was running errand with Carter 2 days ago when our realtor called to tell me the title had been recorded and it was all over. Our house was no longer ours. I cried. Carter reached across the seat and put his arm around me. He said, “It’s ok mom. We are going on a grand adventure.”  I couldn’t help but smile. He was right… we are about to depart on a GRAND ADVENTURE and there is nothing to cry about. Later that day while talking to one of my sisters, I came to a realization. I’m not sure if I have mentioned it, but I have been crying A LOT lately, though I have nothing to be sad about. I am SO excited for our trip. Anyway, as my sister and I talked about life and the unknown of the next few months for her and my family, it dawned on me… I’m not crying because I am sad, I am crying because I have no control. I like control. I am a planner. I want to decide when things are going to happen, what it will look like, and I want to know everything will turn out the way I have it in my mind. My sister Amy is a planner. They are ALWAYS coming up with new plans. If Amy and Jake announce they are biking...

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