Author: Amanda Bush

Garage Reno

The first major modification we took on was making better use of the space in the garage. This 12×8 foot room needed to function as the boys bedroom and my office. My office involves ALOT of supplies and equipment. In our s&b my office was a 17×26 foot bonus room over our 3 car garage and I used almost every inch of it. Making it fit into this space took some creativity.   This is what we started with… The garage has its own entrance and this is the wall space above that door and the back of Trinas loft that she accesses from the living room. (Notice the switches on the wall? My very handy husband has to move those to accommodate my new design for this space.)   We came up with the plan to remove the existing bunk and dinette. We would modify the upper bunk to be a loft with 2 twin beds for the boys and in place of the dinette, we Brady, would build desks. When planning this modification we had to be sure that everything was still able to move out of the way so we could pull the rzr in on moving days. What you saw above was the room before we moved in…. Below is the room after we had been living in it for a few months. I am totally embarrassed by...

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Getting Organized: Cozi.com

Many years ago my SIL introduced me to Cozi.com as a way to get organized. It was a free web page for organizing a family. I used it for a while, but it didn’t quite have everything I needed so I went back to a paper planner. I should explain something… I have an obsession with organization. I make lists… lots of lists. These lists can be found in a variety of places around the RV, the truck, online and on multiple electronic devices.  I have notebooks… lots of notebooks. I have calendars… paper calendars, iCal, and Google Calendars. I also collect recipes. Most of my recipes are on Pinterest, many are in my head and a few have been moved to my iPad via the app, Mealboard. And for some reason feeling organized still eludes me. A few days ago I was once again online, trying to find a solution. A one stop answer to my desire to be organized. I want somewhere I can write lists and check things off…. … and calendar our activities and travel plans. …. oh and I need a way to add our meals to the calendar, so EVERYONE knows what’s for dinner and have a link to the recipe. OHHHH, and if this planner could take that recipe and create a shopping list that would be fabulous. …and I want my family...

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Our Home…. straight from the factory

We have been on the road for over a year now and have started some pretty significant modifications that I want to show on the blog, and when flipping through past post I realized I never really showed what the RV looked like on the inside when we started. So here is a quick tour of our home straight from the factory. Our Family Room with view to the “upstairs” master bedroom and main bath. This is looking from the stairs to the back of the rig. You see Trinas loft above and the door to the garage/boys room.  The fridge is definitely not huge but we have learned to make it work. This love seat is “mom and dads couch,” doubles a fold out bed for guests and has a storage drawer underneath. The kids couch, more storage underneath… and no those pillows did not come with the rig. First thing that changed was this wonderful bedding, matching window treatments. Main bath vanity. This sink was the second thing we changed. The boys have their own bathroom in the garage. BEST decision EVER!!! Can anyone else see what wrong with where the washer and dryer hookups are? No, the metal angled thing on the ground is not the vent for the dryer. It is important hoses, and drain pipes that can’t be moved, so the washer and dryer has to sit almost...

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Travel Days

Recently I was planning our trip from Florida to Vegas, a 2,600 mile, 3 week trek and was asked why it was going to take so long. If we were traveling in our minivan we could make this trip in just a few days but life on the road with a 43′ fifth wheel is a little different. For us to do this trip comfortable it needs to take a minimum of 19 days. If I didn’t have to work, and we wanted to travel daily, it would still take at least 8 days. Here is a typical travel day… 8 am Tear Down It takes on average 2 1/2 hours to get on the road from when we wake up until we pull out of an RV park. Moving day is very stressful, and though it can be done faster we find that giving ourselves this kind of time makes the day go smoother for everyone… because mom gets stressed when we are in a hurry, and then mom might yell, and then a child might cry and then the whole day could go downhill REALLY fast. (Not that this has EVER happened. 😉 ) The morning routine includes showers for 5 people, breakfast, dishes, securing all interior items, packing the garage and loading the RZR, store the ladder, emptying and flushing the black tanks, sweeping off the slides, unhooking and storing...

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How time flies!

Earlier this month we celebrated our one year “nomadversary.” I can’t believe it has been a year. The time has gone by so quickly and we have loved every minute of it. No regrets! When we started this adventure we said 1-2 years, but 1 year in and plans are already being made for summer of 2016. We have no plans to come off the road any time soon. This week I have been looking at the blog and am sadened by how little I have documented our adventures the last year. I have many blog post written and hanging out in the drafts folder, waiting to be “perfected” before I post them, and many of our adventures have gone undocumented. I know that one day I will look back on this and be heartbroken that I didn’t do a better job of documenting our travels and memories. Yesterday, I was talking with Whitney from DrivingDownADream about my failure to keep up on my blog, she has some of the same hangups I do about trying to make sure a post is perfect before she puts it out into the world. During our conversation I decided I needed to think of this as my journal. Not some professional blog being read by countless, unknown followers, but rather the story of our great adventure, for my kids to read when they are older....

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