Author: Amanda Bush

We have an offer

November 12, 2013 The house has been on the market for almost 2 weeks. We have had 4 showings and last night we received an offer. Despite knowing this is all part of the plan, I am nauseous. This makes it all too real. After discussing the pros and cons of how to counter the offer, we sat down to make a list of what we must accomplish in the next 4-6 weeks, assuming they sign the offer. The list is long. Sell furniture, mini van, truck, and motorcycle; dental checkups, annual physicals and eye exams; renew and order passports, have a garage sale, buy an RV and truck; sell 2 turtles, a bearded dragon and leopard gecko, get Frodo into the vet for shots; rent a storage shed, pack and sort a TON of clothing, books, kitchen stuff and the garage; withdraw from charter school, arrange for new address and residency, buy a new work computer, plus million other little things I am forgetting, and somewhere in there celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years while still keeping up on my business. I am not the best at time management; obviously… as I have 101 things to do in the next 4-6 weeks and here I sit, typing my thoughts on my...

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Finding the RV

October 30, 2013 Our 4000+ sq ft house is on the market, and will soon be someone else’s home. The current task is to find our next home. 2 years ago when we were looking for this home, it was all about space, floor plan, and budget. This time it’s not much different, though now our perception of “space” is different. One month ago when we started brainstorming, our plan was to buy a motor home and tow my minivan. We looked at lots of motor homes and floor plans. But we couldn’t find one with space for BushCreative. We knew living space would be tight but could not figure out how the logistics of daily production would work in a motor home. My plotter is 40” wide, stands 30” tall and sits about 14” from the wall. I also need to store 40 rolls of 24” vinyl, transfer tape, a computer, printer, and shipping scale as well as boxes and tape.  Plus I need room to work. Currently our “work/school room” looks like this. It is 17’ wide and 26’ long. We have multiple work surfaces and lots of room to spread out. This room sold me on our house. Before we moved here I ran my business in the back entry of our rental. The space was a very tight 4’ x 8’. I weeded and taped...

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Our New Plan:

October 27, 2013 After Brady dropped the bombshell of his new plan during our quiet evening alone, we have been working out the details. Currently this is the where we are at… We will sell our house, (as of this morning it is officially on the market.) We will sell all our furnishings, our truck and my BRAND NEW minivan. (Anyone want a 3 month old Honda Odyssey?) Put our family heirlooms, pictures and art in storage and buy a 5th wheel toy hauler and Ram 3500. Where are we going? We aren’t exactly sure. Guess that will depend on when we hit the road, and what the weather is like. We (or maybe I) don’t like the snow so we will follow the sun. The 3 places we are sure we will visit right away are Yuma, Az to see my Grandfather; Bradys parents in Springville, UT and then next summer to spend time with my family in Palmer, AK. How long will we travel and where will we end up? Not really sure about that either. We know we want to see the country, and avoid the snow. My guess is it will take at least a year, maybe 2. Along the way we will be looking for our new home. Somewhere quiet, with great fishing and mountains, with a post office, and land. I’m thinking no...

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Emotions:

October 28, 2013 It’s been almost a month since Brady told me he wanted to sell everything, quit his job and move our family into an RV for the next 1-2 years. This has been a dream of mine for many years, and to have him finally on board and be the one bringing up the subject is a dream come true, but the reality of this decision brings with it many emotions. For the first time in a REALLY long time, we are financially stable. Brady has a good paying job with good benefits. We have decent credit, money in savings, and a beautiful 4,000 sq ft home we spent months looking for and I have spent the last 2 years making ours. We are members of a fabulous ward (church congregation) and have the incredible opportunity to serve our ward family members in a variety of callings. My kids have made friends and are involved in many activities. We are part of a community. Yesterday as I sat in church and looked around at all my friends I couldn’t help but start crying at the thought of walking away from all we have built here; the memories we have made and the memories we won’t be part of. As we have been preparing for this new adventure, I have read EVERY blog I can find about fulltime...

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Our Old Life:

In 2010 we decide to make a major life change. After spending our entire married life (of 14 years) in Utah County, Brady accepted a job in Sacramento, California and we moved our family out of our comfort zone. We have never regretted that decision. Coming to California has been fabulous in so many ways. We started homeschooling our 3 wonderful children. My business (www.bushcreative.com) grew from a hobby to a part-time business.  Brady’s new job allowed us to spend a lot of time together and gave us the chance to travel a bit as a family. In 2013 we went to Hawaii for 2 weeks, as well as several small trips around Nor California. In Spring of 2012 we bought our dream house. We spent months looking for the perfect home. It was a challenge with our budget, needs and wish list, but we finally found it. It is a 4,080 sq foot home on ¼ acre in Mather, Ca. It’s a small neighborhood, built where the military housing was when Mather was an active Airbase. We love it here. We have made lifetime friends and great memories. Thanks to friendships through church we have become part of a community.  I wouldn’t change a minute of it. In early 2011 Brady got a promotion. His fairly laid back job as Technical Trainer was a thing of the past...

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