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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

1-15 north and finding JOY

I am very much like my mother... I stress about everything... almost to the point of ruining the trip for everyone. I don't mean to I just want every thing to be great!! I want to know that I made good plans and that we will be safe...I want to know before we go... I don't think that is to much to ask.

I need to let go. We are on an adventure of a lifetime. Most people will never get to do this. I want to share with you our journey. I think that helps me focus on the good and not on all my worry.

I will keep it real. I will tell you when something does not go the way we thought it would. But mostly I want to find the Joy in this trip so that is what I will be writing about.

One of the worries I have and a question that I am sure is on of the minds that know our "situation" is how are they affording to do this?
This is the one thing that I hope to find joy in. They say you can travel and see the places you have always wanted to. There are a million and one blogs and web sites out there to tell you how to do it.... on a budget....  with a million dollars and every thing in between.

I don't have all the answers and every family is unique.  I will share with you how we are doing it and maybe that will give you inspiration to do something like this with your family or just prove that we are crazy.

We try and do local things. I also scour the  internet to find coupons on activities. Using the little community paper that was lying on a counter in the laundry mat. We found out about this great free activity happening at a library.

This guy was fantastic! His name is Duffy Husdon he is a Broadway and film actor. I had never heard of him but he did a great job. It was so fun. He told the great stories of Dr. Suess.

We also went to a car show for fathers day. Ray found out about it on a bulletin board. Oh my heck!
This was totally Awesome!! Rays favorite thing so far on the road. If you are ever in Murrieta CA on Fathers Day you should GO! It was free and soooo COOL.

I joined Goldstar it was free to join and it gives you discounts on events. There is a handling charge that makes it more than you were expecting, but we still saved money buying our tickets to the Renaissance Fair we went to.
They said it was a "little Fair" but it was bigger then anything that you can find in Alaska. The kids have never been to one. (Our mantra on OUR BIG ADVENTURE is "things we have never done before"). This gave me an excuse to put my geek on and go. We spent the afternoon there, Gabby really like watching the "battle" from a tree. 
To save more money we went to the grocery store before we went and I got fried chicken, some really yummy...garlic crusty bread and some big bakery cookies. I wanted the family to eat with our hands and have food "like" we could buy there, but not spend $9 on a turkey leg. It work out fabulously!

Of course we take advantage of all the fun activities at the camp grounds we are staying at...we have already paid for those.....

 my tips
1. be flexible
 2. check community papers
3. online deals
4. shop at the grocery stores
5. take advantage of what you already paid for
6. let go and try not to stress


Sunday, June 17, 2012

14 days in an RV

I knew that it was going to be hard... well at least I thought it would not be easy. I think that at night  it is the hardest. We have such a good time during the day... just hanging out mostly. enjoying the company of each other. At night everyone seams to be a little home sick.

Last night we had a sleep over in a tent. who knew that you could have a sleepover while you are RVing. The girls and there friend slept out. It was kind of nice to not have to put down the table to make the girls bed and worry about stepping on there heads when  Ray or I need to get out of the bunk. It was funny to see them tucked into there tent with a laptop playing Flika 3 from a Red Box.... what you do not have to give up when on the road.
Like I said before we are taking it easy these last 2 weeks just hanging by the pool....Playing games.... watching movies.... Going to Sea World....

Sea World was supper fun and we had never gone before so we did not know what to expect. It did not disappoint the weather was perfect not to hot....maybe even a little cold at the end.

So far living in a shoebox has not been that bad.
And of course we spend a lot of time out doors. 
We are headed to a new camp ground today. It is only about 20 miles from where we are now and we are only going to be staying there 2 nights then we are headed to the coast for 5 days to dry-camp...EEK.
I am a little nervous about this. I know it will be fine we have done the dry-camp thing before but new things freak me out.. So we will have to see.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

i-15 south

We are in Menifee CA. At a camp ground that is part of the Thousand Trails membership. If you are thinking about taking off and spending any amount of time in an RV. I would recommend you look into it.
The first few days on the road after leaving Utah were full of anxiety for me. Would the motorhome make it to our destination? Would we be able to work the google maps thing on our phones and not get lost? Would we kill each other in our sleep?
All of these question swirled in my head.

We sped through Las Vegas it was to hot and well to hot. So we set out sights on California. This was another VERY HOT drive for poor Ray and Kyle. The AC unit is not working in the cab of the motorhome and it got as hot as 110 going through the desert. The girls road with me mostly. Kaden would get in and cool off every once in a while.

One thing that I know about myself is that I hate to drive in traffic. (So why are you traveling in an RV? Good question. And one that I asked myself many times while driving.) Well I am here to tell you that there is traffic all the way from Las Vegas to Las Angeles. If you have ever driven this you know what I mean. I was scared out of my mind. Lily look over at me once and said, "are you stressed Mom because you look stressed." I am sure that I did.

I have several FB groups that are dedicated to full time RV Families. I would recommend Fulltime Families. They also have a web sight that is a great resource for families that are thinking about hitting the road.

 Anyway through this group we met a family that is staying at the same camp ground and has a daughter that is right between Gabby and Lily. They invited us to a BBQ... gulp.... totally out side my comfort zone.

 I put on my big girl pants and took my family to meet them. SUPPER GLAD we did. The girls became fast friends, and Diane is really cool. It is so nice to talk to some one that is really living full time in their RV for real. She has been a wealth of knowledge and needed friend. I don't feel so alone.

With our new friends we have spent time at the pool,  and berry picking, and they introduced us to candy bar BINGO!

We were going to hop from camp ground to camp ground every 4 days. but have decided to stay here for 2 weeks. I think mostly for my sanity. I needed to just decompress and wrap my head around what we are doing. It was such a whirl wind month before we left. Packing and studding for my boards. Which I passed by the way. I am an RN now. I have been just trying to come down off the ceiling. I think I am slowly very slowly. I even read my first novel in 2 years. Thank you Keri for The WALK. I cried and cried by the pool. It was awesome.

So that is it so far. I will check in soon.

Oh we are sending post cards to our friends through out our travels if you would like one leave your address.