The # 1 question I get asked is if we miss RV life... 😅Oh geez that’s a toughy!
Sometime my honest answer is “ Dude YES completely!” and other times my answer can be “heck no, I’m so glad I have a closet now!” 😂
But truthfully RV life taught me so much about myself. It taught me to let go (and try box wine 😉), be content, and to find joy. It’s funny how fast we went back to living the same life we once did... I told myself I was not going to fill my schedule and worry about “the silly stuff ” and just to be grateful. But life creeps in and we reverted so quick! In this season of change I have to keep stoping and redirecting my focus. Life is so darn short and I’m hell bent on enjoying and being present in every moment.
So today I still don’t have an answer... but I’m starting to think for us it’s not a yes or no. Thank you sweet RV... you were there when we needed you the most. ❤️
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♡ D I N E T T E ♡
Look at all the beautiful wood details, especially the table!
This little man is taking so much ownership over his contributions to the bus ⚒
It's been fascinating to watch him come up with very "creative" 💡(read: absolutely insane) ideas for how to build certain parts and decorate others. 😅
It's been interesting to notice him get upset when we decide not to draw a toilet on the bathroom wall 🤷🏽♀️ or paint the ceiling rainbow colors (ideas that seem totally sensible when you're 6).👀
It lights my heart up to see him get involved, learn so much, and look forward to spending time together building.😊
I was worried undertaking a #skoolieconversion would be a project that took us away from the kids too much... And some days it does... But other days, we build memories to last a lifetime, and learn things grade 2 will never teach, all the while bonding in ways every parent wishes for.
We clattered down the hill and into the parking lot of the abandoned Mary Kay factory with the bus engine roaring like a wounded helicopter. Casey shut off the doomed engine and we set in to camp for the night in the parking lot surrounded by a stretch of perfect native prairie. In the distance the freeway was a muted roar, but here there were red winged blackbirds winging over flowering milkweed and Queen Anne's Lace nodding in the dusk. We've been reading Laura Ingalls Wilder lately and I have been wondering whether I could hack it as a pioneer woman. I marvel at Ma. Her ability to create beauty, serenity, and a sense of complete security for her small children in a world of such constant terror and uncertainty consistently amazes me. Here was an opportunity to rise to the challenge. I had all I needed to be a pioneer- a broken wagon (well, 35 foot bus) dry goods, a cast iron pan, a kettle. We finished reading Little House in the Big Woods to the kids as the full moon rose, prayed the rosary, and fell asleep. I woke up before the dawn, wondering exactly how much it costs to tow a schoolbus, and whether we would need a new engine, and slipped out of the bus to watch the mist burning off the marsh, birds rising over the reeds. The sun came up and we boiled water for coffee, made pancakes and eggs, ate them at a sturdy picnic table with the ghosts of the vanished Mary Kay employees. It felt faintly post apocalyptic, washing the dishes and hanging out blankets in the sun outside the shuttered offices, though if you have a broken down vehicle it helps to be able to sweep the floor and feel a small sense of achievement. While we waited for the mobile diesel mechanic Casey rode the kids around the parking lot on the bar of his bicycle and I picked wildflowers with the two year old. I'd been looking forward to picking the first bouquet for the bus and this wasn't what I expected, but I think it's what a pioneer woman would have done. The heat was rising, the mechanic was approaching to give us a verdict on the engine, and good friends were headed in to rescue us and take us to their home and pool. We were bound back towards the modern world.
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