365: His perch

photo of zachary playing with toys on steps

His perch is quite possibly the most inconvenient, high traffic, spot to sit and play in our 420 square feet.  But he’s so cute sitting here playing with all his random favorites.  Today he carried them around in his hiking backpack and took them out here to inspect, play and imagine for a good 45 minutes.  Notice the TWO Buzz Lightyears and the random garlic peeler lol!

2020-02-07T22:44:04-06:00February 7th, 2020|365 Projects, 366 - 2020, My Family, RV Life, Zachary|

365: Today is the day!

photo of jason smiling at sunset

This guy is officially employed!  He received and accepted an offer for a job even more perfect than what we prayed for!  God had a plan that was so much bigger than ours!  Today has been a dream.  Good news, happy surprises and it felt like a two ton weight lifted off our shoulders.  So many happy tears today.  I love seeing Jason so happy, he is so excited about the work and company.  The last two years have been a rollercoaster.  Four months after launching in to full time travel, Jason was laid off through a reduction of force from a job he’d been at for over 11 years.  It was terrifying because I had just walked away from my full time business and loyal client base in Austin.  While the job search has been going on for 2 years, there were also stretches where it wasn’t the biggest priority.  Stretches where his focus was on preparing IAPBP for sale.  Stretches where we were doing ok with me working.  Stretches of contract work.  We have been stretched so thin, struggled, disagreed about our path, felt stuck in the waiting, impatient with the timing.  There were moments of straight up panic and fear.  We hit some of our lowest moments last year….it was not easy.   The weight on both of us felt crushing at times, day by day it felt heavier.  We often wondered what this day would look and feel like.  It’s finally here!  Today is the day!  And this opportunity is totally worth the wait!

2020-02-06T22:50:50-06:00February 6th, 2020|365 Projects, 366 - 2020, My Family, RV Life|

365: RV life with a teenager

photo of teenage girl drawing

Our new site has a tree trunk seat in the field surrounding us.  It is the perfect place to escape when you’re a teenager with feral brothers everywhere.  Ha!  There was a time when she was all tutus, pink cowboys boots, pigtails and tea parties.  But it doesn’t surprise us a bit that she’s skipping the typical teenage clothes obsession, makeup, being boy crazy, etc.  I guess with four brothers it is a bit expected.  This girl can handle a room a boys!  She’d rather be writing, drawing, bird watching, talking Jude’s ear off and emailing her bff.  I love that she can grow up spending a ton of time outside, not giving a flip about getting dirty or how she looks (not wearing shoes ha!) or what other people think of her.  The middle school years can be brutal.  She missed out on it.  And if you ask her, she’ll tell you she is so happy about that.  She’s always the first to tell everyone how much she loves life on the road!

2020-02-04T22:13:52-06:00February 4th, 2020|365 Projects, 366 - 2020, My Family, RV Life, Taryn|

10 on Tuesday

1. Last week was completely bonkers. Every single day had 5 or more things going on. Good things, new opportunities, new SEO clients for Seriously SEO, multiple job interviews for Jason and more. This week is so much more quiet and we feel like we can breathe a little easier. I’m not sure how we got through last week but we did it!

2. This week is a big one for Liz (she bought IAPBP from us last June). She launched the new birthphotographers.com website today and it looks AMAZING! Such a huge and much needed improvement! It’s so amazing that we get to watch IAPBP receive all the love and attention it deserves. And it means the world to us that she involves us in a lot. She asks our advice and draws off our experience. It’s been a super rewarding process working with her.  We are so proud of her!  PLUS, image competition results are coming very soon!! I was a judge and this gallery of work is going to blow you away! It’s incredible!!

3. Jason has not one, but two second interviews this week! Please pray for him! Either one would be an amazing fit but we are really hoping for one in particular.

4.  My sweet Duder is turning 12 in less than a week!  12?!?!

photo of jude

5. A couple of days ago Jude was upset about dinner. He was having a moment. Zachary told him “You need to pull it togetha Duder…this is not a ploblem!” 🤣

6. We spent so much time outside last week. Jason needed a ton of quiet time on the phone and video calls so we kicked the kids (and me lol) outside all day every day. It makes me realize just how fast we get used to being inside too much. That was the norm during our long stay in Corpus due to bad weather and exhausting winds. This past week, while jam packed, also felt like a reset button when it comes to outdoor time. I’m so thankful Texas is having such a mild winter. It’s been high 60’s to mid 70’s and gorgeous – which is so nice. It makes me nervous their summer will be completely brutal though. We need to get on the move before it hits!

photo of toddler by tent lakefront

7.  Zachary’s imagination is exploding!  I noticed Jason acting strange this morning and asked him what he was doing.  He told me he was carrying around imaginary cake for Z.  Ha!  I love that Z gave it to him and that Jason carried it around as though it was real!  I fell for him a little harder in that moment.  Little did I know a short while later I’d be serving pretend ice cream for over 30 minutes haha!  We have a lot of birthdays coming up, guess it is time to get ready!

8.  Yesterday Jude programmed his Cosmo robot to mess with Pepper.  We laughed so hard but Pepper was totally unamused lol.  Cosmo is one toy that has stood the test of time.  Jude has had it for a few years, he plays with it often and always has so much fun with it when he does.

photo of dog with cosmo robot

9. Video proof:

10. Today is a travel day. We are moving from north Georgetown to south Austin. Not far but it is making us all crave getting back on the road. We are SO ready. After 2 years of traveling we are not good at sitting still.  We are really hoping to be back on the road by the end of the month!

2020-02-04T13:29:06-06:00February 4th, 2020|My Family, Jude, Our dog, Pepper, Zachary|

365: Arted

photo of teen girl artist watercolor painting

We have a hunch that our RV is overweight again so Taryn, Jonah and I cleaned out our homeschool / game / art cabinet today.  It didn’t take long for them to dive in to the watercolors.  We should have made a trip to the storage unit since we are close by, but instead, we arted.

2020-02-03T23:08:19-06:00February 3rd, 2020|365 Projects, 366 - 2020, My Family, RV Life, Taryn|
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