365 Project: Sleepover at Gee’s

When my mom built her beach house years ago, she envisioned sleepovers and little kid giggles drifting through the house. Tonight was the night. Jason painted the interior of our RV today and we are escaping the fumes with a sleepover. Z did not want me up in the loft at all. I finally suggested he climb up and snuggle with Jude. That worked, he cuddled up and went right to sleep. Jude loved every second of it. 🥰 If you’ve followed our instagram stories you know we’ve been having sleep issues. 🤞🏻 tonight goes ok!

2020-03-07T11:51:18-06:00March 7th, 2020|365 Projects, 366 - 2020, Gee, Jonah, Jude, My Family, Zachary|

Road Trip

When Zachary woke up this morning I told him that we (along with Jude and my mom) were going to drive to Mobile to go to a craft fair. He was SO excited, he jumped up, ran out of the room yelling “MY GOING ON A ROADTRIP! WITH JUDE! MY NEED TO FIND MY BACKPACK!” Y’all he is obsessed with his best friend Jude 🥰 so a day of fun with him was so exciting! Z was so good today! He’s not really ever the easy kid in the room, so a day of easy means a lot and I need to brag on him.

2020-03-07T11:46:16-06:00March 7th, 2020|Gee, Jude, Zachary|

10 on Tuesday

1.  We spent the boys birthdays at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas.  I’ll dedicate a different blog post to our adventures but I have say now, we loved it so much!

photo of 2 boys at dinosaur valley state park dino statues

2.  We also did a safari drive at Fossil Rim in Glen Rose.  Random fact about the Emu, they have zero respect for personal space. While I was looking at one on the drivers side I forgot my window was rolled down behind me. I felt watched and turned around. Close range. Birds are not my thing! Also, automatic windows do NOT go up fast enough! I’ve never wished for an 80’s crank window before in my life lol!

photo of emu at car door window

3.  We are in Dallas and at night a big pack of coyotes come out in our campground.  We’ve heard them every single night we’ve been here.  They are SO loud and it makes the dogs bark if they get too close.  Last night they started howling literally right outside our front door and woke everyone up around 1 am.

4.  You know how at the end of summer you are SO ready for the kids to go back to school?  That’s where I am.  I am so ready for my kids to start back up (we are on an alternative schedule than a typical school year).  We’ve had a nice long break and IT. IS. TIME.  For my sanity!  And my grocery budget.  If anything maybe it’ll distract them from the constant magnetic pull to my refrigerator.  I think I’ll do a blog post dedicated to homeschool soon.  Our method and how we learn has changed so much.

5.  It may appear as though I’ve forgotten about our YouTube channel.  We are still there and posting.  I just decided to keep a few of our recent videos private as it contained a lot of broken arm / medical stuff with Jonah.  Public posts will resume very soon – stay tuned!

6.  As we were driving in to our campground the other day I noticed and correctly identified a red tailed hawk.  I DO NOT EVEN RECOGNIZE MYSELF.  I don’t like birds, notice birds, know about birds.  What are these children doing to me?!  I must admit, everyone was so impressed AND I got a round of applause from my entire crew lol.

7.  I forgot to mention that it snowed in Austin a few weeks ago.  It was at night and we didn’t wake the kids.  Mostly because it wasn’t enough to make it really fun.  Only the shadows and table were covered the next morning but they were still super excited.  I’ve got to get these kids in real snow on the road sometime soon.  Shhhhh, don’t tell Jase.  He’s anti-snow!  But it’s time!  Aforementioned table snow:

austin snow photo

8. This kid somehow managed to convince us that we needed to go bird watching at the butt crack of dawn on a cold wet day.  I’m not sure how I got talked in to it exactly, or how he got me out of my warm bed, but he was awfully pleased with himself!

jude watching birds in bird nerd shirt

9.  He loves his new bird nerd shirt that my mom got him!

10.  WE LEAVE TEXAS IN 9 DAYS!!  We are all SO ready to be back on the road!  We head out for Austin for one more round of photo sessions this week and then we are off!  You can see my travel session schedule here.

2020-02-18T20:03:34-06:00February 18th, 2020|My Family, Jude, RV Life, Zachary|

365: The adventure crew is back!

photo of all four kids hiking

New job means the freedom for new adventures!  This crew is back and ready!  We are excited for all the 2020 adventures ahead, I’ve already jumped in to planning.  We haven’t been out on many adventures the last 4 months.  We are SO excited to get back out there again.  First up, hiking at Dinosaur Valley State Park!

2020-02-11T13:36:01-06:00February 11th, 2020|365 Projects, 366 - 2020, Jonah, Jude, My Family, RV Life, Taryn, Zachary|

365: Jude is 12!


photo of jude

12!  Can you believe it?!  I cannot.  He is one of the smartest people I have ever met.  He’s kind and filled with empathy.  He’s like a sponge absorbing everything around him.  He teaches me at least one new thing every single day.  Sometimes I wonder who is teaching who in this whole homeschool / roadschool thing.  I’ve decided that means Jason and I have done a good job since he has learned how to learn….isn’t that the whole point?!  To ignite a love and lifetime of learning?  That’s Jude, he loves learning, research and knowing lots of things!  If one of us can’t figure something out, he jumps in, Jude is a problem solver.  He is one of the very best people I know.  A few fun things about Jude, he loves to dance spontaneously, he’s an avid bird fan, loves hugs and red beans and rice, and he can never (like ever) find his shoes.  For those that don’t know, there was a time when Jude was a very sick little boy and it never fails to amaze me that he’s here, healthy and strong.  We always marvel over that when his birthday comes around.  We are so thankful and blessed that he’s a part of our family!

2020-02-10T15:21:36-06:00February 10th, 2020|365 Projects, 366 - 2020, Jude, My Family|
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