It finally stopped raining and the big kids spent their day on the jumping pillow! Jude’s Fitbit tells us he has 21,763 “steps” for today. 😮😂 Love that our site backs right up to this amenity! Thanks KOA!
Follow along as we visit the North Carolina side of Great Smokey Mountain National Park. We stayed at Big Bear RV Resort and our most favorite RPI park yet, Pride RV Resort. We also got to see our best friends for the first time in over a year!
We tried. We tried to love Atlantic City. But it was rough, y’all. I can honestly say it’s one of the few places we’ve been in the last 3 plus years that we did not feel safe. We quickly rode the wheel at the Steel Pier and left. Thankfully, we have other areas of New Jersey to explore during our stay – come on Jersey – help us love you!
Ready for a good old 10 on Tuesday?! Let’s go….
1. RV shopping has been completely overwhelming. There are the usual challenges of deciding on a layout, making sure we don’t go over budget, etc. Then even finding RVs to tour – it feels like a full time job all on its own. No matter what, sacrifices are made in order to live small. Prioritizing of those sacrifices for our individual family is a lot to figure out.
2. Jason has been working a ton. His longest day was 16 hours last Friday. Between work, RV shopping and school with the kids, we haven’t been doing much else. I’m ready for some adventure!
3. I’ve barely picked up my camera lately. Noticing a theme here….we are in a rut. I’ve had no motivation or desire to pick it up or edit. I’m am fairly caught up on videos though, which I love! I’m only 2 videos behind right now! Did you see our most recent Space X Rocket Launch video?
4. For some reason Z takes off his shoes the second we get to a playground. Even if it’s cold.
5. That little green jacket has my heart. It’s gone through 3 rough boys, Jude, Jonah and Zachary. It’s over a decade old with heavy wear and it still looks brand spanking new! If there ever was an ad for the quality of GAP kids clothes, this little green jacket is it. It’s going to be so hard to part with it when Z outgrows it. Jude was even wearing it the day we picked up Maggie and brought her home 11 years ago – that was such a great day for our family. I’m not sure I am going to be able to part with it.
6. We may leave Pennsylvania early if the trillions of cicadas invade as predicted. I am just not sure I can cope y’all. So gross.
7. Snuggle bugs. It’s been chilly here and my bed has been the place to snuggle here lately. A few days ago Zachary was being loud mid-snuggle and Jude and I were trying to teach him how to whisper. Whenever he tries, only his lips move, you can’t hear a single thing he’s “saying”. There is no middle ground between the silent whisper and the OMG why are you so LOUD?! Anyway, Jude and I were giving him some examples of how to whisper, Z leans in, looks Jude right in the eyes and successfully whispers “I am better at this than you.” HA! That kids reminds me SO much of his big sister!!
8. No one tell my teenagers that snuggling mommas and siblings is uncool. They didn’t get the memo even at 15 and 13 and we all love it.
9. Speaking of Z acting just like Taryn, I usually take both to the grocery store. One day last week I took Jude and Z instead. As Jude unloaded the basket on to the belt, Z got mad and told him he was doing it wrong, that’s not how sissy does it, etc. Jude just kept on going but Z got louder about it. Finally, Jude leans in and sweetly says “How would you like me to do it?”. Z scowls and says “The RIGHT way! MY WAY!” Oh my gosh, I though the cashier was going to totally lose it. He has earned his loving nickname of Tiny Dictator.
10. We will be in Philadelphia in a few weeks. Any suggestions on things to see and do while there? I was hoping to visit the US Mint but it’s still closed to the public. We have zero planned so far but I’m thinking maybe the liberty bell? Any tour suggestions?
Follow along as we witness a night viewing of a Space X Rocket Launch!
GPS Coordinates for great launch viewing with easy parking:
Latitude 28.562798 Longitude -80.798274
Nikon20mm Lens f/16, SS 137.0, ISO 200
Shutter time: 2:17
Shot with remote on tripod