365 Project: One last ride on the golf cart

One last ride on the golf cart before we hit the road. We planned to park in her driveway for 2 weeks. Covid-19 said we needed to stay 10 weeks instead. I’m SO thankful we were with her when it hit. It was nice to have help while really sick and also adjusting to a new normal of Jason working full time. We had space to move and could spread out in her house. The boys spent hours riding around on her huge porch. Going to the house in the mornings helped the kids feel like they were going somewhere. We filled the days with games, crafts, movies, dog snuggling, an RV reno and a bunch of golf cart rides. My mom isn’t one to sit still during retirement and I while I know my crew is a lot of noise and chaos, I also know she’d have been so bored quarantined alone. Thanks for taking us in Mom ❤️ I’ll always cherish this time and memories made.

2020-05-12T23:53:43-05:00May 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|

A good old fashioned 10 on Tuesday

1. My timehop app tells me that on this date last year we were back on the road and leaving Texas for the year.  Our current plan is to be here for another 7 weeks at least.  That’s ok, this is where we need to be, but it reminds me of how much I miss the open road and the excitement of our next adventure just around the corner.  We are not a family that is good at sitting still.

2. When you have been disconnected all day and the WiFi comes on.

3.  Zachary is so much fun at this age.  He will turn 3 in February (?!?!?) and every other thing out of his mouth is hilarious!  He currently replaces his v’s with z’s (which is awesome since his nickname is Z).  So we get gems like “NEZER!” (never), “Me lozes you”, mozie (movie).  He also says ” No ploblem!”  It’s my favorite!

4.  Jude received a window bird feeder for Christmas and while it is really cool, I was a little worried about it because an instagram friend shared they had one and the birds never found it.  We had it up while we were at the Navy base in Corpus for a few days and had zero luck.  The birds would fly right by it or go to the grass below it.  We moved to Lake Medina and look!!!!  One brave little tufted titmouse.

5.  Then, a few days later we had more show up while the big kids were gone with my mom.  I started recording to show them and captured this by accident.  Poor little guy!  The other birds reaction made me laugh so hard at this!

 

6.  The IAPBP Image Competition is live and accepting entries! Can you believe this is the 10th year of Image Competition?! And it is SO weird to not be running it for the first time ever. Jason and I have literally been feeling like we are forgetting something. I’ve been counting kids more regularly and checking my calendar constantly. A huge part of our life! We are still involved this year and helping as needed but we are not in charge of it all.  It feels so great to see the amazing job that Liz Cook is doing, we are SO proud of her. This competition is better than ever and I’m excited that Liz asked me to be a judge this year! So, birth photog friends, GO ENTER!

7.  Last night as I was climbing in to bed to nurse Zachary he threw his arms up and yelled “PASSWORD!?!”  Ha!

8.  Before my mom left to go back to Alabama this weekend she told me “Jude knows a lot of [email protected]$t!”  Hahahaha!  It made both Jason and I laugh for someone to say that out loud.  Yes, he does!  Most days I am not sure who is schooling who.  He is like a walking encyclopedia / sponge.  I learn several new things from him every single day.

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10.  Yesterday I took the kids for a walk so Jason could have total peace and quiet during a meeting.  While out in a field Taryn was sitting on a log bird watching.  Zachary walked over to her and immediately ran back to me yelling “Momma!  Something happened!  Something hurt!  You have to come see quick!”  Sure enough, there was a dead deer about 3 feet away from the log.  Taryn had been there about 5 minutes and never noticed (in her defense she was looking up).  Z sure did though.  Not sure what happened it to but I love that he knew to find help.  There are hundreds of deer in this campground and they will walk right up to you, the babies, does and bucks!

 

2020-01-07T22:40:57-06:00January 7th, 2020|Uncategorized, Jude, RV Life, Taryn, Zachary|

Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch is one of those fun, quirky, stops we just couldn’t pass up. Armed with one can of paint each, we headed out in to this field to leave our mark on 10 Cadillacs half buried in a field. And my kids absolutely LOVED it.

While I knew Taryn would love this adventure, I wasn’t sure about Jonah. But he totally did! Before we even started painting he wanted to figure it all out and touch all the textures. Plus, free reign to be destructive and creative, YES! He was the one we had to pull away when it was time to go!

I think this stop tops Jude’s list of the coolest so far!

The textures were absolutely amazing. It’s crazy how thick the paint was! And it was super busy, by the time we left, most of what we’d painted was already gone!

 

2020-01-02T23:07:00-06:00March 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Beauty and the Beast

My one Disney regret is that we didn’t do more shows. We saw Beauty and the Beast on our last day and it was fantastic! It made me wish we’d have done more. Next time, for sure! I will never forget Zachary’s expression of shock and awe when the beast appeared from behind the curtain! His jaw dropped and he quickly looked around to check if others were shocked too. 😂

2019-11-22T23:40:32-06:00February 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

tap tap tap

Whose idea was it to change every single thing about our lives in the middle of busy season?! Man, overwhelmed doesn’t being to describe it all.

I’m currently writing this from our truck as we travel from Dallas to San Antonio. It’s a longer travel day than we prefer, but our trip to Dallas was somewhat unexpected in timing. Let me back up a bit first. We had plans to go fulltime in to the camper in October. Those plans changed quickly as Ty ended up needing to move in to the house 10 days before we were to be completely out. It was fine, but pretty chaotic to take on with my work schedule and a baby who hates sleep. But we did it, we moved in earlier. We’ve certainly had a lot of challenges in the last 5 weeks. We accidently flooded part of our RV in the first week. Extra rinses for cloth diapers aren’t a good idea, even with an empty gray tank. Thankfully the damage was minimal, but we had to remove some carpet and dry everything out carefully in order to avoid mold. We’ve had quite a few things break, but that is to be expected, as it takes some time to work out the kinks in a new RV.  We also had issues with our truck when the hitch slipped.  We dropped the RV down on to the tailgate.  Jason was so upset but I’m excited we will finally get him a new tailgate next week.  We are all finally in one vehicle, we sold the pilot after adding a Cowtown Sleeper to the truck.  We promptly went and sold the Pilot.  I’m going to miss our Pilot, man we were hard on that thing and it was SO good to us.  I told Jason I’d like to buy a new one when we are done traveling someday.  It was hard to let it go until Carmax offered us 4X what we were expecting their offer to be.  We looked at each other, accepted the offer and ran out of there before they changed their minds lol!  We love the new sleeper on the truck.  We can now seat 7 comfortably.  Theres room for everyone and the dogs.  I even have the option to sit in the middle row between Zachary and Jonah to help keep them happy when needed.  Z does good in the car in the morning, but afternoon travel is tough for him, so having that option is really nice.  The sleeper add on wasn’t cheap, but I think it’s so worth it to travel comfortably with kids.  Taryn and Jude sit in the sleeper and it’s awesome because they have a table we can slide in and they can play chess, card games, write, draw, etc.  It’s a little wierd for them to travel sideways but they seem to be getting used to it.

I had big plans of photographing and documenting our launch in detail but as the overwhelming days and challenges mounted, it just didn’t happen. Instagram will have to be enough if it means I get to keep my head above water. My hope is that with the extra down time in the truck (like right now) I will be able to blog more often.

After our crazy scramble to get in the RV earlier than planned we all welcomed a week at Garner State Park.  It was our usual vacation spot each fall, but we loved taking our own house with us.  It gave us time to breathe, relax, unpack and just be still for awhile. Jonah turned 5 (!?!?!?) while we were there.  That’s big kid and I can’t believe my baby is now 5.  We went on a 3 mile hike and hit little legs kept up right until the end when he slowed down just a bit.  It was a great day.

Overall, we are starting to feel settled in the RV.  We are getting unpacked and organized.  I thought we’d be done with purging by now but nope, still getting rid of things!  We still have a lot of things at Ty’s house that need to be stored, but will be tackle that in a few weeks.  For now, we are heading to Corpus Christi to spend a few weeks and Thanksgiving holiday with Jason’s family.  The kids are super excited about the swanky beach front RV resort we rented a spot at.  And they get to help their grandma and grandpa decorate for Christmas!  It’s such a blessing to get to go spend so much time with them before we hit the road.

One of the best things about the timing is that some of our best friends, who are also going fulltime, were also launching.  We spent several weeks in adjacent spots and the kids had a blast.  24/7 playdates for several weeks with their BFFs?  Yes, they had so much fun!  It’s hard to say goodbye so I’m happy they had so much time to connect before we head out in different directions.  I think it’s really cool that our kids all have each other to go through this with.  Having a best friend in the same life place is pretty amazing.  I’m sure we will meet up on the road and have one million skype sessions, but the time together, in person, was so precious.  If you like following fulltime families check them out at There Goes The Neighborhood Homestead.

I have one session to shoot the first week of December, my last baby planner is graduating.  We leave Texas in a few weeks and we couldn’t be more excited for the adventures ahead!

2017-11-29T22:49:34-06:00November 29th, 2017|Jude, My Family, RV Life, Uncategorized, Zachary|
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