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Well, WE DID IT! We survived our first 24 hours as a fulltime family (which means we live full time in our RV with our family). It was not uneventful. Here’s a little snippet of how things went:
- Moved out of our temporary home at Mom Mom Betty’s including cleaning our space and packing everything we would need in the camper
- Picked up the camper at my parents house – hitched up to Big Red, took a momentous family photo, and we were on the road!
- Drove to our first campground which was about a 2.5 hour drive
- Arrived at the campground welcome center & we were “oh so excited”
- Proceeded to pull into the campground and CLIPPED THE FENCE with the side of the camper! OOPS!! Note: be aware of those corners – thankfully the campground staff said it was no big deal and were very kind and helpful!
- Assessed the damage and found that our steel camper steps were bent from the ‘accident’ and would not open 🙁
- Calmed Dean down and handed him a beer while he proceeded to fix the damages enough to open the steps
- Got set up and set off to explore the campground a bit with the kids
- Dean took the kids to the lake to swim while I ran to Aldi to do some grocery shopping for the week
- Slept our first night as full-timers – Little Leo must have bumped his head in the middle of the night so he woke up crying for Mommy – tended to my littlest one
- Woke up in the morning and MADE WAFFLES from scratch! Regular, blueberry AND chocolate chip!
- Had a great day at the water park, pool and lake
- Made and ate spaghetti for dinner and prepped for lunch tomorrow
- Dishes, and showers and a quick bike ride with my big girls in the evening and I am just sitting down to reflect on the first 24 hours
So far, its still too new to really know what I think, but I’ll have at it a little. I already find that I have time. I am not dealing with cleaning large spaces, so we just enjoyed the day. I did a quick little pick up of the camper and it was cleaned in under 10 minutes. Sweep the dust out the front door and off you go. I am noticing that my children are a bit lost without the use of their electronic devices. I admit that while in house living, I allowed abuse of the Ipods, Ipads, video games etc. because it was easy for ME. Now we have new rules: 1 hour per day in the evening only. We’ve had some kids wandering around aimlessly with ‘nothing to do’. I’m still waiting for the addiction to subside, but I am seeing glimpses of the creativity come back. Tessa and Mae played for about 45 minutes with 2 piles of sand, and a rubber mallet.Mae made a Lego veterinary hospital, and Tessa made a camper for her Lego pets. Nate befriended a little camper neighbor and played waffle ball with him. We all played Apples to Apples before lunch. Leo played 3 rounds of mini golf. Lucy painted a mermaid with her Aquarellum set. I got to try out my new fulltiming gadgets like my Nuwave induction cooktop. We took countless bike rides. All this in 24 hours!
So it’s not been all peaches and unicorns riding on clouds out into the sunset, but we made it! We had fun, we got through some tough obstacles and can say that the hardest part is behind us! (The hardest part by the way was purging our 2800sf house and selling it!) We are still so excited to see where this journey takes us & we are ready to Harry Up and GO! Now excuse me while I go play Scattergories with my 4 oldest.
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