So we are 2 months in….OMG! Has it really only been 2 months?!? It feels like much longer then that! But in actuality, we have only been out and about, on the road for just 2 months now.
Things are going well. I mean Joe and I still like each other. And we haven’t lost even one of our 3 kids while zipping around and touring new places yet.
We’ve seen a lot of nature, and new cities, and beaches, and even friends, as well as meeting some new ones.
We are having a generally good time. Thanks for asking!
So what’s not perfect? Cause FB is so good at making it look like everything is annoyingly wonderful, but mostly cause no one wants to watch a 2 hour video of your kid throwing a fit when you tell them there are no more popcicles, and after you’ve had an especially rough day, the last thing you want to do is think up some whitty way of saying your day sucked in a FB post, so you just don’t. And some issues are just too real and drawn out to bother even talking about, and you know deep down could probably be fixed by you just waking up at 6am everyday, but you just haven’t started doing that yet.
So yes, there are “challenges” to this lifestyle, in addition to all the adventure and excitement! Like, we still haven’t done our taxes!
And here are a few more…
Top of the List! Homeschooling is damn hard! Okay, homeschooling Loralai is Damn Hard! It’s a pie chart of problems (no time to plan, no incentives for completed lessons, no solid cirriculum, no quiet time for her to work without siblings around, with changing locals a schedule is hard to keep, she’d rather be playing, she’s Loralai). We are addressing each of the issues in different ways and seeing what works, but we seem to have a ways to go! Damn! And I was hoping this would be easy! Bean on the other hand, LOVES to do school work! I think partly, just to rub it in her sisters face. But I’ll still take it! She’s actually been quietly painting for over an hour while I write this. Too bad she’s not the one that is supposed to start 4th grade when we return.
Learning new places EVERY WEEK is overwhelming! I mean, I grab the brochures! I have brochures coming out of my ears! But then I have to read those brochures, and they are never enough. So I have to search online “Kids, place, hiking, events, parks, dog parks, stare at google maps, libraries, stores, etc”. And I have no time, cause I have these 3 kids, ya know. And all the time I take to research, is time taken from actually DOING things, or homeschooling, or keeping up with laundry. So we are going to SLOW DOWN after we meet up with our friends in Maine in the upcoming couple of weeks. We’ve been moving fast to get there in time and we are feeling it. The plan is to start staying in each place for 2 weeks instead of one. I can’t wait! Not only will this give us more time in each place, but I’ll feel less pressure to figure it all out and do it all in 5 days! Maybe I’ll even have time to do the laundry!
All of us in 200sqft working, learning, playing, cooking, and napping…. It can feel a little tight at times. Not always. But during times when Joe gets a work call and we all have to go outside until he’s done, or the girls are being too loud and wake the baby, or when we are all in a rush and trying to get dressed or use the one tiny bathroom at the same time, it can feel cramped. Usually we can work around things and it even feels roomy in the RV, but sometimes we do feel the tightness.
I have NO TIME to myself! None. I have my kids always. And I think that’s great! Until I don’t. And then all I want is a babysitter! Hey! Maybe our sweet, teenage babysitter from back home would like to tour the US in an RV with us this summer! Hummmm…
My truck is a disaster zone! Yes, this is a big enough deal to include on this list! The kids are definitely mostly to blame, with all their snack spillage, and toys they bring in, but never take back out. But I can’t blame them entirely, cause there’s Joe too! Just kidding, mostly. The front seat is covered with maps, and those dang brochures, and receipts, and sunglasses, and, and, and. And I can NOT keep it clean! No matter what I try! I clean it out at least 3 times a week, and yet, every time I open the door, it’s like 3 monkeys were let loose in there overnight! Don’t even talk to me about actually getting to vacuum the floor or clean it with real cleaning products! That’s just something I dream about. You’d have to be able to SEE the floor to clean it and I’d have to get those kids somewhere else to have the time to clean.
I have an 18 month old. Enough said.
Darby is kind of an asshole. But just kind of, cause I love the crap out of her! She does require attention and to be walked, 4 times a day, and then you have to pickup and dispose of her crap. So that’s added fun. I won’t even go into what she does when we are on long drives, but it’s stinky! Very, very stinky, and requires me to change my shirt or bring a towel with us. She barks like a crazy dog when other dogs go by our campsite, and sometimes at people too, and sometimes those people are children. And she’s chewed up the screen door twice when we were gone. But right now she’s laying peacfully across my lap while I write….so I’m glad she’s on this trip with us overall.
Internet, cable, water, laundry, cooking, propane, electricity, tank space…..IT’S ALL MORE COMPLICATED now. We don’t just HAVE that stuff anymore. It’s all something that has to be taken into consideration and researched, and worked around.
I worry all the time about the truck breaking down. I mean, that would kind of render us homeless, in an unfamiliar place, with no one we know near by, on the side of the road, so….
I HATE driving through the mountains!!!! But I love GOING to the mountains. Equals problem. Driving though the mountains while hauling 14,000lbs means your truck sounding like it’s going to blow up while driving 30 miles and hour on a hwy up and smelling your breaks while watching for run away truck ramps on the way down. Terrifying! See above for compounded fears.
Yes, cleaning your RV/Home only takes 20 mins. BUT, those 20 mins just cycle over and over and over again. It’s never done. And the crumbs! Don’t even get me started on the crumbs! They are everywhere! In the bed. On the couch. On the floor. Gram Crackers are now an OUTSIDE ONLY food group, along with crackers of any kind, and cheezits!
So, as you can now see, traveling the US with your family is AWESOME, but it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. It has its challenges.
But now that I’ve written this, all of our problems do seem pretty trivial. I mean, except that truck thing! That would be real real bad! But it’s all a process, and we are in it for the long haul. Well, at least for 10 more months! Living and Learning everyday.