Big Tex -part 1

I know I’ve been a little absent from the website the past few weeks but as always I usually post daily on our TRAILin Facebook page so please like us over there too!  Update, we have been in Texas for 4 weeks takin care of business.

Our first stop was our new home, Livingston, TX. When I say our new home I don’t mean we really live there, but our address does. When traveling like we do you will need a permanent address of sorts. We decided to switch from Georgia to Texas for several reasons.

  1. We need to pay taxes, I know sad but true
  2. We need a drivers licence, car registration and license plate
  3. We need insurance on our vehicles
  4. We need to declare a state to homeschool out of
  5. We need a state to affiliate our business with

We no longer own a home or have a job or actually reside in Georgia so switching it all over to Texas was our best all-in-one stop shop to do so.

“So why did we choose Texas?”

Florida, South Dakota and Texas are the 3 most Fulltime RV friendly states to be a resident of. Look at most RV license plates and usually it will be from one of these states. What makes them so RV friendly, mostly the taxes, then registration as well as homeschooling laws?

Livingston, Texas is our home turf now because a company called Escapees is located there. They are an RV club & mail service and for additional fees they will also give you an actual physical address of your own, not just a POBox, this is important. We need the physical address for our business, Hippie Hoopla. 

OK so on our way to Dallas where we were staying for a month we decided to stay in Livingston  for 3 days and get as much done as we could. First stop was visiting the actual offices of Escapees to fill out/sign paperwork and pay monies to get the official address, which you get right there and then. FYI escapees has a large RV park so don’t confuse their RV park office check-on bldg with the actual business offices which are a few blocks apart.

Now that you have your permanent address you need to get to work on switching all your vehicles over.  You’ll need to get them inspected, have insurance for them both in Texas and then get them registered in same county as your permanent address. Sounds easy enough, bwahahahah?  You also will need to get a drivers license but that’s last and I’ll talk about that down the road.

The inspection thing is kinda a joke, they just have it as a way to generate additional monies for their government, its $7. One thing on the list of things they look for was mud flaps or guards that are required on all dully trucks. We did not have these so we were scrambling the day before to find them. FYI we checked all the major auto part stores in town and it was a no go unless we ordered them. Finally found them at a small mom and pop truck accessories shop. We were going to get the truck and RV inspected at the same small auto repair shop in Livingston but their inspector dude woke up late and my hubs was there right when they opened and he was not so we went on down to the nearest car dealership. Truck passes no problem and he came back to our RV site to hook up and take it to the small mom and pop spot cause the guy finally woke up and was now at work. We arrive, guy asks if we have a fire extinguisher, never looks in the RV and in less then 5 minutes we are on our way, see I told you it was a joke!

Next day we headed to the government building where you pay all sorts of taxes to get our registration and license plates. It’s a small office and no one was waiting ahead of us but there’s a lot of paperwork and after taking forever to fill out it takes forever for them to type it all into the computer. So plan on staying there at least an hour even if it’s not busy. The picture above is what we needed to bring with us to submit for registration for them to have on file. You will also need to take a picture of the label on your rig with all its weight measurements. We had zero issues, paid them their money, got our license plates and were on our way! FYI this small government office does not have parking for a large RV in their small parking lot. I suggest doing what we did and just drive your truck or Toad to take care of business.

Just a reminder you will need to get your insurance for all vehicles switched to Texas before you can get registration/plates.  Coming from Georgia our RV insurance stayed relatively the same but our truck insurance about doubled, crazy! We shopped around a few weeks later and saved a few hundred more and paid for the year in a lump sum so that was an additional saving but it’s still high. Apparently the storms from the past year skyrocketed all the rates due to all the hail damage payouts:(

Yea we got all the things done in Livingston that needed to be done. We don’t have to actually ever go back there to our home turf, I think?  We can get our drivers license anywhere in Texas and we did. Same with inspection, can be done anywhere in Texas. Also for the following years we don’t need to be in the state when our annual registration fees are due. You can send in a letter that you promise to get the inspection within 48hrs the next time your in Texas, see still kinda a joke!

You may have noticed a picture above of our cargo carrier which holds our generator. Well because of how ridiculously bumpy I-10 is through Louisiana into Texas the frame at the hitch bent, a lot! It was not over weight but we think because of how far the hitch attachment extends out from the hitch itself it was enough of an engineering no no resulting in this incident. We were able to bend it back, but not close enough to its original state. We made it safely to our next destination without any drama and got us a new one!  Crossing fingers this one will be our last! The new one is better for us anyways cause its actually a wheelchair cargo holder which has a drop down ramp.  This makes it much easier to wheel it on and off.

To end this on a high note the site we stayed in at Lake Livingston was booked solid, partly cause it was the weekend before Halloween and also because a group of Heritage Girls from Houston had taken it over. They were great, our kids instantly had several dozen new buddies to play with. Most of them homeschooled like us and they even let our girls hang at a few of their scheduled talks. We met a few of their parents who were very nice. One of the dads was very interested in our journey and may even being reading this now, if so “hello!”  We meet a lot of people on our adventure who state how envious they are of our lifestyle. Just goes to show there are so many people stuck in a lifestyle they don’t want to be in. We were there, trapped in that suburban shuffle not 6 months ago. I love the choice we made and continue to make, I’m very excited to see how it all shakes out.

Tune in soon to hear all about part 2 and maybe part 3 of Big Tex!  Hey it’s a big state so it deserves to be a trilogy, right?

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Icky Yicky Sicky

Whelp our first sickness has swept through the RV. One person started off with a cough and fever, then I got body aches/fever/congestion and then last kid gets fever and upset tummy. Three people, 3 different illnesses?

It wasn’t really any different being sick in a large house as opposed to our new close quarters. It was in ways a little easier, less air I needed to try to keep diffused, clean up after went way faster and you can tell how everyone is feeling cause you can hear every sneeze,sniffle and cough.

Video of all the dishes I had to wash after letting them pile up after being in bed for several days. Days like those I miss having a dishwasher. Normally I don’t mind doing the dishes after every meal but 3/4 days of them piling up and still not feeling well was not awesome. https://youtu.be/DDB180doqGM

We made a new list of things that we want/need to try and accomplish before getting on the road.

Truck

  1. Tag
  2. Hitch
  3. Steps to get in truck
  4. Tool box
  5. Kayak/paddle board rack

RV

  1. Generator
  2. Dehumidifier
  3. Stabilizers
  4. Back cage/rack
  5. RV hitch lock
  6. Motion lights
  7. Water pressure adaptor
  8. Wii cable
  9. Ladder
  10. Grill/mini fridge
  • Make reservations
  • Health ins
  • Business plan
  • Pay off debt
  • Computer
  • Escapees

I love how our lists have evolved over the past 18 months.  I’m excited for less of these kinda lists and ones that involve where are we gonna stay this Summer and business oriented ones.

And for those interested as to why your looking at a picture of an onion?  Well onions are really healthy to eat but also help absorb all the bad yucky germs in the air. Cut one in half then quarter and let it set out for 2-3 days. We also diffuse essential oil,this week it was DoTerra OnGuard,our go to healthy healing oil. I’m also going to sage the house any day now to help clear any negative energy this illness swept in. Yes I’m a modern day witch, and I love it:)

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Stone Mountain

If you’ve never heard of Stone Mountain it’s this geological phenomenon located in Atlanta, GA that is realy quite surreal. Besides being a natural beauty filled with history both good and bad there is so much to do and see for every kind of person and lifestyle. Living in Atlanta we utilized most of all that the Mountain had to offer. Hiking, fishing, history museums, train rides, adventure passes, laser show, tram ride to the top as well as walking up and down. We started camping there with tents a few years back but had never stayed in an RV there. We thought lets spend a week there with our new home and do one last hangout in our hometown before shoving out West.

First things first, the first few mornings were cold, like in the 50’s which we hadn’t experienced since late Spring and it felt so good. We’ve been sweating for about 4 months so this change in temp was a welcoming change.

We went from having no plans to too many plans, not uncommon. Hometown stay meant wanting to see everyone and also enjoy Stone Mountain in our RV. We arrived on a Friday and our lot was kinda unlevel, but so we’re all of them. It took about 2 hours and several repositioning tries to decide that being almost level would just have to be good enough, plus the park was packed so relocating wasn’t even an option. The same night we arrived another family pulled in around 9ish so it was dark. I offered some light assistance from our truck and after briefly chatting discovered they had just moved out of their house into their RV that day and became Fulltimers!  Pretty sure the Universe was looking out for them by placing them next to us.

The following day was great we had friends over for dinner and hit up the infamous laser show at night. I’ve been going to that thing for over a decade and not much has changed and that’s why I love it. Just a reminder the Snow Mtn structure is set up and taken down in the spring/Fall so that takes up half the lawn. Good info if your meeting friends and tell them you’ll be sitting toward the top, cause this time of year that place is no more.  The following day was a whirl wind cause we had our friend/Elli’s speech therapist come out in the morning for a quick evaluation and visit then we were off to meet more friends at lunch time to do all the adventure pass fun!  Train ride, putt-putt, ropes course, tram to the top of the rock and then some. A fun filled packed day to say the least.

The rest of the week we had friends who stayed at the campgrounds a few days near by and it worked out great. We invited even more friends to come out for dinner and had a blast. After everyone left we had 2 days left to kinda chill and do nothing, well kinda. We fished, played at the playground and hiked up the mountain! FYI if you haven’t been to their playground this year it’s new and realy cool. I know I know, the old wooden one rocked too, However they actually relocated the old one to the campgrounds so now you can enjoy them both!

The week really flew by and as sad as we are to say goodbye all our friends and family we are excited to push off our West and explore. This East coast swing was our soft launch cause we were familiar territory. Can’t wait to see how our families adventure plays out in the unknown.

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It Feels Like We’re On Vacation!

Well that’s the whole point of doing this, to live life as though there is nothing to escape from. My husband said while we were discussing life that

“It feels like we’re on vacation!”

Plus we’re at the beach and we have always gone to the beach for our family vacations. When you pull kids out of school and begin homeschooling there is a time period called deschooling. It’s a grace period where you let them settle in and don’t really hold any expectations for a bit of time so they can adjust to their new norm. I feel like this is his deschooling or rather deworking grace period.  The girls and I have had our rhythm of sorts for a long time and we too are adjusting to our new norm. But his transition is a bit more drastic and I hope he can soak it up and enjoy.

So we left South Carolina last week and have been on the Georgia coast. We spent 2 days at Skidaway State Park and it was beautiful.  The lots were big and well kept and you were basically in a Forrest with Spanish moss dripping on you everywhere, it was kinda magical. Our first night there was a Harvest Moon and we took a lovely hike to the attached March to watch the sunset and try to get a glimpse of what my kids called the punkin moon. Sadly we were not in a good angle to watch it’s rise but we did see it later when it was still huge, just not a punkin.

 

The next day we visited a near by marina that also had a picnic area and swimming beach. We originally thought we were going to fish and paddle board but there was too much Eco life to explore. The crabs were insane, gazillions of them. We also got to help a local guy retrieve shrimp from his bait net which the girls loved and we now own one to do the same, cause it’s so cool and fun!  The next morning before we headed out the Rangers had a reptile feeding and it was as fantastic. Watched snakes, turtles and alligators eat and learned so much.
We only relocated a few short miles across the marsh to the coast of Savannah on Tybee Island at the Rivers End RV/campgrounds. We have been going to the island for over a decade but never camped there and were excited to go so. We arrived w/o any drama, set up camp and headed to the beach. The 3 short blocks they claim you can walk to the beach is a bit of a stretch. It’s more like 3 long blocks then a cut through a large parking lot, then the long bridge to get to the beach. So maybe more like a 20 min walk would be more accurate!  It wouldn’t had mattered except for the 4 yr old and they are not particularly awesome after long stays at beach then long walks home in the heat when sandy. Let’s just say we didn’t walk there again. We figured out a way to ride bikes with all our beach crap.

 

Our whole week on Tybee flew buy with lots of bike rides and beach trips. We got a bunch of stuff checked off our to-get list with a trip to Bass Pro, Walmart and Auto Zone. Girls played with kids daily staying at the park and Elli worked on Skateboarding everyday. She was also able to do a drop in class with 4H run by UGA with a field trip to the beach to explore beach ecology. The weather was hot hot hot but the pool and beach kept us cool.

 

One of the main reasons we took this first stay along the GA coast was due to the family timeshare we get to enjoy every fall on Tybee. This next week we actually go on vacation and store the RV for week while we stay at a condo on the beach. Tune in next week to see how week 2 on Tybee Island shakes out.

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Oh Oh Julia

Ok now that we are on the road official let’s talk about all the fun stuff we did!  We stayed at James Island Co. Park in Charelston, SC for a week and it couldn’t had been a better starting off point for our family. The park had so much fun nature based activities such as biking, kayaking, paddleboarding, wall climbing, fishing, frisby golf and a great playground and slash pad. It’s a super easy ride to Folly beach and although you are surrounded by every creature commercial comfort you could need right outside its enterance you would never know its there while you were chilling at you RV site.

We were close to family and got to enjoy their company all week and swim at their house, go out to eat and visit at the beach. The beach was perfect, the weather in September was still super humid hot in the 90’s and the ocean temps were so comfortable. We worried about parking our beast of a truck at the breach cause parking is mostly off street and parallel parking it would not be easy. All 3 days we went we found end of the road large parking spots and had zero issues pulling it in, and it was free!

After Charleston we moved down south a bit to Edisto Beach. I had always heard great things about it. Basically a private beach that not many visit compared to near by beaches, not a very big beach town. The shells are supposed to be the big attraction and they were not kidding.
So we had to pack up in the rain for the relocation, both of us wore our swim trunks cause it did not look like any chance of it being dry at all that day. We had zero issues pulling out of our lot, yea!  We arrived in the dark and left in a thunderstorm. However what I thought was a thunderstorm was actually a tropical storm. Someone wasn’t paying attention to the bigger picture on the weather app, oops!

After an afternoon layover at Costco we h added to Edisto during the peek of  tropical storm Julia circling over us, it had stalled out on top of our RV:(. We had to make a mad dash to our truck and RV in a complete downpour. Imagine the very furthest point of a Costco parking lot from the front door and that’s where we were parked. But when we first rolled into the parking lot a family came up to us to mention that they too were Fulltime RVers and wanted to take a pic of our bike rack on top of our truck, that was a nice treat!

Ok so we pull into Edisto Beach State Park  and it’s still a tropical storm outside, literally. The lot number they had us in was not doable even in good weather conditions. They gave us 2 other spots to check out and they worked out way better, plus a view of the actual ocean. The RV was a rockin and rollin all day and through the overnight. The weather had for sure settled down by daybreak. Girls and I went for a stroll on the beach.

This beach is known for its sea shells and it did not disappoint. It’s hard to say how much of it is as the storm bringing more to shore or if it was biz as usual. Man there was just huge whole seashells everywhere. Our bucket filled up fast and was heavy. I found a whole sand dollar that was not alive so I could keep it!  My daughter found a really interesting shell that had spots like a giraffe or leopard. We first thought it was perhaps a turtle egg shells since they had protected dunes on this beach. Later with a little googling we discovered it was a part of a leopard crab shell. Turtle egg shells are soft, who knew, do now!

While taking pics back at our site of our haul I had stepped in one of the dozens of ant hills that appeared out of nowhere after the storm. I got bit about a dozen times, been there done that. But sometimes my body decides to over react, this was one of them.  About 10 minutes after the bites I started to feel fuzzy, lightheaded, rapid heartbeat and extremely hot. Pretty sure I was lucid or passed out while waiting for my hubs and daughter to arrive back from the beach, I text alerted them I was going down. My face was on fire, I kept putting ice packs on it. After I felt a bit more normal I slept pretty much the whole day, getting up here and there to hang out with family who came to visit. It was not my best health day, I struggled to do anything but lay down and rest. Oh and the entire day we were infested with love bugs! Like a the wrath of the locust after the storm, it was insane.

 

All in all Edisto was a bust but we will be back for sure, I can see its potential!  Watching the ocean from your window does not suck. The town is super duper small and I love that about it. I’d take that over all the places to eat and shop at any day! One small warning, the water from the hook-up is salty so bring in your own. I was warned and even told my hubs and he decided to chance it and it was what I was warned about. We drank out of bottled water the whole time which I hate all that waste.

 

Thanks for the memories South Carolina,we had a blast!  Couldn’t had asked for a better first Fulltiming on the road trip!  We will always swing through the Coastal SC area cause our family lives near by. Plus it’s just gorgeous and lots to see and enjoy.

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Fulltiming and it Feels So Good!

It’s official, we are in the thick of Full-timing in an RV. So much has happened this week I don’t even know where to start. Lots of highs and lows and everywhere in-between.

We got to spend our last weekend in the Mountains with family and went jet skiing, swimming, camp Labor Day luau, had a camp fire (first one of the Summer we weren’t sweating at) and went back to our daughters favorite rib place, Rib Country!

So packing up the RV wasn’t too difficult, we put pretty much everything away or down low that was sitting out. The day we exited took about 3-4 hrs to get everything ready to launch. Hubs did great with pulling out of our campsite only to be stuck in a traffic jam only a few short miles along due to a wreck!  We headed to a weight station first and got that task squared away, let’s just say the numbers were not happy, to be continued…

We were able to fit our rig in our parents driveway, good to know. Fun fact, we have had zero pest control issues all Summer inside our rig in the tree filled rain forest like climate in North GA. 12 hours in the suburbs and we had ants everywhere, what the bleep? I put a few drops of DoTerra peppermint essential oil  http://www.mydoterra.com/hippiehoopla/ on a dozen cotton balls and spread them around the rig and by the time we got to our next camp spot they were all gone, witchcrafery for the win!

Ok, so our official launch day was not as smooth as the previous soft launch the day before. I was up at 5:30am to fit in an emergency dentist appointment at 7:30. Well there was a car fire on the highway and it took me 2hrs in morning commute traffic to get to my appointment 30 min late. My Dentist office is so amazing they were still able to fix me up. Dr. Cann Dentistry is amazing in Atlanta, GA if your ever looking for a holistic gentle dentist. http://www.canndentistry.com

I was back home by 9:45 and was in go mode to get us going. It was time to pull our slides in and the mid-bunk would not retract. It came in a few inches and would go wonky and just stop. I immediately got on my Grand Design Facebook group to see about help. We watched a few suggested YouTube videos and apparently our motors were not in sync. We had to do a manual over ride then a re-syncing and the slide finally went in, 2 hours later! At one point I thought the day was a total loss and would be calling out a tech to look at it, pushing back our launch!

“We left after lunch and the ride itself went great, only a few dozen are we there yets!”

We made 2 stops at trucker gas stations. Once to weigh the rig at the “pin” (again, to be continued…) and a pee/snack break and again for gas and dinner. Completely forgot the sun was not setting at 9pm anymore and while driving through Charleston we were losing light fast. At 7:45 we finally pulled into our campground and checked in. My hubs backed into his first RV spot in the dark, rock star!!

I got the RV unpacked and in semi livable condition after parking in about 45 min, while enjoying a tasty beverage. Hubs worked on all the hook ups outside. 2 things that didn’t get done that first night, the Black tank hose was not close enough to the pipe to fit on and we could not get the RV level. Both things we addresses in the am and there was no issues waiting until then to address them. It was so good to wake up and see how perfect our new RV spot was.

So we did it, Launch was a success!  Had its bumps along the way but it’s in the past and they were lessons learned. Our week has been so exhaustingly filled with so many fun adventures here in the low country, I think I’ll wait until next week to catch you all up on them.

 

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All Systems A GO in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…. Launch!!!

Hi there, remember us?  You may have noticed we took a little break during August. But happy to report we are back and gearing up for a big week. Labor Day is Monday and it’s moving day. Technically we don’t have to be out of our current location until Tuesday but we rearranged our plans some so Monday is our official launch day!

So here’s the low down, we have been in the same spot since we bought our RV in June. This week we tested all the slides to make sure they all still work and have adequate clearance. We still don’t know how much all the stuff we’ve filled this rig with weighs so that will be our first stop after we pull out, truck stop weigh station. Our next leg of the adventure is in Charleston, about a 5 hr drive from us if we were in a car doing 75. Taking into consideration we need to hit the truck stop to weigh it first and that we don’t know what we’re doing we are thinking this leg of the trip will take double the time.

OK, with the prospect of our travel day being 10 hrs long we decided to split up the journey. Our parents house is about 2 hrs from us and we figured we could hit the truck stop then head to their house. This would make for an easy short inaugural first trip.  We can get a look inside of it and see what needs to be secured more, practice backing up with our new back-up camera and all that fun stuff. From this location it would normally be a 4 hr trip but again sense we gots no clue about pulling RVs and all these kinda things it will be closer to 6-7, which is better then the original 10 hr tour.

We have purchased all the wants/needs we think we have to have for this next leg of the trip. The last few items were things like bike racks, cargo racks, ladder racks and chains/locks to secure them all. We washed the rig sense it sat under a large tree all Summer in a rainforest like climate, it was pretty knarley up on the roof. Tanks have been cleaned, purging of final items have been made and I’m sure there is much more purging in our future.

I feel like we are NASA conducting a systems check before we launch.

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Truck Ya!

We bought a truck, sold our house, hubs put in 2 week notice and kids started dental work. All the things I wanted to accomplish this week!  So go ahead and substitute the TR in Truck for an F cause that’s how this week feels!!!!

The house sold I can’t believe it actually happened, but not without headache up until the end. This buyers agent is just an incompetent person and at 15 min before our scheduled closing he wanted our lock box code to do a walk through. We were like dude your supposed to be at the lawyers office not the house, face palm!

Right after closing we went to look at a truck near by. It was everything we needed and didn’t have to drive 4 hrs out of state to get it, just 20 min down the road. It’s a Ford F-350 Dully crew cab long bed diesel, she is a beast. The seats are 1 long seat and you really could fit 4 small humans across each.

We bought the truck with a loan from a local credit union we were not members of. But $10 later I was and they granted us the loan, under 2%, ahh ya!  So we were able to keep the good rate cause the house most likely hadn’t showed up as sold yet. With a truck and an RV we no longer needed hubs job to obtain a loan for anything else so he put in his 2 weeks notice. I would had loved if that day they said see ya later. But they actually wanted him to stay until the end of the next month. That wasn’t gonna happen but he is riding out the 2 weeks as promised.

After that took girls to dental consult and dr. was way more optimistic then the first. At the next appt when he got in and got old filling out he said new decay was not as close to roots as X-ray showed so no mini root canal, yea!

In between all this we managed to go to 2 birthday parties and BabyLand General so it wasn’t  all work and no play!

The Universe is back on track and with these few but major things accomplished we can move on to all the other little  things that still need to be done before this journey can really begin. This week my goal is to secure sites from the 2 months after we exit out of North GA, wish me luck. So far it’s looking logistically trickier then I’d like.

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Truck Truck Truck 

Switch out the Tr for an F, cause that how this week feels.

Roadblock after roadblock seems to be the consistent theme this week, especially with our truck hunt. We were all prepared to make a trip to a neighboring state to look at one and upon calling to doublecheck it was still there and we were told it was out for inspection with no known day to be due back. I never thought buying the truck would result in a bigger headache then the RV. House closing is next week, hubs can’t quit job until we have this truck cause banks need a house and or jobs to give out loans. It’s a never ending cycle and something has to give!!

We also ran into problems with our garbage company. We scheduled a pick-up of our old mattresses. You call the day before your pick up day and they will send a separate truck around to get them. Well my husband swung by the house several days after this was due to take place and they were all still there. I called to inquire and was told it was my fault for not reporting it right away so they could not send out another truck in time to get these mattresses taken away before new alleged house closing. Basically they are saying it’s our fault they missed our pick up, ain’t that some amazing logic?  So hubs and his dad went to haul them off to a dump and pay a fee.  Should we send the garbage company the bill?

And to top it all off the girls dentist appt didn’t go well and now they both have a few cavities and a possible additional dental work. Have to get initial consult from a different dentist and get the procedures done all before we no longer have said insurance.  It’s just too much and I’m over adulting this week, did it for 4 solo days with kids and I’m about to explode. Kids appointment and house closing are same day, send me all your spare juju stat!

Silver lining where are you when I need you?

Hoping next weeks post will be all about the house closing going well, buying a truck, hubs putting 2 weeks notice in and dental treatments all finished!!  If only I could fast forward 7 days!

Here is Elli giving no Trucks:)

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Everyday I’m Hustling!

Dang suburbia doesn’t want to release its grip on us quite yet. The Real Estate/Bank and Loans industry is such a scam, I may never buy a house again, or at least never sell one again. Super frustrating that 24 hrs before closing the appraiser finally shows up to look at what needed fixing for loan approval. Shortly after we get an extension email to push back closing 2 weeks. Man if you know that sending an appraiser out 24 hrs before closing will not result in the actual closing the next day why not reschedule as soon as possible?  We had a day off work specifically scheduled as well as childcare lined up.  Grrrr, I may have swore at our realtor a handful of times on the phone. I am as nice as apple pie when it comes to business until you mess with me one too many time. My Southern charm quickly turned to my New York roots and all the sassy attitude came flowing out. 

Well our plans to get all the things vacated out of the house did not change. We had already set up utilities to turn off the day after closing so staying in the house would mean several phone calls and it wasn’t worth it. Girls and I are officially Fulltime in the RV while hubs is commuting back and forth to work from his parents house which is closer. He will give his 2 weeks notice once the house is officially sold.

While trying to think of the lesson or bright side the Universe may be trying to throw us with all this we are grateful for the additional 2 weeks and here is why. We still need a truck to pull our beast of an RV. We need to haul 16k lbs around and be able to stop 16k lbs in a timely manner when going over mountains.  We are buying used and want to finance. However banks usually like collateral like houses and jobs to hand out low interest rates. So this is our silver lining, use extra time to get this truck purchased. We were being pretty picky with our wants and needs but since time is short we’ve opened up our minds a bit. We need a Dulley, crew cab, long bed, 4.1, regardless of our make and model wants thoseare the needs without question. 

Girls and I visited a near by waterfall today, this is why we are doing what we are doing!  It was so amazing and I love watching them explore and enjoy nature.

This weekend we have some big plans, I  made a trip to Ikea yesterday and purchased some furniture. We will be turning this rig inside out over the next few days. Stay tuned to next weeks post to hear and see all the pics!

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