Today, progress looks like my kids playing bookstore!
They set up stations: a bookstore and a restaurants.
Now, they are taking turns visiting each establishment.
Free/pretend play is so important for kids to explore their creativity. To explore social interactions. To understand the world around them.
Last week, we started limiting technology time.
Since the pandemic began, we’ve been in transition after transition both physically (which is to be expected when you travel full-time), and in regards to finding employment opportunities that help us live this lifestyle. During this time, we have relied a little more on technology than we would have normally.
Sometimes, we have periods of more technology than other times. I’m learning to accept that’s ok! However, it’s important to notice when technology is interrupting healthy day-to-day functioning!
So, when the kids were throwing fits and having meltdowns, we knew it was time to adjust our schedule, and re-focus them on how to handle situations.
Today is a small victory! Our house feels peaceful, once again- as my kids are exploring free/pretend play, while getting along, and treating each other with kindness!
Two weeks ago, we had some caterpillars roaming all over our camp spot. They quickly started making cocoons, and this week they started emerging as butterflies!! It was such a cool experience to view up close!!
For my son’s birthday, back in October, he wanted me to make him a cake. The way our plans for him played out, we didn’t have time on his birthday. So, we got him cupcakes from Wal-mart, and had his birthday experience celebration. I told him we can always make one later.
Then, life happened. And we didn’t make time around his birthday to make a cake. Well, I had the idea to celebrate with a birthday cake on his 1/2 birthday. . . And he has been eating it up ( no pun intended).
He has been living it up, all day!
Friday donuts were, of course, for his 1/2 birthday. Haha.
He got to lick the spoon AND the whisk, because, of course, it‘s his 1/2 birthday.
Needless to say- I think we’ve started a new tradition.
One of these kids just walked up to me, with a look on their face that said “I’m about to say something sweet and thoughtful” only to then come out and say: “Mom, But why does it have to rain alllll day???”
Like I have some sort of control over what the weather does??
Once we got there, we (ok, I) immediately knew this was the rig for us. “Yup, this is it. Let’s buy it.” It was even on sale.
We told them our situation, and that we wouldn’t be able to make a payment until our house sold in 2 weeks. So, they said that they would set it aside, as if it was already sold, and if for any reason our plans fell through, they’d put it back on the lot.
Our house sold, so we called the RV dealers, told them we were on our way.
We get there, and come to find out…5 people requested to see it, after having zero interest in it for months, until they locked it up for us. At this time, I was starting to get pretty sick.
After everything was squared away, Allen found a truck he liked. We left the RV at the dealership to get prepared for us to pick it up. So, we drove out, test drove the truck. Allen liked it, we bought it, and the next day picked the RV up.
All I remember from those couple of days is being in so much pain.
Everything worked out so smoothly, well most everything.
Because we had done a lot of research before hand, we knew exactly what we were looking for in an RV. So, when the time came to get serious…we weren’t budging on our “must-haves”: enough space that all 3 kids could have a space on days where everyone just needs, well, space, deep storage, and all 3 kids have their own bed, in which we don’t have to repurpose as another space.
So, we began our search. We looked at two locations in Waco, not finding anything we felt was the right rig for us.
So, Allen started searching online. He couldn’t find anything within a two hundred mile radius….
Simultaneously, we had put our house on the market, just after the New Year in 2019.
For two weeks, we were in a phase of keep-the-house-clean-and-find-an-activity-to-keep-the-kids-busy-while-we-wait.
And then, he found it. The rig we were searching for. Allen requested to be able to able to go see it. We got a response back that if it hadn’t sold that day, they’d lock it up until we got there the next day.
A few weeks ago, we went with my hubby’s Granny to the zoo. I don’t know if we were being too loud, or there was a zoo keeper nearby bringing food. . . But this guy let out a low, loud growl/bark. I jumped, and screamed just as loud. And then laughed at the realization that I never new alligators even made a sound, let alone a growl/bark.